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Ireland confirm Henry brain injury

Ireland's Chris Henry during a press conference at Carton House Hotel just before the South Africa game. Credit: PA

Chris Henry suffered 'a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain' on the morning of Ireland's clash with the Springboks, team bosses have confirmed.

Ireland medics initially diagnosed a virus on the morning of the November 8 clash before suspecting a severe migraine, but specialists have since determined the Ulster flanker suffered a more unusual condition.

The 30-year-old missed Ireland's 29-15 Springboks victory and now 'needs further investigation and specialist opinion,' according to an Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) statement.

Chris Henry suffered some weakness on the morning of the South Africa game and a viral illness was suspected, he recovered quickly and the initial diagnosis was of severe migraine.

Further tests however have shown he suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.

He is at home now and is well but needs further investigation and specialist opinion.

– Irish Rugby Football Union statement.


EU probe: Ireland 'gave unlawful state aid' to Apple

The European Commission said its preliminary findings suggest Ireland provided unlawful state aid to tech giant Apple for more than 20 years.

The European Commission has been investigating 'sweetheart' deals between Apple and Ireland. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In a letter published today, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told Ireland it must provide details of the tax arrangements.

Almunia said any unlawful aid could be recoverable from Apple.

Five men arrested over cocaine drug bust at sea

Five men have been arrested in connected with a drug-smuggling operation aimed at bringing cocaine worth up to £100 million into the UK.

Three British men were arrested on a yacht that was carrying the drugs on Tuesday morning. It had been tracked by authorities in several countries since setting sail from Venezuela.

The 60-foot yacht, Makayabella, was stormed by the Irish Navy in the early hours of Tuesday

The crew, which included a 70-year-old man, was reportedly sitting on bales of cocaine when the vessel was intercepted by an elite Navy squad 200 nautical miles the Irish coast.

A further two men were subsequently arrested by the National Crime Agency in the Leeds area.

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Britons questioned after '£62.5 million drug haul' found on yacht

Three British men are being questioned by Irish drugs squad officers after the yacht was intercepted with a suspected cargo of cocaine worth 80 million euro (£62.5 million).

The Irish Navy has only today released details of a huge drug haul which was discovered when they boarded a yacht yesterday.

Defence Forces Ireland of Irish Navy ship, LE Niamh, with yacht, Makayabella. Credit: Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

The 60ft Makayabella was stormed 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head, Ireland's most southerly point before being towed to Haulbowline naval base in Cork.

Customs officials aboard the yacht Makayabella. Credit: PA Wire

The cargo of drugs, believed to weigh about a tonne, remains on the vessel at the dock while the three suspects are being questioned by the Garda.

If the haul of cocaine could have an estimated street value of 80 million euro, it could be even higher depending on purity. If confirmed, it would be one of the biggest such drug seizures at sea in Europe this year.


Twin boys and older relative dead in 'murder-suicide'

Three members of a family, including nine-year-old twin boys, have been found dead in a suspected double murder-suicide.

The youngsters were found dead in their home just outside the town of Charleville in north county Cork shortly before 5pm today.

About an hour later the body of a relative of the boys, believed to be aged in his early 20s, was found in a forested area about 10 miles away.

Garda detectives are not seeking anyone in connection with his death. Post-mortems are expected to be carried out tomorrow.

Gardai appealed for anyone with information to contact them at a police station or anonymously on 1800 666 111.

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds dies aged 81

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds has died at the age of 81, according to Irish media reports. Credit: PA

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds has died at the age of 81, according to Irish media reports.

Reynolds served as Taoiseach (prime minister) for just under three years - one of the shortest ever terms - but is credited with making a significant contribution to pushing forward the peace process.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen, two sons and five daughters.

Leader of Irish Catholic Church offers resignation

Cardinal Sean Brady, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has confirmed he has offered his resignation.

Amid much speculation that he was to stand down, the senior churchman said he wrote to Pope Francis last month asking if he could resign as Archbishop of Armagh.

Pope Francis is expected to accept the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady. Credit: PA

"I did so in anticipation of my seventy-fifth birthday which I will celebrate tomorrow," he said in a statement today.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will take over the role as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland as soon as Pope Francis accepts the resignation.

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