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  • Irish vote could mean rapid, seismic shift on gay rights

    Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was among the last countries in the western world to decriminalise homosexuality. Some 22 years later, it could become the first to legalise same-sex marriages by popular vote.

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  • Man arrested at nightclub where Dublin student died

    It is reported Gardaí have arrested a man on suspicion of selling illegal drugs in the Dublin nightclub outside which Ana Hick collapsed last weekend. The Dalkey native died last Sunday after being rushed to the Mater hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Irish Independent reports that six other people who were in the Twisted Pepper nightclub on the same night as Ana Hick were taken to hospital after taking ecstasy. Gardaí carried out an undercover operation on Saturday night after they were contacted by the hospital and are understood to have arrested one man on suspicion of selling illegal drugs.

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  • Robin Thicke shows off his 20-year-old girlfriend at Cannes film festival

    Robin Thicke has proved he is officially moving on from his divorce by bringing his new date to Cannes. The Blurred Lines singer officially divorced Paula Patton in March after trying to win her back with an album named after her and various teary performances of songs from it. But now it seems he has accepted that his romance with Paula is well and truly over as the 38 year old brought new model girlfriend April Love Geary, 20, to the film festival. They made their red carpet debut as a couple at the de Grisogono bash at the Hôtel du Cap according to E!, where Robin performed a surprise set and spent the rest of the evening hanging out with his new love. q
  • Katona's kids in 'traumatic' car crash

    Kerry Katona's children were involved in a "traumatic" car crash. The 34-year-old Atomic Kitten singer's daughters Mollie, 13, Lilly-Sue, 12, and Heidi, eight, as well as her seven-year-old son Max, were being driven by their nanny when their car was hit by another vehicle. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the source added: "Kerry is distraught and feels cursed. While no one was injured, Heidi was kept in hospital overnight, with the unrelated illness, and had her mum by her bedside, as well as her dad - Kerry's ex Mark Croft. q
  • Adebayor given compassionate leave by Spurs

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will miss his club’s final game of the season at Everton on Sunday after being allowed to return to his native Togo on compassionate grounds. Adebayor published the latest in a series of lengthy Facebook posts this week in which he revealed he had contemplated suicide due to a family feud. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid striker, who has already been granted compassionate leave this season, is also set to miss the club’s post-season tour of the Far Eastand his future at the club must now be in doubt.Adebayor has used his Facebook account three times to reveal his complicated family issues.

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  • Britain to seize earnings of illegal migrant workers, PM says - Big News Network

    Big News Network - LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced plans to crack down on illegal ...

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  • Twelve players we need to see in the Premier League next season

    Premier League viewers are constantly told it is the best, most competitive league in the world - but results in Europe in recent years don't really support that view. Here are 12 players we would love to see turning out for someone in the Premier League next season. A pacey Frenchman who’s been scoring goals for fun sounds just like what Arsene Wenger needs, and Lacazette even seems like the type of player who could play alongside Olivier Giroud, who we can’t imagine Wenger shipping out or benching. Brendan Rodgers might have something to say about all this though, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the rest of the “big clubs” were also in for him. q
  • Exes Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult reunite for X-Men set photo

    There’s obviously no bad blood between exes Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, as they pose for a photo with director Bryan Singer. The former couple will reprise their roles as Mystique and the Beast respectively in the next instalment, X-Men: Apocalypse, which will see Bryan back in the director’s chair. Jennifer, who reportedly split from her co-star last August, has said Apocalypse will be her final appearance in the X-Men films. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will also return to play Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto respectively, with the Scottish star also shaving off his hair for the role.

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  • Cameron: Migrants on welfare a red line

    British prime minister David Cameron said restricting EU migrant access to Britain’s welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue. Cameron, reelected on May 7, has pledged to re-shape Britain’s ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017. Official data released hours before he spoke showed net annual migration hit a near record high of 318,000 in 2014, despite his pledges to cut it to less than 100,000, much of it from the EU and fuelled by Britain’s strong economy. “I and many others believe it is right for us to reduce the incentives for people who want to come here,” Cameron said in London before flying to an EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Latvia, his first foreign trip since his re-election.

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  • Prostitute pleads guilty in Google exec's death

    A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison, bringing a sudden and unexpected conclusion to a tawdry case that garnered international attention. Tichelman injected Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin in November 2013, then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht, authorities say. Defence attorney Larry Biggam said Tichelman, 28, was relieved to have the court proceedings behind her, and she is expected to serve three years.

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  • Limerick six-year-old is Ireland's youngest member of high IQ society Mensa

    A six-year-old wonder boy from Co Limerick has become the country’s youngest member of Mensa. While his parents are naturally thrilled with the accolade, they say their son would rather talk about his beloved Manchester United. John Fitzgerald from Kildimo was officially told two days ago that he had been listed as the youngest person on Mensa’s books, which contain the names of about 1,000 Irish people. It came as no surprise to his father Barry, a computer engineer, and mother Annemaria, who’d seen his abilities before he could walk. q
  • Brazil beats Ireland in race for Chinese market

    Brazilian-based JBS, the world's largest beef exporter, saw profits jump in the first quarter of 2015 as new markets open in China and the US. q
  • Coronation Street’s Liz McDonald faces heartbreak over love rat Tony

    Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard has opened up about her character Liz McDonald’s heartbreak to come when she discovers she has been cheated on. Rovers landlady Liz’s boyfriend Tony Stewart (Terence Maynard) has been having an affair with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and the pair have been plotting to take control of the pub behind her back.

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  • VIDEO: Eight-year-old Cork golf prodigy gets high praise from Rory McIlroy

    As the world’s top golfer, Rory McIlroy isn’t short a few euro — but he may have made his shrewdest investment yet in getting a promising young Cork golfer’s autograph. Eight-year-old Sean Reddy had a whirlwind few days last weekend when a trip away with his dad Simon culminated with the golf fanatic showing off his swing to the world number one in front of a huge media gathering. Simon explained that the pair went to London last weekend to catch the Frank and Walters in concert. While there, they popped into Niketown, the sportswear giant’s massive central London store, where Sean practiced his swing on a golf simulator on Friday night.

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  • Has the iPhone 6c just been leaked… by Apple?

    Apple is no stranger to leaks and speculation surrounding potential new and upcoming products, particularly when it comes to the iPhone. Yes, in advertising photos on the official Apple website for the firm’s new iPhone charging dock, one of the images shows an iPhone with the coloured back plastic casing of the 5c, but with a Touch ID-enabled home button. For reference, this is what Apple’s iPhone line-up currently looks like. When it was launched in 2013 alongside the high-end 5s, it had the same specifications as the iPhone 5 from the previous year, including a traditional home button.

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  • Ryanair 'taking the lead' on sale of Aer Lingus

    Political controversy surrounding the proposed €1.34bn bid for Aer Lingus by Willie Walsh’s International Airlines Group has heated up after Fianna Fáil questioned whether the Coalition is allowing Ryanair to take the lead on the sale of Aer Lingus. Fianna Fáil referred to remarks attributed to Tánaiste Joan Burton this week where she was reported to have said that how Michael O’Leary’s airline approaches the matter would be key to any decision the Government may take. Ryanair owns almost 30% of Aer Lingus and it has been reported that the Cabinet will decide on any takeover only when Mr O’Leary’s airline makes its position clear. Fianna Fáil transport spokesman Timmy Dooley yesterday said that it was not acceptable that the Government would let a commercial decision dictate what happened to the State’s 25% investment in Aer Lingus.

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  • Limerick locations were scouted ahead of Royal visit

    GALWAY claimed the Royal visit this week, but several locations across Limerick were being scouted by officials with the British Embassy in the weeks leading up to the visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles. Among the locations scouted in Limerick ahead of the visit to Ireland were the university, King John’s Castle and the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, and these are understood to have been on a longer “potential itinerary list”, if more time was permitted during the visit of the heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.

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  • Ed Sheeran’s embarrassing ordeal at US customs, thanks to Sir Elton John

    Ed Sheeran revealed he once had an embarrassing ordeal at US customs after Sir Elton John emailed him some dodgy videos. The 24-year-old was presented with the Songwriter Of The Year award at the Ivor Novellos by the star who he revealed in his speech often sends him hilarious emails. Backstage Sheeran said: “The worst email he ever sent me was I got to customs in New York once and I had 17 new emails from him and I was like, something must be important. “And I was at customs and it’s pretty hard to get into America anyway without those sort of videos.

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  • Sir Cliff Richard 'won't go back to raid home'

    Sir Cliff Richard has put his UK home up for sale and has vowed never to return after it was raided by police, according to his friend, entertainer Cilla Black. Cilla told the Daily Mail the singer decided to put his Berkshire apartment on the market in the wake of the raid, which drew criticism as a BBC crew was on hand to film the police activity. Officers entered the gated estate while Sir Cliff was at another property in Barbados, during an investigation into an alleged assault at a religious event in 1985. Sir Cliff has strongly denied any wrongdoing and has not been arrested or charged. q
  • 'Is There Only One Boutique West Of The Shannon?'

    Turquoise match: Constance Cassidy (left) and Bernie Butler (right) 'Yeats' writes: Constance Cassidy of Lissadell and Bernie Butler (Chair of model Gallery) both had the same clothes on yesterday ... q