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Robbie Keane signs off Ireland duty, CAO round two and Government talks on Apple
Ireland’s Robbie Keane and his sons Robert and Hudson are applauded off the pitch at the end of his final game with Ireland. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
1.Talks between Independent Ministers and Fine Gael today will seek to defuse a growing crisis in Government over how to respond to the European Commission’s €13 billion tax ruling against Apple over its operations in Ireland.
Independent Ministers yesterday refused a request from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny to agree an appeal against the ruling.
The CAO has offered the last batch of places for the 2016-17 academic year. There was good news for applicants who had just missed out by 5 or 10 points on their preferred course in the first round.
The CAO made 2,573 offers to applicants in the second round. The biggest course in the country, Arts (DN500) in UCD, fell 10 points to 310, its lowest level in years.
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Seven luxury cars and €80,000 worth of cannabis has been seized as part of a Garda operation targeting organised crime gangs.
A man in his 50s was arrested after his car was searched on the N11 in Co Wexford on Wednesday, where stolen car parts were found.
4. Robbie Keane signs off Ireland duty doing what he does best
Emmet Malone on Robbie Keane’s last game for Ireland: All those tight corners which Robbie Keane got his team out of over his 18 years on the scene were loudly remembered as he made his exit, for the very last time, in the 58th minute against Oman in the Aviva Stadium.
All five members of the Hawe family will be laid to rest in their home parish in Co Cavan on Saturday.
The remains of Ms Hawe, her husband, Alan Hawe, and sons Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6), will repose at Finnegan’s funeral home in Cavan town between 3pm and 8pm tomorrow.