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  • No one can believe what Katie Hopkins has said about migrants now

    Unsurprisingly it’s made a lot of people angry, including Piers Morgan, Russell Brand and Matt Lucas who all stepped in to say so on Twitter. Adding: “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. q
  • Lord urges Republic to consider rejoining Commonwealth

    The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said. Speaking at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, Indian-born entrepreneur Lord Diljit Rana said any debate must not be “governed by historical distortion, but rather recognise the truth of today and recognise that the Republic of Ireland has much to offer and lots to receive. “I have been associated with a group of people over the last number of years who firmly believe that the Republic of Ireland joining the Commonwealth would have considerable benefits, further improve relations with Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK and be warmly welcomed by all Commonwealth countries, including .

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  • Anti-water charge protesters to demonstrate in Dublin

    Anti-water charge protestors have said Irish Water will fund the bank bailout and not repair of the water system. Protestors are meeting in Dublin this afternoon to bin their bills in opposition to the water charges. The campaigners meet at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre at 2pm, before marching to Leinster House.

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  • VIDEO: David Beckham utterly shames son Brooklyn

    Even David Beckham can be an embarrassing dad! q
  • Donald Clarke: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington’s Belfast apology

    There’s a great deal to ponder in Game of Thrones. It is not surprising that commentators rarely get around to discussing the comical geography of Westeros. George RR Martin, author of the source novels, has spread a kaleidoscope of communities across his imagined kingdom, but he has made sure the northerners are as grim and austere as possible.

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  • Zayn Malik has shaved his head and people are freaking out

    Zayn Malik took a step in a new direction tonight, as he debuted a new shaved head hair do at the Annual Asian Awards in London. The former One Direction star – who was making his first public appearance since quitting the boy band – brought his mum as his date for the evening, leaving fiancee Perrie Edwards at home. After he had entered the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, a tussle broke out among the crowd of fans as they argued about his new hair style. One person had a theory about what had actually happened to Zayn’s hair.

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  • Couple both die falling down stairs in 'bizarre, tragic incident'

    A couple who fell down stairs one after the other died in an “extremely bizarre, albeit tragic, incident”, police have said. Detectives investigating the deaths of a 67-year-old man and his 66-year-old partner said there are “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding their deaths. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the pair were found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Failsworth home on April 15. It is thought the man was fatally injured when he fell down the stairs, while the woman died after also falling when coming to his aid. q
  • Supermodel Gisele Bundchen takes last stroll down catwalk

    Gisele Bundchen bid adieu to the catwalk, strutting her stuff at an emotionally charged show in Sao Paulo that she said will be her last stroll down a runway in a 20-year career that has made her a fashion legend. The 34-year-old Brazilian is married to NFL quarterback Tom Brady, with whom she has two children. As the world’s highest-paid model, according to a 2014 ranking by Forbes magazine, Bundchen is the face of Chanel, Carolina Herrera, and other top brands. Gisele Bundchen wears a creation from the Colcci Summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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  • Stephen Collins: Labour win in UK elections is preferable from Irish perspective

    A century on from the series of events that led to the Irish exit from the United Kingdom it appears that Scotland is about to launch itself on a similar trajectory with unforeseen consequences for all the people of these islands. While violence is unlikely to feature on the road to Scottish independence there are some remarkable political similarities with the situation in Ireland just over a century ago. The current British election campaign has uncanny echoes of the first election of 1910 when the Conservative and Liberal parties ended up in a dead heat and presented the Irish Parliamentary Party with the balance of power in the House of Commons.

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  • Star Wars fans react to the new Force Awakens trailer

    Star Wars fans have gone into meltdown after the new trailer was released for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Episode VII preview opened on a desert landscape that seemed more than a little bit menacing – especially when a closer look at a crashed Star Destroyer and X-Wing seemed to show the fall-out of a battle between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. It felt like an original Star Wars film. In one spooky scene, Darth Vader’s mangled mask popped up – who is responsible for recovering it, and why have they got hold of it? q
  • Former Taoiseach Cowen admits mistakes over bank guarantee

    Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen has accepted that mistakes were made in the handling of the controversial bank guarantee of 2008. Earlier this week, Mr Cowen was summoned to give evidence at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry. During an event in Killarney last night, Mr Cowen told Radio Kerry that the government of the time acted to the best of their ability with the information available to them. q
  • Homeless crisis blamed on rent allowance cuts

    The Government has come under renewed fire for not doing enough to ease the homelessness crisis, with opposition parties blaming cuts to the rent allowance. Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív warned the Dáil the situation was getting worse. “The Simon Community has said it has never been as bad in Dublin and that the number of homeless families is at the highest level in our history,” said Mr Ó Cuív . “The whole situation has been made worse by the cuts to the rent allowance and also the elimination of mortgage interest supplement,” he said.

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow fails low-budget living challenge

    Gwyneth Paltrow has said her “perspective has been forever altered” after she managed to last only four days of a week-long challenge to live on around £16. The actress was given around 29 US dollars, which is the amount people get in food stamps as part of an American government welfare programme, to promote a New York food bank. She said: “As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice). Gwyneth, who said her performance was worth “a C-minus”, said: “I’m not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. q
  • Michael Douglas says his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones is 'stronger than ever'

    When news broke in 2013 that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were heading to splitsville, there was mourning galore. Luckily though, the couple have reconciled and Michael now says they’re marriage is “stronger than ever”. Appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show, he said: “It can’t be a one-way street. It’s been a tough couple of years for the couple as Michael, now 70, battled cancer after being diagnosed in 2010, but is now in remission. q
  • Joan Burton to consider grants proposals for first-time home buyers

    Tánaiste Joan Burton is set to consider proposals to give struggling first-time buyers a hand buying their home with State-funded grants. Labour TD Joe Costello said the initiative was needed as young buyers could not raise these funds and were trapped paying sky-high rents. Mr Costello outlined his plans at this week’s Labour parliamentary party meeting.

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  • Varadkar says ‘strange people’ advertising as psychotherapists

    A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Mr Varadkar insisted the matter “is not on the back burner” as his party colleague Dan Neville TD raised concern about the length of time it was taking to put regulation in place. Mr Neville, a veteran campaigner on mental health issues, said “any person can put up a sign and say he or she is a counsellor or psychotherapist and charge the usual fee of around €80 an hour to perform” such services.

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  • Ireland has 'by far' largest proportion of children

    Ireland has “by far” the largest percentage of children in its population in the European Union and will continue to do so for the next 35 years, it has been found. Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office has compiled a series of reports on the numbers and activities of children across the continent. It found that at 22%, Ireland had what it said was by far the largest proportion of children in its population in 2014.

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  • Karen Buckley: Some of many unanswered questions

    Key questions surrounding the disappearance and death of Karen Buckley

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  • Rory McIlroy hooks another three big ones but chasing Phil Mickelson

    Rory McIlroy might have added Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Patrick Reed to a stellar field but the world No 1 is chasing an even bigger name for next month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open — Phil Mickelson. While Tiger Woods’ agent confirmed during the Masters that the 14-time major winner is unavailable for the May 28-31 test at storied Royal County Down, sources close to the organisation of this year’s extravaganza insisted yesterday that McIlroy has not given up hope of adding left-hander Mickelson to what is already a star-studded field.

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  • Guardian mix-up between Balotelli and Sturridge in article about racism

    The Guardian newspaper has been left with egg on its face today - after a disastrous picture mix-up. The newspaper made the mistake in an article about the depressing amount of racist abuse faced by black players in the Premier League. The article itself was a measured analysis of the levels of racism endemic in British football culture, but was totally undermined by the pictures accompanying it. Unfortunately the pictures are of Balotelli, Welbeck and Balotelli again. q