Today's Irish news roundup, Thursday August 1st 2013

Slimmer of the year Thomas McIntyre with a cutout of his old self

Today's top Irish news stories:

Irishman loses 250 pounds after getting stuck in turnstile, wins slimmer award (VIDEO)

A Northern Irish man who weighed in at 434 pounds turned his life around after he got stuck at a turnstile at a Celtic game.  Thomas McIntyre (43), from Larne, County Antrim, lost a total of 246 pounds and has been named the Slimming World Man of the Year 2013…READ MORE


Irish Traveller community reeling as four teenagers commit suicide in a week


Four teenage suicides have rocked the Traveller community of Ireland in just one week. Last Friday a 15-year-old girl killed herself. She was laid to rest on Tuesday in Limerick City. Her boyfriend, aged 17, then took his own life when he’d learned of his girlfriend’s death…READ MORE



Congressman Anthony Weiner's numbers plummet after second sexting revelationsPeriscope: Why sex scandals should not bar politicians from seeking office

I believe sexual behavior should not bar a man or woman from high office once it is between consenting adults. I’m not saying that Anthony Weiner’s sexual indiscretions should not count against him, but they should not be the only disqualifying factor…READ MORE


Rain set to return to IrelandReal ‘Irish summer’ returns with rain and thunderstorms forecast for ten days

Sunny days in Ireland have ended as heavy rain and thunderstorms move in over the country for the coming days. “The unsettled weather will continue right through the Bank Holiday weekend and into next week,” a spokesperson for Met Eireann said on Wednesday, July 31…READ MORE


Newly appointed head of the FBI James Comey with President Barack Obama outside the White HouseIrish American from Yonkers James Comey named head of FBI

Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey, a Republican, born to a large Irish American family in Yonkers, NY, has been confirmed by the Senate as the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation…READ MORE