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Standardised Cigarette Package Hearings To Be Held

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Hearings are due to be held by the Oireachtas Health Committee concerning forthcoming legislation which will standardise both cigarettes packaging and the health warnings displayed on these packs. Branding and logos are to be removed, and larger graphic warnings featuring diseased and damaged organs will be included under terms of the Public Health Standardising Packaging of Tobacco Bill 2013.

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Proposed Seanad Abolition Masks True Problems

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This Friday, you’ll be asked to take part in a referendum, voting for or against the abolishment of Seanad Éireann, Ireland’s second House of the Oireachtas. It’s an issue which has dulled some and bored others, and unsurprisingly split the country’s political parties once again. It’s hard to know what the right choice is. On the one hand you have an unelected body whose relevance is hard to ascertain, and on the other, a chance to save some money and rid Ireland of a few more politicians, one which undoubtedly appeals to many people.

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Neymar Theatrics Shine Again As Barca Beat Celtic

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Celtic suffered back to back defeats in the Champions League as Barcelona arrived at Celtic Park and departed with three points, though not the easiest they have ever earned. Celtic were unlucky in some ways – Charlie Mulgrew’s header had Victor Valdes beaten in the Barcelona goal, but the Celtic man just couldn’t find the net. Moments later, Cesc Fabregas had put the ball beyond Fraser Foster down the other end with a beautiful header across the face of Celtic’s goal to snatch the three points. In the end, some poorly executed passing and ideas, coupled with indiscipline on the part of Scott Brown, led to the Scottish side’s defeat, and fans will be left feeling they might have had something from the game if things had gone differently.

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Has Anybody Got a Ticket?

It happens every single year. All-Ireland Final day approaches, your local club is fresh out and every single one of your contacts has mysteriously disappeared at the same time. So you have to come face to face with reality – you simply haven’t got a ticket. However many enterprising individuals take their begging to the nation, and this year is no different. Dublin man Ray O’Brien, who has lived in Mayo for the past 12 years has recorded and uploaded his Song for Sam up on Youtube, where it’s already garnered almost 800 views.

And it’s not half bad either:

United Supporters Call For Ed’s Head

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Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward would do well to fly under the radar for the foreseeable future, following a summer transfer window which can be fairly described as ridiculous, by Manchester United’s supporters at any rate. Two acquisitions in three months, neither of them high-profile, wasn’t exactly what the fans would have been hoping for, and it must be galling to have been outspent by Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, whose reputation for refusing to spend large sums was spectacularly shattered through the €50 million signing of Mesut Özil on Monday, the same player who was reportedly offered to United at some stage last week. Newly promoted from his previous role as United’s head of commercial operation, Woodward has spent the summer having a rude awakening as he discovers that handling player transfers is a whole new ball game compared to thrashing out sponsorship deals, and that his own negotiation skills aren’t as fantastic as he evidently expected.

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Northern Ireland – Sharing the State Means Sharing Responsibility

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Northern Ireland Secretary, Theresa Villiers, has called on the organisers of a Republican commemoration to call off their plans. A demonstration is planned for this Sunday in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, commemorating the deaths of IRA members killed during the Troubles, including two members killed when a bomb they had planned to plant in Castlederg exploded. Unionists have called the planned event a glorification of terrorism, while DUP leader Peter Robinson has gone on record to denounce the commemoration as ‘insensitive’ and ‘inappropriate’. An event is held by Republicans in Tyrone every year and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the deaths of the would be bombers.

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Business Report Highlights Cross Border Stabilisation

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InterTradeIreland’s quarterly publication, Business Monitor, recently revealed sign of all-Ireland business stabilisation. The report indicated that a quarter of the businesses reported an increase in sales in Q2, 2013, the highest since Q2, 2011. Just over half of the businesses reported their position within the market as stable, while 13 per cent said that they were in growth mode. The news isn’t all positive, unfortunately, as 35 per cent reported a decrease in sales, 28 per cent said they were trying to survive at all costs, while rising overheads continue to be a cause of concern for many.

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