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State jet bill is sky-high €600k

The Coalition has used the Government jet to transport Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and ministers to locations around the globe, costing €600,000 in the first four months of this year alone.

The politicians took in trips to America, Asia, Africa, Russia and Europe on Government business.

The Taoiseach and 14 others used the Gulfstream IV jet to take in several destinations on the east and west coast of America for the annual St Patrick's Day visit.

The trip amounted to nearly 27 hours' flying time, costing taxpayers over €100,000.

ANCHOVIES AND OYSTERS ARE OUT

Oysters, liver and anchovies have topped a list of foods deemed unpalatable by British adults.

Almost half the population (47pc) said oysters were among the foods they would not eat, with the figure increasing to 57pc of women, the poll for Save the Children found.

Some 46pc of adults said they dislike liver, closely followed by anchovies which are unlikely to appear on the plates of 45pc of those questioned.

JUDGE QUITS IN RAPE STORM

A Tel Aviv District Court judge has resigned following a public furore over comments he made in court that some girls "enjoy being raped."

Nissim Yeshaya was presiding over a hearing on the rape of a 13-year-old Israeli girl by four Palestinian youths when he made the comment.

He apologised and said the remark was taken out of context.

TRIAL DATE FOR BOMB ACCUSED

A man charged with the murder of four British solders in the 1982 Hyde Park IRA bomb blast has had a provisional date for trial set at the Old Bailey today.

John Downey (61), from Creeslough, Co Donegal, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in London.

He is accused of being responsible for a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive which killed the soldiers as they rode through the park to the changing of the guard. A provisional trial date was set for November 18 and he will appear again in September.


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