Tuesday 26 September 2017

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Madonna falls during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards
Madonna falls during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards
Leo Varadkar with Deborah Larkin from Arklow and her nine-week-old son Oscar, who was born on December 21 (the last baby to be born in the old unit) at the opening of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holles Street yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan
25/02/15 9 week old son, Oscar Nolan from Arklow, who was born on 21st December (the last baby to be born in the old unit) pictured at the opening of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holles Street this afternoon.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Percentages of mortgages in arrears by county
Ireland fans celebrates after winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and united Arab Emirates
Kevin O'Brien of Ireland bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates
Alex Cusack and George Dockrell celebrate winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match against the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Alex Cusack and George Dockrell of Ireland celebrate winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba on February 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: George Dockrell of Ireland celebrates winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba on February 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
George Dockrell celebrates scoring the winning runs for Ireland against the UAE in their World Cup showdown in Brisbane yesterday
Ireland cricketer George Dockrell successfully appeals for the wicket of unseen United Arab Emirates (UAE) batsman Khurram Khan
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'Mortgage arrears at highest in midlands and border' is the one of the headlines on the front page of today's Irish Independent.

Charlie Weston reports that the border and midlands regions have higher mortgage default rates than any other parts of the country.

And those people who bought during the boom-time are still mired in negative equity - where the size of their mortgage is greater than the current value of their property - around the country. Mortgage default rates are lowest in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Tipperary and Mayo, new Central Bank figures show.

Longford has the highest rates of mortgages in arrears, with almost one in five home loans in default. High levels were also recorded in Cavan, Laois, Meath and Offaly.

Ed Sheeran appears on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner' after he won Best British Solo Artist at BRIT awards last night. Tickets for his Croke Park concert go on sale today.

But the main story from the BRIT awards concerns Madonna - and her 'horror fall' from the stage while performing last night.

The singer (56) fell after she failed to untie her matador style Armani cape.

Madonna falls during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards
Madonna falls during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards
Madonna performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 25, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Madonna fell on stage at the Brit Awards last night, but the veteran pop star did manage to finish her performance
Madonna stumbles as her cape is pulled during the Brit Awards
Madonna stumbles whilst performing on stage as her cape is pulled during the 2015 Brit Awards
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, right, and Jamie Heaslip after the game

Her male dancers didn't see that she failed to untie and yanked the cape - as part of their performance - in an attempt to take it off. The 'Material Girl' fell from the stage and audible gasps could be heard from the audience.

She stopped singing for a few seconds before regaining her composure and continuing her performance. She took to her Instagram account after the show, assuring her fans she was "fine".

The Irish team's performance in the Cricket World Cup makes the sport pages in most of the papers today.

Niall O'Brien's World Cup Diary features in the 'Irish Independent' in which he talks about his team's winning performance over the UAE in Brisbane yesterday.

Kevin O'Brien of Ireland bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates
Kevin O'Brien of Ireland bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates
Ireland fans celebrates after winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and united Arab Emirates
Ireland cricketer George Dockrell successfully appeals for the wicket of unseen United Arab Emirates (UAE) batsman Khurram Khan
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: George Dockrell of Ireland celebrates winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba on February 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Niall O'Brien of Ireland celebrates after dismissing Swapnil Patil of the United Arab Emirates during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba on February 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
George Dockrell celebrates scoring the winning runs for Ireland against the UAE in their World Cup showdown in Brisbane yesterday
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Alex Cusack and George Dockrell of Ireland celebrate winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba on February 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

"We need to talk about Kevin - again. Well, not just my brother Kevin obviously, but hitting 50 off 25 balls changed the momentum of the game  and, along with Gary Wilson, they turned an awkward situation into a win," he wrote.

Elsewhere in sport, Neil Francis writes about the Irish team ahead of their Six Nations clash against England this Sunday.

He focuses on Jamie Heaslip and Johny Sexton - but especially Heaslip.

'Jamie Heaslip is one of the best fowards in our history - his loss could cost us the championship,' he warns.

Jamie Heaslip is helped off the field after being kneed in the back by Pascal Pape
Jamie Heaslip is helped off the field after being kneed in the back by Pascal Pape
10 February 2013; Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip celebrates a victorious Ireland scrum. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, right, and Jamie Heaslip after the game

'EU warns of dangers facing Irish economy' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports that "the European Commission has warned that Ireland must taken 'decisive policy action' to address macroeconomic imbalances in the eocnomy".

Their in-depth review of the Irish economy is expected to be published later today.

25/02/15 9 week old son, Oscar Nolan from Arklow, who was born on 21st December (the last baby to be born in the old unit) pictured at the opening of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holles Street this afternoon.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
25/02/15 9 week old son, Oscar Nolan from Arklow, who was born on 21st December (the last baby to be born in the old unit) pictured at the opening of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holles Street this afternoon.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Leo Varadkar with Deborah Larkin from Arklow and her nine-week-old son Oscar, who was born on December 21 (the last baby to be born in the old unit) at the opening of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holles Street yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan

And finally, in today's 'Herald', baby Oscar Nolan makes an appearance, cradled by his adoring mum and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.

Oscar weighed just two pounds at birth. His mother was 28 weeks pregnant when she gave birth prematurely. Two months later, he weighs five pounds thanks to the care he received while at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street.

Yesterday, his proud parents Deborah and Paul were getting ready to take their baby son home to Arklow, Co Wicklow.

But before he left Holles Street, he got to meet the minister who was on hand to open a €6 million neonatal intensive care unit.

Oscar didn't get seem to care about any of the fuss surrounding the minister's presence - he slept right through oblivious to it all.

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