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  • Is this dress blue or white? The internet can’t figure it out

    A two-tone dress marketed as being “bang on trend” has lived up to its billing — by sparking a global debate on Twitter over what colour it is. The figure-hugging frock has divided opinion across social media, with some people viewing it as black and blue and others claiming to see white and gold. A picture of the knee-length dress is reported to have first been posted online by Caitlin McNeill (21) from Scotland. Although Birmingham-based Roman Originals describe the dress as being royal blue and black, friends of Ms McNeill had noticed several different colours in the garment.

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  • Eircom to offer 150Mbps, 300Mbps and 1Gbps speeds by the end of August

    The incumbent telecoms operator in Ireland today published reference offers for other telcos who wish to sell products based on these speeds from the end of August. Eircom has already surpassed 1.1m homes and businesses with its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband network, which will grow to 1.6m homes by next year. In October, Eircom revealed its new 1Gbps FTTH service will connect to 66 towns across Ireland and will be available at speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. In Dublin, the areas of Malahide, Portmarnock and Swords will be among the first in the region to get Eircom’s new FTTH service.

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  • Gareth Thomas: ‘F*****g crazy’ pre-match rituals in Dublin

    Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas has described the pre-match ritual in Dublin before internationals as “very strange”, and said it has a destabilising effect on visiting teams. Thomas believes Ireland will win Sunday’s Six Nations clash with England and said the build-up to the match could be a factor in the win. Thomas was writing in his blog on Paddy Power. Thomas, Wales’ most-capped player, said the Irish team thrived on the drawn-out ritual, but not so the opposition forced to meet what he described as “random dignitaries”. q
  • Council sells off house for €11,750

    Cork County Council sold off six houses last year which it deemed economically unviable to repair, including one semi-detached which went for the knockdown price of €11,750. The local authority offloaded a detached property for €27,000 and another semi-detached home for €31,000. The biggest price it got was for another detached house at €70,000. Cllr Des O’Grady (SF) questioned how the local authority had let these houses get into such a deplorable state that they could make so little money on the open market.

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  • Dublin-bound Ryanair flight diverted following emergency

    FR6874 returned safely to Barcelona airport after changing course over Mediterranean

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  • Heat on MI5 as Jihadi John is unmasked

    Security services are facing mounting questions over claims that the British graduate believed to be murderous extremist Jihadi John was known to MI5. Reports claimed to unmask west Londoner Mohammed Emwazi as the Islamic State (IS) frontman seen posing in several barbaric videos of hostages being murdered. Asim Qureshi, research director of British advocacy group Cage, claimed Emwazi was interrogated by MI5 and subjected to security agency harassment before becoming the now-infamous militant. q
  • Scottish derogation to be implemented in Ireland

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  • Family Fortunes: The baby elephant’s foot that came from Kuala Lumpur

    It was brought by my uncle Fred, who blew into our lives from the tropics every couple of years

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  • Cowell will let 1D stars go solo on one condition

    Simon Cowell will let One Direction go solo, but only one condition. The 55-year-old music mogul - who put the group together on 'The X Factor' in 2010 - is happy for Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson to work on other projects, as long as it is just "on the side" and doesn't affect their main job as part of the chart-topping boy band. Speaking at last night's BRIT Awards, he told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "You can't knock what One Direction are doing. "I hear speculation all the time that they're going solo. q
  • Europe energy union to save €40bn a yea

    EU policymakers yesterday unveiled plans to ensure the free flow of gas and power to every corner of the 28-member bloc, hailing it as the biggest energy shake-up for more than half a century. The European Commission says the clash with Russia over its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region means there is the strongest case yet to pool resources across the EU, which relies on Moscow for around a third of its energy. “It’s the biggest energy project since the Coal and Steel Community,” Maros Sefcovic, European commission vice-president responsible for energy union, said.

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  • Sinn Fein ‘targeted by Crossmaglen poster bomb

    A booby-trapped poster at the Blaney and Corliss Roads, Crossmaglen, detonated on Wednesday, seriously injuring ...

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  • ‘It’s too loud and you can’t even hear the words’

    The World Health Organisation has warned that millions of young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss from loud music. The United Nations agency said that a review of data from middle and high-income countries shows almost half of all 12- to 35-year-olds listen to unsafe levels of music on their personal audio devices or mobile phones. The Geneva-based agency recommends that young people take listening breaks, use apps to limit the volume on their smartphone and consider using personal audio players for no more than one hour a day.

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  • Dublin 6 house hits the market at €7.5m

    High Cross on Temple Road in Dartry is a stately Victorian redbrick set on nearly an acre of sunny, landscaped gardens. Early summer here will be a riot of colour, and with a substantial suntrap patio off the conservatory and a lovely stone wall under the climbing wisteria doubling as seating against the sunwarmed granite, it’s no wonder the owner says they rarely left Dublin on bank holiday weekends when they could stay and enjoy all this.

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  • Native American outfit sells for €320k in Kilkenny

    It was part of the estate of the late Jane Avril de Montmorency Wright, of Burnchurch House and Castle Morres, Co Kilkenny. It is suggested by tradition that the outfit came to Castle Morres through the family of the Hon Reymond Hervey de Montmorency (1835-1902). In 1866 he married Rachel Mary Lumley Godolphin Michel, daughter of Field Marshall Sir John Michel at Montreal in Canada.

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  • EU plans energy union to reduce Russian relianc

    Russia’s stranglehold on European countries will be dramatically reduced, according to a blueprint produced by the EU. The huge plan of action emerges as Vladimir Putin threatens to cut off gas to Ukraine which would also affect several other countries reliant on Russian energy. EU countries import more than half of all the energy they consume, which costs a massive €440bn a year or a half percent of its entire GDP. Plans to create an energy union have been languishing for years, but now a detailed plan will be debated by leaders from the 28 countries next month.

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  • Enda Kenny says he is ‘very much’ worth his €185,000 salary

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he is worth his €3,500 a week salary. Asked at the launch of the Low Pay Commission in Dublin whether his €185,000 a year salary were value for money, Mr Kenny replied “very much so”. Mr Kenny was also asked about the wage bill for the Department of the Taoiseach. “Salaries are down by 40 per cent and in the case of the Taoiseach’s (department) we have cut everything to the bone,” he said.

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  • Taoiseach: Am I worth €3,500 a week? Very much so!

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that he is ''very much'' worth his salary of around €3,500 per week. The eight-person Commission will report back in July. The Taoiseach said that the current rate of €8.65 per hour will be changed "incrementally" over time. When he was asked: "Are you actually worth three-and-a-half grand a week?" the Taoiseach responded: "Very much so. q
  • Which Independent TDs might support an FG/Labour deal?

    The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and the Taoiseach Mr Kenny. Mr Noonan has suggested a number of centre-right Independents are quietly supportive of the Government’s policies and indicated they could perhaps be counted on to side with the Coalition parties in future. “There are a number of left-wing Independents who are very high profile. Mr Kenny hinted at his admiration for certain Independents when he was quizzed about coalition options after the next general election in a radio interview earlier this month.

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  • Evening Echo — Outraged Ed Sheeran fans told to consider sleeping next to dogs by pricey hotel

    A Dublin hotel received a wave of complaints when it hiked the cost of a double room to 279 euro (about £202) on the night of an Ed Sheeran concert. Fans were annoyed that they would have to pay above the odds to stay at the The Charleville Lodge which currently advertises double rooms from 47 euro per night, about £34. It suggested instead that guests who “don’t mind sharing with a dog” should look into staying at the Pet Boarding Kennels at the DSPCA (Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and people couldn’t expect the business to run as a charity.

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  • Demolition of flats at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin 8 begins

    Demolition has begun on St Teresa's Gardens in Dolphin's Barn as part of a state-funded regeneration plan. St Teresa’s Gardens, next to the Coombe maternity hospital in the south inner city, was to be demolished and rebuilt as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP), but the plans were scrapped more than five years ago, following the collapse of the property market.

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