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  • Aer Lingus flight forced to swerve in take-off to avoid jet

    The crew of a Dublin-bound Aer Lingus flight had to take evasive action to avoid a private jet that had entered the runway while they were taking off. The Aer Lingus pilot confirmed to air traffic controllers afterwards that they had “enough room to take a right around the traffic” following the incident at Geneva Airport in Switzerland last Friday morning. Aer Lingus flight EI-681 had been cleared for immediate take-off while a British Airways (Airbus A320) was on final approach and due to land soon afterwards. As the Aer Lingus jet raced down the runway for take-off, an alert air traffic controller spotted a Cessna Citation jet about to enter the same runway and made a frantic radio broadcast instructing its crew to “hold position here”.

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  • WATCH: In-pedal-ble Hulk as man lifts car out of bike lane - Irish Daily Star

    SURREAL these incredible images show the moment an angry cyclist lifted a car up and out of a cycle lane. The footage of a well-built man lifting up the back of a parked car has gone viral — as YouTube users applauded the man for moving a car which had parked across a cycle lane, blocking his way. The unidentified man was frustrated when he realised the vehicle had parked across the cycle lane – but was determined not to let it get in his way.

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  • Irish Water: Utility a persistent unmitigated disaster

    Irish Water has run from one controversy to another but now things have got a whole lot worse, writes political reporter Juno McEnroe. “Give it time — give it a fair hearing,” appealed Environment Minister Alan Kelly last November as scandal after scandal surrounded the Irish Water project. The confusion and criticism overshadowing the bonus-driven company; the rushed and muddled charging scheme; and the secret setting up of Irish Water has just got a whole lot worse for Fine Gael and Labour. Eurostat’s ruling that Irish Water has failed its test on being independent means at least €500m will be added to the national debt.

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  • Calvin Harris' 2002 nightclub photo shows he's really gone from geek to chic

    Calvin Harris may be pretty cool these days – dating Taylor Swift and fronting a shirtless campaign for Emporio Armani – but he doesn’t mind looking back on his dorkier younger self. The two are in Jumpin Jaks, a night club in Dumfries which closed five years ago, and Calvin sports a striped polo shirt with a T-shirt underneath. In 2009, when he hit fame with his album Ready For The Weekend, he was still looking pretty geeky. In newly-released photos for an Emporio Armani campaign, Calvin is pictured posing in tight black briefs and showing off his six-pack. q
  • Ricky Gervais and Cara Delevingne lead pack of celebrities horrified by Cecil the Lion shooting

    Cara Delevingne, Ricky Gervais and Sharon Osborne are among the celebrities who have expressed their outrage at the shooting of Cecil the Lion by American dentist Walter Palmer. Walter paid £35,000 to hunt Cecil in Zimbabwe earlier this month. The 13-year-old lion was renowned in Zimbabwe for his friendliness, but was shot to death by the American, who was accompanied by local guides. Since then, Twitter has exploded in anger, and celebrities have taken to the social networking site to express their anger at the hunter and sadness at the loss of Cecil. q
  • Ryanair flight returns to airport minutes after departure to remove forgotten luggage

    A Ryanair flight was forced to do a u-turn just 20 minutes after departure after the crew realised that the luggage from a previous flight had not been removed from the plane. An investigation has been launched into the Boeing 737-800's return to City of Derry Airport during its scheduled flight to Alicante in Spain on Monday. Approximately 20 minutes after departure the captain announced to passengers that he was turning the aircraft around because ‘they had forgotten a bag’. Upon arrival, the baggage was removed and the flight departed for the second time at 7pm.

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  • 9 photos of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding on July 29, 1981

    It’s been 34 years since the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer married at St Paul’s Cathedral. On July 29, 1981, an estimated TV audience of 750 million watched Princess Diana marry the future King Prince Charles in what was considered the “wedding of the century”. Here are 9 photos of their special day....

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  • X Factor will never be the same again after this news

    Get rid of Cheryl, get rid of Simon, we’d even trade in Olly Murs - just not this guy. Peter Dickson is leaving the X Factor after 11 years. For those of you who are not familiar with his name, Peter Dickson is the famous X Factor voiceover artist that makes the hair stand on the backs on our necks. The news comes ahead of the show's 12th series, which has received a huge revamp following the departures of judges Louis Walsh and Mel B - who have been replaced by Rita Ora and Rick Grimshaw - and host Dermot O'Leary - who is being replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack. q
  • WATCH: Pirlo tells his ‘keeper exactly where Kaka will aim free-kick

    Former AC Milan team-mates Andrea Pirlo and Kaka were reunited in the MLS at the weekend, and at least one of them was willing to use his inside knowledge for his team’s advantage. Pirlo made his debut for New York City on Sunday against Orlando City, the team Kaka joined in 2014. The pair, who won the Champions League together in 2007, shared a friendly greeting when Pirlo came on as a second-half substitute. The Italian legend may have been pleased to see Kaka, but he was also happy to use his knowledge of the Brazilian to help his new side. q
  • Gerry Adams says the ‘IRA was never defeated’

    Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has marked the 10th anniversary of the IRA formally declaring its armed campaign was over by stating the “IRA was never defeated”. Mr Adams, in a statement, referred to recent comments by British prime minister David Cameron where he said that “British resolve saw off the IRA’s assaults on our way of life”.

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  • Windows 10 can turn Microsoft into a success again, but it needs to get these 4 things right

    The global launch of Windows 10 is a pivotal moment for Microsoft as a consumer business, because in recent years Windows has started to matter a lot less. The rise of mobile devices has hit the PC market hard – and no more so than Microsoft, which has around 1.5 billion Windows customers, making it the market leader in that arena. This, combined with Apple’s OS X and Mac computer line-up regularly bucking the trend and actually increasing sales, has left Microsoft and Windows adrift in the technology world, with Google’s Chrome and Android dominating. But a hint of change appeared at the beginning of the year when Windows 10 was first previewed, and it has hinted at a potential change in fortunes for the firm. q
  • Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot's new leading man revealed

    Chris Pine has joined the cast of Wonder Woman. The Star Trek actor will play Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in the DC comic book movie, The Wrap reported. Monster director Patty Jenkins is due to direct the highly anticipated movie, while Man of Steel director Zach Snyder will serve as a producer. The Wonder Woman character will first be introduced to audiences in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and she features prominently in the trailer recently unveiled at Comic Con in San Diego. q
  • "They've all got really good bums"

    "They've all got really good bums"

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  • Castlebar man died due to medical misadventure, jury finds

    A JURY has found that the death of an 82-year-old Castlebar man in Mayo General Hospital was as a result of medical misadventure. Darby King, late of Ballinaleck, Castlebar, died on April 27, 2014, just three days after he was admitted to Mayo General Hospital following a minor road traffic accident. The inquest into his death held yesterday in Castlebar heard that Mr King suffered a stroke while driving and suffered haemorrhaging to the brain.

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  • Who is Gigi Hadid? Here are six things you need to know

    Gigi already has an impressive career. But there’s more to the 20-year-old model than you may think. q
  • Arsene Wenger: Why superstar Eden Hazard isn't as good as Man Utd hero Cristiano Ronaldo - Irish Daily Star

    ARSENE WENGER reckons Eden Hazard needs to score more goals before he can be considered equal to Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. The Chelsea star enjoyed a sensational season last campaign, helping the Blues to the Premier League title.

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  • 'No evidence' that remains of girl found in Australia are those of Madeleine McCann

    There is "absolutely no evidence" that the remains of a young girl found by a suitcase in Australia are those of Madeleine McCann, an Australian Police official has said. The decomposed body of a young, fair-haired girl aged between two and four, who was killed in at least 2007, was discovered in a suitcase next to a remote motorway in Wynarka near Adelaide in South Australia earlier this month. British police officers investigating the Madeleine McCann disappearance have contacted Australian authorities over the discovery, Scotland Yard said. q
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  • Parents pay up to €4k cost for school

    Parents will pay up to €2,211 for a child to attend primary school this September, with the annual cost reaching €4,154 for a child in secondary school. It shows that 61% of mums are finding it difficult to cover the costs, an increase of 10% on last year, while 80% agree that school costs are expensive, compared to 63% last year. The overall cost for a year in primary school, at €2,211 per child, does not include the cost of after-school care that can add a further €4,000 onto the back-to-school bill for working parents. According to the research, the average cost of a school uniform in primary school costs €102.50, increasing to €189.50 at second level.

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  • Water protestors ‘message’ from Taoiseach’s late mother ‘a low blow’

    A close friend of Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised the personal attack water protestors delivered to the Taoiseach during his visit to Glenties in Donegal on Friday evening. Mr Kenny was speaking at the MacGill Summer School and upon arrival was greeted by a banner from the Donegal Water Warriors group. Dear Enda, I lie here in my grave, restless, distraught, in tears and despair as I unable [sic] to stop you rob, cheat and lie to the Irish people. Cllr Cyril Burke, a Fine Gael county councillor for the Castlebar area and a close friend of Mr Kenny’s, described the banner as ‘shocking’.

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  • WATCH: NSFW The moment Helen Mirren said 'p*****' on Good Morning Britain - Irish Daily Star

    WHOOPSIE, the Oscar-winning actress left presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway stunned with her colourful language during interview. Warning – strong language Helen Mirren – who turns 70 this week – was regaling the breakfast show with her love of camping, drawing on a particular time that the good old British weather ruined one such ...

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