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Saturday 28 February, 2015

QUIZ: What burn did Shatter dish out to Varadkar? Test your knowledge of the week…

In which a Fine Gael TD paid back money for calls to Kenya and we heard the Taoiseach is performing at a music festival (well, sort of).

From Business ETC There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them… SME Focus

There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them…

For February’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at how buying local matters and the importance of traceability.

Explainer: What’s happening in Libya and why is it important?

The toppling of Muammar Gaddafi was just the beginning.

Joe Biden tweets about ‘Father Ted’, Irish people can’t RESIST having the craic with it MVP
Portraits of beautiful people: A weekend in Marrakech Storytelling This post contains images

Portraits of beautiful people: A weekend in Marrakech

More stunning photography from Donal Moloney.

Two arrested as search for missing teenager Becky Watts continues

The 16-year-old has been missing from her home in Bristol for more than a week. Police described her disappearance as “completely out of character”.

‘I get so red, people think I’m having a heart attack’

One in ten Irish people suffer from a skin condition that affects their sex life and job prospects.

Martin takes aim at ‘Enda the Fireman’, says Taoiseach ‘promoting a fairytale’

In a blistering attack on Fine Gael, Micheál Martin said their party conference “may well have set a world record for the amount of arrogant self-praise”.

Labour is LOVING Alan Kelly and he has a plan to tackle high rents (but it’s not rent control)

The conference debated environment, housing and, of course, water this morning.

An inspiration to multiple generations of scientists and astronauts … Read NASA’s moving tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Fans from around the world have been paying tribute. “Long before being nerdy was cool there was Leonard Nimoy,” President Barack Obama said.

From Business ETC THE $10 BILLION CLUB: Meet the 9 most valuable startups in the world Dot Com

THE $10 BILLION CLUB: Meet the 9 most valuable startups in the world

A list of young CEOs making it big, early.

Watch this Labour minister rule out coalition with just about everyone* NO NO NO This post contains videos

Leaflet at UKIP conference claims LGBT education is ‘sexual grooming’

The party has previously distanced itself from the Christian group that was handing out the leaflets.

‘Hide your phone, here comes Joan’: A few hundred protesters are outside the Labour conference Water Charges This post contains videos

‘Hide your phone, here comes Joan’: A few hundred protesters are outside the Labour conference

They were mostly peaceful and good-natured as the conference continued inside. A demonstration is also taking place in Dublin.

Lucy O’Connor receives medical card after mother’s battle with HSE

The nine-year-old cancer patient had been denied a discretionary medical card.

Elephants were slaughtered as part of Robert Mugabe’s million dollar 91st birthday bash

The lavish celebration has been slammed by the opposition as “obscene”.

From The42 Barack Obama has invited Stephanie Roche to spend Patrick’s Day in the White House Happy Days

Barack Obama has invited Stephanie Roche to spend Patrick’s Day in the White House

The announcement comes on the back of recent news confirming that Roche has signed with US side Houston Dash.

You should only be listening to one hour of (quiet) music a day

More than one BILLION people are at risk of damaging their hearing because their music is too loud and they listen to it for too long.

From The42 As it happened: Manchester United v Sunderland, Premier League Minute-by-Minute

As it happened: Manchester United v Sunderland, Premier League

We were at Old Trafford to see if the hosts could bounce back after defeat in Wales last weekend.

The story of ‘NO’ … 15 moments that have defined the Irish Water protest movement

It’s just over a year since we were writing articles wondering ‘why don’t the Irish protest?’.

Take a break – and watch Dermot Morgan’s spot-on impressions of Dunphy, Michael Noonan and Michael D

Some of Morgan’s comedy still remains remarkably topical – 17 years after his death.

“I’m not talking about discipline”: Minister won’t say whether teachers will be punished

Jan O’Sullivan says she’s pressing ahead with junior cycle reforms, insisting individual teachers “want to get on with it”.

Four men arrested in Cork after high-speed garda chase

The men were spotted stealing items from a car by an off-duty garda.

From The42 One of world’s 10 toughest endurance races takes place in Donegal next week Interview

One of world’s 10 toughest endurance races takes place in Donegal next week

David Burns, co-creator of The Race, chats to The42 about the upcoming event.

Man in Ballyfermot shot in front of his child

The man sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and a 40-year-old man has since been arrested.

From Business ETC 5 apps worth downloading this week Pick Me

5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a wonderful weather app, one of the best Twitter clients for Windows Phone and a frustrating zigzag game.

How will the new mortgage rules impact first-time buyers?

It’s tough out there. How tough?

Top comments of the week

Did you make the cut?

From Business ETC Revenue apologises to 5,000 pensioners after tax blunder Sorry

Revenue apologises to 5,000 pensioners after tax blunder

Thousands were charged significantly more tax than they should have been this month.

“I think they should stay away” – Minister on St Patrick’s Day drunkeness

Michael Ring says that excessive drinking should not spoil the celebrations.

You can rent this entire village for €700 a day

You get the deputy mayorship, as well.

This teen from Tipperary will represent us in the Eurovision this year Tune This post contains videos

This teen from Tipperary will represent us in the Eurovision this year

Her song, Playing with Numbers, went down well last night.

‘I remember getting that Every Little Hurts leaflet and not using it’ Danger Here This post contains videos

‘I remember getting that Every Little Hurts leaflet and not using it’

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin talks to TheJournal.ie about THAT leaflet, the same-sex marriage referendum and abortion.

Woman jailed over death of baby after stuffing him in drawer ‘for crying too much’

She went to watch television and when she checked on the baby after three hours he was dead.

What’s the real story behind this famous statue?

Ever wondered about those white statues?

The 9 at 9: Saturday

It’s the weekend, and here are the morning’s top stories.