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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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  • From dancing to tea… how to cut cancer risk

    EVERY year, 30,000 people in Ireland are diagnosed with cancer, with that figure expected to rise to 40,000 by 2020. “More than four in 10 cases of cancer could be prevented by making lifestyle changes,” says Fiona Osgun, Cancer Research UK’s health information officer. Research has found that a tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk post-menopausal women from breast cancer. Breast cancer risk rises as weight increases, but a 2013 U.S study found that when post-menopausal women followed a tomato-rich diet – including tomato-based products as well as tomatoes themselves – they showed a 9% increase in levels of a hormone called adiponectin, which helps regulate fat and blood sugar levels.

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Cannes 2015: Rita Ora’s racy dress, DiCaprio’s art donation and more gossip from the amfAR gala

    Amid celebrity show offs, indiscreet liaisons, and the aggressive banging of a hammer — the French Riviera’s annual, star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity attendees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody. Stars who put on their finest to walk the red carpet inlcuded Rita Ora in a sexy red frock and Kendell Jenner in a revealing purple gown.

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  • Twitter reports high turnout as voting begins

    Polling is underway at stations across the country and, if Twitter is to be believed, there has been a healthy turnout as people vote on the Marriage Equality and Presidential Age Referendums. First time I've ever seen a queue at my polling station even before 9am.

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  • Netherlands to ban wearing of full-face veil in public places

    The Dutch government on Friday agreed to introduce a partial ban on the wearing of the full-face veil in public places, the home affairs ministry said in a statement. The proposed ban, which must be approved by parliament before it can become law, would apply to all face-covering clothing, including ski-masks and helmets, on public transport and in schools, hospitals and government offices.

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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
  • Jeremy Clarkson: I've no idea what future holds after Top Gear

    Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has insisted he has “absolutely no idea” what his future holds – but he is “not going to be a milkman”. In his first interview since being axed as the show’s presenter following his attack on producer Oisin Tymon, Clarkson said he was busier than ever – despite being unemployed. But he told Chris Evans’s breakfast show on Radio 2 that getting axed from Top Gear, which he described as “my baby”, had left “a big hole” which was “my own silly fault”. Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are believed to be negotiating with a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon. q
  • 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
  • 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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  • '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
  • Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards explains why she’s not wearing her engagement ring

    Perrie Edwards has a perfectly good reason as to why she’s not wearing her engagement ring from Zayn Malik. Talking to Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry on Capital’s Breakfast Show, she explained it all. When asked by Lisa where her ring was, Perrie explained: “I know!

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  • Fearne Cotton says farewell to Radio 1

    Fearne Cotton has presented her last show for BBC’s Radio 1, with the help of famous friends such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Foo Fighters and Coldplay. Many of the artists Cotton championed over the years sent their best wishes on social media. Lots of love to @Fearnecotton and all the support she's given me and so many others on @BBCR1. q
  • Crash between Luas and car

    There has been a crash between a Luas tram and a car on the inbound red line. It happened at the Junction of Queen St and Benburb St. Luas says trams are running from Saggart/Tallaght to Blackhorse and Smithfield to the Point only due to the incident on the line in the city centre. Luas tickets are also valid on Dublin Bus. q
  • HPV vaccine support group concerned at side-effects

    A new support group, set up by parents of teenage girls who claim a vaccine against cervical cancer has made them ill, will be launched on the weekend of May 23rd. The group Reaction and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma (Regret) believes the human pappilomavirus (HPV) vaccine, administered to teenagers to protect against a virus that causes cervical cancer, has caused long-term health difficulties in their daughters.

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  • Emigrants take planes, trains and automobiles #HomeToVote

    Emigrants are returning to Ireland today specifically to vote in the Referendum. Under Irish electoral law, Irish citizens living abroad retain their right to vote in elections and referenda for 18 months after leaving Ireland, if they intend to return to live here within that timeframe.

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