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A judge has suggested that legislators should look at introducing tougher sentences for drink-driving, bringing them into line with those in the UK. Travelling salesman Finbarr O'Rourke (40), of Laurel Drive, Portlaoise, Co Laois, was yesterday jailed for seven years and six months for causing the death of Ciaran Treacy (4). Ciaran was travelling with his brother Sean (7) and mother Gillian in April 2014, when O'Rourke's vehicle crossed the white line and ploughed into their car.

Read More: 'He was the light of our lives, the energy in our home has now been taken from us' 

Irish Rail has admitted it is "pessimistic" about the prospect of averting Friday's planned strike action by train drivers after relations between the company and trade unions were at their most strained in years. It now appears inevitable that some 40,000 commuters will be discommoded for the second time in a fortnight as Irish Rail workers prepare to down tools between the hours of 6 and 9am.

Read More: Commuters face delays as rail strike to go ahead

More than €700,000 paid to the Web Summit by the State should be "given back" if its co-founder Paddy Cosgrave considers it nothing more than "hush money", a government minister has said. Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has hit out at claims by Mr Cosgrave that payments to the event from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland were supplied so the organisers would "lavish the Government in praise".

Read More: Give us back the €700,000 'hush money', minister tells Web Summit organisers 

The presidents of China and Taiwan will meet for the first time since civil war divided their lands 66 years ago. Saturday's meeting in Singapore between China's President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeoua is a highly symbolic move that reflects quickly improving relations between the formerly bitter Cold War foes.

Read More: China and Taiwan leaders to meet after decades of hostility 

The man behind the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has pleaded not guilty to US charges stemming from the sprawling bribery case that has scandalised the football world. Jose Maria Marin, 83, appeared in a Brooklyn federal court following his extradition from Switzerland, where he was arrested in May along with five other Fifa officials in a dawn raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich.

A judge agreed to release him on 15 million dollars' bail (£9.7m) and allow him to live with tight restrictions in a £2.2m New York apartment until his case is resolved.

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