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  • Galway pensioner wins battle with bank over 1975 deposit

    A Galway pensioner has won her battle with Ulster Bank to honour a lodgement made by her late husband more than 40 years ago. Teresa Scahill (89) spent two years trying to access the money after finding a receipt for a £1,000 punts deposit when going through old documents at her home in Dunmore, Co Galway.

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  • Simon Cowell dresses his toddler son as a cute little mini-me

    Simon Cowell is clearly enjoying dressing his 18-month-old son as a mini-me, posing for a photo in matching outfits. Fellow X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini posted a photo of the music mogul and little Eric, both in light blue jeans and white tops. The only thing missing from Eric’s outfit is a pair of his father’s signature aviators. This isn’t the first time Simon has dressed his son to look like him. q
  • Illegal immigrants will be returned to home state – David Cameron

    Illegal immigrants attempting to enter Britain will be returned to their home countries, prime minister David Cameron said yesterday, as migrants continued to enter the site around the Channel Tunnel in France. Speaking in Vietnam during a tour of southeast Asia, Mr Cameron said Britain was “not a safe haven” for illegal migrants, as the Calais migrant crisis continued to dominate news coverage in Britain.

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  • Samsung aims to tackle Apple with price drops

    Samsung's mobile division hasn't been having a great year, with sales down significantly from 2014. This comes in the wake of the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge - two well received phones with very high price points. Samsung also has more devices to come in 2015, with an August 13th event planned that we're assuming will see the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 5. For right now, the price drop will be great news for consumers but not so positive for Samsung.

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  • Aldi set to pay €7,500 to girl after store manager's 'tinker' remark

    An instruction by an Aldi store manager to a security guard “to keep an eye on the tinkers in aisle three” yesterday cost the German retailer €7,500. At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys approved the award to a 17-year-old Traveller girl arising from the incident at the Aldi store in Ennis on November 5 last. Patrick Quinn, counsel for the Ennis girl, said Aldi offered the €7,500 but has made no admission of liability in the defamation action being brought by the girl. Mr Quinn said the girl was at the Aldi store on Francis St with her infant brother, accompanied by an adult member of the Traveller community who was with her own infant son.

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  • City starlet Byrne 'nuts' like Keane, says Vieira

    Patrick Vieira believes his Manchester City teen star Jack Byrne is just as "nuts" as his former nemesis Roy Keane. After consulting with first-team manager Manuel Pellegrini, City reserve team coach Vieira opted to send 19-year-old Dubliner Byrne on loan to Dutch club SC Cambuur for the season. The Irish U21 midfielder had been granted a new three-year contract by Pellegrini ahead of last month’s move and the Frenchman reckons the temporary stint abroad will be integral in the youngster developing into the player City chiefs reckon he can become for club and country.

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  • Love/hate at the Galway Races

    The Galway Races are in full swing and Conor Pope has mixed feelings about it all

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  • 93% of rented homes in Cork fail living standard inspections

    The number of privately rented houses which failed living standard inspections in Co Cork has been described as “scandalous”. Personnel from Cork County Council, who conducted the inspections, discovered 93% of the 729 properties they visited did not meet required standards. The inspection unit revisited 73 of the dwellings and 42% were failed, for a second time. Cllr Des O’Grady (SF), who sought details of the inspections, said it was “an absolute scandal” at a time when rents were rising sharply that 682 properties failed the initial inspection.

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  • Louis Walsh is returning to the X Factor as a cleaner - yes you read right

    Louis Walsh is returning to 'The X Factor', as a cleaner - yes a cleaner. The music manager will be seen sweeping the floor of a fictional 'X Factor' laboratory where Simon Cowell cooks up ideas to create money-making pop sensations. Of course we all know Louis was a judge on the singing competition for 11 years before he was sacked earlier this year, leading to speculation he'd fallen out with his close friend, fellow judge and show boss Simon Cowell. Speaking before the announcement was made, Louis said: "I think I'm done with 'X Factor' honestly. q
  • Ryanair boss O'Leary earns over €6,575 each day

    Ryanair’s new image is paying off for the airline and its famously outspoken boss. Chief executive Michael O’Leary last year enjoyed a bumper 33% jump in pay to earn over €6,575 each day. Mr O’Leary secured the 33% rise in overall pay to €2.4m after securing a 9% rise in bonus payments to €855,000 and receiving share based compensation of €500,000. According to the airline’s 2015 annual report, published yesterday, Mr O’Leary secured the pay rise through an annual gross salary of €985,091 and topped it up with a bonus of €855,000 along with the share based compensation of é500,000.

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  • VIDEO Black Mass trailer - Johnny Depp is terrifying

    Remember when Johnny Depp used to actually be an actor, rather than a cartoon with an English accent who seemed drunk all the time? Well it looks like he's back in Black Mass. It's the story of mobster Whitey Bulger who came up quickly in Boston and ended up collaborating with the FBI - who turned a blind eye to his illegal activities. This looks like its going to focus more on his early life but things were always colourful for Bulger, with the criminal later being frequently sighted in Ireland during his years on the run. q
  • We've just found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system

    Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system. Nasa have described the planet, dubbed un-lovingly as HD 219134b, as “a potential gold mine of science data” – and that’s our favourite kind of data. The exoplanet is a mere 21 light-years away and is larger than Earth – although it can’t be seen directly, even by telescope. The star it orbits is visible to the naked eye however, if you peer towards the Cassiopeia constellation near the North Star.

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  • Joan Burton accused of ‘picking on’ lone parents

    Tánaiste Joan Burton has been asked what her problem is with lone parents as she was accused of “picking on” them. Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh made the allegation during a Dáil debate on a Private Members’ motion calling for a reversal of social welfare payment cuts to lone parents once their youngest child reaches seven years of age. Mr Ó Snodaigh described lone parents as “one of the most deprived groups in the Irish State”, who “are most deserving of State intervention to help them out of poverty”.

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  • Happy Birthday Arnold Schwarzenegger - Celebrate with his best one-liners

    Arnie's career so far has been incredible and inspiring and we want to celebrate his contribution to our entertainment for the last 45 years with a run down of his best one-liners - a vital part of any Schwarzenegger movie experience. By 1996, Arnie's star was on the wane a little, and Jingle All the Way certainly isn't one of his best, but that doesn't mean his one-liners aren't outrageous enough to be entertaining. While out on the town trying to get his son a Turbo-Man action figure (and being pretty mean to Sinbad for some reason) he checks in at home and has a totally random conversation with Phil Hartman, who is kinda trying to steal his wife.

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  • IMF head says China 'strong enough' to handle market turmoil

    China's economy is strong enough to weather any storm due to volatility in its markets, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Wednesday. "We believe the Chinese economy is resilient, and strong enough to withstand that kind of significant variation in the markets," Lagarde said in an online press conference from the American capital. "It's not a very well-established, long-standing market that has been around for decades and decades, as has been the case in either the United States or some of the European Union markets," she said. Lagarde said China's policy efforts to fight a plunge in its stock market were unlikely to affect the IMF's decision on whether to include the yuan currency in its special drawing rights basket of currencies.

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  • To stand with Palestinians is to stand against racism and apartheid

    Derek O’Flynn, press officer of the Israeli Embassy in Dublin (Letters, July 15) seemed a little confused as to the meaning of solidarity with Palestine, which of course goes back to the original ethnic cleansing, Al Nakba, carried out by what became the state of Israel, in 1948. Indeed most of the population of Gaza is comprised of refugees from 1948 and 1967. Gaza Action Ireland as a solidarity group tries to highlight the injustices the Palestinian people, including but not confined to those in Gaza, have been subjected to by the Israeli state, since, yes, 1948.

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  • Five things we learned from Manchester United's tour of America

    Manchester United returned to Old Trafford on Thursday after completing their pre-season tour of the United States. United still need a commanding centre-back. Senior figures at United insisted this week that the club will not move for a centre-back if – as looks likely – their bid to sign Sergio Ramos fails. Louis van Gaal is big on balance – that is why he likes to have a left-footed player and a right-footed player in the middle of defence. q
  • Inquiry showed once gung-ho Taoiseach to be a weak performer

    IMAGINE for a moment that it is April 2007 and the leaders of Fine Gael and Labour are hosting a joint press conference. It is two weeks before the general election and they have just announced their intention, if elected, to put us on a surer economic footing. Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte tell the assembled journalists that it would be their intention to widen our tax base by introducing a property tax and water charges, and that they are planning to introduce a law to stop Irish people buying property in utterly daft locations, either here or abroad, in an effort to save them for themselves. Remember how, back then during his long period in opposition, Enda Kenny, often seemed to be hanging on to the Fine Gael leadership by the skin of his teeth.

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  • Quad bike crash victim's organs donated to 4

    A quad bike accident cost an eight-year-old boy his life following a collision 500m from his home. Ultan Hayes, from Ballingough, Whitegate, outside Scarriff in Co Clare, suffered fatal head injuries after a spin on the family’s new quad bike turned to tragedy. The boy’s father, Brian Hayes, had purchased the 500cc Suzuki quad bike for the farm earlier that day. The Hayes’s four children were “all excited to have a spin” on the new quad, Ultan’s mother Ora Hayes said.

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  • One woman shares why she threw out her razor and let her armpit hair grow

    Armpit hair has been one of 2015′s hottest topic. Five years ago, Jordan stopped shaving for No Shave November (abstaining from shaving for a month, usually done by men who will let their facial hair grow) two years in a row as a “sort of as a joke” and let her underarm hair do its own thing, undisturbed by razors or wax. After the second year, Jordan says she actually felt more comfortable letting her hair grow. While Jordan’s friends and family have embraced her au naturel underarms apart from a little bit of friendly teasing, she’s come up against mixed reactions in her romantic life.

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