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  • Leona Lewis: Why I decided to quit Simon Cowell's label

    Leona Lewis has revealed she chose to leave Simon Cowell’s record label because he wanted her to do an album of covers. The 30-year-old singer won The X Factor in 2006 and went on to release four albums with Syco. But Leona told Sirius XM host Larry Flick it was her decision. “I’d already done a Christmas album and done a lot of covers and had so much fun with it, then I was ready to do my own album, a studio album again. q
  • Nobody willing to take blame for Water shambles

    Ex-Anglo director Fintan Drury summed up the situation best when he insisted at the banking inquiry that Brian Cowen attended a dinner at Anglo HQ after its share plunge in 2008, and then had a lovely little golf outing to Druids Glen with the Anglo boys when Taoiseach three months later, but the subject of Anglo, or indeed banking at all, was never even whispered. The banking investigation has achieved notoriety as the only entity in the country with more leaks than the Irish Water delivery system. Obviously, it would not be under the farcical structure of Irish Water which was made even more ludicrous by the panic-induced changes thrown together to clear up the monumental mess left by Phil Hogan, who was duly rewarded by Enda Kenny for the chaos he left at home by being put in charge of the EU’s agriculture €60bn. Again, we don’t, because this Government has hit on the wheeze of taking some €600m from motor tax receipts, not to make driving easier in this country, but — of course — to fund the lavish consultancy fees and bonus culture at Irish Water.

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  • Liverpool Transfer News: Striker medical, potential signing next week, Balotelli horror - Irish Daily Star

    Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert is having a medical ahead of a switch to West Brom, according to Sky Sports.The Baggies are closing on a £3m deal for the 33-year-old, who made only 12 starts for his boyhood club last season. Lambert will become West Brom’s third summer signing following the arrivals of James McClean and James Chester. Brendan Rodgers will discover next week whether he can sign Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev, according to The Sun.The Kop boss has bid £15m for the Russia international.

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  • The greatest Irish war hero you've never heard of - Aidan MacCarthy

    The quote is paraphrased by Gary Lennon, director of A Doctor’s Sword, a documentary that somehow manages to make the unbelievable seem possible. Raised in Castletownbere, educated at Clongowes Wood, MacCarthy decided to join the British services after failing to find work as a doctor in Ireland.

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  • Phone's 'find me' app leads gardai to bag thief

    A thief who stole a handbag from a woman attending a conference did not realise the smart phone inside the bag was very smart indeed, and would lead gardaí to his car parked nearby. A “find me” app on the woman’s iPhone helped lead gardaí to 37-year-old Ahmed Malik Iftikhar, a 37-year-old Pakistani national. Iftikhar pleaded guilty at Galway District Court to stealing the lady’s handbag which contained an iPhone 5 worth €400; credit cards; and €50 in cash at while she was attending a conference at the the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway, on March 27last. Little did Iftikhar know that while he was sitting in his car at Upper Salthill a short time later with the stolen handbag, the tracking app on the phone was leading Garda Denise O’Halloran to him.

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  • Profile: The judge who sentenced the three ex-Anglo officials

    Patrick McCartan was a left-wing politician and principal of a criminal law practice

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  • Man admits possession of €1.5m found buried in bog

    A 55-year-old man has admitted possession of almost €1.5m in cash found buried in bogland in Co Limerick. The money, which was the proceeds of crime, was found near Castleconnell almost two years ago. John Duffy, Shanabooley Rd, Ballynanty, Limerick, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday to possession of €1,494,430 in Portcrusha, between Castleconnell and Montpelier, on December 14, 2013, knowing that it was the proceeds of crime.

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  • Arsenal agree €5.5m-a-year deal for Spanish international, who scored against Man Utd - Irish Daily Star

    Recently, the left-back – who moved to the Emirates in January 2013 – has been linked with a move back to his native Spain.Spanish newspaper Marca claim La Liga giants Athletic Bilbao are keen on landing the 29-year-old and are understood to be willing to splash out €9.9m to acquire his services.But according to Mundo Deportivo, the former Malaga star has agreed a new contract at the Emirates. The Barcelona based newspaper claim the Spanish international has verbally agreed a new deal worth €106,000-a-week. Mundo’s sensational report comes less than three weeks after Monreal, who bagged the Gunners’ opening goal in their 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester United in March, revealed he had no desire leave Arsene Wenger’s side. “I’m very happy at Arsenal,” Monreal said.”Of course I enjoyed playing in a lot of the games last season and that is the target again – that is all I can say right now.”When you play for Arsenal, you know they are one of the biggest clubs in England but, here in Singapore, you see they are also one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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  • Louis Walsh is returning to the X Factor as a cleaner - yes you read right

    Louis Walsh is returning to 'The X Factor', as a cleaner - yes a cleaner. The music manager will be seen sweeping the floor of a fictional 'X Factor' laboratory where Simon Cowell cooks up ideas to create money-making pop sensations. Of course we all know Louis was a judge on the singing competition for 11 years before he was sacked earlier this year, leading to speculation he'd fallen out with his close friend, fellow judge and show boss Simon Cowell. Speaking before the announcement was made, Louis said: "I think I'm done with 'X Factor' honestly. q
  • Ryanair boss O'Leary earns over €6,575 each day

    Ryanair’s new image is paying off for the airline and its famously outspoken boss. Chief executive Michael O’Leary last year enjoyed a bumper 33% jump in pay to earn over €6,575 each day. Mr O’Leary secured the 33% rise in overall pay to €2.4m after securing a 9% rise in bonus payments to €855,000 and receiving share based compensation of €500,000. According to the airline’s 2015 annual report, published yesterday, Mr O’Leary secured the pay rise through an annual gross salary of €985,091 and topped it up with a bonus of €855,000 along with the share based compensation of é500,000.

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  • Noel Whelan: Debacle, disaster – we’re running out of words for Irish Water

    ‘This is going to be one of the biggest issues in the general election campaign. Government party candidates on the frontline are going to get it in the neck at thousands and thousands of doorsteps’

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  • We've just found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system

    Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system. Nasa have described the planet, dubbed un-lovingly as HD 219134b, as “a potential gold mine of science data” – and that’s our favourite kind of data. The exoplanet is a mere 21 light-years away and is larger than Earth – although it can’t be seen directly, even by telescope. The star it orbits is visible to the naked eye however, if you peer towards the Cassiopeia constellation near the North Star.

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  • iPhone is found after 9,300ft drop from plane

    A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported that Ben Wilson says his mobile phone still works. Wilson says he and a pilot were travelling home Monday in a Beechcraft Bonanza when a pressure change caused the passenger door to open slightly. Wilson didn’t realise his phone fell out until after landing.

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  • VIDEO Black Mass trailer - Johnny Depp is terrifying

    Remember when Johnny Depp used to actually be an actor, rather than a cartoon with an English accent who seemed drunk all the time? Well it looks like he's back in Black Mass. It's the story of mobster Whitey Bulger who came up quickly in Boston and ended up collaborating with the FBI - who turned a blind eye to his illegal activities. This looks like its going to focus more on his early life but things were always colourful for Bulger, with the criminal later being frequently sighted in Ireland during his years on the run. q
  • Irish bakers create amazing cakes to celebrate JK Rowling's birthday

    Harry Potter fans are probably aware that today marks the fictional character’s birthday (he’s turning 35). It is also the magical world’s creator JK Rowling’s 50th birthday, and bakers around the world have been marking the day with some magical cakes. 'Birthday Mischief' have been sharing photos of some breathtaking cakes which have been made for the occasion. Over 50 cakes have been made celebrating the world of Harry Potter which Rowling has created.

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  • ClaireByrne a star as RTE wins listeners

    Women are pulling in the listeners on RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM is snapping at the heels of main rival Today FM, and Newstalk’s Pat Kenny has lost 8,000 listeners since last April. Figures from the latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) survey show Claire Byrne has been a star draw for RTÉ Radio 1 over the past 12 months, attracting 25,000 more listeners to Saturday With Claire Byrne, bringing total listenership for the show to 230,000. Miriam O’Callaghan’s Sunday With Miriam on RTÉ Radio 1 also fared well over the past year, gaining an additional 15,000 listeners, bringing the overall figure to 262,000, while results for the Marian Finucane show are more of a mixed bag — up 10,000 on a Saturday and down 12,000 on a Sundayin the past 12 months.

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  • Bin Laden relatives reportedly killed in plane crash in England

    The sister and stepmother of former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden are believed to have died after a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday. Saudi and British media said relatives of Bin Laden were among the four passengers on board.

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  • Flight makes an emergency landing at Dublin Airport

    A flight from Knock to the UK was forced to make an emergency landing in Dublin on Friday after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. Flybe flight BE-664 had just departed Ireland West Airport in Knock and was almost directly overhead Longford town when the crew issued a Pan-Pan radio distress call.

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  • Stephen Collins: A spectre is haunting Europe . . .

    Tactical alliance between far right and far left a precursor to Europe’s darkest moments

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  • Katie Hopkins fears she might die during brain surgery to cure her epilepsy

    Katie Hopkins has spoken of her fear that she may die during brain surgery to cure her epilepsy. The 40-year-old former Apprentice TV show contender revealed that she had made the decision to undergo the procedure later this year. This is the fear, it makes me sweat just thinking about it,” the controversial columnist told The Sun. Hopkins explained that her epilepsy is so severe that it causes her to fit every night.

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