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Horse rescued by lifeboat crew in Ireland after bolting out a mile into sea

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A runaway horse in Ireland was rescued earlier this week after bolting more than a mile into the Atlantic Ocean, according to officials.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Bundoran Lifeboat Station said on Facebook the incident happened on Monday on a beach in Donegal.

“This was another callout with a good outcome,” said lifeboat helmsman Killian O’Kelly. “Animals are as prone as people to get in trouble in the water and we were glad to be able to help out on this occasion.”

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The RNLI said it responded to reports of a horse in the water off Murvagh Beach near Donegal town shortly after 5:40 p.m.

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A lifeboat crew in Ireland helped rescue a horse that had bolted over a mile out into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday. (RNLI Bundoran Lifeboat Station via Storyful)

When crews arrived, they found the horse over a mile from shore, and gradually coaxed it back to its owner waiting on the beach.

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The RNLI said it took crew members nearly an hour to entice the animal back to shore. (RNLI Bundoran Lifeboat Station via Storyful)

Footage released by the RNLI Bundoran Lifeboat Station showed the rescue boat approaching the horse.

It took crew members nearly an hour to get the animal to head back to dry land.

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RNLI press officer Shane Smyth told the Irish Times the town’s lifeboat crew was unable to get too close to the animal out of fears it could have jumped into the boat.

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“It could have turned out much worse, particularly if the horse’s head had gone under the water, it would not have been a nice outcome,” he told the news outlet.

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Centrist Micheal Martin to become Irish leader after historic coalition deal

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Centrist politician Micheal Martin became Ireland’s prime minister Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo.

The deal will see Martin’s Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael — the party of outgoing leader Leo Varadkar —and with the smaller Green Party. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, bitter opponents whose roots lie in opposing sides of the civil war that followed Ireland’s independence from the United Kingdom, have never before formed a government together.

“I believe civil war politics ended a long time ago in our country, but today civil war politics ends in our parliament,’’ Varadkhar said. “Two great parties coming together with another great party, the Green Party, to offer what this country needs, a stable government for the betterment of our country and for the betterment of our world.”

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Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin leaves the Dail government in Dublin, where he has been officially elected as the new Irish Premier, Saturday June 27, 2020. As part of a pact between Martin and former premier Varadkar, Martin will take the role of Premier until December 2021, with Mr Varadkar resuming the role for the remainder of the Government term of office.  (PA via AP)

The Dail, the lower house of Ireland’s parliament, elected Martin by a vote of 93-63, with three abstentions. Martin later met with Irish President Michael D Higgins to receive his seal of office.

Under the plan approved by the parties’ memberships, Martin became taoiseach, or prime minister. He will serve until the end of 2022 and then hand the job back to Varadkar.

The left-wing nationalist party Sinn Fein was shut out of the new government even though an electoral breakthrough that saw it win the largest share of the votes in February’s election. Despite coming out ahead, Sinn Fein was unable to assemble enough support to govern.

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The two centrist parties have long shunned Sinn Fein because of its historic links to the Irish Republican Army and decades of violence in Northern Ireland. But in protracted negotiations further complicated by the COVID-19 outbreak, the two rival centrist parties opted for unity.

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald said Fianna Fail and Fine Gael conspired to exclude her party and the voices of more than half a million people who voted for her party. She called the coalition a “marriage of convenience.”

“Faced with the prospect of losing their grip on power, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have circled the wagons,” McDonald said.

Fianna Fail holds 38 seats in the 160-seat Dail, Sinn Fein has 37 and Fine Gael has 35, while the Greens have 12 seats.

The election campaign was dominated by domestic issues. Ireland has a growing homelessness crisis, house prices that have risen faster than incomes and a public health system that hasn’t kept up with demand.

Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the country’s problems. Underscoring the changes the virus has wrought, the Dail’s session Saturday was held at the Dublin Convention Centre rather than lawmakers’ permanent chamber to allow for social distancing.

Martin said that dealing with the pandemic would be the centerpiece of his leadership.

“The struggle against the virus is not over,’’ he said. “We must continue to contain its spread. We must be ready to tackle any new wave, and we must move forward rapidly to secure a recovery to benefit all of our people.”

The son of a former Irish international boxer, Martin, 59, had initially embarked on a career as a secondary school teacher before devoting himself to politics.

He’s had a number of roles in more than 30 years of public life, including serving in four Cabinet posts. In his speech, he described being named taoiseach of a free republic as being the greatest honor one could achieve. He thanked those who voted for him.

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“Most of all I want to thank my family and my community,” Martin said. “Without them I could have achieved nothing.”

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Canada loses bid for UN Security Council seat despite Trudeau’s push

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Canada on Wednesday lost out to two European countries for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, after Norway and Ireland were picked to join the U.N.’s powerful decision-making body instead.

Canda was passed over despite a strong push from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to The Associated Press.

The elections were reportedly held under unorthodox circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A two-thirds majority of 128 votes were required to win a seat. Norway received 130, Ireland got 128 votes and Canada was only able to pull in 108.

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This marked Canada’s second consecutive defeat in a bid to win a seat, as the country will once again go home empty-handed.

Having a seat on the U.N. Security Council typically gives a nation a more powerful say in global affairs and allows it to be more involved when the organization is dealing with international threats.

The five permanent members of the Security Council are the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain. Having permanent status means a nation can exercise veto power over any substantial resolution.

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Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne declined to speak with The AP, but said he’s proud of the country’s efforts over the past several years “to renew and strengthen many of our bilateral relations.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Conor McGregor makes 3rd retirement announcement in 4 years

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Conor McGregor has announced his retirement for the third time in four years.

McGregor abruptly made his latest dubious declaration Sunday morning on his Twitter account, where the former two-division UFC champion also announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019.

“Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting,” McGregor wrote in a caption below a photo of him and his mother. “Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!”

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The 31-year-old Irish superstar revitalized his combat sports career in January with an impressive first-round stoppage of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. McGregor (22-4) hadn’t won a fight in a mixed martial arts cage or a boxing ring since 2016, but he remained the UFC’s brightest star and biggest financial draw.

UFC President Dana White has already said McGregor is next in line for a title shot at the winner of lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bout with Justin Gaethje this summer.

The UFC’s schedule is in upheaval due to the coronavirus pandemic, but McGregor was expected to get his title shot later this year, and he recently had been talking to White about taking another fight even earlier. Earlier this week, McGregor posted photos and videos of himself training for fights.

White was still willing to take McGregor’s retirement announcement at face value — at least publicly — when he learned about it at his news conference following UFC 250 in Las Vegas.

“If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement,” White said. “You should absolutely do it. And I love Conor. … There’s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me, and he’s one of them.”

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Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone during a UFC 246 welterweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Retirements are a time-honored device for gathering attention and increased bargaining power in combat sports. From Muhammad Ali and Floyd Mayweather to Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, countless champions of boxing and MMA have gone back on their solemn announcements whenever need or ego brought them back to the sport.

McGregor made his first Twitter retirement announcement in April 2016 during a spat with the UFC over promotion of his rematch with Nate Diaz.

McGregor famously wrote: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”

McGregor and Diaz fought in August 2016.

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Three years later, McGregor retired again in March 2019 in what White believed was a gambit to entice the UFC to offer him an ownership stake in the company. McGregor began talking about new fights shortly afterward, and he eventually returned to face Cerrone in early 2020.

The loquacious McGregor has long proven that his pronouncements can’t be taken as gospel truth. Earlier this year, McGregor “accepted” future fights against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and long-retired boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya with little reason to think they will ever happen.

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Irish send funds to coronavirus-hit Native American community, returning nearly 200-year-old favor

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To pay it forward nearly 200 years later, the Irish are largely behind a massive donation to a Native American tribe that has been hit hard by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the U.S.

In 1847, in the midst of Irish potato famine, the Choctaw Nation — who originally lived across what is now Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida — raised an estimated $170 of relief aid, or about $4,000 today, for the Irish.

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At the time, the Choctaw people — who had allegedly learned of the potato famine from an Irish man who was overseeing the forced displacement of Native Americans from their native lands in the Southeastern U.S. to areas to the west of the Mississippi River, what is now known as the Trail of Tears — sent the money to a philanthropist in New York, who then sent it to Dublin. The aid was used to pay for food, blankets, and feed for livestock, The Irish Post reported. 

Now some 173 years later, the Irish are returning the same kindness that was shown to them.

A GoFundMe created to help the Navajo nation has gone viral, with much of the more than $2.6 million raised to date being donated by Irish people, organizers said. The funds, which will be used for water, food, health supplies, fabric for masks, and more, will also be used to help the Hopi Reservation.

“These communities also have high numbers of elderly, diabetic, asthmatic, and cancer-afflicted (i.e., high risk) individuals. These communities could be devastated by coronavirus and COVID-19.  We want to help these individuals, especially the elderly and high-risk individuals, and families with children, to gain access to the food and water and other essential items they will need to weather this pandemic, such as food, PPE, and diapers,” the fund reads, in part.

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The Navajo community has one of the highest infection rates per capita in the country. (iStock)

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“From Ireland, 170 years later, the [favor] is returned! To our Native American brothers and sisters in your moment of hardship,” said one donor on the GoFundMe page.

The Navajo nation — its  27,000 square-mile reservation stretches into Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah — has been hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic. As of May 3, the tribe’s health officials reported 2,292 positive cases of COVID-19 and at least 73 deaths. In late April, McKinley County in New Mexico and Apache and Navajo counties in Arizona each had more than 430 cases reported from the Navajo reservation, The Associated Press reported.

The Navajo community has one of the highest infection rates per capita in the country.

What’s more, an estimated 40 percent of Navajos on the reservation live without running water, while some 10 percent live without electricity, according to a 2019 NPR report. 

In a statement to the New York Times, Gary Batton, chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, said that the tribe was “gratified — and perhaps not at all surprised — to learn of the assistance our special friends, the Irish, are giving to the Navajo and Hopi Nations.”

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“We have become kindred spirits with the Irish in the years since the Irish potato famine,” he added. “We hope the Irish, Navajo, and Hopi peoples develop lasting friendships, as we have.”

In 2017, the so-called “Kindred Spirits” sculpture was erected in a park in Cork, Ireland, honoring the donation from the Choctaw Nation to the Irish during the potato famine, according to The Irish Post.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Ireland’s coronavirus outbreak largely contained, health official says

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COVID-19 has been “contained and effectively suppressed” in the population at large in Ireland, the country’s chief medical officer said Thursday.

Dr. Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer at the Department of Health, said health officials are “increasingly confident” the coronavirus pandemic was being suppressed in general across the nation, but warned that the spread of the virus and deaths it may cause are far from over in nursing homes.

“The data clearly shows that there are two very different experiences of COVID-19 in Ireland today,” Holohan said in a statement, according to Reuters.

“In order to protect the vulnerable, the first task was to suppress the virus in the population at large. We are increasingly confident that we are achieving this. All of our efforts now need to be on extinguishing COVID-19 in our community residential settings, including nursing homes.”

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Ireland, which has a population of under 5 million, reported 724 new cases to bring its total to 13,271 with 486 deaths, but officials noted that the growth rate in new cases had been close to zero since April 3. The number of people who become infected from each positive case fell to between 0.7 and 1.

However, nursing homes account for 253 of the 486 coronavirus-related deaths the nation has faced, with 49 fatalities within other types of care facilities.

The assessment raised hopes that the nation’s stay-at-home order would not be extended beyond May 5 but could gradually loosen from then. Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said earlier Thursday he hoped to release guidelines for how restrictions could be eased even before then.

At the same time, Varadkar told parliament that new measures to protect nursing home residents were not being implemented fast enough.

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The government promised nursing homes better funding, more staff and priority testing on April 4 as the number of clusters began to rise quickly.

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European police foil coronavirus scam after Germany duped out of 10M masks

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European police have thwarted an international coronavirus mask scheme that would have cheated Germany out of millions of euros by selling the hard-hit nation non-existent masks, authorities said Tuesday.

German authorities last month contracted two sales companies in Zurich and Hamburg to help obtain 15 million euros ($16.4 million) worth of protective face masks amid the pandemic, Europol said in a news release.

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But with medical supplies dwindling around the world, police said the companies had to follow new leads to procure the masks. They contacted what appeared to be a legitimate website for a company in Spain that advertised 10 million available masks. However, it turned out to be fake.

The deal with the website in Spain fell through, and the site referred the two companies to a “trusted” dealer in Ireland.

“The Irish middleman promised to put them in touch with a different supplier, this time in the Netherlands,” that could supply the 10 million masks, Europol said.

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Face masks, like the one pictured above, have been in short supply during the pandemic. (iStock)

An initial deal was secured in which the companies made an upfront payment of 1.5 million euros for a delivery of 1.5 million masks.

But just before the delivery date, the buyers were told the funds were never received. The supplier urged them to send an additional “emergency transfer” of 880,000 euros ($960,933) to “secure the merchandise,” police said.

The buyers made the transfer, but the masks never arrived.

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“It turns out the Dutch company existed, but their website had also been cloned,” Europol said. “There was no official record of the order.”

The buyers immediately contacted their bank in Germany. Authorities located and froze the 1.5 million-euro payment in an account at an Irish bank, and identified the Irish company involved in the plot.

Dutch authorities tracked down the 880,000-euro payment, finding that nearly 500,000 of those funds already had been sent to a bank account in the United Kingdom and from there were being transferred to an account in Nigeria.

The British bank was able to recover the full amount, which has been returned to the Netherland and frozen by authorities.

Police have arrested two suspects in the Netherlands as the investigation continues across Europe.

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Last week, the FBI uncovered an international coronavirus-fueled fraud scheme after more than 39 million masks promised to a powerful California union representing health care workers were never delivered to hospitals and other medical groups in the state.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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Irish prime minister joins coronavirus pandemic effort, assuming medical role again

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Ireland’s prime minister will work in a medical capacity to fight the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.

The Irish Times reported that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, known in Ireland as the Taoiseach, rejoined the medical register in March. Prior to his career in politics, Varadkar studied medicine and worked as a doctor for seven years.

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He was removed from the register following his switch to politics, but he rejoined when the Health Service Executive appealed for all non-working health care professionals to register and help fight the pandemic.

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To curb the spread of the virus, all initial assessments of possible COVID-19 patients occur over the phone. It is understood that Varadkar will help with phone assessments.

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Ireland currently has 4,604 confirmed cases as well as 137 deaths.

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Irish prime minister joins coronavirus pandemic effort, assuming medical role again

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Ireland’s prime minister will work in a medical capacity to fight the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.

The Irish Times reported that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, known in Ireland as the Taoiseach, rejoined the medical register in March. Prior to his career in politics, Varadkar studied medicine and worked as a doctor for seven years.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

He was removed from the register following his switch to politics, but he rejoined when the Health Service Executive appealed for all non-working health care professionals to register and help fight the pandemic.

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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Ireland’s Prime Minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis? – RC2FIF98CQOW

To curb the spread of the virus, all initial assessments of possible COVID-19 patients occur over the phone. It is understood that Varadkar will help with phone assessments.

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Ireland currently has 4,604 confirmed cases as well as 137 deaths.

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Dublin crowd erupts as Premier League dart player throws first perfect 9-dart leg in 3 years

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The crowd erupted at a darts competition in Dublin, Ireland, Thursday when Michael Smith became the first Premier League player in three years to throw a nine-dart leg.

Nine darts is the smallest number a player can throw to have a perfect leg and a 9-darter is extremely rare in major tournaments, according to For the Win.

“Hitting a 9 throwing that fast…mental!” one fan tweeted.

“Must’ve been so good to actually see it live,” another commented.

“Boom,” another succinctly wrote.

Smith’s two boys had the best reaction, though, as they watched their dad on TV. His wife, Dagmara, posted the celebration on Twitter.

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Smith ended up beating player Daryl Gurney  7-5.

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