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    Filmmaker Jo Andres, wife of actor Steve Buscemi, dies at 64

    Jo Andres, a filmmaker and choreographer married to actor Steve Buscemi, has died at the age of 64. Andres was married to Buscemi for more than three decades. Buscemi's representative, Staci Wolfe, confirmed Andres's death to The Associated Press on Sunday. She did not respond to questions about the date or cause of her death. Andres was best known for her 1996 short film Black Kites, which won several film festival awards. She and Buscemi married in 1987 and had one child together, Lucian, born in 1990. Buscemi has starred in several films including Reservoir Dogs, Big Fish and The Big Lebowski. He also starred in the HBO TV series The Sopranos. - Press Association

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    Jail time increased for man who inflicted 'merciless beating' on partner and abducted her toddler

    A man who gave his partner a “merciless beating” before abducting her infant child has had his prison sentence increased by the Court of Appeal. Patrick Lynch (38), with an address at Lady's Place, Naas, Co Kildare pleaded not guilty to assaulting his partner as well as the abduction of a child at locations in the county on November 7, 2016. He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to two years imprisonment with the final six months suspended by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin on April 17, 2018. The Director of Public Prosecutions successfully sought a review of Lynch's sentence on grounds that it was “unduly lenient”. He was accordingly resentenced today to three years imprisonment with the final

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    Brexit letter: EU tells May they will not agree to Withdrawal Agreement changes

    A letter containing assurances from the presidents of the European Council and European Commission has been published ahead of Theresa May's statement to the Commons on Monday. Downing Street released a letter from Theresa May to the EU chiefs requesting further assurances on the backstop. Mrs May wrote: "The clarifications and undertakings proposed in this letter are consistent with the letter and spirit of the deal we have reached, but would be further reassurance that the fears that some hold on both sides are misplaced." A letter of response to Theresa May from Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk states that "we are not in a position to agree to anything that changes or is inconsistent with

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    Brian Crowley to break his silence on European Parliament absence

    Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley is set to break his silence on his illness which has prevented him from attending parliament even once since his election five years ago. Mr Crowley is due to hold a press conference on Thursday to “discuss his recent ill-health and his future plans,” a statement to the Irish Examiner has stated. He will also “cover any and all topics” media wish to raise with him. Mr Crowley, (54) has been a poll-topping MEP since 1994, but has suffered from complications from an accident when he was 16 which left him paralysed from the hips down. Some years later he also survived another near-death experience in a car accident. The popular MEP has come under sustained pressure

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    Boris Johnson urges colleagues to reject May's plan and push for no-deal Brexit

    Boris Johnson has urged colleagues to vote against the Prime Minister's Brexit plan and instead push for no-deal “with zeal and enthusiasm”. The former foreign secretary, in a five-minute speech from the backbenches, told MPs the Irish backstop should be scrapped and an alternative solution found with “a spirit of optimism and determination”. Mr Johnson also warned against extending Article 50, saying the British public would perceive a “plot by the deep state to kill Brexit”. He said: “I fear that if we vote for this deal we will be blatantly negating many of the potential benefits of Brexit because, as a result of the backstop trap, we will be faced with an unthinkable choice - sacrifice Northern

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    Uninsured drivers who cause accidents to be pursued for 'substantial' costs

    The Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) has warned that uninsured drivers who are responsible for road traffic accidents face the prospect of being pursued for "substantial costs". Among the punishments facing such drivers are the seizure of their assets or vehicles, mandatory debt repayments, bankruptcy proceedings, the mandatory sale of their home and even imprisonment, MIBI said. The announcement was made in the body's new Holding to Account - Reinforcing the MIBI's recovery strategy report today. MIBI confirmed that it plans to ramp up their debt recovery and anticipates that this approach will raise €4m over four years. The MIBI is a not for profit organisation that was established

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    After the Brexit vote: what happens next?

    Theresa May's Brexit plans are due to be put to the Commons this week following a five-day debate in Westminster. The vote had been scheduled to take place in December but was called off at the 11th hour with Government victory looking unlikely. MPs continue to be divided on the plans, with a number of pro-Remainers calling for Mrs May's deal to be voted down, and some ardent Leavers pushing for the same result to ensure a no-deal Brexit. Here's a look at what could happen following Tuesday's vote: The simplest outcome to plot comes if the Government wins the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. In this instance, the UK would leave the European Union on March 29. But should Mrs May's deal be voted