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David Cameron prepares for another term as British Prime Minister, the DUP retains its position as the largest party in the North and Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg step down in light of the British Election results. In other news a Dublin man admits to cheating on his wife on live radio and UCD look set to enter the Europa League. Just some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

TOP STORY - BRITISH ELECTION

Miliband resigns as UK Labour leader

Ed Miliband has quit as British Labour Party leader after a dramatic election night where his party was virtually wiped out in Scotland.

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Farage quits as Ukip leader - for now

Nigel Farage today confirmed he would be stepping down as Ukip leader after failing to win Thanet South from the Conservatives.

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Clegg resigns as UK Liberal Democrat leader

Nick Clegg has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats in the UK after admitting the results were “immeasurably more crushing” than he could have feared.

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Cameron goes home to Downing Street

David Cameron has returned to 10 Downing Street to prepare for another term as Prime Minister, as the General Election put his Conservative Party on the brink of securing an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

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IRELAND

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DUP still North's largest party – Sinn Féin lose one seat

The DUP has retained its position as the largest party in the North, but the UUP is arguably celebrating harder after landing two surprise wins in the General Election.

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Man arrested after firing shots at Ballyfermot house

Gardaí have arrested a man after a number of shots were fired at a house in west Dublin this morning.

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MOST READ: Crash victim had just moved house

The Limerick woman who along with her young daughter died in a road crash in Poland on Wednesday, had just moved into a new family home in Norway with her helicopter pilot husband and their two children.

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SPORT

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UCD to play in the Europa League

Ireland will have an extra team playing in Europe next season, thanks to the UEFA Respect Fair Play League.

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MOST READ: RONAN O'GARA: With World Cup selection nearing, it’s time for heroes to step up at Ravenhill

I’ve spoken a lot this season about the importance of tactical kicking, and from an Irish perspective, only Johnny Sexton has the consistency required in that regard at the moment.

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WORLD

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Almost 7,000 civilians dead in conflict, says Ukraine president

Ukraine's president has said that almost 7,000 civilians have died and a thousand more remain unaccounted for as a result of the unrest that has gripped his country over the past year.

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MOST READ: Travel agent ‘no apology’ over deaths

Thomas Cook has nothing to apologise for over the deaths of two children from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Greece, the travel firm’s current boss has told an inquest.

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ANALYSIS

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MOST READ: ‘Bogus contracts’ blamed for pilot fatigue and safety fears

A damning EU-funded report claims low-cost airlines’ work practices for pilots compromises safety, writes Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent

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EXAMVIRAL

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What do Lily Allen and other famous faces think about the General Election results?

There were a number of celebrities who stayed up all night to find out the future of their country as the results of the 2015 General Election came in.

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MOST READ: Judge says Lindsay Lohan will face 'consequences' if she fails to complete community service

Lindsay Lohan has only completed a tiny fraction of her remaining community service while on probation for a reckless driving case and will face “consequences” if she doesn’t finish later this month, a Los Angeles judge has warned.

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TECHNOW

MOST READ: Vacation remake red band trailer - definitely not the same Vacation...

Ed Helms is taking over from Chevy Chase for the remake of 80s comedy classic Vacation and it looks like a very different film

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BUSINESS

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Fitness tracker company FitBit files for IPO

Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, has filed for an initial public offering worth up to US $100 million.

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MOST READ: Staff earning over €100k at state agency falls due to ‘natural attrition’

The number of high-fliers at Enterprise Ireland earning over €100,000 stood at 18 in 2014, figures show.

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LIFESTYLE

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MOST READ: VIDEO: The waist trainer arrives in Ireland

The latest tool to help women achieve the perfect hour-glass figure is the waist trainer, made popular by Kim Kardashian. Deirdre Reynolds tests it out.

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SHOWBIZ

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WATCH: Ed Sheeran gets teary-eyed after inviting man onstage to propose to his girlfriend

Another day, another story of Ed Sheeran proving he really is the "nicest guy in showbiz".

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LISTEN: Dublin man admits to cheating on wife live on 4FM, gets caught rotten

The Niall Boylan Show on Classic Hits 4FM is used to airing topics of a controversial nature, but last nights show didn’t go according to plan for one caller.

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