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Irish best paid in Australia

PEOPLE born in Ireland are the best paid European migrant group in Australia.

The Irish Echo newspaper in Australia compared the income figures for 53 migrant communities, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

People born in the Republic have a median weekly income of Aus$892 (€643), bettered only by Zimbabweans, on $908 (€655) a week. The median weekly income for Australian-born workers is €597 (€430), while the figure for all overseas born workers was €538 (€388).

Detailed census data shows that over a tenth of Irish nationals in Australia listed their annual income as $104,000 (€75,000) or more – twice Australia's median annual salary.



A FATHER-of-one who stole backpackers' rucksacks and a charity box from a shop has been fined €300.

Joey Fagan (36) took the bags from a bus at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire car park in one of two "opportunistic" crimes.

Fagan, of Rory O'Connor Park, Sallynoggin, also admitted stealing a charity box from Charity Begins At Home, Lower George's Street, Dun Laoghaire.



Hundreds of victims of clerical and Magdalene laundry abuse in NI have been left out of a new public inquiry designed to probe past wrong-doing, campaigners said.

Some women had their babies taken off them, were forced to scrub floors or locked in their rooms for hours.

Other men and women who claim they suffered years of sex abuse at the hands of priests cannot tell their stories or seek redress under existing arrangements established by the Stormont Executive.

Amnesty International's Patrick Corrigan said: "Many victims are being left behind. There should be no second-class abuse victims."



PRESIDENT Barack Obama has approved arming the Syrian rebels for the first time, according to officials.

The US officials confirmed that the president has authorised sending weapons to opposition forces after the White House disclosed that the Assad regime had crossed "clear red lines" by deploying chemical weapons.