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Gardai assist in welfare fraud

THE Department of Social Protection will be assisted in its special investigation unit by 20 gardai to identify social welfare fraud.

To date this year the unit has generated fraud and control savings of €64.5m of which €23m are recoverable overpayments.

The secondment of 20 gardai to the Department has been agreed by the Tanaiste and Minister of Social Protection, Joan Burton, the Minister for Justice and Equality and by the Garda Commissioner. This pilot scheme has also been approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

The locations for secondment are Dublin, Dundalk, Letterkenny, Monaghan, Longford, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Navan and Sligo.

EastEnders star hits rock bottom

Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has told how she has been living in sheltered accommodation and relying on food banks.

After staying free from drugs for 13 years, the actress (41) relapsed earlier this year.

She told This Morning that her life in recent months - beginning with the end of her marriage in January - had been "a car crash".

Rapper kills wife then self

Los Angeles police say a rapper apparently shot and killed his TV actress wife and himself at a Los Angeles apartment.

Police say the bodies discovered Monday morning are those of 34-year-old Earl Warren Hayes and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley.

Hayes was a rapper and an acquaintance of professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Size matters ... with sperm

Size really does matter when it comes to sex, according to a study demonstrating the importance of sperm length.

Scientists discovered that male zebra finches with longer sperm cells had more fertilisation success than their less well endowed peers.

Although the study was conducted on mate-swapping birds, the findings are said to have particularly important implications for other species, including humans.