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  • Someone has won more than €8m in tonight's Lotto

    There was one winner of tonight's Lotto Jackpot, worth €8,244,501. The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 16, 24, 33 and 42. The bonus number was 47. More than 49,500 players won prizes in tonight’s draw. Wednesday's jackpot is heading for €2m. There was no winner of the top Lotto Plus 1 prize of €500,000. The numbers drawn were: 7, 11, 17, 23, 39 and 47. The bonus number was 34. There was no winner of the top Lotto Plus 2 prize of €250,000. The numbers drawn were: 6, 16, 25, 28, 40 and 45. The bonus number was 30.

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  • This is the 'carnage' a pensioner and teen left behind after stealing a fire engine

    A pensioner and a teenager have been arrested after a fire engine was stolen from a station and crashed at speed into a nearby row of cars and houses. A scene of destruction has been left on the Glenarm Road in Larne, Co Antrim, after the vehicle ploughed into at least eight cars before smashing into a number of terraced homes. Police said two men made off from the scene of the crash in the coastal Co Antrim town. Officers said two men, aged 66 and 19, were later arrested. One of the detained men had earlier been treated in hospital for injuries. Both are in custody for questioning. Author Thomas Jobling, who lives on the Glenarm Road, was asleep in bed when he heard a massive crash around 4.30am.

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  • Irish media law 'one of the most repressive' in the world

    Ireland continues to have one of the most repressive defamation regimes worldwide according to NewsBrands, the representative body for the national newspaper industry. To mark World Press Freedom Day today, NewsBrands is once again highlighting the significant challenge posed to freedom of expression by Ireland’s defamation regime and, in particular, the level of awards made in defamation cases. “Defamation awards are much higher here than the rest of Europe,” said NewsBrands, in a statement. “The decision of the Supreme Court to award €1.25 million in a case which it accepted was not the most serious of defamation actions puts Ireland wholly out of kilter with its neighbouring jurisdictions.

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  • Lena Dunham to undergo surgery after ovarian cyst rupture

    US star Lena Dunham will undergo surgery after experiencing an ovarian cyst rupture. The Girls writer, actress, director and producer had been taken to an undisclosed hospital on Saturday morning, spokeswoman Cindi Berger said in a statement. The 29-year-old has endometriosis, a painful condition that occurs when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside it. Lena has been very open about her personal issues with the condition. Last month, she updated her Facebook page with some thoughts about her ongoing health problem. The New Yorker also mentioned being “excited” about last month’s return of her series Girls to the HBO network. But she said she would not be doing any press

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  • Ireland may need to rethink its place in EU

    The upcoming UK in-out referendum on Europe is the biggest event to affect Irish foreign policy since Ireland joined the European Economic Community with Britain in 1973. On balance, the impact of Brexit is negative for Ireland. Trade is expected to suffer the biggest adverse reaction.  Ireland is a small open export-led economy heavily reliant on the health of its customer countries.  The UK is the destination for 20% of all Irish services exports and 14% of all Irish goods exports. The cyclical nature of services exports would be sensitive to any drop in UK economic growth, while narrowly applied trade barriers on products/sectors where Irish goods exports are concentrated could have significant

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  • Ant and Dec pranked Bear Grylls on Saturday Night Takeaway...and Twitter loved that he got revenge

    Bear Grylls joked it was the “day from hell”. But viewers found the evening Ant and Dec spent pranking him, well, absolutely hilarious. Bear thought he was simply out having a nice meal at a celebrated restaurant famed for being staffed by blind people, where you eat your meal totally in the dark. But the TV presenters had taken over the entire restaurant. All the customers were actors and everyone was in on it – yep, even Bear’s wife. Ant and Dec said it was an undercover first – because they could be face to face with their victim without wearing disguises. So, they completely hijacked the meal. They started off tame and just got the waiter to tap Bear on the head. Later, Ant crept up next

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  • Premier League rumours: Man United in for Kroos, Conte poised on Chelsea move

    Manchester United are planning a move for Real Madrid’s Germany international midfielder Toni Kroos, according to the Daily Mirror. The Daily Express says United will also try to lure Barcelona defender Marc Bartra to Old Trafford. The Daily Telegraph claims Antonio Conte will finalise a deal to take over as Chelsea boss during a meeting with Roman Abramovich in Monte Carlo in the next seven days. Newcastle’s next boss could be former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, reports The Sun. And finally, Jurgen Klopp has opened the door for Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, currently on loan at Fenerbahce, to return to Anfield in the summer, reports the Daily Star.

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  • Homeless man lands job at pizza restaurant thanks to Facebook post

    Why can’t every post we see on Facebook be as awesome as this? When Michael Marteen, from Sacramento, spotted a homeless man sitting outside a shop and handing out CVs last month, he decided to give him a helping hand. Michael uploaded these photos of Frederick Callison and his job hunt on to his Facebook page – and his plight gained the attention of gourmet pizza joint Pizza Rocks. Michael Marteen – This homeless man was sitting outside of… | Facebook Brilliantly, Pizza Rocks offered Frederick a job as a cook after seeing his employment history and his determination to find work. As Michael wrote on Facebook, Frederick had a sign placed next to him that simply said “Need work, and hungry”. But

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  • Claire Danes' glowing fibre-optic gown at the Met Gala is all our fairytale dreams come true

    Claire Danes has now set the bar really high for how to slay it on the red carpet. The 37-year-old actress literally lit up the red carpet as she arrived at the Met Gala wearing a gorgeous ballgown by Zac Posen – a nod to this year’s theme Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. The Homeland star arrived with her husband Hugh Dancy and the designer himself at the star-studded event in New York. But the incredible show-stopping moment happened when the lights were dimmed and the dress looks like THIS! For those curious as to just how Posen pulled off this jaw-dropping feat, the dress was made from fibre-optic organza material with 30 mini battery packs fitted inside the gown. The designer

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  • British firm apologises over deadly disinfectant sold in South Korea

    British firm Reckitt Benckiser has apologised and has pledged to compensate hundreds of those killed or injured by deadly disinfectants it sold in South Korea. The move came five years after the government ordered the company to remove the offending products from shelves for health risks. Ataur Safdar, head of Reckitt Benckiser’s Korean division, said the company accepted responsibility and wanted to make amends. He spoke at a news conference where he was interrupted by angry and tearful victims and family members who swore and hit him. A teenager using an oxygen tank, and four other people who were apparently victims or their families, walked to the stage to confront Mr Safdar. “Can you save

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  • Troy eases others’ anxiety by speaking honestly about his own

    Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy has spoken eloquently and openly in the Dáil about his anxiety, writes Fergus Finlay FOR a number of years now, Robert Troy has been the Fianna Fáil spokesman on children. Although in opposition, he was one of the leading advocates for the Children’s Rights referendum. There was much objection to that referendum, and it was hard-fought and divisive. But Troy never wavered in his support for it, although there must have been moments when it seemed more advantageous to be against it. He wasn’t just constant. He was energetic, travelling throughout the country, and arguing the case from a basis of knowledge and research. I remember writing here, when the campaign was over,

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  • Man charged with murder after woman doused with petrol and set alight

    A man has been charged with murder after a woman died days after being doused with petrol and set alight, Greater Manchester Police have said. Stephen Archer, 50, has also been charged with arson with intent to endanger life. He will appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday. The 49-year-old victim - reported to be his sister - died on Friday after suffering 70% burns to her body shortly before 9.45am on Monday at an address on Surbiton Road in Newton Heath, Manchester. She was taken to hospital but later died. A 19-year-old woman escaped uninjured from an upstairs window of the house with help from neighbours. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said they were called to reports that a man

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  • Euro 2016 could lead to the end of many relationships warn marriage counsellors

    Marriage counsellors have warned that Euro 2016 could trigger the final whistle for hundreds of rocky relationships across Ireland, as tensions among couples reach an all-time high. Therapists are anticipating a sharp surge in demand for their services, as exasperated partners show their footie-mad fellas the red card in the days following the end of the tournament, which kicks off in France next month. Leading charity Relationships Ireland said the fallout from international soccer tournaments has in the past always led to a sharp increase in the numbers of couples seeking counselling, particularly in households where one party is an ardent supporter of the boys in green and their partner has zero interest in sport. Tony Moore, a therapist with the organisation, said that while big sporting events cannot be solely blamed for break-ups or separations, they can bring underlying tensions in a relationship to a head and prove to be the final straw for many couples stuck in unhappy marriages.

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  • Beware of pitfalls when you are building a house

    Consumer advice with Gráinne McGuinness With all the the current focus on housing in Ireland — and on getting large-scale building projects off the ground, one area of the market is getting very little attention. But all around the country there are people undertaking the task of planning and building their dream homes themselves. There are many advantages to self-built properties, particularly the opportunity to design and build exactly the home you want for yourself and your family. But self-build mortgages are more complex than standard home loans and applicants need to be prepared for the road ahead. Unlike when you a buy a property, there is no clear single amount for the cost of a self-build.

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  • Dubs come back in second half to beat Cork

    Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10 Dublin overcame a dreadful first-half in Croke Park this evening to maintain their unbeaten run in the top tier of this season’s Allianz League. Cork, routed at home by Roscommon last weekend, kept the reigning league and All-Ireland champions scoreless for the first 22 minutes and held a seven-point lead at the interval. Yet they still found themselves steamrolled for most of the second-half. Both teams will harbour mixed emotions. Colm O’Neill, starting his first game of the campaign, was integral to Cork’s unexpected drive in the opening period, claiming 1-3 of their 2-7 total and having a hand in other scores. His goal came from the penalty spot after Philly McMahon

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  • PIN inventor recalls ‘eureka moment’ 50 years on

    The man behind personal identification number (PIN) technology, which allows people to withdraw cash from bank machines, has recalled his “eureka moment” as he marks 50 years since its invention. James Goodfellow, 79, was a young engineer working in Glasgow in the 1960s when the banks were looking for a way of letting customers get hold of their money after branches closed on a Saturday morning. Mr Goodfellow said he had gained no financial benefit from his invention but has gradually received recognition over the years. Mr Goodfellow, who lives with wife of 50 years Helen in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, said: “The banks wanted an automatic cash dispenser — something that would provide a service 24/7 unmanned.

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  • Radiohead mystery may be publicity stunt

    Radiohead has disappeared — from the internet, that is. With no explanation, all of the postings on the UK band’s Twitter and Facebook accounts had been deleted, and its website had gone completely white.  Postings on frontman Thom Yorke’s Twitter account had disappeared as well. Radiohead’s disappearance from the web may have something to do with the group’s forthcoming as-yet untitled album, which does not yet have a release date but is rumoured to be coming out in the first half of this year. The act’s last album, The King of Limbs, arrived in 2011.  On Saturday, some of the band’s UK fans received mysterious leaflets in the mail which featured an abstract artwork and an embossed Radiohead

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  • Simon Cowell thought his son didn't like him: 'Maybe he hates me'

    Simon Cowell used to think his son hated him. The 56-year-old music mogul has son Eric, two, with girlfriend Lauren Silverman but joked that for the first six months of the tot's life, he was convinced that Eric disliked him. Simon told Us Weekly: "For the first six months, I honestly thought, [this] is the most one-sided conversation I've ever had in my life, I'm not getting anything back here. Maybe he hates me. "And then after about a year and a half, suddenly, you get this connection. And they start talking to you. And you can teach them things. It's an amazing feeling." However, Simon and Eric now have a strong bond and the 'America's Got Talent' judge could not be prouder of his little

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  • Argos urgently recalls Mamas & Papas car seats

    Argos has issued an urgent product recall for a number of Mamas & Papas car seats which may crack and warned parents they should stop putting their child in the seats “immediately”. A spokesman for the retailer said it regularly tested its car seats and that “this batch was not standing up to the rigour we needed”. “We have identified a potential safety concern,” said the spokesman. “In the event of an accident the car seat shell may crack and therefore not provide the intended level of protection to the user. We want to make sure that the children are protected. If you have purchased any of the above seats, you should immediately stop using the product and return the car seat to your local Argos

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  • Almost 22,000 firms in JobBridge rejection since 2012

    Almost 22,000 applications by companies to take part in the Government’s JobBridge scheme have been rejected since 2012, the Department of Social Protection confirmed. According to Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, potential host organisations are required to meet specific terms and conditions in order to take part in the job activation scheme. Ms Burton said reasons for rejection have included ineligibility as it would displace other workers; the employer required candidates to have experience; a failure to meet the minimum number of paid employees required to be present; or exceeding the quota permitted for the size of the organisation. In response to a parliamentary question from TD Paul Murphy, the minister also revealed that 12,711 monitoring visits of internships had been carried out between 2012 and 2015 and that 98% of them were found to be fully compliant with the terms and conditions of the scheme.

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