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The family of tragic Cathriona White (28) - the former girlfriend of Hollywood actor Jim Carrey - have paid tribute to their "beloved daughter and sister"

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In a statement to independent.ie, the Co Tipperary family said: "The family of Cathriona White sincerely regret the untimely passing of their beloved daughter and sister.

(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
Cathriona White with Jim Carrey in a Tipperary GAA jersey that she got him

"Cathriona was a shining light in our lives who was loved deeply by her entire family. We will miss her terribly and at this difficult time we ask to be left in private to mourn our loss."

Cathriona, who was a make-up artist based in Los Angeles, came from the village of Cappawhite in Co Tipperary.

Last night Mr Carrey said: "I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona.

"She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt."

Cathriona's body was found by two friends on Monday evening in her rented home at Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, at 8.40pm.

It's understood her relationship with Mr Carrey ended less than a week before her passing.

(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)

Ms White's tragic death makes the front pages of most of today's newspapers.

Read more here: Cathriona White's family: 'She was a shining light who was loved deeply'  

In other news, the only female death row inmate in the US state of Georgia has been executed overnight after a series of appeals were rejected.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 47, died by lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson.

She was convicted of murder in the February 1997 killing of her husband. She conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death.

Gissendaner was the first woman executed in the state in 70 years.

The United States Supreme court denied Gissendaner three stays of execution on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court of Georgia also denied her a stay of execution and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles declined to grant her clemency after it met earlier on Tuesday to consider new testimony from supporters.

Read more here: Georgia's only woman on death row is executed

Elsewhere in Dublin, a man is in a serious condition after the van in which he was travelling in crashed into a house near Beaumont Hospital in the early hours of the morning.

The van appears to have left the hospital grounds and smashed into the house on the opposite side of the road to the main entrance.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the launch of the capital investment plan at Heuston Station yesterday
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the launch of the capital investment plan at Heuston Station yesterday

Read more here: Man in serious condition after van crashes into house overnight near hospital  

In today's newspapers, the 'Irish Independent' reports that Fine Gael activists have been put on "standby' for a November election. The odds on an election being called in the next fortnight have been dramatically slashed, the newspaper reports. However, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that an election will not take place until next year.

Read more here: Be ready for election in November, Hogan tells FG activists  

Mark Corcoran and his wife Emma
Mark Corcoran and his wife Emma

He made his comments as the Government yesterday launched a €27bn spending spree on infrastructure across the country.

The €27bn spend also makes the front page of today's 'Irish Times', with Mr Kenny rejecting claims of "electioneering" from the Opposition. He claimed the plan is realistic and affordable.

Read more here: A €42bn capital plan - but Metro North won't be finished until 2027

Today's 'Herald' reports on a 'Family's Nightmare'.

Couple Mark and Emma Corcoran, and their three little girls, were left terrified after a gang of seven men entered their Co Tipperary home. The gang were armed with a handgun, a shotgun and a machete, a court was told.

In her victim impact statement, the couple's eight-year-old daughter said "I thought my daddy was going to die".

Anne Rudd in front of her home where the satellite dish was once fixed to the wall beside the alarm
Anne Rudd in front of her home where the satellite dish was once fixed to the wall beside the alarm
Anne Claxton, leaving court with her mother Anne Rudd (right) today after Anne appeared before the Dublin District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie

The family told the court of their ongoing nightmares since the violent burglary at their home in November 2013.

The gang - seven men from Dublin - have pleaded guilty to a number of offences are expected to be sentenced later today.

Read more here: 'I thought my daddy was going to die when the robbers beat him'

Meanwhile the family of Dublin pensioner Anne Rudd (90) said they have been inundated by offers from members of the public offering to pay the great grandmother's €1,500 legal costs arising from a case Dublin City Council took against her.

Ms Rudd appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday afternoon over a satellite dish that was on the front of her home. The council said this was in breach of planning laws.

Ms Rudd was left without a criminal conviction but was ordered to pay the council's costs of €1,500. Ms Rudd receives a weekly pension of €240.

Ms Rudd's daughter Anne Claxton has thanked the public for their offers to pay the costs, but has asked people to make donations to charity 'Age Action' instead. Ms Claxton said the family of Ms Rudd will pay the costs.

Read more here: Granny (90) facing €1,500 legal bill for satellite dish error  

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