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Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Special Inquiry into the removal of children from their parents has much to say about the media’s role

Suspended: Luis Suárez. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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Cliche 18: ‘Enjoy the weather while you can. Rain will be returning next week.’ Photograph: LOSW/Getty

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Summer holiday: Graham Norton at BBC Radio 2

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Last post: Enda Kenny’s abandoned Twitter page

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Kind of genius: Pat and Una McDonagh, directors of the Barack Obama Plaza. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

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