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  • Upcoming name change can’t come soon enough for Eircom

    It is 16 years since Telecom Éireann rebranded as Eircom. Eircom has never been a particularly disliked brand in the Irish market, but it has also never been loved. For a while, any mention of Eircom in kitchens and sculleries up and down the land was inevitably followed by grumblings about savings lost or loans wasted. For the following decade, as Eircom ran through the hands of private equity houses, the name became synonymous with the kind of tycoon-enriching financial engineering that simply serves to get ordinary people’s backs up.

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  • Hillary Clinton 'tired' of Belfast teapot yarn

    HILLARY Clinton's aides said she had grown "tired" of mentioning in speeches famously receiving an old teapot from women she met in a Belfast cafe two decades ago. Declassified emails reveal advisers said Ms Clinton had cut the anecdote from a Stormont speech "because she thinks she's played it out". Ms Clinton memorably met a group of Catholic and Protestant women - including celebrated peace campaigner Joyce McCartan - in the Lamplighter cafe on the lower Ormeau Road. The then first lady was memorably given an old teapot by Ms McCartan during the visit to Belfast in 1995, which she used for brew-ups in the White House.

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  • Brooklyn Beckham follows in his parents' footsteps with first Vogue cover

    Brooklyn Beckham has made his parents proud with his first Vogue covershoot. The 16-year-old son of fashion designer Victoria Beckham and footballer-turned-underwear-model David Beckham appears on the October cover of Miss Vogue magazine. Brooklyn has been modelling for some time, and has already appeared covers of style and fashion magazines Man About Town and T Magazine. His Spice Girl mother Victoria has graced the cover of Vogue in several countries around the world. q
  • Sutherland seeks response as images of drowned boy shock

    Peter Sutherland has called on Britain to take more people fleeing Syria after shocking pictures of a drowned refugee boy ratcheted up the pressure on Europe’s leaders to act. The UN special representative on international migration said while some countries were “massively bearing the burden” of the migrant crisis, the UK was among those that “can do more”. A spokesman for the UK government said pictures of the three-year-old child washed up on a Turkish beach were “clearly shocking”.

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  • Wet, cold, sunny... an Irish summer

    It’s official – this summer was a total washout thanks to largely wet and windy conditions putting a dampener on the country’s fine weather wishes. According to Met Éireann, which has just released reports on June, July and August, Cork had the wettest day of the season while Dublin had the sunniest, the hottest, and the coldest. The highest amount of rainfall this summer, 41.3mm, was recorded at Cork Airport on July 6 making it Cork’s wettest summer day in eight years. Dublin was the driest area in the country this summer, with 147.5mm of rainfall recorded at Casement Aerodrome in the south-west of Dublin, the area’s driest summer since 2006.

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  • Emmanuel Adebayor is going to have a lot of free time in the next few months

    TOTTENHAM STRIKER EMMANUEL Adebayor has been left out of his club’s 25-man Premier League squad for the rest of the year. Adebayor had been expected to leave White Hart Lane before the transfer window closed on Tuesday, but Tottenham were unable to find a buyer for the Togo international. The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City star, who reportedly earns £100,000-a-week (â ¬137,000), has also been left out of Tottenham’s Europa League squad. Adebayor has rarely been selected by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who opted to axe the player from his squad despite missing out on a deal for West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino this week.

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  • IRA murder of boy (15) 'horrific child abuse', inquiry hears

    A training school did not tell the RUC about the abduction of a 15-year-old boy who was later murdered by the IRA, the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry heard. Bernard Teggart, who had the mental age of an eight or nine-year-old, was abducted from St Patrick's Training School in west Belfast in 1973. The teenager, from New Barnsley Crescent in west Belfast, was taken along with his twin brother Gerry, who had been abducted from the institution the day before.

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  • X Factor's Cheryl slams body shaming and says she's 'happy and healthy'

    X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has had enough. “The body shaming has to stop. Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently. Cheryl took to her Instagram page a few weeks ago, responding to a comment from someone calling her “a bag of bones”. q
  • Lewis Hamilton clarifies his relationship with Rihanna

    Lewis Hamilton has spoken out for the first time about rumours that he is dating Rihanna. The 30-year-old Formula 1 star was pictured dancing with the 27-year-old singer at the Crop Over festival in Barbados last month, sparking speculation they were an item. Lewis split from Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, 37, in February this year, after they dated on and off since 2007.

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  • Kirsten Stewart tops best-dressed woman list

    Kristen Stewart has beaten ex-boyfriend’s Robert Pattinson’s current flame to the top spot in Glamour’s annual 50 Best-Dressed Women list.

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  • Holland beaten as Iceland take step closer to qualification

    Controversial Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty secures shock 1-0 win in Amsterdam

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  • European Tour offer Rory McIlroy ‘concession’

    The worth of World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is abundantly clear, with the European Tour now following the PGA Tour in showing the four-time Major winner the green light to contest the season-ending Final Four Series despite not being able to contest the mandatory number of events. Last week, the PGA Tour extended McIlroy a ‘concession’ to compete in the remaining three FedEx Cup Play-Off Series events given he will have only contested 13 of the 15 events required. Of course, McIlroy was out injured for some six weeks and missed the defence of his Open Championship and WGC — Bridgestone Invitational titles.

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  • Latest 'Nazi' reference from gaffe-prone Australian PM draws criticism

    Australia’s prime minister angered some Jewish leaders by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II. It is the third time this year that gaffe-prone Prime Minister Tony Abbott has riled Jewish Australians with Nazi analogies. Mr Abbott used an interview with Sydney Radio 2GB to “credit” Nazis with a sense of shame for atrocities they committed. “The Nazis did terrible evil, but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it,” he said. q
  • Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Gibraltar?

    Darren Randolph: Shay Given and David Forde have shown what they can do for Ireland in recent months, yet neither have played in the Premier League this season, unlike West Ham’s Darren Randolph. Consequently, Gibraltar on Friday would appear to be the perfect opportunity to give Randolph some international experience while ensuring he won’t be tested too strenuously. Seamus Coleman: O’Neill may be tempted to save Coleman — one of his best players — for Monday’s more difficult clash with Georgia. Ciaran Clark: Unlike John O’Shea and Marc Wilson, Clark has started every Premier League game for his club this season, and so surely deserves a chance to impress for Ireland.

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  • How Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are helping keep cigarette butts off the streets of London

    That’s exactly what they’re doing now – albeit inadvertently – thanks to a new cigarette bin that’s appeared near Embankment station. Smokers in Embankment think Ronaldo is a better player than Messi. And on this evidence, the nicotine addicts of the capital are coming out in favour of Ronaldo. Here are some more questions that have been answered by London’s smokers over the past few weeks. q
  • Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki dumped out of US Open

    2014 runner-up beaten in final set tie-break by Petra Cetkovska at Flushing Meadows

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  • Bayern Munich's gesture to refugees is just the latest showing of German football's welcoming spirit

    Bayern Munich are being widely praised, and not for their free-flowing football on the pitch. FC Bayern plans to create a “youth camp” for refugees over the coming weeks, supplying German classes, meals and kit for the kids who will train with them. The club will also donate one million euro to support refugee projects. And Bayern’s next match after the international break will see the players enter the pitch hand-in-hand with a German child as well as a refugee child, to promote integration.

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  • 'Stop using me as a political pawn' Sean Kelly tells First Minister

    The only man convicted of the Shankill bomb has launched an attack on first minister Peter Robinson after he called for his early release licence to be revoked. In his first major interview, former IRA man Sean Kelly repeated his support for the peace process and claimed he has been used as a "political football". Kelly was released from prison under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement after being jailed for life for his part in the Shankill Road bomb in October 1993 which claimed the lives of nine people. Thomas Begley, an IRA man who was with Kelly when the bomb they were carrying went of prematurely, also died in the blast.

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  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre is not scared of the ‘Curse of Strictly’

    Strictly Come Dancing contestant Peter Andre has dismissed any concerns about the “Curse of Strictly”, which has seen marriages and relationships ruined when celebrities fall for their professional dance partners. The “Curse” has supposedly blighted contestants’ relationships, with Countdown host Rachel Riley splitting from her husband to start a relationship with dance partner Pasha Kovalev; Susanna Reid separating from long-term partner Dominic Cotton weeks after finishing her stint on Strictly; and Joe Calzaghe confirming he was in a relationship with partner Kristina Rihanoff after splitting with his girlfriend.

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  • Some see difficulties accessing report as clever media strategy

    When it came to publishing the report less than 24 hours later the format it had arrived in became a bit of an issue and led to difficulties for hundreds who unsuccessfully tried to access the report online. Some, including Opposition figures, saw this unwieldy format as one of the ingredients in a clever media management strategy that allowed Taoiseach Enda Kenny get his “spake” in first without his detractors being in a position to challenge his version of events for many hours afterwards. Essentially the Taoiseach’s line that he had been vindicated topped the news agenda for most of the day.

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