NEWS — 17 June 2014

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Susan Lohan of Adoption Rights Alliance calls for a wide scope of the forthcoming mother and baby homes inquiry in the wake of the discovery of a mass grave on the grounds of a former home for unmarried mothers in Tuam. Susan wants the Magdalene Laundries and county homes also included or else “we would just have to revisit it in five years time”. Susan also says the treatment dished out in these homes is not an issue of the past as the torment of mothers and children torn away from their own family continues to this day.

HBO Executive Michael Lombardo criticises Belfast, where the company produces fantasy drama Game of Thrones,  describing the city as “a personal challenge” as it lacks the “cosmopolitan” feel cast and crew are used to. The Mayor of Belfast has already responded angrily. 

The Donegal mother of a 20-year-old who died after taking a legal cannabis substitute calls on the UK government to take action and ban such substances that are untested, unregulated and so dangerous but still available on British high streets.

Police hunt for escaped murderer Robert Donovan who may be hiding in Ireland. Robert was a minor when he was convicted of murdering Palladium stage manager Edwin Thornley to death in 1974 and was sentenced to indefinite jail time. He walked out of an open prison in 2010.

Prince William repressents the Queen as Irish Guards’ Colonel-in-Chief at the Beating of the Retreat, a ceremony that dates back to 1690.

Liverpool’s top cop Jon Murphy to be knighted along with Daniel Day-Lewis and Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher.

14-year-old Hannah Garrity, from Co. Tyrone, wins a Stroke Association Life After Stroke Award.

Employers in Ireland are hoping to entice back skilled construction workers who were forced to emigrate.  There has been a three-fold increase in construction jobs in Ireland in the last year. Quantity surveyors, project managers, site engineers and property managers are among the skills that are being sought. 

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Longford choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan talks about delving into his Midlands roots ahead of Rian coming to Sadlers Wells this Friday June 20.

We catch up with country singing star Lisa McHugh to talk about her new single Applejack, new television show On the Road with Lisa that comes to IrishTV in the autumn and her feelings on being referred to as a sex symbol.

We look at some of the emerging and more established faces of the country music scene today.

Glamour girl Nadia Forde talks about her debut single, BPM.

RTE broadcaster John Kelly tells Shelley Marsden about Dublin forty years from now.

Well known Irish actor Ned Dennehy talks about his new film, Downhill.

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London will not make a decision on whether to play all of their 2015 National League fixtures in Ireland during Ruislip’s redevelopment until the planning application has been decided.

KKG stalwart Kevin Waldron looks for a move to St Josephs.

We preview London’s footballers trip to Limerick in the All- Ireland qualifiers.

Kilkenny’s footballers defeat Lancashire. 

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