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  • Damien Duff sees profits jump as he wings it Down Under

    Accumulated profits at the firm owned by former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff jumped to €1.58m last year. The Dubliner has been plying his trade in Australia over the past year after making his fortune in the Premier League in England. The accounts cover Duff’s final year in England, where he endured the pain of relegation from the top flight with Fulham. The former Irish international intimated, earlier this year, that he would like a move to the League of Ireland this summer.

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  • Kelly Brook shows off toned new figure

    Kelly Brook has been showing off her newly streamlined curves thanks to a recent diet. The model and actress has been on the New Atkins diet which has seen her limiting the carbs and going for healthy options including chicken, fish, fruit and vegetables in a bid to lose some pounds after indulging over Christmas. It looks like the hard work has paid off, as Kelly has apparently dropped eight pounds and trimmed three inches from her waist. Kelly, 35, who has been at the Cannes Film Festival, looked like she was still managing to enjoy plenty of tasty food from the snaps she has been posting on Instagram. q
  • Creighton tells Taoiseach to be respectful to Opposition TDs

    The Dáil has been suspended twice after an exchange between the Taoiseach and several other TDs. “I really think that the Taoiseach certainly does not do himself any justice by speaking to any member of parliament in that way,” Ms Creighton said.

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  • Aircraft with laser weapons incoming by 2022

    Continuing its mission to expand its range of terrifying weaponry, the US Air Force has firm plans to equip its next generation of fighters with laser weapons capable of shooting down missiles and aircraft by 2022. While laser weapons as we know them as confined mostly to science fiction films, the actual use of lasers as a weapon deterrence against a missile for example, has been around for a number of years now. Only last year, the US Navy’s USS Ponce ship was the first in its arsenal to be equipped with the state-of-the-art LaWS (Laser Weapons System) to be used in defence against everything from airborne missiles to seaborne small craft such as dinghies. Well now, according to Breaking Defense, fighter aircraft in seven years’ time will be capable of being rigged up with laser weapons like nothing seen before.

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  • X Factor's Chris Maloney reveals: I spent £60,000 on cosmetic surgery because of internet trolls

    Former X Factor finalist Chris Maloney has revealed he spent £60,000 on cosmetic surgery after being bullied by internet trolls about his looks. Talking to Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley on This Morning, he said: “Looking back [at those clips] it upsets me a little bit… I can’t look at myself, I just can’t look. “X Factor was great, but as the series was going on and the further that I got in the competition, I was getting really bad trolls and they were telling me that they were going to kill me, shoot me, that I was ugly, that I had a big nose… and it just affected me so much and at the end of the final, I did have a breakdown. When asked by Schofield about blocking trolls on the internet, Maloney said: “I did block a lot. q
  • US Created Islamic State to Redraw Map of the Middle East – Iranian General - Big News Network

    Big News Network - A senior commander of Iran's Armed Forces accused the United States of creating the Islamic ... q
  • New couple alert: Lewis Hamilton and Kendall Jenner on track for romance?

    Lewis Hamilton and Kendall Jenner have sparked speculation they are dating. The pair were photographed together at the latest Formula One Grand Prix race in Monaco, where Kendall was spotted wearing a gold chain much like the 30-year-old racing driver and wearing a Mercedes cap. Mercedes driver Lewis – who has split from singer Nicole Scherzinger – was consoled by Kendall and her supermodel friends Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin, after he came third in the race, losing out to teammate Nico Rosberg, who took pole position. q
  • Italian man paralysed after Dublin attack in 1999 may move to Ireland

    Guido Nasi, the Italian man who was left paralysed after a mindless attack in Dublin 16 years ago, is considering moving to Ireland to live out the rest of his life. Family and friends of wheelchair-bound Guido have been making enquires about the specialist nursing care available in Ireland that he would require. Guido currently receives 24/7 care from his mother Simonetta, 73, at the small home she shares with her only child in Turin.

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  • Paris-Berlin pact rules out Cameron's reforms

    Ireland’s need to keep Britain in the EU took a backward step with a joint Franco German pact on the future of the eurozone. The Irish economy is predicted to be the biggest loser — even more so than the UK according to some analysis — in the event of the latter leaving the European Union. The joint paper from Paris and Berlin could also have major implications for the Irish economy as it names tax as one of the areas where there could be greater convergence in the years ahead. UK prime minister David Cameron is expected to announce, after the Queen’s speech in Westminster today, that he will hold a referendum for an ‘in or out vote’ by the end of 2017.

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  • Winners of 2015 Irish Restaurant Awards announced

    Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud takes top prize at Irish Restaurant Awards

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  • Italian Mafia boss arrested in Brazil after 30 years on the run

    Brazilian police said today they had arrested an Italian Mafia boss who had been on the run for 30 years and was convicted of killing more than 20 people in the 1980s. Pasquale Scotti (56) was arrested in the northeast city of Recife in a joint operation of Brazil’s federal police and Interpol, according to a police statement.

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  • Thibaut Courtois will miss Chelsea's post-season tour in Thailand and Australia as he awaits birth of his first child - Big News Network

    Big News Network - Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, Filipe Luis and Juan Cuadrado are all set to miss ... q
  • Kerry Katona's husband has admitted marriage 'isn't what he thought it would be'.

    Kerry Katona's husband has openly admitted that he thinks his marriage "isn't what he thought it would be". George Kay, who married the Atomic Kitten singer in September last year, has spoken out after Kerry revealed she sometimes feels as though their relationship is "in trouble" to admit he too is struggling with some aspects of married life. Marriage isn't what I thought it would be if I'm honest. George was recently offered a security job abroad but Kerry - who has children Molly, 13, Lilly-Sue, 12, Heidi, eight, and seven-year-old Max from previous relationships and 13-month-old Dylan-Jorge with George - asked him to turn it down because she didn't want them living apart. q
  • All the stunning fashion hits and awful misses at Cannes

    The 68th Cannes Film Festival has come to a close, so let’s take a look back at the best and worst outfits the celebs wore in Southern France. Hits Marion Cotillard: The French actress shows everyone how it’s done in a bejewelled mini dress at the

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  • Clarke: My Europe team will be ready for US Ryder Cup crowds

    Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is confident his players will be able to handle the partisan atmosphere when he leads Europe’s defence of the trophy against a United States team which will be “baying for blood”. Garcia said he suffered abuse “three or four times on every hole since the 10th” in the final round before losing out in a play-off with Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner, while Poulter was heckled on the 17th green. q
  • Taoiseach rules out abortion referendum

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has firmly ruled out a referendum repealing the controversial 1983 constitutional amendment on the equal right to life of the child and the mother. He was replying in the Dáil to Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy who said the eighth amendment should be repealed in the aftermath of the Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum.

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  • The Beckhams make a splash punting in Cambridge

    David and Victoria Beckham took their kids for a bank holiday outing – punting on the River Cam in Cambridge. The Beckham’s caused quite a stir on the river, with another group of punters crashing into their boat as they tried to get a snap of the famous family in the boats next to them. Georgia Tomkins, 21, from Hertfordshire, was punting with a group for her friend’s 21st birthday when they bumped into David Beckham’s punt. She told the Cambridge News: “One of my friends had realised who it was but the guy that was doing our punt hadn’t. q
  • Richard Dunne and Brian Murphy released by QPR

    Former Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne is on the look out for a new club after the 35-year-old defender was one of six players let go by Queens Park Rangers following their relegation from the Premier League. Former Bohemians goalkeeper Brian Murphy will also depart Loftus Road on June 30th, along with Rio Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora will all depart when their contracts expire on June 30th.

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  • EU migration plans under fire

    European Union plans to destroy the boats of smugglers bringing desperate migrants across the Mediterranean and share the refugee burden more evenly have come under fresh fire from within and outside the EU. In an effort to help manage more than 80,000 people who have landed on European shores so far this year, mostly in Italy and Greece, the EU’s executive Commission is proposing to relocate thousands of refugees to other member countries and wants to launch a security operation in the Mediterranean to eliminate the trafficking operations. On a visit to EU’s headquarters, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon expressed doubts about the boat destruction plan and said “the priority should be given to life-saving and strengthening search and rescue”. Mr Ban was also cool towards any EU security operation that would hunt down smugglers in Libyan territorial waters, describing the idea as “limited”. q
  • 'It's Natural Facebook Would Choose Ireland'

    Former Federal Data Commissioner in Germany, Peter Schaar "Former Federal Data Commissioner in Germany, Peter Schaar, says that it isn't for tax reasons why Facebook has chosen to locate their EU h... q