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  • Transgender actor on EastEnders makes soap history

    EastEnders has made UK soap history by casting a transgender actor to play a transgender character in a continuing role. Riley Carter Millington, 21, is set to join the BBC One show’s cast, playing newcomer Kyle. Viewers will get a brief glimpse of Kyle on screen this October, before the character returns permanently at the end of the year. So far not much is known about him and not much will be revealed for a while. EastEnders is Riley’s first acting role, and he said: “I am extremely excited to be joining EastEnders. I can honestly say that I have now fulfilled my two biggest dreams – to be living my life as a man and to be an actor. “I cannot wait to really get stuck in with filming and I

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  • New left-wing party could make Gerry Adams the next Taoiseach

    THE NEW LEFT-wing political party that was formally launched today would be prepared to support Sinn Féin in government and Gerry Adams as Taoiseach, according to AAA TD Paul Murphy. The Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) and People Before Profit (PBP) today announced it was joining forces ahead of the next election. It’s aiming to win at least seven seats in the next Dáil. The party intends to contest at least 27 of the 40 Dáil constituencies in the hope of capitalising on the anti-water charges movement which Murphy said had changed Irish politics. It has ruled out coalition with Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fáil and Renua. But Murphy said the possibility of supporting Sinn Féin in government would q
  • Baggage handler sues over alleged electric shock at Dublin Airport

    A baggage handler who claimed he suffered an electric shock when he plugged his baggage truck in for charging near the runway at Dublin Airport has sued for damages. Keith Doyle (29), who had a three-month contract driving the luggage trolley to meet incoming and outgoing planes, said he was stuck to the ground and unable to shout after an electric shock went up his arms. He managed to remove his grip and fell back with all his muscles contracted, he said. Mr Doyle said he initially felt lucky not to have suffered major physical injuries but later suffered panic attacks which left him with intense fear, despair and chest pains. He travelled from Australia for the hearing of the High Court case

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  • Baby being held in mother’s arms died when airbag deployed

    A THREE-MONTH-old baby travelling in his mother’s arms as she drove to the shop died after an airbag deployed following a collision. Paddy Francis Maughan of St Margaret’s Park, Finglas, Dublin 11 was rushed to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital where he died two days later. “My life’s been turned upside-down since that day,” the child’s father Peter Maughan said at an inquest into his son’s death. “I had my moments with him, I used to give him baby dinners and feed him while we watched the World Cup. “Now my second son is in care, I lost my family,” Mr Maughan said. In his mother’s arms Paddy Francis was in a car seat on the front passenger seat initially but his mother, Theresa Maughan q
  • Scotland’s hopes of Euro 2016 qualification ended after draw to Poland

    Scotland’s dream of reaching the 2016 European Championship finals in France were ended by an injury-time leveller by Poland striker Robert Lewandowski at Hampden Park. There was less than three minutes played when the in-form Bayern striker gave the visitors the lead, but wide-man Matt Ritchie thundered in a shot from outside the box seconds from the interval and striker Steven Fletcher put the home side ahead with a wonderful curling strike just on the hour mark. However, with seconds of four added minutes remaining, Lewandowski knocked the ball in from inches out following a Kamil Grosicki free-kick to make it 2-2 to leave Scotland six points outside a play-off spot ahead of their final Group

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  • How Twitter saw Jurgen Klopp's arrival in Liverpool

    Jurgen Klopp is set to be presented as Liverpool’s new manager. Plenty offered their thoughts on the appointment on Twitter. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the best responses ahead of his anticipated unveiling on Friday morning. @Gary Lineker: “Jurgen Klopp has agreed a 3 year deal with Liverpool. That, ladies & gentlemen, is a bloody exciting appointment.” @StanCollymore: “Good Q for £LFC fans( intrigued at the real A) Which excited you more? Kenny back last time? Klopp now?” @Djimi_Traore19: “Welcome to Liverpool jurgen klopp top class’s good new for club and fans £YNWA.” Meanwhile, Paul Dalglish, son of former Reds boss Kenny and currently technical director of American q
  • 8 things we learned as Mark Gatiss explored his Irish roots in Who Do You Think You Are?

    Mark Gatiss may be known for his fantasy storytelling and roles in The League of Gentlemen, Game of Thrones and Sherlock. But things turned quite interesting for the actor when he did some digging into his past on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? – and found a ‘supernatural’ connection. The actor was keen to learn more about his Irish roots on his mother’s side. In his journey to uncover family history, the Sherlock actor found that royal blood really does run in his veins and that he may have descended from kings. But there were also some surprising tales that involved vampires and supernatural folklore. Here are a few things we know about Mark Gatiss now, thanks to WDYTYA. 1. Mark gets his good q
  • Union warns of action at Dublin Bus as train strikes loom

    With thousands of train passengers set to face disruption as a result of strike action in the weeks ahead, the prospect of industrial action has also emerged at Dublin Bus. Train drivers who are members of Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) are to stage two work stoppages for 3 hours on Friday October 23rd and Friday November 6th. This will bring to a halt all Dart, commuter and inter-city services on both days from 6am to 9am. However Iarnród Éireann has indicated there could be further knock-on disruption as a result of some trains and crews being out of position for later services. Siptu warned there could be further industrial action affecting train services at a later date.

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  • Several Russian cruise missiles landed in Iran, says US

    Several of the cruise missiles that Russia fired at Syrian targets landed instead in Iran, say US defence officials. It is unclear whether the missiles, launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea, caused any significant damage in Iran. One official said the number of missiles that went off course was four. The Russian government said on Wednesday it launched 26 cruise missiles, hitting targets in the Syrian provinces in the north and north-west. It made no mention of any missiles going astray. The missiles’ intended flight paths took them over Iran and Iraq. The missile attack was part of an expanding Russian military campaign in Syria that has deepened the divide between Moscow and Washington q
  • Ben Whishaw baffled by debate over sexuality in casting for roles

    Ben Whishaw has said there should be no debate about gay actors playing straight characters, and vice versa. The 34-year-old, who is gay, has portrayed characters of both sexual orientation on screen in the past, including gadgets guru Q in James Bond film Skyfall, serial killer Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer and English Romantic poet John Keats in Bright Star. “With gay characters being played by straight people, straight characters being played by gay people, come on, we’re actors,” he said at a Bafta screening for his new TV show London Spy. “I do not understand what the problem is. Actors play all sorts of things. I’ve played murderers, journalists and kings

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  • Republic of Ireland versus Germany after-match quotes

    Martin O’Neill heaped all the praise on his players following the Republic of Ireland’s magnificent victory over Germany. “It was a great win for us after we put our heart and soul into the game,” commented the Irish manager. “Injury problems to Shay meant we had to make an enforced change but Darren Randolph came in and did very, very well. It was a great team effort with Shane coming off the bench to score that wonder-goal. We had to withstand a lot of pressure during the course of the game but it was an historic night for us in the end. “We can’t afford world class players like Seamus Coleman to be missing yet Cyrus Christie comes in and does an absolutely magnificent job. Jeff Hendrick growing

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  • McNamara claims receivers for Nama recruited directors after wind-down

    Developer Bernard McNamara has claimed receivers for the National Asset Management Agency hired directors from his company after it was wound down. Mr McNamara, who went bankrupt in 2007, has submitted a brief written statement to the Oireachtas banking inquiry. However, he declined to answer a number of questions posed to him by the joint committee alleging the work of private companies is not included in the inquiry’s terms of reference. Mr McNamara did defend his company and claimed the receivers poached most of his staff when McNamara Construction collapsed. He said: “Directors were mainly qualified and experienced accountants, engineers and chartered surveyors. “As I understand it, almost

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  • Murdoch apologises after implying Obama not ‘real black president’

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has apologised after he suggested US president Barack Obama was not a ‘real black president’. In a tweet praising Republican candidate for the 2016 presidency race , Ben Carson, he said: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?” Mr Obama had a white American mother and a Kenyan father who was studying in the US while Mr Carson’s parents were both US-born African Americans. Tweet The Newscorp founder later urged his followers to read an article in New York magazine that he said showed “minority community disappointment” with the president. On Thursday, after much reaction to his remark, Mr Murdoch tweeted:

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  • Is Enda about to shaft Joan?

    Joan Burton and Enda Kenny at a 1916 event in Dublin today ALL ANYONE IN Leinster House can talk about this week is when the general election is going to be held. “Are you November or February?” is pretty much how every conversation begins in the corridors. Nervous politicians wonder if journalists have the inside track and vice versa. Those long enough at this game know there is no inside track, unless you can get into the mind of Enda Kenny. This flurry of speculation was sparked by Kenny refusing to rule out an early election on Monday. Until then the Taoiseach had repeatedly stated that the election would be in “early 2016″. Then all of sudden, at the opening of a power plant in his constituency, q
  • ‘It’s 30 grown men running around a field chasing a ball, you can’t take it too seriously’

    IN 2014, WHEN words like ‘devastating’ and ‘heart-breaking’ were being thrown around to describe Dublin’s exit from the All-Ireland senior football championship at the hands of Donegal, at least one of Jim Gavin’s men knew there were worse things in life. Earlier that summer, Jonathan Ranson was enjoying a trip to San Diego on a J1 but a freak accident while diving into a swimming pool left the 21-year old student from Clontarf with a broken neck. Now paralysed from the chest down, Ranson has been told he is an ideal candidate for future medical advances in neurosurgery, but his plight helps childhood friend, Dublin wing-back Jack McCaffrey, keep the highs and lows on the football field in perspective. “Jonathan’s a good friend of mine, we grew up a stone’s throw from each other and his birthday is just five days after mine,” McCaffrey said this week. q
  • Republican favourite pulls out of House Speaker’s election

    Chaos descended on the US Capitol on Thursday after Republican Kevin McCarthy, in a shock move, withdrew his name in the race to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. House Republicans were stunned when Mr McCarthy, the party’s second-ranking member in the lower chamber of Congress and the presumed frontrunner to succeed Speaker John Boehner, pulled out of the election to the position that is second in line to the US presidency. “If we are going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to do,” said the congressman from California to a stunned political press corps, adding that he did not want to win the Speaker race on a marginal vote. His decision to withdraw his name came

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  • Lionel Messi to stand trial on tax fraud in Spain

    Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud. Court documents made public today say a judge has rejected a request to clear the Barcelona player from wrongdoing and decided to charge him and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, with tax fraud. Prosecutors had said Messi was not aware of his father’s unlawful activities, but the state attorney’s office contended that the Argentina forward knew enough to also be named in the case. Messi and his father are accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office of €4m in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.

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  • EU to step up deportation of migrants and tighten borders

    The European Union pledged on Thursday to step up deportation of illegal migrants. As EU justice and home affairs ministers signed off on new plans to help tackle the refugee crisis, it did, however, stress that detention of people would only be used as a last resort. Ahead of an EU summit next week that is expected to focus on migration and the civil war in Syria, EU justice ministers meeting in Luxembourg signed off on a proposal designed to bolster the EU’s returns policy and strengthen border controls. The move may signal a tougher stance by the EU towards the refugee crisis. The EU has been trying to balance a need to fulfil its legal and humanitarian obligations towards those seeking refuge

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  • Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification permutations

    Thursday night’s penultimate round of Group D results means the Republic of Ireland can still grab automatic qualification for Euro 2016. Scotland’s 2-2 draw at home to Poland was bettered by Ireland’s unlikely 1-0 defeat of Germany at the Aviva Stadium meaning Martin O’Neill’s side cannot now finish lower than third. A victory from Sunday’s trip to Warsaw would guarantee Ireland a top-two finish and automatic qualification for next summer’s tournament. A draw or Polish win would keep the boys in green in third place and facing the prospect of a two-legged play-off against one of the other eight qualifying group’s third-place finishers. The concession of a last-minute goal at Hampden Park ended

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  • Jackson's Fermanagh-born doctor tells of singer's skin cancer fears

    A FERMANAGH-BORN doctor who treated superstar Michael Jackson has revealed the singer always wore a mask because a skin disorder had left him susceptible to cancer. Cosmetic surgeon Dr Patrick Treacy today told RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy that he first met the pop legend in 2006 after Jackson read about his charitable work in Africa. Dr Treacy, who recently published his autobiography entitled Behind The Mask, spoke of how Jackson had been struck by a condition called vitiligo that left him with black and white patches on his skin. The medic, who grew up in Garrison and is based at the Ailesbury Clinic in Dublin, said the singer had also suffered from lupus, which also left him vulnerable to the sun. q