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gTHIRTy years on from the original Band Aid and Bob Geldof is at it again. It's been a hard year for Bob, with the loss of his daughter Peaches just seven months ago, but he's thrown himself into the new Band Aid single. And his effort's paid off - it raised over $1m in the first five minutes. Fair play.

vShe hasn't gone away you know. Well, Mary Lou McDonald didn't - for four hours last Thursday, at least. This disruptive tactic was clearly an attempt to divert attention from the Mairia Cahill allegations. It won't work, though. Mary Lou will be back in the Dail today, but the IRA sex abuse cover-up scandal won't go away.


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