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Ministers' staff 'over pay cap'

FIVE advisers to Government ministers are in breach of the coalition's own salary cap introduced three years ago, it has been claimed.

Rules created in 2011 outline that no Government staff member can earn more than €92,000, but various departments have allegedly breached this guideline.

Advisers to ministers Joan Burton, Brendan Howlin, Leo Varadkar, Richard Bruton and Simon Coveney are reported to earn over the €92,672 cap imposed by the Government when it came to office three years ago.

Saturdays star to join Strictly

The Saturdays' singer Frankie Bridge is the first star to join the line-up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The pop star, who said she is "a huge fan" of the hit ballroom show, is married to former England footballer Wayne Bridge.

"I've always wanted to be a part of the show - it looks like so much fun," she said.

The 25-year-old had her first taste of fame as a 12-year-old with pop group S Club Juniors and joined The Saturdays in 2007.

I did it my way, says Maloney

Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney said she chose to reveal she is now living as a woman because the story would have come out anyway.

The 61-year-old - now known as Kellie - said other papers were threatening to out her.

Appearing on ITV's Daybreak, Lennox Lewis' former manager confirmed that she would like to take up an administrative role in boxing.

Maloney said having her story published felt "like a complete release".

"I'm not living two lives any more," she added.

Two-headed dolphin claims

A marine biologist says that his university does not know the whereabouts of a dead two-headed dolphin photographed on a beach in western Turkey.

Mehmet Gokoglu said that, based on photos, the mammal appears to be conjoined dolphins.

He denied media reports that his university in Antalya, southern Turkey, is studying the remains.

The dolphin calf was found on a beach last week by a teacher on holiday.


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