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Dubliners, you're in luck.

Research by the latest Pobal Deprivation Index has shown that Dublin is the wealthiest area in Ireland (no surprise there.)

The research shows that income levels are growing strongly in the nation's capital. 

Pobal says towns with between 1,000 and 5,000 people were worst hit by the recession and didn't do the best during the recovery.

Communities located in the most rural areas are also the worst impacted. 

'The areas of highest affluence and highest disadvantage are largely those areas that were of highest disadvantage and affluence in previous census waves,' spokesperson Martin Quigley told Breaking News.

'While there has been some movement, in general, what we have found is social disadvantage is a long-term and geographically entrenched phenomenon.'

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It's time to dust off that CV. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday, and a confirmation was made that Facebook will be providing hundreds more jobs in it's Irish division. 

Ireland hosts the company’s largest headquarters outside of California, and already employs 2,000 people.

The jobs will be created across many different areas. 

'We employ over 2,000 people here now and we have quite a large footprint,'  Facebook's Gareth Lambe told Breaking News.

'We have our International Headquarters in Grand Canal, we've taken another building in East Wall, we are just completing our data centre in County Meath and expanding that, we also last year, made an aquisition of a virtual reality research company in Cork.'

'So it is by far the largest footprint Facebook has in any country outside the US.'

Varadkar is currently in the US to discuss opportunities between Ireland and the States, to grow trade and improve tourism ventures.

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It's World Vegan Day, and veganism is on the rise.

Once the sole territory of surfing Aussie Insta babes and hemp-wearing free thinkers, veganism has infiltrated the diet and lifestyles of the masses.

Recognised as a heart healthy and sustainable diet, going plant based is gaining popularity in Ireland. 

 

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According to data from Deliveroo, orders for vegan food in Ireland have increased by 137pc in Ireland in the past year. 

While you may assume Dublin would be the vegan hot spot, it's actually a west coast county which takes the crown. 

Galway is hailed as being the vegan capital, leading the pack when it comes to plant-based eating. 

 

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'Deliveroo customers clearly love to order vegan food, with orders more than doubling this year,' said Deliveroo's Joe Groves.

'Galway is leading this trend with more vegan orders made than any other city in Ireland.'

The most popular vegan order on Deliveroo is the majestic Vegan Burger from TGO Falafel Bar in Galway.

This is followed by the Spiced Dish of the Day with Rice from Cornucopia in Dublin, the Vegetable Spring Roll from Malay Kitchen in Cork, and the Super Green Smoothie from Cocu in Dublin.

These are just ahead of another Galway order, the Rock My Beets Wrap, also from TGO Falafel Bar, Galway. 

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A record number of people are residing in temporary emergency accommodation, according to the Department of Housing figures acquired by RTÉ.

Figures show that 8374 people used emergency accommodation in the month of September this year.

Almost 6000 of these people are located in Dublin.

This is a drastic increase on previous figures.

Over 3000 of these were children, according to RTÉ.

'Month-on-month, we have seen consistent increases in those presenting as homeless with no clear intervention to prevent these people becoming homeless in the first place,' Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) chief executive Anthony Flynn told Today FM.

'This is a National Emergency and needs to be treated as such – the state is failing'

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said in a statement: 'Families and individuals continue to present to our emergency accommodation services.'

'There are still 690 families in hotels – while any one family in a hotel or B&B is one too many – this is still significantly down on the high point in March earlier this year, when 871 families were in hotels and B&Bs.'

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While acutely aware that some believe his perspective of his native country is borne of a vantage point in an ivory tower, Colin Farrell is still keen to add his voice to the conversation surrounding Ireland's homelessness crisis.

While speaking to The Irish Times ahead of the release of his latest film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the Dubliner turned his attention to an issue which has been at the forefront of discussion in Ireland in recent years.

"There are an awful lot living on the streets," he said. "Look, I know I have no right to talk about that. I can talk how much I love Ireland and the timbre of the people. But something has to be done about the homelessness. It's atrocious."

With homeless people dying on our nation's streets at an alarming rate – two lost their lives this week alone – Colin struggles with the economic inequality evident in his native country.

The actor, who was raised in Castleknock and lives in Los Angeles, tapped into this, saying: "There is an ugly balance that says the better some people do the worse others do. That's a cruel balance. It's an imbalance."

"There is an awful lot of affluence in Ireland. But there's a lot of poverty," he added.

With long-term involvement in the Irish Homeless Street Leagues, this certainly isn't the first time the 41-year-old actor has addressed the issue.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy in December, Colin struggled to understand the imbalance, calling it 'absolute insanity'.

"I'm no politician and I certainly haven't got any clear fiscal answers to the issues because I'm not a politician and I'm certainly not an economist. I get it: I'm an actor and I'm a mouthpiece, blah, blah, blah."

"But it's outrageous; there's no one that wouldn't say it's outrageous. It also is just unnecessary; it doesn't need to be happening. But something has to happen."

Almost a year on, the actor continues to call on politicians to address the issue in a meaningful way, saying: "We're talking about it. But does that mean anything?" 

"Christmas is coming. It'll get colder. There needs to be real fundamental change. We need something that's lasting. Not temporary."

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If you spent last Monday sending Teresa Mannion memes to your mates, answering work emails and making copious amounts of tea and toast, you may have actually been in the minority.

While there's no doubt that's how our work day went during Hurricane Ophelia, it turns out many people in our great nation decided to indulge in a little 'me-time'.

According to the folk at Pornhub, on the day that the weather brought the country to a standstill, the adult site saw a substantial increase in traffic from Irish users.

Outlining the figures, the site's statistical analysts explained: "Beginning in the early morning, traffic was up 48% above normal levels at 02:00. We then found from 08:00 until 16:00 that traffic was as much as 53% above average."

"After a full day spent on Pornhub, Ireland’s evening traffic returned somewhat to normal, fluctuating plus or minus 10% from average."

Turning their attention to gender-specific analysis, they continued: "We also found that on October 16th traffic changes varied between Irish men and women."

"At 02:00, female traffic was up 53% compared to their average level, but at 03:00 Irish men peaked at 68% above average. At 07:00 in the morning, Irish women were on Pornhub 27% less than usual, while traffic from men was close to average."

"Later in the day, it seems that more of the traffic increase came from men, with their traffic being 61% above average at 15:00, and women up 34% during the same period."

And here was us thinking everyone would be on ASOS…
 

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Let's face it – us Irish aren't exactly know for our Michelin star cuisine, but there are a number of dishes we've managed to perfect over the years.

Spice bags, Tayto sandwiches, Sunday roast, chicken fillet rolls; not only are these the staple foods of ever Irish hangover – they're national delicacies and we're damn proud of them.

One man who found this out the hard way was Twitter user, Lil Chicken Tender.

Late last week, the 22-year-old shared a photo of something that looked suspiciously like a chicken fillet roll along with the caption: “If you from Florida you already know wtf goinn on.” (sic)

Infuriating, we know. But let's give the guy a break – half the island have already been on to him to point out the mistake.

Here's how it all went down:

Basically, Irish people are good at two things – making rolls and confusing Americans. 

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Christmas is a time of excess, be that when it comes to gift buying, boozing, or simply munching on turkey and stuffing sandwiches. 

With all that good cheer going around, why not share the Christmas spirit with your Christmas tree – literally. 

If there is one spirit which has defined 2017. it's gin, so imagine our delight when we discovered the concept of gin Christmas baubles. 

Like all good things, the baubles sold out, but we come bearing good news – the baubles are back, and available in Ireland. 

Pickering’s Gin started production of their Pickering’s Gin Baubles in January of this year to keep up with the demand these bad boys are in.

According to Pickerings, a pre-order of the Christmas baubles saw them sell 10pc of their stock back in July, highlighting the extraordinary call for an innovative twist to Christmas tree decorating.

Luckily, they saved some for those of us who weren't so prepared. 

Sold in sets of six, the baubles are available now from wineonline.ie for €38.00. 

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If, like us, you're partial to a few drinks on the weekend, you'll know that one spirit in particular has captured the heart of the nation.

In recent years, the humble Gin and Tonic has undergone somewhat of a transformation, proving itself the beverage of choice for millennials across the country.

We're right at the centre of a gin Renaissance – and the report from this Irish Spirits Association has the figures to prove it.

The latest statistics show that gin is the fastest growing spirits category among Irish consumers, growing by a massive 31 per cent last year alone.

However, despite its growth in popularity, vodka is still preferred by the majority of the population (sales are down a quarter over the last 10 years).

William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Spirits Association, says that while the Irish gin industry is thriving, the upcoming Public Health (Alcohol) Bill could pose a “major threat” to distilleries.

"Consumption of alcohol has fallen 25% since 2001, according to the World Health Organisation," he said.

"Consumption is falling but at the same time exports are growing. If we bring in this Bill, which we don't need to because consumption is fallen, we're ultimately going to impact on our ability to continue to grow our industry and continue to grow export."

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With the rise of celebrity culture and affordable cosmetic procedures, demand for botox and lip fillers has seen a huge increase in Ireland over the past few years.

In fact, interest in the procedure is so high that surgeons at Cork University Hospital have discovered that Ireland comes out on top when it comes to the global number of online searches for lip fillers.

According to The Sunday Independent, the increased demand has led to a need for more cosmetic surgeons in Ireland.

The research also found a direct correlation between the number of people who searched for cosmetic procedures and the number of people who eventually got work done – meaning not only are we Irish thinking about lip fillers more than any other nation, but many of us are choosing to go ahead with the temporary enhancement.

If you do decide to get lip fillers, it is important to go to a licensed clinician, as cheap alternatives can lead to potentially dangerous results.

According to The Sun, Dublin-based cosmetic physician, Dr Patrick Treacy, said: “Young people are trying to copy these celebrities and I’ve even had a mother ask me to do the procedure on her 13-year-old daughter, obviously I said no.”

“They go to someone who has cheap fillers, or they order it off the internet which can be dangerous. They watch YouTube videos on how to do it and this can cause complications.”

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Batten down the hatches, there's a storm a brewin'.

Hurricane Ophelia is set to pay Ireland a visit next week, after it sweeps across the Atlantic. 

The storm is being noted for it's unusual pathway, pushing past Spain and Portugal and coming to land in the UK and Ireland. 

It is expected to hit Irish shores sometime on Monday.

Before the tropical storm lands, it is predicted to push a band of warm air towards us first. 

This could lead to high temperatures across the weekend. 

While Ophelia is currently a dangerous storm, by the time it lands, the high winds should have subsided.

According to Met Éireann:

'Current indications suggest a stormy day for Monday is possible, but uncertainty on the detail remains, due to the nature of the track of the Atlantic storm system.'

'The situation will be monitored throughout the weekend but at the moment it looks like it will be a windy day with further spells of rain.'

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Unless you have been living under a highlighter-free, internet-resistant rock, you will have heard of Huda Beauty

Huda Kattan owns one of the most popular beauty inspiration and makeup tutorial Instagram pages on the net, and boasts a following of 21.8million. 

As well as being one of the world's biggest beauty influencers, the mum-of-one has also created a seriously popular makeup brand. 

Huda Beauty is a favourite among beauty YouTubers, with the pigmented palettes and liquid lipsticks being spotted in the collections of every influencer worth their salt. 

The collection hasn't been available specifically in Ireland since it's launch, but that's all about to change. 

Brown Thomas is about to play host to the super-hyped beauty brand. 

Taking to Instagram, the Irish institution shared a video of Huda discussing the Irish launch.

'Ireland I am coming for you!' Huda herself exclaims in the video. 

'Hey everyone, it's Huda from Huda Beauty, and we are so excited to be finally touching ground in Ireland.'

 

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'We are launching in the Brown Thomas beauty lounge in Dublin, and also on BrownThomas.com.'

There's no word yet on an exact date but we'll keep you posted. 

We'll be dusting on the highlighter and sharpening our elbows…

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