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Aer Lingus merger doubt

A Fine Gael councillor branded Ireland's competition authority 'toothless' as he called on Dublin City Council to express its concern about the potential takeover of Aer Lingus by Ryanair.

If Aer Lingus were to merge with Ryanair the new company would have a monopoly on 42 routes out of Ireland.

Dublin north west councillor Gerry Breen said: "I am concerned that we as a nation will sleepwalk into a monopoly situation without consideration of the impact this may have."

Teacher due in French court

Runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest will make his first public appearance today at the start of extradition proceedings after spending eight days on the run with 15-year-old pupil Megan Stammers.

Married Forrest (30) was arrested on suspicion of child abduction on Friday in Bordeaux, France, where he will appear at the Court of Appeal.

He has agreed to return to Britain as soon as possible without lengthy extradition proceedings.

Drew has baby daughter Olive

Drew Barrymore has become a mother.

She and her husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed a baby girl named Olive Barrymore Kopelman on September 26.

A statement from Chris Miller at Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, said the baby was born "happy, healthy and welcomed by the whole family".

Barrymore (37) wed Mr Kopelman, an art consultant, in June. He is the son of former Chanel chief executive Arie Kopelman.

Locksmith sold

city site keys

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said a retired New Jersey locksmith has agreed to stop selling New York master keys online.

Daniel Ferraris agreed to stop selling the keys on eBay after an undercover New York Post reporter bought a five-key ring last week.

Some of the keys open New York electrical panels and lamppost lights.

Other keys may belong to electricians or construction workers who have access to city sites.