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  • Irish vote could mean rapid, seismic shift on gay rights

    Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was among the last countries in the western world to decriminalise homosexuality. Some 22 years later, it could become the first to legalise same-sex marriages by popular vote.

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  • Katona's kids in 'traumatic' car crash

    Kerry Katona's children were involved in a "traumatic" car crash. The 34-year-old Atomic Kitten singer's daughters Mollie, 13, Lilly-Sue, 12, and Heidi, eight, as well as her seven-year-old son Max, were being driven by their nanny when their car was hit by another vehicle. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the source added: "Kerry is distraught and feels cursed. While no one was injured, Heidi was kept in hospital overnight, with the unrelated illness, and had her mum by her bedside, as well as her dad - Kerry's ex Mark Croft. q
  • Robin Thicke shows off his 20-year-old girlfriend at Cannes film festival

    Robin Thicke has proved he is officially moving on from his divorce by bringing his new date to Cannes. The Blurred Lines singer officially divorced Paula Patton in March after trying to win her back with an album named after her and various teary performances of songs from it. But now it seems he has accepted that his romance with Paula is well and truly over as the 38 year old brought new model girlfriend April Love Geary, 20, to the film festival. They made their red carpet debut as a couple at the de Grisogono bash at the Hôtel du Cap according to E!, where Robin performed a surprise set and spent the rest of the evening hanging out with his new love. q
  • Man arrested at nightclub where Dublin student died

    It is reported Gardaí have arrested a man on suspicion of selling illegal drugs in the Dublin nightclub outside which Ana Hick collapsed last weekend. The Dalkey native died last Sunday after being rushed to the Mater hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Irish Independent reports that six other people who were in the Twisted Pepper nightclub on the same night as Ana Hick were taken to hospital after taking ecstasy. Gardaí carried out an undercover operation on Saturday night after they were contacted by the hospital and are understood to have arrested one man on suspicion of selling illegal drugs.

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  • VIDEO: Eight-year-old Cork golf prodigy gets high praise from Rory McIlroy

    As the world’s top golfer, Rory McIlroy isn’t short a few euro — but he may have made his shrewdest investment yet in getting a promising young Cork golfer’s autograph. Eight-year-old Sean Reddy had a whirlwind few days last weekend when a trip away with his dad Simon culminated with the golf fanatic showing off his swing to the world number one in front of a huge media gathering. Simon explained that the pair went to London last weekend to catch the Frank and Walters in concert. While there, they popped into Niketown, the sportswear giant’s massive central London store, where Sean practiced his swing on a golf simulator on Friday night.

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  • Adebayor given compassionate leave by Spurs

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will miss his club’s final game of the season at Everton on Sunday after being allowed to return to his native Togo on compassionate grounds. Adebayor published the latest in a series of lengthy Facebook posts this week in which he revealed he had contemplated suicide due to a family feud. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid striker, who has already been granted compassionate leave this season, is also set to miss the club’s post-season tour of the Far Eastand his future at the club must now be in doubt.Adebayor has used his Facebook account three times to reveal his complicated family issues.

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  • Prostitute pleads guilty in Google exec's death

    A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison, bringing a sudden and unexpected conclusion to a tawdry case that garnered international attention. Tichelman injected Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin in November 2013, then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht, authorities say. Defence attorney Larry Biggam said Tichelman, 28, was relieved to have the court proceedings behind her, and she is expected to serve three years.

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  • Limerick six-year-old is Ireland's youngest member of high IQ society Mensa

    A six-year-old wonder boy from Co Limerick has become the country’s youngest member of Mensa. While his parents are naturally thrilled with the accolade, they say their son would rather talk about his beloved Manchester United. John Fitzgerald from Kildimo was officially told two days ago that he had been listed as the youngest person on Mensa’s books, which contain the names of about 1,000 Irish people. It came as no surprise to his father Barry, a computer engineer, and mother Annemaria, who’d seen his abilities before he could walk. q
  • Twelve players we need to see in the Premier League next season

    Premier League viewers are constantly told it is the best, most competitive league in the world - but results in Europe in recent years don't really support that view. Here are 12 players we would love to see turning out for someone in the Premier League next season. A pacey Frenchman who’s been scoring goals for fun sounds just like what Arsene Wenger needs, and Lacazette even seems like the type of player who could play alongside Olivier Giroud, who we can’t imagine Wenger shipping out or benching. Brendan Rodgers might have something to say about all this though, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the rest of the “big clubs” were also in for him. q
  • 7 moments from Red Nose Day USA that you need to see

    British stars such as Dame Helen Mirren, One Direction, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson joined their American counterparts for laughs at Red Nose Day in the US. In a bid to get the public’s donations, the three-hour charity telecast featured a musical version of Game Of Thrones, all-female remakes of Reservoir Dogs, Indiana Jones and Three Men And A Baby. Coldplay, led by frontman Chris Martin, and the cast sing a Broadway-worthy ode to the bloodthirsty fantasy drama in a sketch, narrated by the one and only Liam Neeson. q
  • 'Is There Only One Boutique West Of The Shannon?'

    Turquoise match: Constance Cassidy (left) and Bernie Butler (right) 'Yeats' writes: Constance Cassidy of Lissadell and Bernie Butler (Chair of model Gallery) both had the same clothes on yesterday ... q
  • Banks to cut interest rates for variable mortgages from July

    Homeowners with standard variable mortgages (SVR) look set to benefit from reduced interest rates from July. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he had met with the country’s main six lenders - AIB, Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, Ulster Bank, KBC and ACC - to discuss “the comparatively high standard variable rates currently being charged by the banks”.

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  • Raheem Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward opens maelstrom of outrage with comments

    The man at the centre of Raheem Sterling’s contract debacle has rarely spoken in public, but comments regarding his player’s impasse with Liverpool have opened him up to a maelstrom of outrage. Aidy Ward has almost become the story, arguably breaking a golden rules of his trade and taking the limelight when his prize asset should be the star of the show.

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  • Cannes 2015: Rita Ora’s racy dress, DiCaprio’s art donation and more gossip from the amfAR gala

    Amid celebrity show offs, indiscreet liaisons, and the aggressive banging of a hammer — the French Riviera’s annual, star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity attendees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody. Stars who put on their finest to walk the red carpet inlcuded Rita Ora in a sexy red frock and Kendell Jenner in a revealing purple gown.

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  • Tesco reveal new boss was paid £4.1m in first six months

    Tesco paid £4.1 million to new boss Dave Lewis in his first six months after he was brought in from consumer goods group Unilever to turn around the embattled supermarket. The group’s annual report also said it handed a £1.2 million pay-off to former boss Philip Clarke – on top of £764,000 in salary until mid-January – but confirmed it plans to claw back the leaving payment if it finds there was gross misconduct following the discovery of an accounting black hole. Tesco’s report showed further perks for Mr Clarke, who can still cash in £1.14 million of long-term incentive share awards and will retain his staff discount for life. q
  • Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards explains why she’s not wearing her engagement ring

    Perrie Edwards has a perfectly good reason as to why she’s not wearing her engagement ring from Zayn Malik. Talking to Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry on Capital’s Breakfast Show, she explained it all. When asked by Lisa where her ring was, Perrie explained: “I know!

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  • Coronation Street’s Liz McDonald faces heartbreak over love rat Tony

    Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard has opened up about her character Liz McDonald’s heartbreak to come when she discovers she has been cheated on. Rovers landlady Liz’s boyfriend Tony Stewart (Terence Maynard) has been having an affair with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and the pair have been plotting to take control of the pub behind her back.

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  • Britain to seize earnings of illegal migrant workers, PM says - Big News Network

    Big News Network - LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced plans to crack down on illegal ...

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  • Sir Cliff Richard 'won't go back to raid home'

    Sir Cliff Richard has put his UK home up for sale and has vowed never to return after it was raided by police, according to his friend, entertainer Cilla Black. Cilla told the Daily Mail the singer decided to put his Berkshire apartment on the market in the wake of the raid, which drew criticism as a BBC crew was on hand to film the police activity. Officers entered the gated estate while Sir Cliff was at another property in Barbados, during an investigation into an alleged assault at a religious event in 1985. Sir Cliff has strongly denied any wrongdoing and has not been arrested or charged. q
  • John Carver fears emulating Shearer by leading club into Championship

    John Carver will never forget the look on Alan Shearer’s face immediately after Newcastle United were relegated at Aston Villa six years ago and is fervently hoping he does not experience similar torture tomorrow. “I remember seeing the pictures of Alan on the pitch afterwards and I thought: ‘I hope that never, ever, happens to me.’ As it happens, I saw Alan only the other day and we talked about his feelings at the time and I told him what I felt.

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