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22 neglected horses found

Animal welfare officers have been left struggling to cope after 22 neglected horses were taken into care over two days.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) warned the equine welfare crisis gripping the country has escalated to levels that have rocked the charity.

A total of 30 horses left to die have been saved in the past two weeks, with 22 animals taken in over a 48-hour period from locations across Donegal, Cork, Westmeath and Carlow.

Car salesman fired over tie

A car salesman in suburban Chicago who was fired for refusing to remove a Green Bay Packers tie said he will not be coming back even though his former boss has relented.

John Stone wore the tie to work at Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn on Monday, the day after the Packers beat the Chicago Bears to advance to the Super Bowl.

Mr Stone said he wore the tie to honour his late grandmother, who was a big Green Bay fan.

But his boss, Jerry Roberts, said the dealership has done promotions involving the Bears.

Ex-priest Cutie gets chat show

A former Roman Catholic priest who left the Church to marry his girlfriend after the two were photographed embracing on a south Florida beach is getting a new TV show.

Alberto Cutie announced he will host the daily talk show Father Albert on Fox stations.

A Fox spokeswoman said the show will be aired later this year in cities including New York and Los Angeles. It will be picked up nationwide if it does well.

Mr Cutie and his wife welcomed their first child in December.