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  • So… Katie Hopkins may have just won Ed Miliband the election

    With one tweet, Hopkins may have changed the course of the British general election. q
  • Germanwings co-pilot calm as he flew jet into mountains

    The Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin delivered a chilling account of the final 30 minutes of Germanwings flight 9525, concluding that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the aircraft into a mountain range in southeastern France, killing himself and 149 other people. Robin’s shocking revelation was based on analysis of the cockpit voice recorder which was found by a rescue worker six hours after the crash.

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  • Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere sends support to Cork’s Jamie Wall

    Cork GAA star Jamie Wall, currently working on his recovery after a rare illness left him unable to use his legs, received a message of support yesterday from Premier League footballer Jack Wilshere. Wall was a rising star in Cork GAA , playing for Cork in the 2013 All-Ireland U21 football final and also excelling at hurling. q
  • Ailing €14m replica Famine ship is worth just €150k

    The replica Jeanie Johnson famine ship, which cost the taxpayer €14m, is now valued at a paltry €150,000, with the visitor attraction haemorrhaging money on an annual basis. Significant water damage to the vessel was discovered in 2011 but was left berthed at its permanent position in the Dublin Docklands for a further three years before repair work was carried out. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) claims it did not have the funding to dry dock the vessel for a number of years despite annual revenues of €30,000 being earned from the tourist amenity. Repairs of €50,000 were finally carried out on the replica of one of the most iconic symbols of the Great Famine, with taxpayers paying for €25,000 to €30,000 of additional work since then.

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  • Any threat to Saudi Arabia will evoke reaction from Pakistan - Irish Sun

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan. q
  • ‘Gilmore is weak and may lose his seat, which would serve FG’

    Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the general election. The constituency profiles, considered by the Fine Gael national executive this week, lay out the favoured approach by local activists, but offer blunt assessments of deputies and candidates. The document says the party would benefit if former Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore lost his Dáil seat. Dún Laoghaire, a four seat constituency, has two Fine Gael TDs: Ceann Comhairle Séan Barrett and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, along with Mr Gilmore for Labour an People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett.

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  • We finally get to see Benedict Cumberbatch's wife in her wedding dress

    The couture gown Sophie Hunter wore to walk down the aisle as she became Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch has finally been unveiled. The couple tied the knot on Valentine’s Day in an intimate ceremony on the Isle Of Wight, surrounded by friends and family. Now designers Valentino have posted a picture on Instagram, taken by celebrity photographer Annie Lebovitz for Vogue magazine, of Sophie, 37, in the custom-made gown she wore for her big day. The theatre director is expecting her first child with the Sherlock star and the empire line shape of the delicate lace dress billows over her baby bump. q
  • Deschamps downbeat as France given reality check by Brazil

    France suffered a serious reality check in their build-up to Euro 2016 on home soil when Brazil outclassed them in a friendly at the Stade de France on Thursday. Didier Deschamps’s team, who beat Spain, Portugal and Sweden last year, were dominated in midfield in the absence of Paul Pogba and were toothless up front while their fullbacks were tormented by wingers Willian and Oscar.

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  • Irish Water criticises ‘leaks’ on plan to deduct water bills from wages

    Leaks from within Government about proposed legislative changes which would allow Irish Water deduct unpaid charges from people’s wages or social welfare payments have been described as unhelpful by a spokeswoman for the controversial utility. “I don’t know how it happened but it is not helpful,” Elizabeth Arnett said.

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  • Katy Perry 'in mourning' for the end of her world tour

    Katy Perry has joked she wore black to the premiere of her new concert movie Katy Perry: Prismatic World Tour, because she is in mourning for the end of the live shows. The Dark Horse singer was joined on the pink carpet by her pet pooch Butters, who has been her mascot on the tour, which began in Northern Ireland in May last year, and is still going, with more Asian and South American shows taking place in April and May. q
  • Gardaí keep protesters from Taoiseach amid shouts of ‘traitor’ and ‘parasite’ - Irish Sun

    pual flynn /YouTube GARDA? INTERVENED TO keep anti-austerity protesters from Enda Kenny this afternoon as ...

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  • Conor Wilkinson committed to Ireland ahead of under-21 tie with Andorra

    It should be music to the ears of Kevin Kilbane to hear English-born Conor Wilkinson declare his undivided commitment to the Republic of Ireland ahead of Thursday’s opening European Championship qualifier against Andorra at the Waterford RSC (7.45pm).

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  • Germanwings Crash: British victims' families speak of devastating loss

    The families of three Britons killed in the French Alps plane disaster have spoken of their devastating loss. Another of the Britons to lose their lives was senior quality manager Martyn Matthews, aged 50, from Wolverhampton who worked at Tipton, West Midlands. A third Briton on the Barcelona to Dusseldorf flight was Paul Andrew Bramley, aged 28, who was originally from Hull and was studying hotel management in Lucerne, Switzerland. Announcing that three Britons had died, the foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, said: “We cannot rule out the possibility that there are further British people involved.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo wraps teammate's car in silver foil like his shoes

    Cristiano Ronaldo has played a prank on his Portugal teammate Ricardo Quaresma, by covering his car in tin foil to make it look like his new boots. The Portuguese footballer went at Quaresma's place in the recent media stunt and covered his car with a silver foil and sprayed 'CR7' logo on it just like his brand new shiny silver coloured Nike Mercurial football boots, the Mirror reported. q
  • Boko Haram 'forcing abducted girls to marry fighters'

    Nigeria-based Boko Haram has killed more than 1,000 civilians this year and forced hundreds of abducted girls and women to convert to Islam and marry fighters, a leading human rights group has said. Human Rights Watch said people are desperate despite recent successes of a multinational offensive which has seized back dozens of towns from the Islamic extremists. The New York-based group also said Nigerian security forces torched a village and killed at least five civilians. A report issued today, based on accounts from witnesses and media, said Nigeria’s government is not doing enough to protect its civilians. q
  • Former banker’s labour of love strikes gold

    At 52, Colm Lyon is no wunderkind of the tech world. The deal values the company he set up after leaving Ulster Bank in 2000 at €115 million. This is a labour of love which I set up years ago because I didn’t want to work for someone else,” he tells The Irish Times. Headquartered in Dublin’s docklands and surrounded by tech giants such as Google and Facebook, Realex can lay claim to being one of the few truly indigenous tech companies to make it big.

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  • Rescued American soldier facing desertion charges says he was tortured during five years he was held captive - Irish Sun

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper cable as he spent months blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed. Tough military charges against Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed. Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday with desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The latter charge as it applies to Bergdahl carries a sentence of life in prison. q
  • Tanaiste: 'Deeply problematic' to take water bill from dole

    Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Labour Party that it would be “deeply problematic” to deduct dole from welfare claimants who are unwilling to pay water charges. Mr Kenny’s comments come following an admission by Irish Water that the utility will issue thousands of bills to the wrong houses over the coming months. “The majority of people who have signed up as customers of Irish Water and will continue to sign up want to know that their neighbours, including the deputy, will make their contribution to the cost of production of quality Irish water in the coming years,” he said.

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  • How are Zayn Malik's bandmates feeling after he quit 1D?

    One Direction star Liam Payne has spoken of the difficult day in which Zayn Malik announced he had left the chart-topping band. Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam have said they will continue as a four-piece. And now Liam has told his 19.7 million Twitter followers of his “strange 24 hours” as the news broke. Before Zayn had announced his decision to quit, 21-year-old singer Liam incurred the wrath of One Direction fans by covering up Zayn’s face on a poster during a photoshoot on the South East Asian leg of their tour. q
  • Passenger bus falls through sinkhole into underground river in Brazil — and then splashes to the surface intact - Irish Sun

    Passengers hurriedly disembarked from a bus sinking into a dirt road minutes before it was ... q