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  • I'm A Celebrity 2015: People are wondering why Lady C hasn't been voted off the show yet

    Most Haunted’s Yvette Fielding became the latest star voted out of the I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! jungle. But she didn’t leave quietly. She slammed Lady Colin Campbell, dubbed Lady C on the ITV show, as “vile” during her exit interview with presenters Ant and Dec. The 47-year-old also described the Jamaican-born author as “a sly silver witch”. She added: “I hope I don’t bump into her after we come out of here. I think she’s vile. I think she’s not a very nice person.” Twitter was split, with some glad Yvette was happy to leave while others wondered how Lady C had survived yet again. The anti-Lady C club However, these guys won’t miss Yvette But Yvette’s fans are happy for her I’m A q
  • Tyson Fury: ‘I’m the first Irish heavyweight champion of the world’

    Immediately after the unanimous points win that saw him become the genuine heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury credited his promoter and manager Mick Hennessy as being the ‘Jerry Maguire of boxing’. It may have seemed a sentimental comment, but Fury’s victory over Wladimir Klitscho at the 55,000-capacity Esprit Arena largely appeared to be built on a team effort. The fingerprints of his uncle and trainer Peter Fury were obvious to see in the new champion’s performance, which was disciplined throughout and against all the antics he had produced in the build-up, but Hennessy played a key role in bringing the 27-year-old challenger towards his title tilt in Dusseldorf. Promoter Hennessy claimed he was left ‘in no man’s land’ after his TV deal with UK broadcaster ITV collapsed — a disaster for him which happened prior to Fury becoming a name on the world stage — and he was full of praise for his fighter after victory which saw the pair turn full circle as Fury claimed the most prestigious prize in boxing.

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  • When it comes to climate change there is no 'Planet B'

    ANYONE who still doubts that climate change is for real would quickly change their minds if they stood anywhere near the Cliffs of Moher today. They wouldn’t be there for long, though, as the tourist spot is being battered by winds of up to 170km an hour. We have already experienced three major storms here in the past month. Storm Abagail at the beginning of last month was quickly followed by Storm Barney and now Storm Clodagh is sweeping us off our feet. From storms to floods, extreme weather events that we might have expected every 50 years or so are now coming our way with increasing frequency. It is the same the world over. From Dublin to Darwin, the effects of climate change are being felt

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  • Jack Grealish has been banished from the Villa first team again

    Jack Grealish was due to train with Aston Villa’s under-21 squad on Monday but could return to the first-team fold later as boss Remi Garde contemplates changes. The midfielder was dropped for Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Watford after being pictured in a nightclub following the previous 4-0 loss at Everton. It is understood Grealish was expected to link up with the under-21s again after manager Garde last week insisted he needed to act more professionally and issued the punishment as Villa battle relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Grealish, 20, was warned about his off-field behaviour in April by then Villa manager Tim Sherwood after he was photographed apparently taking nitrous oxide. q
  • Bob Geldof 'half expected' Peaches' death

    Bob Geldof "half expected" his daughter Peaches' death. The 25-year-old mother-of-two passed away from a drug overdose in April 2014 and Bob, 64, admitted it was something he had feared. Speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1, he said: "Part of me kind of half-expected [it with] Peaches, to be honest with you - the way she was carrying on, there's nothing you can do about it." However, while he may have "half expected" Peaches' tragic demise, Bob admitted he is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his daughter. He explained: "This thing of being forever 25, in my head, that's unbearable, simply because of that cliché - you're not supposed to see your children die. "But she is the q
  • Joan Burton ‘deplores’ leak of internal Labour party analysis

    Tánaiste Joan Burton has deplored the leak of internal Labour party analysis which claimed the party could lose up to 20 seats. The Irish Times published the contents of the analysis last week and TDs have accused their deputy leader Alan Kelly of putting the information into the public domain. However, speaking today Ms Burton fully backed Mr Kelly and criticised the person who leaked the analysis. She said: “I have been talking to Alan and he, like everybody else, absolutely deplores whoever was responsible for doing that. “It is difficult to know the motivation of whoever was doing that. I don’t know if it is a single source or whether it is a number of sources. “It is difficult to make out

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  • Suicide bereaved gather in Cork church for celebration of light

    Poignant photographs of happier times were placed under the Christmas tree in a Cork church on Sunday as the suicide bereaved gathered for the annual Console Christmas Celebration of Light. Relatives of the deceased lit candles all around the altar prior to the emotional service at the Sacred Heart Church in Western Road, Cork at 4pm. A minute’s silence was also observed to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide. Celebrant Fr Alan Neville said people who are bereaved by suicide are often left completely broken and without hope. “We lose not only our loved ones but our faith in the world and our faith in ourselves. Our theme this afternoon is simply hope. We do hope we can rediscover

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  • 5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

    Scratch beneath the adulation heaped on Leicester record-breaker Jamie Vardy at the King Power Stadium, and there were nine other Premier League matches this weekend. Here we assess some of the lessons learned from the packed programme of action. 1. Diego Costa’s star has waned. Flash back to Jose Mourinho’s rumbustious defence of Diego Costa during his disciplinary issues in September, and it is hard to believe it has come to this. The striker’s dismal run of form has coincided with Chelsea’s worst start to a Premier League season, and his moody antics during the goalless draw at Tottenham on Sunday suggested things are set to get worse before they get better. Mourinho shrugged off Costa’s aiming q
  • Mary Robinson to open State’s first presidential archive and research centre in 2017

    A quarter of a century after her promise to keep a symbolic candle in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin, former president Mary Robinson has outlined plans to brighten her north Mayo birthplace with the State’s first presidential archive and research centre. The €8.35 million centre in her former family home – the 19th-century Victoria House, overlooking the river Moy in Ballina – will open in the second quarter of 2017, Mrs Robinson said in Ballina at the weekend. Initial funding of €1.5 million has been provided by Mayo County Council to buy the house and to provide an adjoining site for construction of an annexe, along with architectural and design services. Parts of 2 Victoria Terrace, originally

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  • Republicans fear Donald Trump's nomination will secure White House for Hillary Clinton

    The GOP is fearful that, if the extremist billionaire wins its presidential nomination, Democrat Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House will become inevitable, writes Bette Browne A ‘Dump Trump’ heave is underway among US Republicans to knock billionaire Donald Trump off his perch in the White House race, but they may have kept their powder dry too long. It’s now a battle that could backfire for the party, and the rest of its candidates, in the 2016 election. Trump was supposed to have imploded months ago. But he’s not just still standing, he’s surging. After the terrorist attacks in Paris, many people believed that his supporters would instead opt for an experienced candidate to fight

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  • Bale and Ronaldo lead Real Madrid to victory over Eibar

    A Gareth Bale header and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Real Madrid a much-needed 2-0 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Sunday, following their hammering by leaders Barcelona last weekend, and put them six points off the top of the standings. The Welshman notched up his first goal since the end of August when he nodded in a Luka Modric cross two minutes before half time against the small Basque club who have surprised this season and went into the game with one defeat from eight matches. Real were made to work hard against a battling Eibar but Ronaldo secured the win with a penalty after 82 minutes following a foul by Dani Garcia on Lucas Vazquez. The win eases the pressure on coach Rafa Benitez

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  • Alex White reluctant to increase wind turbine distances

    A significant increase in the minimum distance between a home and a wind power turbine would “wipe out” onshore wind projects, the Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources Alex White has said. The Minister, whose Dublin Rathdown constituency was the subject of a canvass by a group pressing people not to vote for politicians who support onshore wind energy over the weekend, said the current 500 metre “setback distance” guidelines could be made a mandatory rule. The chairman of protest group Protect Rural Ireland, Henry Fingleton, said international best practice for setback distance was 2 kilometres. Efforts to reach agreement between the department of the Environment and Mr White’s department have been going on for months but are understood to be stalled.

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  • Arsene Wenger defends decision to play Alexis Sanchez at Norwich

    Arsene Wenger defended his decision to play Alexis Sanchez at Norwich on Sunday - even though he saw the forward forced off through injury. The Arsenal boss is in the midst of another injury crisis after losing Sanchez to a hamstring issue in the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road. As well as the Chile forward, the Gunners also saw Laurent Koscielny limp off with a hip problem and Santi Cazorla suffer a blow to the knee which Wenger speculated could have caused ligament damage. But it is the potential loss of Sanchez that will be a massive void for Wenger to fill in the coming weeks – especially as he had already revealed in the build-up to the Carrow Road clash that the former Barcelona man had felt his q
  • 8 highlights of the 2015 Formula One season

    After a disappointing first half to the season, Nico Rosberg held off the challenge from Lewis Hamilton to win Formula One’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The victory secured Rosberg a hat-trick of consecutive victories for the first time in his grand prix career. As the 2015 season draws to a close, here are some of the best moments from Lewis Hamilton’s world-championship winning campaign. 1. Driver of the Year Yes, he may have the best car, but that does not guarantee you championships. Just ask Nico Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton followed up his 2014 triumph by dominating from the get-go. He won 10 races, secured 11 pole positions and sealed his third title with three races to spare in Austin.

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  • Muckross go out on penalties to Ballymoney

    Ulster clubs got the better of their Leinster opponents in three of Saturday’s five Irish Senior Cup second round ties which paired teams from the provinces. Muckross were the unluckiest of the losers, going out on penalty strokes to Ballymoney after a 2-2 draw. Corinthian were beaten at home by Ulster Elks, losing 6-1, while Ards also had a comfortable passage to the next round with a 3-0 win over Trinity. Away ties UCD and Railway Union both won their away ties, with the students beating Randalstown 3-0 while Hannah De Burgh Whyte got the deciding goal for Railway in their 2-1 win over Lurgan. For the second time in a week Hermes and Cork Harlequins squared up in Booterstown, but unlike their

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  • Andy Murray the hero as Britain wins Davis Cup

    On the final day of his most consistent season, Andy Murray’s strength, skill and determination coalesced to deliver the Davis Cup to Britain after a wait of 79 years. It was not as straightforward as the 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Belgium’s best player, David Goffin, might suggest, but Murray cared not a jot. He had done his duty, as everyone knew he would. Kyle Edmund had played a tangential role on his debut, perhaps sowing doubt in Goffin’s mind by taking the first two sets in the first rubber of the tie on Friday. Murray dismissed Ruben Bemelmans, his brother Jamie overcame the jitters to partner him to victory in the doubles and, as was almost pre-ordained, it all came down to Andy. It

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  • Matt Jones holds off Jordan Spieth to fulfil a dream

    If recent history is anything to go by, Matt Jones should have major expectations for 2016 after winning the Australian Open at his home course on Sunday. The US PGA tour regular followed some pretty illustrious footsteps by clinching the Stonehaven Cup with American Jordan Spieth and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy the names immediately above his on the trophy. Like Jones, the Australian Open was the first win of the year for both Spieth and McIlroy and in their cases, they used their Sydney success as the launch pad for spectacular following seasons, both winning two major championships. While McIlroy snatched victory from Adam Scott on the final hole in 2013 and Spieth smashed the course record

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  • Bob Geldof speaks of personal experiences of grief

    Bob Geldof has spoken of his experience of grief over the loss of his mother when he was a child, his former wife Paula Yates and his daughter Peaches last year. He remembers how his father broke the news to him of his mother’s death when he was aged six. “My Dad came into the room and he just sat on the side of the bed and he just said ‘Your Mum died last night’, very baldly. That was a very good lesson for later on in my life.” Paula Yates Geldof would find himself in the same shoes as his father many years later, when having to break the news to his children of the death of their mother Paula Yates, his former wife, in 2000. Speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ, he explained the hustle and

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  • Tyson Fury offers dethroned Klitschko immediate rematch

    Tyson Fury’s camp will attempt to persuade Wladimir Klitschko to travel to Wembley next summer for a multimillion-pound world heavyweight title rematch in front of 80,000 people. But Fury, who took the WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a unanimous decision on Saturday night in Dusseldorf, is also happy to return to Germany to face Klitschko again if the former champion wants a rematch sooner. Speaking the morning after bamboozling Klitschko to defy the bookies odds of 5/1, Fury insisted that the biggest damage he had suffered were the blisters across the soles of his feet. “Not too many people thought I could do it but I had faith all along that I’d be the champion of the world and make it an easy

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  • A definitive rundown of Arsenal's injury woes

    Arsenal may be in the Barclays Premier League title race this season, but their chances are being hurt by a stream of injuries to key men. Three players picked up fresh problems during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Norwich as the treatment room at the Gunners’ training ground continued its revolving door policy. Here’s a look at the 10 players unavailable to Arsene Wenger heading into December. 1. Mikel Arteta The creaking club captain has been limited to 10 appearances this season as his 33-year-old body becomes increasingly susceptible to injury. Came off the bench at West Brom only to score an own goal and be forced off with a calf problem just 35 minutes later. 2. Santi Cazorla The Spain international q