Graham Dwyer. Sitting with her slight body angled toward the judge’s bench, Gemma Dwyer’s eyes never met those of the man she has known for nearly 20 years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dwyers celebrated their birthdays on day Elaine O’Hara’s remains were found

A  CCTV picture  from the Metropolitan Police Service  shows the three  British teenagers  at Gatwick Airport, before flying to Istanbul, raising concerns they would travel on to Syria to join IS jihadists.  Photograph: AFP/Metropolitan Police/Getty Images

‘When I was young and stupid I was young and stupid. Luckily, I have managed to locate the diary and kill it’

‘We liked the word “warns”. It carried intimations of threats and sanctions. Maybe – ring out them bells – Minister of State, Paudie Coffey, had found a way to rein in the big cats of the construction world?’ Photograph: Getty Images

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‘The brilliance of the 64-page formula is that we never had to hear about the subsequent unpleasantness when he recovered.’ Above, author EL James attends the Fifty Shades Of Grey New York Fan First screening  on February 6th. Photograph:  Mike Coppola/Getty Images

‘Anyone old enough to remember the Mills & Boon 64-pagers will recognise the formula’

 ‘Operation Transformation is not the X Factor or Big Brother. It is well regarded by many healthcare professionals and has a deadly serious objective.’ Above, Operation Transformation.  Photograph: RTÉ

‘ Viewers are left under no illusion; reinventing your life and changing your lifestyle is not easy’

 Alexis Tsipras: on a visit to Ireland last year he engaged in some local/European canvassing with Sinn Féin. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Is there any new party, movement or alliance in Ireland with Syriza’s potential?

New side of Leo Varadkar: the Fine Gael TD told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ last weekend that he’s gay. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
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Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is an unusual politician. He has a high IQ and a small ego. He’s a ‘bit odd’ socially and seldom (...)

‘For most people a bonus is the peacetime equivalent of a war medal – a hard-earned reward for striving in exceptionally challenging circumstances.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘The Davos summit will welcome back many of the same movers and shakers whose reckless exuberance virtually destroyed lives and ec(...)

Then mInister for education Niamh Bhreathnach (left) and Mags O’Brien celebrate victory in  the divorce referendum at the RDS on November 25th, 1995. Photograph: Frank Miller

1995 referendum that gave separated people the right to divorce was barely carried

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