Today's top Irish news stories:

Inmates poured boiling water and sugar down the throat of murderer

Inmates in Dublin's maximum security Mountjoy Prison in Dublin poured boiling water laced with sugar down the throat of the man convicted for the killing of 16 year old Melanie McCarthy McNamara….READ MORE


Popular priest slams right-wing church, supports dissident Fr Tony Flannery

An Augustinian priest has delivered a stinging rebuke to ‘right-wing Catholics’ and ‘career-orientated Catholics’ who are trying to silence those clerics calling for change within the church…READ MORE


Firefighter lost his home twice, in Hurricane Sandy and New Jersey fire (VIDEO)

On Thursday afternoon Tim Farrell was among the 400 firefighters who beat back the flames that engulfed the Boardwalks of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights in New Jersey…READ MORE


Skeletal remains found on Dublin mountain are that of a young woman

The skeleton found on a Dublin mountainside has been confirmed as that of a young woman – but relatives of missing American student Annie McCarrick may have to wait weeks before its identity is known…READ MORE


Horse dung surely no reason to stop Central Park carriage rides

Niall O’Dowd: Joe Lhota, GOP New York mayoral candidate, is against horse and carriage rides in Central Park. That puts him in opposition to 300 drivers, about half of them Irish, who depend on the horse rides for their livelihood…READ MORE