The Irish Independent is Ireland's largest-selling daily newspaper, published by Independent News & Media. It includes glossy magazines. While most of the paper's content in English, it publishes a weekly supplement in Irish called Seachtain; the Irish Independent's sister publication is the Sunday Independent. Since May 2012, the Irish Independent has been controlled by billionaire Denis O'Brien since he acquired 29.9% of the paper's parent company. In January 2008, at the same time as completing the purchase Today FM, O'Brien increased his INM shareholding to become that company's second-biggest shareholder behind Tony O'Reilly, whom he ousted just over four years later. Traditionally a broadsheet newspaper, it introduced an additional compact size in 2004 and in December 2012 it was announced that the newspaper would become compact only; the Irish Independent was formed in 1905 as the direct successor to the Daily Irish Independent, an 1890s pro-Parnellite newspaper, was launched by William Martin Murphy, a controversial Irish nationalist businessman, staunch anti-Parnellite and fellow townsman of Parnell's most venomous opponent, Bantry's Timothy Michael Healy.
During the 1913 Lockout of workers, in which Murphy was the leading figure among the employers, the Irish Independent vigorously sided with its owner's interests, publishing news reports and opinion pieces hostile to the strikers, expressing confidence in the unions' defeat and launching personal attacks on the leader of the strikers, James Larkin. The Irish Independent described the 1916 Easter Rising as "insane and criminal" and famously called for the shooting of its leaders. In December 1919, during the Irish War of Independence, a group of twenty IRA men destroyed the printing works of the paper, angered at its criticism of the Irish Republican Army's attacks on members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and British government officials. In 1924, the traditional nationalist newspaper, the Freeman's Journal, merged with the Irish Independent; until October 1986 the paper's masthead over the editorial contained the words "incorporating the Freeman's Journal". For most of its history, the Irish Independent was seen as a nationalist, anti-Communist, which gave its political allegiance to the Pro-Treaty party Cumann na nGaedheal and its successor party, Fine Gael.
During the Spanish Civil War, the Irish Independent's coverage was pro-Franco. In 1961 the Harp became a symbol to the Irish Independent appeared in black but was changed to green in 1972. In the 1970s, it was taken over by former Heinz chairman Tony O'Reilly. Under his leadership, it became a more populist, market liberal newspaper—populist on social issues, but economically right-wing. By the mid-nineties its allegiance to Fine Gael had ended. In the 1997 general election, it endorsed Fianna Fáil under a front-page editorial, entitled "It's Payback Time". While it suggested its headline referred to the fact that the election offered a chance to "pay back" politicians for their failings, its opponents suggested that the "payback" referred to its chance to get revenge for the refusal of the Rainbow Coalition to award the company a mobile phone licence. In late 2004, Independent Newspapers moved from their traditional home in Middle Abbey Street to a new office, "Independent House" in Talbot Street, with the printing facilities relocated to the Citywest business park near Tallaght.
On 27 September 2005, a fortnight after the paper published its centenary edition, it was announced that editor Vinnie Doyle would step down after 24 years in the position. He was replaced by Gerry O'Regan, who had until been editor of the Irish Independent's sister paper, the Evening Herald; the newspaper's previous editor Stephen Rae was formerly editor of the Evening Herald and was appointed editor in September 2012. Fionnan Sheahan was appointed editor in January 2015. Denis O'Brien acquired a majority shareholding the newspaper parent company INM in May 2012. Since 2011, the Irish Independent has been the home of New Irish Writing, established by David Marcus in 1969 in the Irish Press and appeared in the Sunday Tribune from 1988 to 2011; the New Irish Writing Page is "the longest-running creative writing feature of its kind in any Irish or British newspaper". The Irish Independent, in co-operation with the Institute of Education, produces Exam Brief, a yearly six-part supplement dedicated to preparation for Leaving and Junior Certificate exams.
This supplement is published in February and April each year. Excluding The Sun and the Daily Mirror, most of the content of which are produced in the United Kingdom, the Independent Group owns just over 67% of Irish daily newspapers. INM-owned or owned titles have 58% of the newspaper market on Sunday. With the closure of the Evening Press, the Independent's Evening Herald is now the only Irish national evening newspaper. Another sister paper is the Sunday Independent. Other newspapers in the Independent News & Media group include the Irish Daily Star, the Sunday World and many local Irish newspapers; the Independent News and Media Group had a major share in the Sunday Tribune, a Sunday broadsheet before its closure in 2011. The Independent News & Media Group has been accused of holding an "unhealthy dominance" of the Irish newspaper market, all the more so since the demise of the Irish Press, Evening Press and Sunday Press newspapers publis
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" is a Christmas song recorded by British glam rock band Wizzard. It was first released in December 1973 and, as with most Wizzard songs, was written and produced by the band's frontman Roy Wood — of The Move and a founding member of ELO. Despite the song's strong, long-lasting popularity, it has reached no higher than number four on the UK Singles Chart, a position it occupied for four consecutive weeks from December 1973 to January 1974; the song was beaten to the 1973 Christmas Number 1 spot by Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" which remained at the top of the charts for five weeks, from December 1973 to January 1974. Roy Wood sings lead vocals; the backing vocals for the single are by "The Suedettes", augmented by the choir of Stockland Green School First Year. The original sleeve of the single credits "Miss Snob and Class 3C" with "Additional noises"; the basic track for the single was recorded in August 1973, so to create a wintry feeling engineer Steve Brown decorated the studio with Christmas decorations and turned the air conditioning down to its coldest setting.
Wood wore. The schoolchildren were brought down from the Midlands to London by bus during the autumn half-term to add their contributions. At the time of the single's release, Wizzard's contract with EMI was close to expiration. Promotional copies were pressed by Warner Brothers, with whom the band had just signed for future releases. Only was it discovered that EMI were entitled to the track after all, so the Warner Bros. Records pressings were halted and the record appeared on the Harvest label, but with the same picture sleeve; this song is never played in the United States, as can be seen in the Internet article titled 7 British Christmas Songs that Somehow Never Made it Big in the U. S. Although Wood had arranged for the members of the Stockland Green School choir to sing at the Top of the Pops television recording, their place was taken by children provided by a local London stage school; the video shows the band dressed up in winter-themed studio and are joined by a group of children who play instruments and join in with the singing.
As it was kept from number one by Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" it was decided to re-release the single in 1981. It was found that the original tapes had been lost, so the song was re-recorded by the band and a new choir, from Kempsey Primary School in Worcester, was used, it is this version, used since. The single reached number 41 on the UK Singles Chart, was released again in 1984, this time with an additional extended 12-inch version, getting as far as number 23; as downloads became eligible for the weekly Top 75 from January 2007 onwards, with exposure thanks to an Argos television advertisement, the song charted again in November and December 2007, this time reaching number 16. In the week of 13 December 2008, the song peaked at number 31. In the week of 14 December 2009, it peaked at number 45. In the week of 11 December 2010, it peaked at number 46. In the week of 12 December 2011, it peaked at number 28, it has appeared in the British top 40 every Christmas since. On 23 October 2013, it was announced that the six 1990s and early 2000s pop bands who reunited for the ITV2 series The Big Reunion - Five, 911, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Blue and Liberty X - would be releasing a cover version of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday", with all proceeds split between six Text Santa charities: Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.
The recording of the charity single, produced by Danish producer and songwriter Cutfather, was the subject of a behind-the-scenes documentary broadcast on ITV2 on 12 December 2013. The song was released on 15 December 2013; the official music video for the Big Reunion version of the song was uploaded to YouTube on 2 December 2013. Roy Wood Big Band in 1995, The song was re-recorded again in 2000 & released as a medley with Wombling Merry Christmas as a novelty record when it was re-released as "I Wish It Could Be a Wombling Christmas Everyday" by The Wombles with Roy Wood; this version reached the UK Top 40, peaking at #22. Nick Lowe in 2013, on his holiday album Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family and its live 2015 follow-up album The Quality Holiday Revue Live. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Republic of Ireland
Ireland known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, located on the eastern part of the island, whose metropolitan area is home to around a third of the country's over 4.8 million inhabitants. The sovereign state shares its only land border with a part of the United Kingdom, it is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, the Irish Sea to the east. It is a parliamentary republic; the legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann, an upper house, Seanad Éireann, an elected President who serves as the ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the state was created as the Irish Free State in 1922 as a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. It had the status of Dominion until 1937 when a new constitution was adopted, in which the state was named "Ireland" and became a republic, with an elected non-executive president as head of state.
It was declared a republic in 1949, following the Republic of Ireland Act 1948. Ireland became a member of the United Nations in December 1955, it joined the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union, in 1973. The state had no formal relations with Northern Ireland for most of the twentieth century, but during the 1980s and 1990s the British and Irish governments worked with the Northern Ireland parties towards a resolution to "the Troubles". Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the Irish government and Northern Ireland Executive have co-operated on a number of policy areas under the North-South Ministerial Council created by the Agreement. Ireland ranks among the top twenty-five wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita, as the tenth most prosperous country in the world according to The Legatum Prosperity Index 2015. After joining the EEC, Ireland enacted a series of liberal economic policies that resulted in rapid economic growth.
The country achieved considerable prosperity between the years of 1995 and 2007, which became known as the Celtic Tiger period. This was halted by an unprecedented financial crisis that began in 2008, in conjunction with the concurrent global economic crash. However, as the Irish economy was the fastest growing in the EU in 2015, Ireland is again ascending league tables comparing wealth and prosperity internationally. For example, in 2015, Ireland was ranked as the joint sixth most developed country in the world by the United Nations Human Development Index, it performs well in several national performance metrics, including freedom of the press, economic freedom and civil liberties. Ireland is a member of the European Union and is a founding member of the Council of Europe and the OECD; the Irish government has followed a policy of military neutrality through non-alignment since prior to World War II and the country is not a member of NATO, although it is a member of Partnership for Peace. The 1922 state, comprising 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland, was "styled and known as the Irish Free State".
The Constitution of Ireland, adopted in 1937, provides that "the name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland". Section 2 of the Republic of Ireland Act 1948 states, "It is hereby declared that the description of the State shall be the Republic of Ireland." The 1948 Act does not name the state as "Republic of Ireland", because to have done so would have put it in conflict with the Constitution. The government of the United Kingdom used the name "Eire" and, from 1949, "Republic of Ireland", for the state; as well as "Ireland", "Éire" or "the Republic of Ireland", the state is referred to as "the Republic", "Southern Ireland" or "the South". In an Irish republican context it is referred to as "the Free State" or "the 26 Counties". From the Act of Union on 1 January 1801, until 6 December 1922, the island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. During the Great Famine, from 1845 to 1849, the island's population of over 8 million fell by 30%. One million Irish died of starvation and/or disease and another 1.5 million emigrated to the United States.
This set the pattern of emigration for the century to come, resulting in constant population decline up to the 1960s. From 1874, under Charles Stewart Parnell from 1880, the Irish Parliamentary Party gained prominence; this was firstly through widespread agrarian agitation via the Irish Land League, that won land reforms for tenants in the form of the Irish Land Acts, secondly through its attempts to achieve Home Rule, via two unsuccessful bills which would have granted Ireland limited national autonomy. These led to "grass-roots" control of national affairs, under the Local Government Act 1898, in the hands of landlord-dominated grand juries of the Protestant Ascendancy. Home Rule seemed certain when the Parliament Act 1911 abolished the veto of the House of Lords, John Redmond secured the Third Home Rule Act in 1914. However, the Unionist movement had been growing since 1886 among Irish Protestants after the introduction of the first home rule bill, fearing discrimination and loss of economic and social privileges if Irish Catholics achieved real political power
Rollercoaster (B*Witched song)
"Rollercoaster" is a song recorded by Irish pop girl group B*Witched for their debut album, B*Witched. It was written by group members Lindsay Armaou, Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch and Sinead O'Carroll along with Ray "Madman" Hedges, Martin Brannigan and Tracey Ackerman, it was produced by Hedges and Ackerman, with additional production by Cutfather & Joe. On 29 September 1998, the group released "Rollercoaster" as their second single from the album, following "C'est la Vie" four months earlier; the track peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart in October 1998 for two weeks and reached number one in Australia and New Zealand in November. Official music video on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
I Shall Be There
"I Shall Be There" is a song by Irish girl group B*Witched, featuring vocals from South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It was released on 6 December 1999 as the second single from their second studio album and Breathe; the recording of the song was a collaboration with African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo. B*Witched member Edele Lynch along with MSNBC explained the pairing: "We met them backstage at the BRIT Awards in 1999, me and Keavy had been listening to a lot of their stuff, so we asked if they wanted to work with us, when we came together in the studio it just all kind of fell into place and made for a interesting experience." The music video was directed by Katie Bell. It has a very'African' feel to it and featured two different scenes, a jungle scene with the group sporting appropriate clothing, a savanna theme, darker and had the girls dressed in more conservative and earthy-toned coloured outfits. Both scenes feature CGI animals. "I Shall Be There" was released on 6 December 1999 and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 13, becoming B*Witched's first single to miss the UK top 10.
It spent a total of nine weeks on the chart, five of which were in the top 40. The single was not released in New Zealand. UK CD 1 "I Shall Be There" 4:12 "Don't Say Never" 3:54 "Does Your Mother Know" 3:11 "I Shall Be There" UK CD 2 "I Shall Be There" "I Shall Be There" "I Shall Be There" UK Cassette "I Shall Be There" 4:12 "Don't Say Never" 3:54UK vinyl 1 "I Shall Be There" 6:53 "I Shall Be There" 8:42UK vinyl 2 "I Shall Be There" 8:42 "I Shall Be There" 8:38 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Across America 2000
Across America 2000 is an extended play released by Irish girl group B*Witched, released in the United States on 4 July 2000 as a last-ditch attempt to create a comeback in America, after the chart failure of the band's second studio album and Breathe. The EP features two brand new recordings of cover songs, "Mickey", released as a single in promotion of the EP, "Play That Funky Music", as well as the B-side "Does Your Mother Know", three live recordings and a bonus remix of "Jump Down"
Celebrity Big Brother (UK series 14)
Celebrity Big Brother 14 was the fourteenth series of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother. The series ended after 26 days on 12 September, it was the seventh celebrity series and the eleventh series of Big Brother overall to air on the channel. Emma Willis hosted the series, whilst Rylan Clark presented the spin-off show Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side along with Iain Lee and regular panelist Luisa Zissman; the series was won by actor Gary Busey. With an average of 2.1 million, this series was the lowest watched series on Channel 4 or Channel 5 until Celebrity Big Brother 16 the following year. It was down 1 million on the previous January series. On finale night, it was revealed that the series will return in January 2015. James Jordan returned to the house for Celebrity Big Brother 19 as an All-Star, representing this series, he was the fourth housemate to be evicted. The official eye logo was released on 6 August 2014 and features a similar design to Big Brother 15 but with the iconic star in the centre of the eye.
Despite fifteenth series of Big Brother having only an hour and a half live feed for the entire series run, it was announced on 6 August 2014 that there would be an hour of live feed available nightly on Channel 5 due to the ratings success of the previous editions of the show and mass viewer request. On 11 August 2014, the first 30-second teaser was released which features footage from past series of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5. However, the tenth series or eleventh series are not included. SuperCasino continued its sponsorship for this series, after sponsoring the fourteenth and fifteenth series of the civilian series, the twelfth and thirteenth series of the celebrity series; the house was revamped ahead of the series and was given a "glamorous VIP makeover". Official house pictures were released on the same day as launch day; the diary room was coated in a gold sparkle style with gold screens either side of the chair. The control room below the diary room was removed as the'Power Trip' theme from Big Brother 15 was dis-continued.
Detailed parts of the Celebrity Big Brother eye were placed all around the main parts of the house including the kitchen, living area, dining area and bathroom. The living area now had more comfortable seating unlike the green sofas for the civilians. In the bathroom the colour scheme had been changed to gold with the shower surrounded by a golden cover for the celebrities. In the garden the previous sunbed area had been moved over and was replaced by a seating area next to the pool. Coloured lines were spaced throughout the garden making it look less bland than what it did look like in the last series; the bedroom wallpaper was changed to an orange city skyline with a new fluffy carpet and one extra bed for Gary Busey. Audley Harrison is a British professional boxer from Harlesden, who fights in the heavyweight division. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the superheavyweight division, had won Gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, he stands at 6 ft, 5 1⁄2 in and weighs around 255 lb.
He was the runner-up of this series. Claire King is an English actress, most notable for her role as Kim Tate on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1989 to 1999, her other television credits include playing Karen Betts in Bad Girls, from 2000 to 2004. Her classic soap character in Emmerdale became popular on most television magazines, gained her numerous awards including "Best Bitch" and "Best Exit", she was one of the highest paid soap actresses on ITV. On Day 14, she left the house to receive medical attention, on Day 16, it was announced that she would not be returning. David McIntosh is a British television personality, fitness expert, former soldier and security guard, in which he has more claimed to fame for being the current fiancé of Kelly Brook, he participated in the Sky 1 revival television series Gladiators, where he played under the alias name "Tornado". Since his career started, he appeared in the fitness magazine Muscle & Fitness, in Jennifer Hudson's music video for her single, "Walk It Out".
On Day 10, he became the first housemate to be evicted. Deirdre "Dee" Kelly, better known as White Dee, is a British reality television personality from Birmingham, known for appearing on the Channel 4 reality documentary series Benefits Street; the show documented the lives of James Turner Street residents, where 90% of the street claim the use of welfare payments. She became the first housemate to enter the house on Day 1 and was set a secret mission by "Big Brother", in which she had to disguise and pretend to be a royal family member called "The Duchess of Solihull", the 21st person in line to the British throne. In addition to this, she had to convince the final three housemates, Frenchy and Gary, that she was royalty, she passed the task on Day 2. On Day 26, she finished fifth. Edele Lynch is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and actress, best known as the lead singer of pop girl group B*Witched, her twin sister, Keavy Lynch is a member whilst her brother Shane is known as a member of boy band Boyzone.
The girl group's first four singles, "C'est la Vie", "Rollercoaster", "To You I Belong", "Blame It on the Weatherman", all reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. In 2012, the band reunited for The Big Reunion. On Day 26, she left in sixth place. Angelique "Frenchy" Morgan is a French television personality, actress and model, best known for her appearances in VH1's reality shows such as Rock of Love 2