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Research conducted by the University of Illinois shows that eating two servings of broccoli a day can reduce the risk of lung, stomach and colon cancer by up to 50 percent.
Broccoli contains a sulphur compound called sulforaphane which combats cancerous cells.
Is this the funniest Irish video ever? It could well be.
Newswhip.ie discovered this clip on an Irish comedian David O'Doherty's Twitter page.
The You-Tube video shows Justice Minister Brian Lenihan and the former Fianna Fail leader Brian Cowen among other cabinet leaders, as cartoon characters performing a version of Elton John’s track “Sorry seems to be the hardest word”.
The video opens with the title “Special broadcast on behalf of the Irish Government, Fianna Fail & Green Party”.
Macklemore, an Irish American rapper’s song “Irish Celebration” describes the Irish people as a bunch of “freckled-face husters”. In this video he speaks about drinking pints and features footage of old men drinking stout in pubs and men in balaclavas throwing petrol bombs.
Is this really his image of Ireland?
Jim Corr, musician and member of the Corrs spoke about his conspiracy theories on Ireland's most popular chat show "The Late Late Show".
Jim, one of the founding members of the Corrs, along with his three sisters spoke about:
Whiskey In The Jar
The survey carried out by the National Youth Council of Ireland also found that nine out of 10 of Ireland's unemployed youth believe that unemployment has a negative effect on their well-being. Fifty percent also said that they found the quality of information and support available to them was below par.
James Doorley, Assistant Director at the National Youth Council of Ireland told the Irish Examiner "This research confirmed to us that the consequences are severe for young people if the high and rising level of unemployment is not dealt with quickly and effectively...The current services provided by FÁS and the Department of Social Protection are not co-ordinated, incoherent, over-stretched and in many cases unsuitable or not geared towards the needs of the young people it is meant to serve."
The Economic and Social Research Institute has estimated that 50,000 people will emigrate from Ireland in 2011. They also calculate that 25,000 jobs will be lost but that the economy will grow by 1.5 percent with exports increasing by six percent.
They estimate that employment in Ireland will average at 13.5 percent this year but that is will drop slightly in 2012 to 13 percent.
The number of people emigrating (50,000 in 2011) is compared to the 44,000 people who left Ireland at the height of the 1980s emigration.
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He will be visiting Ireland in association with a number of charities who work with children caught in conflict. Sources have revealed that he will visit Southill.
Since 1959 the Dalai Lama has received 84 honorary doctorates and international awards and has written more than 72 books.
Today's carton in the Irish Times, by the ever witty and brilliant Martyn Turner, sums up Prime Minister Brian Cowen's position in parliament.
On Tuesday night Brian Cowen was victorious in a vote of confidence taken in the Fianna Fail party meeting. Currently the parties popularity lies at 14 percent while Cowen's is at a record low of eight percent.
A general election will likely take place in March.
The Irish Independent reported that these smaller schools make up one sixth of all the facilities in Ireland despite the fact that some of them only have seven students.
Although the department has said that it does not plan on carrying out a large-scale school closure they also pointed out that these schools receive over €30,000 in grants which cost the government over €20,000.
He said As I was leaving Ireland yesterday, we reached a new record in electricity coming from our wind…Wind energy output was 1,250 MW, powering over 800,000 homes.”
“In just over three years, we have doubled the amount of renewable energy in Ireland, while at the same time reducing electricity prices. We have insulated over 110,000 homes and will soon be launching a plan to reach one million Irish homes over the next decade.”
Over the weekend it emerged that the bank had been untruthful regarding the extent of bonuses given to staff, the AG and the Department of Finance are now investigating the matter.
The Irish Bank signed a subscription agreement when the government bailed the troubled bank out in 2009 where they agreed to disclose all payments of bonuses between the years 2006 and 2008.
GAA clubs across Ireland are losing 250 players a month to emigration. Over the last couple of years GAA clubs in London and New York were struggling to field teams but now they are seeing a huge surge in members.
The number of players who have asked to transfer from Irish clubs to GAA clubs overseas in 2010 jumped by 45 percent. There were 960 applications made last year which is up 300 on the numbers who applied in 2008.
According to the Sunday Business Post Ireland’s GAA has lost 2,290 players since 2008.
A massive 300,000 homeowners could be trapped in negative equity according to the Irish Mortgage Corporation.
As a result, many homeowners are being forced to stay with their existing loan provoiders.
The Irish language is taught to a good or very good standard, in only half of primary schools inspected, according to research conducted for the Government's 20-Year Strategy for the Irish language.
In one third of classrooms, Irish was taught through the medium of English.
Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide said told the Independent “We feel if we offer one great store in the city of Dublin that will really create a true Disney destination, even in the face of challenging economic times, we can still be successful.”
They plan to open at least 25 new and remodeled shops in North America and Europe this year. The plan is that these stores are more entertaining to shoppers, such as more play areas and interactive activities.
According to a poll carried out in December shoppers have become more gloomy since November. They are now less likely to buy goods and services.
Seven of every ten people interviewed believe their household finances will become worse over the next year. Only three percent expect an improvement.
In the letter he told Mr Haughey she had no money when they married her but she “has refused to have a child, cook, wash or clean the house. All she does is walk the roads and lie in bed all day. When I ask her what she intends doing, she tells me mind my own business that she will do as she likes.”
The farmer explained he tried to lock her out of the house but she managed to gain access.
Visa agencies have recorded a significant increase in the number of Irish families making enquiries about immigrating to Australia.
There were 2,000 applications from Ireland for permanent residency visas in Australia last year alone. This figure is expected to rise to more than 3,000 over the coming year.
The students Owen Killian and Lucas Grange, from Belvedere College, have entered their incredible invention into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin along with entrants from 346 other schools around Ireland.
The device would give three electric shocks to restart the heart and then key data could be relayed through an iPhone application. They believe that sudden deaths of sports stars such as GAA player Cormac McAnallen have shown that cardiac arrest could happen at any time.
The new survey from Hotels.com has revealed that 49 percent of Irish employees have between two and three days of holiday time left over at the end of the year, while almost 17 percent have more than a week remaining.
Being too busy at work was the main reason cited for not using up all of the allocated holiday time, while others said they worried about taking time off because of work related pressures.
The Irish organization has recorded rises in its figures every quarter over the past two years.
The Simon Community have two shelters located in Dublin’s city center which caters for almost 50 people, which are generally full every night.
Ferguson, a Hawke's Bay shearer, is now the reigning Golden Shears champion having sheared 742 lambs in eight hours. This knocks Irishman Ivan Scott of the top spot. Scott's record was just 736 in eight hours.
The Central Statistics Office said that the figures were comprised by 4,800 men and 400 women and means the total number of people on the Live Register now stands at 444,000.
They added that “standardized unemployment rate in December was 13.4%, up from13.2% in November”.
By 5pm on Tuesday, the day applications opened, they had received 7,000 applications. The CSO will cut-off applications at 15,000.
According to data from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), a total of 25 people were killed in farming accidents in 2010, up from 11 in the previous year.
The HSA said that tackling accident rates in the agriculture sector continues to be a high priority. They added that the number of inspections would increase this year.
Ireland has tripled from 30 to 91 cases in one week according to the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC).
On December 30th 2010 36 people with swine flu had be hospitalized. Five of these are now in intensive care.
Swine flu is officially the most prevalent type of flu in Ireland. Its symptoms include sudden fever, headache, muscle aches, a dry cough and sore throat. Infection can last from 10 to 14 days.
Doctors have warned that the age of children presenting with disorders is getting younger and there is an increasing demand for services.
The founder of the Marino Therapy Centre, Marie Campion said she has seen patients as young as four presenting with cases of eating disorders.
Ireland last year.
“In excess of 60,000 redundancies were notified to the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment and an average of 1,075 jobs were lost in this country every week in 2010,” said Director of the Small Firms Association (SFA), Avine McNally.
The service industry continues to be the hardest hit with 21, 287 job losses in 2010.
James Cameron’s “Avatar” was the highest grossing film on the planet last year and it took in $8.25 million in Ireland.
Ireland has to second-biggest cinema going popular in the world with 4.5 annual cinema trips per capita. The United States are the top cinema goers with 4.3 admissions per person.
Ireland at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry in 2010.
Between January and December 23 of last year, 193 babies were born at Daisy Hill Hospital to mothers who resided in the Republic according to a spokesman.
There are already 61 women from the Republic booked for 2011 deliveries at the same private hospital.
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Pub licences in Ireland have decreased by 1,300 over the past five years in Ireland, amid claims by publicans’ groups that the cheap availability of alcohol is causing “death of the Irish pub”.
It has been a triumphant year for music in Ireland with many Irish bands achieving global success. Here is a look at some of Ireland's most popular tracks from 2010. From the powerful vocals of Imelda May, to chart topping hilarious Rubber Bandits, as always, Irish music tailors for all tastes.
The Divine Comedy- At the Indie Disco
Marking the tenth album for this Northern Irish band, Indie Disco proved to be one of the most popular tracks for their 2010 album “Bang Goes the Knighthood”. Lead by front man Neil Hannon, the band have been on the go since 1989.
Ham Sandwich- Ants
On the go since 2003, this is one Irish band who have enjoyed success this year. The Indie rock band released their second album, “White Fox” in October of this year,
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