In this handout official photograph provided by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photograph Annie Leibovitz via Getty Images

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Emily O Reilly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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Denis O’Brien arriving to give evidence in the Moriarty Tribunal in 2001. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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Enda Kenny adopted the same statemanlike air of last week’s debate, remaining on the ringside for the most part until called upon to comment.  Photograph: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.

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