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  • Kerry Katona kicks husband out after nine months of marriage

    Kerry Katona's marriage to George Kay is reportedly on the rocks after just nine months. The 34-year-old star, who's best known as a member of Atomic Kitten, has been involved in a series of blazing rows with her husband and has subsequently kicked him out of their family home, leaving their marriage in a fragile state. A source explained: "George's party lifestyle doesn't suit Kerry. The married couple have a one-year-old daughter, Dylan-Jorge, while Kerry also has two kids each from her first two marriages to singer Brian McFadden and Mark Croft - and Kerry is worried about putting her children through even more heartbreak. q
  • On-the-run David Cameron leaves This Morning hosts in a stew

    A perspiring prime minister added an unusual touch to a health food segment on This Morning by jogging past the camera. Hosts Amanda Holden and Gok Wan, who was filling in for Phillip Schofield, were surprised to see David Cameron out for his morning run while they created an “exciting superfood salad” outside the ITV studio on London’s South Bank. Holden halted the food-preparation session to announce: “David Cameron is jogging on the South Bank. Gok Wan yelled: “David, we’ve got smoothie. q
  • Woman tells of 'hell on earth' at Limerick psychiatric unit

    The HSE has said it is to investigate concerns raised by a well-known Limerick businesswoman after she experienced "hell on earth" in a psychiatric hospital unit in Limerick. Last November, Leona O'Callaghan, 35, spent two months at the 5B Psychiatric Ward in University Hospital Limerick, which she described as a "violent" and "uncaring" place. "The HSE need to hear the voice of the service users," the mother of three said. q
  • 'Speak English You're In Ireland'

    Several young male migrants speak about their experiences of living in Ireland in a new video released by the Immigrant Council of Ireland. It follows the ICI conducting a study which looked at the experiences of 40 men between the ages of 16 and 28 who were born outside of Europe and now live in Ireland. This gives Ireland the largest share of educated foreigners in the EU, and the third-highest among the 34 western nations in the OECD, after Israel and Canada. q
  • British girl who fled to Syria gloats at Tunisia deaths

    A British schoolgirl who fled to Syria has gloated over the fate of the tourists massacred on the beach in Tunisia. Amira Abase, 16, one of three girls who vanished from their east London homes in February to join Islamic State, wrote that she was laughing out loud — ‘Lol’ in text language — as Britain mourned those who lost their lives at Sousse. In an exchange of messages on social media with an undercover reporter from the Mail on Sunday, Abase, when told of the minute’s silence across Britain in memory of the victims, wrote “Loooool’. Abase believed the reporter to be another British teenager planning to run away to join IS.

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  • McLaren boss: Eddie Jordan is village idiot of Formula One

    McLaren group chief executive Ron Dennis has described Eddie Jordan as a “village idiot” following his heavy criticism of the British team. Dennis and his troubled McLaren outfit endured another painful weekend in what has been the worst season of their coveted history. Jenson Button was out of the race after 20 seconds. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were quick enough for only the penultimate row of the grid in qualifying, and while Alonso benefited from a host of retirements in Sunday’s incident-packed British Grand Prix to finish 10th and claim his first point of the season, Button’s race lasted just 20 seconds. q
  • Beckhams share adorable throwback snaps to mark their 16th wedding anniversary

    Victoria and David Beckham have been posting adorable tributes to each other on Instagram to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary. The couple, who tied the knot on July 4, 1999, shared gushing messages and throwback photos to mark their special day. First up was Victoria, who said she was “proud” of her beautiful family. “Happy anniversary, I love u so much x I’m so proud of our beautiful family x,” her special message to David said. q
  • Sleb Safari: Katy wants to move into a convent

    BREAKING news from Hollywood where Katy Perry’s plans to buy a former convent from the nuns who once lived there have come a cropper after they googled her and saw the video for California Gurls. The singer is in a legal battle with five elderly nuns over ownership of an estate on a hilltop in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles worth more than $14 million. Whatever she did worked to begin with and Katy’s $14.5m offer was accepted by the Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles Rev Jose Gomez. Then super sleuth Sr Rita Callanan got her Google on and discovered that Katy wasn’t a Sunday school teacher who helps out at a homeless hostel during the week.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner: I’m free to be me in America

    Caitlyn Jenner has praised the US for letting her “embrace her transgender” in a special Independence Day post. Caitlyn made the transition from Bruce Jenner earlier this year and revealed her female name on June 1 in a Vanity Fair cover story.

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  • Landlords offer over 150 Dublin properties for social housing

    More than 150 Dublin houses and flats have been offered by private landlords for social housing since local authorities began a rental recruitment drive just over a month ago. The number of landlords willing to rent to social housing tenants plummeted in recent years with the rise in Dublin rents making higher-income tenants more attractive.

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  • Prepare to be dazzled: mega fast broadband is coming to town

    Bandwidth-hungry businesses and consumers around the country received welcome news recently with the launch of Siro, the new joint venture between ESB and Vodafone. The new company is to invest €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100 percent fibre-to-the-building broadband network which will offer speeds of between 200 Mbps and 1 gigabit to half a million homes in 50 regional towns. This is the first time that a European national electricity network has been used to bring fibre broadband services to people’s homes.

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  • George Clooney and Amal took Julia Roberts sailing for the Fourth of July

    George Clooney and his wife Amal threw the best Fourth of July party outside of the United States, hosting famous friends at their Italian residence to celebrate American Independence Day. Along with around 10 other guests, Julia Roberts and her husband Daniel Moder joined the power couple at their home near Lake Como. The Monuments Men star George, 54, and barrister Amal, 37, invited their guests to sail around the lake to enjoy a late-night fireworks display. News, Clooney started his trip to Italy with a surprise appearance during a Toto concert in Milan on July 2. q
  • Mother selling home to fund son's operation after HSE pulls funding

    A young mother, who travelled to Italy for pioneering surgery on her deaf son’s hearing, said she will have to sell her house after the HSE pulled the plug on funding for the operation. Josh Butler, 2, of Midleton, Co Cork was born deaf and was selected for an auditory brain stem implant by a prominent surgeon in Italy. Josh’s mother Chloe Walsh said that the HSE referred her toddler to Italy for the €76,000 surgery.

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  • Delevingne slams 'totally sexist' superhero movies

    Cara Delevingne thinks it's "wonderful" the world is becoming more accepting of same-sex marriages. Cara also sent a specific message to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, calling on him to follow the example of other major nations and legalise same-sex marriage. This comes shortly after Cara - who's set to star alongside Will Smith and Margot Robbie in 'Suicide Squad' - blasted superhero movies as "totally sexist". Generally though, superhero movies are totally sexist. q
  • Princess Charlotte's royal christening stays with tradition

    Princess Charlotte was christened in front of the Queen and close family and friends at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Norfolk. The nine-week-old was welcomed into the Christian faith as parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and older brother Prince George looked on. Great-grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton joined Charlotte’s five godparents for the celebratory occasion.

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  • Euro falls in wake of Greek voters rejecting austerity

    The euro fell as Greek voters rejected austerity demands, fueling concern the indebted nation is on track to exit the currency union. The euro lost 1.1 percent to $1.0987 by 5:09 a.m. Sydney time, slipping 2 percent against the yen and 1 percent versus the pound.

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  • Nani makes United exit

    Manchester United winger Nani has completed a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce, the Premier League club have announced. Nani won four Premier League titles and the Champions League after joining United in 2007 and scored 41 goals in 230 appearances. q
  • A Very Long Shot

    A distinctive camera with priceless photos from Cuba left on an Air France plane. My girlfriend and myself recently returned from a ten-day holiday in Cuba, we were on the connecting flight from Paris to Dublin on Saturday about 4pm (Air France AF1116 – in case anyone may have been on it). q
  • Gazza threw Rolex out of window 'because it was listening to him'

    Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has revealed he threw a Rolex watch out of the window at the height of his struggle with drugs because he thought it was “listening” to him. The star, who played for clubs including Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio during his career, has fought a very public battle with addiction. Speaking to Alastair Campbell in GQ, he said he had gone years at a time without a drink but last fell off the wagon in April,l embarking on what he described as “a one-day bender”. Gazza, who said he prays every day to stay sober, likened being in rehab to his playing days, saying that was the “only time I felt free”. q
  • Happy anniversary Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini! Here is their year together in pictures

    As Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini celebrate their first wedding anniversary today, we take a look back at the past 52 weeks. On July 13 2014, Cheryl – who was previously married to footballer Ashley Cole – dropped the bombshell that she had become a Mrs again, having secretly tied the knot to the Frenchman after three months of dating. “I usually do not discuss my personal life but to stop the speculation I want to share my happy news… Jean-Bernard and I married on 7/7/14.. We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together..,” the singer wrote alongside a photo of her engagement and wedding rings on Instagram. Days after announcing her wedding, Cheryl unveiled her new single Crazy Stupid Love.

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