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Plea to let older priests stay on

MOVING elderly priests to a new parish is "bordering on desperately unfair", a leading cleric has claimed.

Fr Gerry O'Connor of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) said moving to a new parish later in life was "breaking the hearts" of some priests.

The Redemptorist father, from Cherry Orchard in Dublin, was responding to the movement of a priest in Limerick diocese, despite a petition that had been signed by 2,000 parishioners.

He said that while moving was "part of the job", there should be an age limit of 70.

Sex-change comedy for TV

The BBC has commissioned the first ever transgender sitcom after its writer won a competition to come up with a script that offered a positive portrayal of sex-change characters.

Boy Meets Girl is set in Manchester and follows the relationship of Leo and Judy - an older woman who was born a man.

The six-part series was discovered through the BBC's Trans Comedy Award which offered writers up to €6,200 for the best script that portrayed transgender characters positively.

Facebook must reply to court

Facebook has been given four weeks to reply to a class action over online privacy.

A court in Vienna has told campaigners behind the lawsuit that they have passed the first step in their David and Goliath battle against the social network.

Max Schrems, the Austrian lawyer leading the Europe v Facebook challenge, said 25,000 users from outside the US and Canada have signed up to support the case and 35,000 have also registered support.

Blue boy Simon set for Strictly

Simon Webbe of boyband Blue will be hoping viewers will All Rise to attention as he is the latest celebrity named for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer, whose band once represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, said: "I'm hopeful that Strictly will help me to improve on my daddy dancing skills.

"I want to make my daughter proud, and no doubt she will be teaching me a pirouette or two."