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  • Aloha stars Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone respond to backlash over film title

    Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone have backed director Cameron Crowe over the title of their new film, Aloha. The actresses, who shot scenes alongside Bradley Cooper in Hawaii for the movie, batted away controversy over the title, with Rachel saying: “I think you know that Cameron was very much about Hawaiian culture and we did a blessing to kick off the film and you know he took us to watch live Hawaiian music all the time… I don’t know that that’s fair. Emma added: “Kind of being in Hawaii alone was having fun. Filmmaker Cameron, who wrote and directed Aloha, insisted there was a lot of thought behind the film’s title. q
  • ‘Significant issues’ with social welfare fraud prevention

    A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General discovered “significant issues” with internal fraud measures in two social welfare offices in 2013, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Séamus McCarthy said an audit conducted by his office found almost four out of five files at a centre in Clondalkin, Dublin, contained errors, while a similar inspection carried out in Letterkenny recorded an error rate of 72 per cent.

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  • Mark Wright Posts Picture From Honeymoon

    Just days after Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan got married, Mark has posted the first picture from their honeymoon. My answer.... I'll stick with my view thanks..... Ladies and gents I give you #mrswright''.

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  • Greece plays down fears of debt default

    Greece and its Europeans creditors yesterday sought to play down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the IMF next week. Running short of cash to pay salaries, pensions and debt obligations, senior members of Alexis Tsipras’s government have said openly that Greece does not have the money to pay €300m to the IMF on June 5. The threats have spooked financial markets, which fear a default could force Greece out of the single currency, pushing the European and global economies into uncharted territory. The comments drew a positive reaction in Germany, Greece’s biggest creditor and one of its toughest critics in long-running aid negotiations with its EU and IMF lenders.

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  • Student accused of being part of £15m drug trafficking scheme

    A student accused of being part of an international drugs trafficking operation sending £15 million worth of cannabis to Northern Ireland is to be released from custody, a High Court judge ruled on Thursday. Yahan Wang was granted bail after her parents travelled from China to live with her at an address in south Belfast. Mr Justice Treacy said it was an exceptional case where he had been influenced by her potentially bright academic future. The 24-year-old Chinese national allegedly played a leading role in a gang suspected of dispatching packages to rented properties across Northern Ireland.

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  • Ricky Martin talks life as a single father

    Ricky Martin has said that although he meets plenty of eligible men, he is picky about taking things further with any of them because of his children. The singer, who is making a comeback after four years away from the limelight, has six-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino, and is now a single father after splitting with partner Carlos Gonzalez Abello.

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  • Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's spat with Louis Walsh continues

    The Irish judge had called her lazy. q
  • Brolly: ‘I am still cringing’ about Morrissey insult

    RTE pundit Joe Brolly has admitted he is mortified by the insulting remarks he made about Marty Morrissey on the Sunday Game Live at the weekend. Brolly found himself after saying about Cavan: “it’s as ugly as Marty Morrissey, their football”. The RTE statement also said Morrissey had “graciously accepted” an apology from Brolly. “Marty Morrissey is a decent, good humoured man,” Brolly wrote.

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  • Paul McShane released by relegated Hull City

    Hull City have released six players following their relegation from the Premiership, and among them is Irish defender Paul McShane. Manager Steve Bruce said it’s with much regret that the club part ways with one of their longest serving players. The former Manchester United, Sunderland and West Brom defender has been with Hull since 2008.

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  • Nama holdings in Cork, Limerick and Galway revealed

    New figures suggest Nama is less exposed to rural property developments outside of the big cities than once thought. Its 2014 annual report says that the “urban-centric” assets it holds in counties Cork, Galway, and Limerick are just the sort of properties that are sought by investors. Nama produced a county-by-county guide to the location of its assets. This showed that €7.72bn of assets, or almost 70% of all its Irish portfolio, remains in Dublin.

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  • Irish academic to be first woman to lead Oxford University

    Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford. The university, the oldest in the English speaking world as well as one of the highest ranked, has announced that the Irish political scientist, currently based at the University of St Andrews, has been nominated as its next Vice-Chancellor - a post equivalent to chief executive. The news comes the same day as the Higher Education Authority announcing a review of gender equality policies in Irish universities to promote more women in leadership roles. Prof Richardson grew up in Tramore, Co Waterford and studied history at Trinity College Dublin, as one of three Catholics in a class of 33.

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  • British twin sisters assume ‘influential roles’ in Islamic State

    Teenage twin sisters from Manchester have assumed “influential roles” among a group of British women who have travelled to Islamic State (IS) territory, according to a report. Zahra and Salma Halane used social media accounts to contribute to the extremist group’s propaganda and encourage other women to join them, experts claimed.

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  • Nama spends €400,000 on ‘gardening leave’ for staff

    Nama said the average period of gardening leave served by these former staff was two months. “The decision on whether or not to place staff on garden leave is made on a case-by-case basis and would include consideration... of the person’s role within Nama, and the person’s new employer,” the Nama report stated. The number of staff directly engaged by Nama last year rose to 369, from 331 in 2013.

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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
  • There's an iPhone bug that can crash your phone with one text

    A bug in Apple’s iOS has been discovered that can crash an iPhone by sending a single text message containing a certain string of characters. The bug appears to be caused by a glitch in the way Apple’s iOS software displays non-Latin text in notification banners and alerts. Several users of online forum site Reddit discovered the flaw, which causes the iPhone receiving the message to crash and reboot as long as the recipient is not viewing the message conversation when the text is received. The bug appears to require a very specific set of characters to be sent, with those discussing the issue on Reddit reporting and sharing a single line of characters that cause the crash. q
  • Serena Williams survives shock as Caroline Wozniacki crumbles on Paris clay

    The pre-tournament shortlist of favourites for the French Open women’s crown continues to shrink and for a while it looked as though the name of top seed Serena Williams would also vanish on Thursday. Shortly after former world number one Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by Julia Görges, meaning the third, fifth and sixth women’s seeds have all departed before round three, 33-year-old Williams stepped on Court Suzanne Lenglen to face unheralded 21-year-old German Anna-Lena Friedsam.

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  • No double beds allowed for unmarried elderly

    Single and widowed residents of a €17 million State-funded senior citizens’ complex have been refused permission for double beds by the Catholic housing agency that owns and runs the apartments. Fr Scully House, a recently built complex of 99 apartments near Mountjoy Square, was at the centre of a seven-month rent dispute between the Catholic Housing Aid Society (CHAS) and Dublin City Council.

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  • Scotland will fight to stay in EU, vows Nicola Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Government will make a “strong and positive” case for the UK to remain in the EU to prevent Scotland being forced out against its will. The First Minister was speaking as she delivered her first major economic speech since the SNP’s landslide election victory in Scotland and a day before the new Conservative Government’s Queen’s Speech. Speaking at Heart of Midlothian FC’s Tynecastle stadium, Ms Sturgeon set out three priority areas in which she said the Scottish Government would seek outcomes at a UK level to benefit the Scottish economy.

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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
  • Video: The incredible reaction when Niall Horan starts a Twitter fan Q&A |

    One Direction's Niall Horan is obviously bored out of his mind today because he decided to start a Twitter Q&A with this tweet. To put it into a bit more perspective for us, we took a 15 second video of the action on Niall's account - @NiallOfficial - and the amount of tweets he's receiving is incredible. q