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Yes Equality campaign reminding voters of the registration deadline on November 25.

Yes Equality campaign reminding voters of the registration deadline on November 25.

Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson, Missouri.

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Lander: The ESA landed a spacecraft on the surface of a comet.

Lander: The ESA landed a spacecraft on the surface of a comet.

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President Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama.

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Yes Equality campaign reminding voters of the registration deadline on November 25.

A referendum on marriage equality is set to take place next year, and the campaigns began this week with a sort of pre-campaign encouraging young people to ensure they're registered to vote. The deadline for registration is November 25 and big names such as Dara O'Briain and Colin Farrell lent their voices to encourage people to do so. Tiernan Brady, head of Yes Equality said: "Whilst the polls are very positive we cannot afford to be complacent. Decisions are made by people who turn up to vote. We encourage everybody to make their voice heard and change Ireland for the better by registering to vote."

One man went from County Westmeath to deep space

The world applauded the efforts of the ESA this week following its historic achievement in landing a spacecraft on the surface of a comet. But extra congratulations from Ireland should go to Laurence O'Rourke of Mullingar, Co. Wesmeath, the Maynooth and UCC graduate who is posted at the Lander Control Centre in Cologne, Germany. Good man Laurence!

It all kicked off in Ferguson

The scenes in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year made news all over the world after the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a police officer; the state's governor this week mobilised the National Guard again. Violence was feared as a Grand Jury convened to decide whether the officer should be charged over the death. The state militia has been mobilised in case of a fresh wave of civil unrest kicks off following the decision. "All people in the St Louis region deserve to feel safe in their communities and to make their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation," governor Jay Nixon said. The Grand Jury's decision is expected mid-to-late November.

This week

Bray singer Hozier capped off an incredible year by being booked to perform at the star-studded Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London in December. Good work fella.

Immigration

"I'm the president of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States." Barack Obama on the difficulty he faces in reforming immigration laws.

U2 had to bump Fallon

It was not a great week for Bono. He may have done his part for old pal Bob Geldof and Band Aid 30 by contributing to the third iteration of the ubiquitous charity single, but his private jet had to make an emergency landing in Berlin AND he injured his arm in a "cycling spill" in Central Park, New York. The latter incident has led to U2 cancelling their planned week-long residency as house band on the immensely popular Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Irish Independent