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  • Marc Anwar sorry for 'moment of madness' after Corrie axe for Twitter comments

    Sacked Coronation Street star Marc Anwar has apologised for using “unacceptable” language about Indian people, saying his “rant” was a “moment of madness”. The Pakistan-born actor, 45 – who plays Sharif Nazir in Corrie – was axed from the ITV soap after Coronation Street bosses were alerted to his Twitter comments. Marc, who joined the soap in February 2014 as a member of the first Muslim family on the cobbles, issued a video apology, hoping that people “forgive me”. “I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to anyone that I may have offended with my tweets on Friday evening and especially people from India,” he said. “This was never my intention and the language was unacceptable. I feel

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  • My son can’t sleep after seeing a scary picture

    Q. Five weeks ago in school, my eight-year-old son was introduced to a character from an over-18s movie by two of his peers. Later, he googled pictures of the character. He has not slept properly since and we are very worried about him and the lack of progress in overcoming this. He used to sleep through the night. The pictures he saw are very scary. He knows he was wrong to search for them online and wishes he hadn’t seen them. At night now he will go to sleep in his bed on the promise that we check on him in five minutes – which we do and he is asleep. He will wake up continuously through the night and want to sleep in our bed or for us to sleep with him which we do on occasion out of desperation.

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  • Workers may benefit by just €5 in budget

    The likely increase has been outlined by a number of government departments just a fortnight out from the formal announcement of Budget 2017. Under plans being strongly considered by Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe, the USC rate is likely to be cut by 0.5% for next year. While it has not been formally agreed which USC categories will be affected, it is expected this reduction will be focussed on the three lowest rates - 1%, 3% and, potentially, 5%. The USC move is likely to be the main concession to low to middle-income earners due to the fact the Government has already agreed to use two thirds of the €1bn fiscal space available next year on public spending improvements.

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  • Demo in Istanbul over assault of woman who wore shorts

    Protesters have gathered in central Istanbul to voice anger after a young nurse was attacked on a bus by a man for wearing shorts. Many demonstrators donned shorts and chanted "don't interfere with my shorts" in a show of support for Aysegul Terzi, 23, who was allegedly kicked in the face by Abdullah Cakiroglu in Istanbul on September 12. Cakiroglu confessed to attacking Ms Terzi for what he called her "inappropriate" clothing, but he was released from custody despite expressing no remorse, according to Turkish news reports. He was then re-arrested on charges of inciting hatred and interfering with the right to freedom, following public outrage. On social media, critics accused the Turkish authorities

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  • Elle Macpherson hints at regrets over Friends role

    Elle Macpherson has apparently hinted that she might not choose to star in Friends if she had her time again. The Aussie supermodel played dancer Janine Lecroix – one of Joey’s many love interests – in five episodes of the adored sitcom in 1999. But it seems she wishes she had thought about it a little harder before signing up. Several outlets report that Elle told Australia’s TV Week: “If I’d known how important it was in the US, or how long it would be on TV, I may not have chosen to do it. “It was a lot of pressure if you look at it in the way that it will be around for 20 or 30 years.” Janine left Friends after her relationship with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) failed to work out. But catwalk queen q
  • Here’s Why People Were REALLY Unhappy With The New Episode Of The Fall

    Season 3 of The Fall has finally returned to our screens – and viewers are overjoyed Jamie Dornan is back on TV. The Fifty Shades star has returned as serial killer Paul Spector and the first episode got off to a tense start. The finale of Season 2 ended with Paul being shot, with many wondering will he survive his injuries. The beginning of season 3 focused on Paul’s fight for his life in hospital, and fans thought it was more like Grey’s Anatomy than the intense dark show we’ve all come to love. Take a look at what people thought: Of course things eventually moved on from inside the emergency room, and people seemed happy again…and of course were sharing some hilarious tweets about the episode

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  • Dissident republicans launch new political party

    Dissident Irish republicans have launched a new political party called Saoradh. A range of high profile dissidents from both sides of the Border gathered at a hotel in Newry on Saturday to outline their vision for Saoradh, the Irish word for liberation. The radical new party, which is opposed to the power-sharing government in the North, will campaign for an all-Ireland referendum on Irish unity and stage demonstrations in support of republican prisoners. Its constitution says it might, at some point, contest elections. However, if candidates are put forward at future elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Dáil or Westminster it would be on an abstentionist basis, meaning seats would

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  • First Trust Bank denies £200 overdraft to former AIB customer

    About this time last year I moved to Northern Ireland after being offered a job with a company I had been working for in Dublin. They were expanding in the North, so I jumped at the chance. I decided to bank with First Trust as I had an AIB account in Ireland. I recently applied for a £200 overdraft which I would pay off within two months. This was refused. The reason given is I had not been banking with them for more than a year. I am still paying off a personal loan in Ireland with AIB which stands at €9,000. I have never missed a payment on this and pay it off monthly through my First Trust account. I am a bit annoyed about this. Surely, as AIB is their parent company, they can see my history

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  • Man died after choking incident in nursing home dining room, inquest hears.

    A pensioner died after a choking incident in a nursing home dining room, an inquest has heard.  Sean Cunningham (73) was residing at St Gabriel’s Nursing Home, Glenayle Road, Dublin 5.  John Cunningham said his father was suffering from dementia, with short term memory problems following a brain tumour. Mr Cunningham was admitted to Beaumont Hospital in April 2014 after he went missing and was later found in Galway. He had previously gone missing for two days while on holiday in Madrid. The family were finding it increasingly difficult to care for him, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard. Mr Cunningham said on one occasion he observed his father with ‘too much food in his mouth’ but said his father

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  • Catherine Zeta-Jones posts sweet picture on her and husband Michael Douglas's shared birthday

    Catherine Zeta Jones has shared an adorable picture of her and husband Michael Douglas on their joint birthday. The Welsh actress and her American hubby were both born on September 25. This year Catherine turns 47, while Michael turns 72. The actress marked the day by posting a cute snap of the couple online, which shows her kissing Michael on the cheek. She wrote: “A birthday kiss for my hubby. “Happy Birthday to you and me.” The pair tied the knot in 2000. They have two children – Dylan, 16, and daughter Carys, who is 13.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Tyndall's groundbreaking space technologies could be worth €1bn to economy

    Eoin English visits the home of the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre Ireland at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork where innovative work is being done.  Groundbreaking Tyndall projects out of this world ‘WHEN the average person thinks of the word space, they think — look up. When I hear the word space, I think — look down.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Kieran Drain, chief executive of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, home to the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre Ireland. Tyndall, renowned for its groundbreaking research on computer chips, micro-electronics, nanotechnology, and photonics, hopes to use

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  • High speed car chase after shots fired in Cork city suburb

    Two men have been arrested after shots were fired on the south side of Cork city earlier today. The incident occurred shortly after 2pm at a house on Noonan Road. Gardai responded to the incident but, when they arrived at the premises, two men left the area in a car. A high speed chase ensued, winding through the Boreenmanna Road before the driver lost control of the vehicle and is understood to have crashed near Páirc Uí Rinn. The two occupants were arrested on the spot. Amazingly, nobody was injured in the incident, despite there being a large volume of pedestrians on the road thanks to the Evening Echo Mini Marathon which had ended shortly before hand, and a huge number of GAA fans on their

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  • Cornwall man grows world-record sized cabbage and then reveals his secret

    The secret to growing world-record sized vegetables is out of the bag. David Thomas from Cornwall wowed the judges at this year’s National Giant Vegetable Championships, when he presented a 23kg (51.1lbs) monster red cabbage. That’s a lot of sauerkraut. It was one of four world records claimed to have been set at the event, which took place at this weekend’s Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire. Afterwards David revealed what it takes to grow ridiculously over-sized veg and, aside from spending A LOT of time in the garden, the Leedstown grower gave the impression there’s not a whole lot of science to it. “There’s no big secret to growing giant veg. You just need the right seeds to start with,

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  • Check out Britney Spears in a 'dog pile' with her dancers

    Britney Spears clearly has an unusual way of unwinding with her dancers… The pop princess has shared a series of images on Instagram of the group laid out on top of each other in what she calls a “dog pile”. With Britters and the rest of the dancers clad in work out gear, it seems they were taking a break during rehearsals to form the human tower. She captioned the first snap: “We made a dog pile today. So classy.” It takes all sorts Brit!

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  • Rylan Clark-Neal had to apologise after The Xtra Factor Live suffered a technical glitch

    Those watching The Xtra Factor Live on Sunday night might have thought something had happened to their television sets as they lost connection for a short while. However, it turned out to be just a minor technical glitch and presenter Rylan Clark-Neal was forced to apologise live on-air for the hold-up. The programme, which airs directly after The X Factor on ITV2, saw the Overs contestants taking part in a panel discussion with Rylan and his co-host Matt Edmondson, but the broadcast cut out completely for several seconds. A screen showing the ITV logo and the words “Greenwich Data Centre Switch” popped up in the interim. Once back on-air, and to a confused nation of TV fans, Rylan said: “Before q
  • Bishop Fintan Monaghan is Ordained

    The episcopal ordination has taken place of Fr Fintan Monahan, as Bishop of Killaloe at Ennis Cathedral this Sunday afternoon. The newly ordained Bishop of Killaloe was joined by his parents Tom and Peg, his sister Caitriona and brother Sean, extended family, close friends and neighbours at the celebration. Among the great many clergy present to participate and witness this event, were: Bishop Willie Walsh (Bishop of Killaloe 1994-2010); ordaining metropolitan Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly; Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio; Archbishop Eamonn Martin Primate of All-Ireland; Archbishop Michael Neary; Fr Des Hillery, consecrating bishops, concelebrating priests. The sermon was delivered by Very

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  • Rangers 'disgusted' as team bus vandalised with references to stadium disaster

    Rangers have said they are “disgusted and disappointed” after their team bus was vandalised in Aberdeen. Graffiti referring to the 1971 Ibrox disaster and former player Ian Durrant was reportedly scratched into the coach paintwork outside a hotel in the early hours of Sunday, ahead of the league clash at Pittodrie. The Glasgow side said they immediately referred the matter to police. A Rangers spokesman said: “We are disgusted and disappointed by this act of vandalism. “In particular, the reference to the Ibrox disaster in which 66 people lost their lives was particularly vile. “This sort of behaviour has no place in civilised society. “The incident was immediately reported to Police Scotland

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  • Rory McIlroy won an insane amount of money for two competition victories in one day

    Rory McIlroy might have missed out on victory in a golfing major this year, but the 27-year-old has earned himself a substantial consolation prize. The Holywood golfer landed a cool $1.5 million (€1.33m) for winning the Tour Championship, and the victory meant he also bagged the season-long points race the FedEx Cup. The prize? $10 million. That's €8.8 million, in case you were wondering. So his total earnings were $11.15 million (€10m). Not bad for a day’s work. McIlroy, who will compete for Europe when the Ryder Cup starts on September 30, was taken to a play-off in the Tour Championship, beating Ryan Moore on the fourth play-off hole. And it was Dustin Johnson who he beat to the FedEx Cup, q
  • Louis Walsh had everyone in a spin for X Factor's Six Chair Challenge but who made it through?

    The X Factor judge Louis Walsh caused chaos at the show’s Six Chair Challenge as he dropped a girl band at the last minute after already sending them home once. The second night of the most brutal stage of the competition saw three girl groups, 4 of Diamonds, Girl Next Door and Skarl3t vie for hotly-contested seats and a chance to compete at judges’ houses as Louis agonised over who to send home. Both Louis and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne narrowed down the acts in their categories – the groups and the over 25s respectively – to six during the episode, after Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger put their contestants through the process on Saturday. Walsh initially refused to give Girl Next Door a chair in the challenge and sent them home, but after deafening boos from the crowd and loud chants of “Bring them back”, Louis summoned them back to take the seat he had already given to boy band No Getaway.

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  • Varadkar: Live register figures to fall below 300,000

    Leo Varadkar says the Live Register will fall below 300,000, in the next few months, for the first time since 2008. The Social Protection Minister is launching Jobs Week today. The number of people working in Ireland passed two million this summer for first time since 2009. Minister Varadkar says his department is changing its approach: "First of all we are going to have a lot more one to one engagement. "Which is obviously good. We will be engaging a lot more with people who have disabilities. "We will be trying to tell employers a little bit more about the supports that are on offer to them and also we will be reforming and recaliberating the welfare to work schemes." q