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  • British girl who fled to Syria gloats at Tunisia deaths

    A British schoolgirl who fled to Syria has gloated over the fate of the tourists massacred on the beach in Tunisia. Amira Abase, 16, one of three girls who vanished from their east London homes in February to join Islamic State, wrote that she was laughing out loud — ‘Lol’ in text language — as Britain mourned those who lost their lives at Sousse. In an exchange of messages on social media with an undercover reporter from the Mail on Sunday, Abase, when told of the minute’s silence across Britain in memory of the victims, wrote “Loooool’. Abase believed the reporter to be another British teenager planning to run away to join IS.

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  • New minimum wage rate to be set before budget

    The Government will set a new minimum wage before the budget. Richard Bruton, minister for jobs, enterprise, and innovation, made the pledge yesterday just weeks before the Low Pay Commission is due to make its first report to the Government. The current rate of €8.65 set in 2007 had been restored in July 2011 after the Fine Gael/Labour government reversed a €1 cut that was imposed by the previous government. Speaking at the launch of a regional jobs strategy for Cork and Kerry yesterday, Mr Bruton said he expects the commission’s first report on a new rate before the end of this month.

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  • Sinead buries parents on her birthday

    The daughter of the tragic Athlone couple shot dead in Tunisia spent her birthday yesterday saying a tearful goodbye to her beloved parents. Sinead Hayes was comforted by her extended family and close friends as well as hundreds of friends, neighbours, and colleagues of Larry and Martina Hayes at their funeral Mass in the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Athlone. Beforehand, Sinead had personally waited at the entrance of the church to greet early arrivals for her parents’ funeral Mass and to thank them for their support. Parish priest Canon Liam Devine told the community that they did not have to wait for Holy Week to experience Good Friday.

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  • Islamic State releases video of execution of Syrian soldiers

    The Islamic State group has released a video showing the killing of 25 government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. The video showed the soldiers being taken in pick-up trucks from the town’s notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheatre.

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  • UK families lose hope of return after daughters 'marry IS militants'

    The families of two east London schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group have lost hope that the teenagers will return after discovering they married militants. Police launched an international manhunt for the three Bethnal Green Academy pupils, Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, after they fled Britain in February to become so-called "jihadi brides". Tasnime Akunjee, a solicitor representing the families, said they were grieving over the news that they had been dreading. It entrenches their lives in Syria, rather than in Britain. q
  • Meanwhile, In Dun Laoghaire

    Yesterday. Dun Laoghaire Harbour Business centre, Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Anyone? Thanks anon q
  • Public allowed in paddock for princess's baptism

    Britain’s Princess Charlotte will be christened tomorrow in front of Queen Elizabeth II and close family. The nine-week-old baby’s baptism will take place at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, which is walking distance from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Norfolk country mansion. The traditional religious service will welcome guests including the princess’s great-grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton.

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  • Minister Frances Fitzgerald defends methods for water bill collection

    Radical measures to collect unpaid water bills have been defended by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald who says only fractions of people’s social welfare payments may be deducted as a last resort in some cases. The new measures, under the Civil Debt Bill, will include unpaid water charges but were met with anger by Opposition TDs yesterday. Ms Fitzgerald said the bill will allow creditors seek their payments through a court where amounts between €500 and €4,000 are outstanding. Opponents of water charges point out that this means that those refusing to pay bills would not face any action for at least two years as this is how long it would take for that amount in water charge arrears and fines to accumulate.

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  • Rare spitfire restored after 70 years

    A rare Spitfire which lay buried on Calais beach for 40 years is on display in London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, before being auctioned off for charity. The Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A P9374 is one of only two in the world restored to their original specifications and still airworthy. Both are being donated by Thomas Kaplan, an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, with each estimated at between £1.5m and £2.5. The model outside the Churchill War Rooms will be there until July 9 and will then be auctioned off at The Exceptional Sale for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Panthera, a wildlife conservation charity.

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  • Doctor dies after Skerries 100 road races

    A renowned travelling medic in Irish road racing has died following an incident at the Skerries 100 road races in North County Dublin. Deeply saddened to hear that road racing travelling doctor John Hinds lost his life at Skerries. Dr. John Hinds was providing medical cover at the Skerries road races in Dublin last night when he was involved in an incident. q
  • Terminator Genisys spoiled itself - how was this allowed to happen?

    Terminator Genisys is in cinemas around the world now, and it’s a perfectly entertaining big budget action film. It’s fast paced, with some decent performances and fun riffs on the material and – most importantly – it’s better than the horrorshow which was 2009s Terminator Salvation. One point to start with – Genisys is action-lite. James Cameron is kind of the action set-piece and you can see it as far back as 1984s The Terminator with his command of high impact chase scenes, windshield punches, nightclub shootouts and that heavy metal finale. q
  • Mother's pension 'drawn for 16 years after death'

    A man is to face trial accused of stealing approximately €160,000 by fraudulently drawing his dead mother’s pension for 16 years. Brian Bobey, aged 61, appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court yesterday on multiple theft charges. It is alleged Mr Bobey, of Walkinstown Parade, Dublin 12, continued drawing his mother’s pension after she died in 1997, State solicitor John Forde told the court.

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  • Hundreds gather to say goodbye to Baltimore drowning victim

    The funeral took place this morning of 20 year old Niamh O’Connor, who lost her life along with two others in a tragic drowning accident in Baltimore, West Cork last Tuesday. Tomorrow the funeral will take place of another victim of the tragedy, Barry Ryan, in the Sacred Heart Church, Rath at 10.15am, followed by burial in Tullagh Cemetery, Baltimore. Meanwhile the search for his son, CIT student Barry Davis Ryan, continues in Baltimore this weekend.

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  • Fact or Fiction: Transfer rumour round-up

    Manchester City are ready to splash out over €230m on Paul Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne, and Raheem Sterling, if the latest transfer gossip from the Sunday newspapers proves to be on the money. Manager Manuel Pellegrini’s bid to reclaim the Premier League title from Chelsea next season could involve his club breaking the British transfer record and signing Juventus midfielder Pogba for £71m (€99.5m), according to the Sunday Mirror. City, meanwhile, are lining up a €70m offer for Wolfsburg’s De Bruyne, claims the Sunday Telegraph, which adds that Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt for the former Chelsea attacking midfielder.

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  • Harry to follow in his father's flight path at Bray airshow

    Like father, like son: Cleared for take-off and make air-show history. While many sons follow in their father’s footsteps, this young Irish pilot is set to follow his former fighter pilot dad’s flight path and create a special piece of Irish aviation history this month. Aviation legend Gerry Humphreys will be joined in the skies by his 21-year-old son Harry as they both perform routines during the country’s largest airshow, in Bray on July 19. Gerry, one of Ireland’s most respected aerobatic pilots, will be flying his Vans RV7, a home-built two-seater sports aeroplane, dubbed the ‘flying cow’ because of its striking black-and-white colour scheme.

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  • Shane winning a Major would be better than 1982 - Irish Daily Star

    EVERYWHERE Shane Lowry goes, he finds one. Lowry is back in Ireland preparing for the British Open later this month, following his top ten finish at the US Open in Seattle. “Wherever Shane goes there’s an Offaly jersey,” said Brendan.

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  • FG’s Brian Hayes call on Greece to ditch ‘provocative’ stance

    Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has called on the Greek political leaders to “ditch their aggressive, provocative language”. In a statement released before the official result was announced but with polls showing a No vote ahead, Mr Hayes said the result of the Greek referendum must be respected by European authorities and leaders.

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  • Sexism — the game's last great hurdle

    The build-up to this summer’s Women’s World Cup was overshadowed by one thing: a dispute about turf. Many of the most high-profile players, including USA stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, put their weight behind a lawsuit that challenged a decision to play the tournament on artificial pitches at venues across six different Canadian cities. Disillusioned with the responses from the requisite authorities, the players’ lawyer, Hampton Dellinger, made a prediction: “Fifa and the Canadian Soccer Association... will fail to host a discrimination-free tournament,” he said. The key buzzword used in advance of the competition was expansion, and this has been the biggest Women’s World Cup yet, in terms of teams and interest.

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  • Amanda Seyfried teases 'interesting' relationship with Hugh Jackman in Pan

    Amanda Seyfried has revealed working with Hugh Jackman on Pan was very different to their last collaboration on Les Miserables. In the award-winning musical Hugh and Amanda play father and daughter Jean Valjean and Cosette, but in the Peter Pan sequel Hugh is playing pirate Blackbeard while Amanda is Wendy’s mother Mary Darling. The Ted 2 actress has also been working with her other Les Mis co-star Russell Crowe again. q