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“The kids are coming home” — Marian Fitzpatrick sang out the message the country had waited for, shortly after she got word from North Carolina that her grandchildren, Jack, 10, and Sarah, 8, were to be brought back to Ireland following a tortuous custody battle. A court decision last Monday, giving custody of the children to Jason Corbett’s sister, Tracey Lynch, and her husband David, was approved by a judge yesterday.

Over the past 24 hours Irish Water has caused yet more havoc for the Coalition after reports that the “water conservation” grant — seen by some as little more than a bribe — would only be given to people paying their bills. It is clear that Labour and a section of Fine Gael backbenchers are no longer seeing eye-to-eye on a key matter of policy.

Elsewhere, the mother of a young man who stabbed his twin siblings before taking his own life has described how much it meant to her that an inquest jury recorded an “open” verdict in the killings. Helen O’Driscoll said, "It really wasn’t Jonathan that did it, if you know what I mean. It was whatever sick person took over him. That’s the person that did it."

In other news, a number of email addresses associated with Government departments and State agencies have been discovered on a leaked database of the Ashley Madison website, an online dating site targeted at those who wish to cheat on their significant other.


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Australia have announced their Rugby World Cup squad which will see flanker Michael Hooper will share the vice-captain’s armband with Adam Ashley-Cooper as he makes his first appearance at a Rugby World Cup.

While in football, FAI boss John Delaney is confident Ireland can still set up what he calls “a big October” in their current European Championship qualifying campaign.


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North Korea declared a “a quasi-state of war in frontline areas” facing the rival South and said it was ready for military operations. The move came after tensions jumped when shells were fired across the world’s most heavily armed border.

Greece’s president will ask opposition leaders to form a new government, after a party rebellion over a bailout deal forced Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to call early elections next month.


Alison O’Connor writes that no matter how much the organisers try to make the Rose of Tralee seem a competition for our modern times it remains an anachronism and she almost found myself not wanting the Philip Tracey-designed crown to be taken from Maria Walsh.


Since quitting her full-time job, Andrea Mara realised her kids have been living cossetted lives. And so she set about being a ‘free range parent’, trying to build kids that will be ‘can-do’ adults.


Sometimes there is nothing more beautiful than a rain shower or the laugh of a child, but what happens when the two are put together?

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Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell is the latest celebrity contestant revealed to be taking part in this year’s Strictly Come DancingThe 53-year-old crooner appeared on Steve Wright’s afternoon show on Radio 2 to confirm the news.


When we posted the story of Danielle Dyera single mother-of-three who was forced to split up her family, on our Facebook page the response was overwhelming and featured many kind words and messages of support.


For gamers, Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain isn’t out for a few days yet but the first official review has leaked a head of time

In movies, we review Vacation, a film about a father who tries to take his family on a cross-country road trip to Walley World.

In the tech world it’s good news for Samsung users as the new software features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ are set to also arrive on older S6 handsets very soon


Only households in Denmark and Netherlands continue to carry heavier debt burdens than those in Ireland, despite falls in indebtedness here, Central Bank figures published yesterday showed as the economic recovery picks up pace.

Figuers released by the Central Bank under a Freedom of Information request have revealed they spent €119m on professional fees since 2011, including expenditure of €27.55m last year.


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US investigators are recommending that Caitlyn Jenner faces a manslaughter charge, after her involvement in a fatal car crash. She had been accused of hitting another vehicle in Malibu last February, which was then shunted into oncoming traffic.


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Migrants in Calais are being warned Britain’s streets are “not paved with gold” as part of a new £7m (€10m) initiative.



One iron-clad prediction for the future is that virtual reality will only get bigger and better. For now, however, virtual reality is content with taking baby steps forward, by allowing gamers to become iron-clad instead.GameTech review: Solid offering from Iron Man VR shows virtual reality getting bigger

Often dismissed as the unruly fashion child thanks to the denim cut-off, shorts are a major player this season. As seen on the runways of The Row to Saint Laurent, designers are re-discovering the charm of shorts. Versatility is their style power. From knee-length to the biker there is one to suit all, writes Paula BurnsHow to find the perfect pair of shorts this summer

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