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Farmers set for Euro protest

THOUSANDS of farmers are due to descend on Dublin for a national day of protest tomorrow.

Farmers will set up a picket outside the Dail in a bid to ramp up pressure on the Government ahead of negotiations in Brussels on the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy.

IFA President John Bryan believes a bad deal in the negotiations will cost Ireland thousands of jobs.

Injured groom sues strip club

A BACHELOR party mishap at a Philadelphia strip club landed the groom-to-be in hospital with a ruptured bladder, according to a lawsuit.

Patrick Gallagher had been invited to lie on the stage at the Penthouse Club as a dancer slid down a pole. The lawsuit filed last week in state court alleges the woman landed with such force on his abdomen that his bladder ruptured.

Mr Gallagher, of Lansdale, needed surgery for the injury in November 2010. The lawsuit accuses the club of negligence and seeks at least $50,000.

US celebrity publicist dies

A LONG-time New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese has died. Lois Smith was 85.

Her death yesterday was confirmed by Cindi Berger, chairman and chief executive of PMK*BNC. Ms Smith was one a founder of the firm.

Ms Smith died from a brain haemorrhage after falling during a trip to Maine.

She is survived by her husband and three of her children. A son died in 1985.

Palestines defy football ruling

PALESTINIAN fans of Barcelona football club ignored a call by their Islamic militant rulers for a boycott after the team invited a former Israeli captive to their match with Real Madrid yesterday.

Barcelona gave a complimentary ticket to Gilad Schalit.

Mr Schalit was seized by militants loyal to Gaza's ruling Hamas movement in 2006 and exchanged for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners last year.