‘Adams has come out with some very strange tweets in his time, but the misjudgement and inappropriateness involved in this one was galling and immediate. The word is racist and a slur. It is not appropriate to use it in any circumstances. Full stop.’ Photograph: Reuters

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Dormice have only recently been recorded in Ireland, this one was pictured in Co Kildare by Hugh Clark.

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