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Today’s headlines: Brian Cowen opens up on his 12-month struggle to recover; Husband and wife die in Kerry marine tragedy

Here are today’s top stories on Independent.ie

“I was unconscious for two weeks, it didn’t look good but I got out” – Brian Cowen

The former Taoiseach looks back on his 12-month struggle to recover and says he’s had “amazing fortunes”.

Husband and wife die in Kerry marine tragedy

A major air-sea rescue operation was launched following reports of two people Difficulties in the sea off Ballybunion in north Kerry on Thursday afternoon.

Burglary suspect arrested while collecting his unemployment benefits

A criminal believed to be one of the country’s top gangsters in connection with a spate of burglaries in the country has been arrested in connection with a violent break-in at the home of a vulnerable 64-year-old man.

Stark figures show a fifth of pubs have closed since 2005

A fifth of pubs in Ireland have permanently closed their shutters in the last 16 years, new research shows.

Robbie Williams: “I took an online test to see if I was a narcissist”

Robbie Williams sits in the Paris apartment where he and his family are staying for a few weeks of summer, with the Eiffel Tower framed in the window behind him. As he speaks, children of different ages regularly slip in and out of the room, seeking attention and affection. “Life is really good,” he tells me. “Life is really good.”

Fear and revulsion in the drug world after the 700,000 euro bankruptcy increases the pressure on the gang

A gang at the heart of an operation in which Gardaí seized €700,000 worth of cannabis on Sunday were previously the organizers of another import operation that went awry.

Celebrities who reside in Dublin’s Dalkey sur Mer are no strangers to scheduling disputes

From U2 to Van Morrison, and from veteran TV presenter Pat Kenny to film director Jim Sheridan, well-known figures in Ireland are no stranger to disputes with their neighbors and planning bodies over issues affecting their own homes or neighborhoods.

Girl (12) chewed through ties to escape home where she was held captive with the dismembered remains of her mother and brother

A man has been arrested after a 12-year-old girl was held captive for a week in a mobile home with the dismembered remains of her mother and brother.

Third income tax rate of 30 percent on budget table to ease pressure on families

A third income tax rate of 30 percent is still being considered in budget negotiations. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s proposal for the new tax rate is currently under review by the Ministry of Finance and will appear in tax strategy papers to be published soon.

‘I felt like my baby was starving because I couldn’t breastfeed him’: mom opens up on ‘traumatic’ journey

A mother of two has described the beginning of her breastfeeding journey as a “traumatic” experience that severely shook her confidence as a parent.

‘After three years of yelling and screaming I must close’: Business anger at car ban on busy Dublin route

Business owners and residents have warned of “unprecedented traffic chaos” as road closures and diversions along one of Dublin’s busiest commuter routes come into effect next week.

Social workers were unable to visit 63 foster children

A social worker’s visit to at least 63 children in Tusla’s care service was overdue at the end of March, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).

Virus expert issues major Covid warning: “I fear a meltdown in winter”

A key Covid warning has been issued by the former chair of Oireachta’s all-party select committee on the virus and its deadly effects.

Twitter is tracking billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin to force Elon Musk to close the deal

Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder of hedge fund Citadel, has been added to a comprehensive list of those summoned by Twitter to force Elon Musk to complete his $44 billion buyout of the social media company.

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Taiwan is on alert as China fires test missiles and deploys jets

China deployed dozens of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan in its biggest cross-strait exercises yesterday, a day after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity trip to the self-governing island.

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