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Nora Quoirin's family have issued an emotional statement following the discovery of the 15-year-old's body in Malaysia yesterday.

Nora vanished from the resort in Dusun on Saturday, August 3 and her body was found 10 days later near a small stream roughly 1.6 miles from the resort.

A post-mortem is being conducted today to determine the cause of death. Writing an emotional letter, her family thanked those who had helped in the search.

The schoolgirl has lived with learning difficulties after being born with a rare brain disorder named holoprosencephaly. Her grieving family spoke of how she "truly touched the world";

“Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely,” they said.

“The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken. We will always love our Nora.”

“We would like to thank all the people that have been searching for Nora and trying their best to find her,” the statement added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.

“Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.

“To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love.”

Hundreds of people were involved in the search for the missing girl, who disappeared without a trace. A window downstairs had been left open.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The search for Nora received worldwide support, as the daughter of a French-Irish couple living in London. Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin thanked those who contributed to the fundraising effort.

Nora’s aunt and uncle raising more than £100,000 online to help in the search. 

At a press conference held on Tuesday, August 13, deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters Nora’s body was winched by helicopter to a hospital mortuary.

The body “was not in any clothings” and that the police were looking into all possibilities including the “angle of criminal investigation”.

President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina were among those to offer their “deepest condolences” to Nora’s parents and her family.

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The family of Nóra Quoirin has confirmed the female body found earlier this morning is their daughter's.

Nóra's family identified the body following a post-mortem examination at a local hospital around 70km south of Kuala Lampur.

Volunteers discovered the 15-year-old's body near a stream around 2km from where she disappeared on August 4.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which are helping the Quoirin family in every way they can, said: "Investigations are under way to confirm identity and cause of death."

Nóra's mother Meabh, from Belfast, made a heartbreaking appeal yesterday to find her daughter, also offering a significant reward for any information.

She said:

"Nóra is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking."

Meabh added: We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nóra to help us find her." Hundreds of volunteers, police and Indigenous trackers were searching for the teenager over the past 10 days.

The family have been based in London for the past 20 years, and had arrived at the Dusun resort on the day before Nóra went missing.

15-year-old Nóra was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and had special needs. Our deepest condolences go out to the Quoirin family at this distressing time.

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I was seventeen the first time I fell in love. 

It was with one of my childhood friends and we had what I now know was chemistry (at the time he was just constantly getting under my skin).

But when we started going out, everything clicked into place.

We fell into an all-consuming type of love, the only type you can have when you're 17.

It was the messaging under the covers at night/hungry kisses in my hall on a school night/naive and hormone-fuelled kinda thing. 

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Being a teenager in general, your world is small and that means that everything is heightened.

This person is suddenly your whole life and because it's the first time you're having these feelings…it's intense. 

Things like jealousy rear their ugly head for the first time and this can cause dizzying heights and crashing lows.

When the inevitable heartbreak came, we were nineteen.

My whole world blurred and temporarily nothing seemed to make sense.

Being with your first love is a magical time and one that many of us just can't seem to let go of – but why?

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Why do we have this bond?

So, this is the science bit.

When two people first meet, their bodies release a stress hormone called norepinephrine.

This is what makes you have the butterflies in your stomach, heart pounding away in your chest, the whole works. 

Researchers at Arizona State University College also found this cool thing – the hormone makes events burn into your memory.

You know the way you can remember specific kisses or conversations you had but what happened the day before is a blur?

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They discovered a link that causes these strong emotions to form a specific sensory experience. 

In other words, when you get around that person again, their presence causes those old memories and initial feelings to come flooding back.

It's not that you don't forget about them; when you see them again, those old feelings of first love can return.

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So it looks like first love is the deepest – in a literal sense as it's carved out what you think love should look like.

We never learn as much from a relationship as we do from our first serious one and because of that, they will never fully leave us. 

In the words of writer Daphne du Maurier, ''I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say." 

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Many of us were absolutely RAISED on Disney when we were kids. We grew up with the incredible cinema releases of The Lion King, Aladdin, Cinderella, Mulan and The Little Mermaid, and it changed our lives forever.

The Disney princess role has changed as the generations got older (and more feminist), bringing more progressive films with 3D female characters such as Brave, Frozen, Moana, The Princess and the Frog and Tangled.

Kiera Knightly recently spoke out against the films, saying that her three-year-old daughter is banned from watching them in her home.

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When asked why, she said to "rescue yourself!" from the prince is a far better message to send to young women; "Cinderella waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t." Right on, gal, right on. Fight the power.

However, when we were watching the classic princess films as children, I highly doubt we realised at the time just how YOUNG they all are, which arguably makes the movies seem a tad creepy.

It's basically teens getting sexualised and sent off to live with a man who has privilege over them forever.

For decades, young girls have been seeing these characters as role models; they're compassionate, fierce, caring, brave and highly intelligent.

Many of the gals are preparing for marriage, but they're in their mid-teens. Seems a little weird, considering the men they're marrying are often at least ten years older.

For example. Pocahontas' age in the film was never confirmed, but in real life she actually met John Smith when she was just a 10 year old girl. Ew.

First up: Princess Jasmine. Aladdin's bae was only 15-years-old in the film, as a recent The Mary Sue article pointed out. So when she's dressed in red and is seducing Jafar (a creepy old man), she's officially underage…

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A key portion of the film revolves around the fact that she's obliged to marry a prince before her sixteenth birthday, which is three days away.

The Mary Sue also noted that Jasmine is a highly sexualised character, with Jafar commanding the genie to force her to love him. Alright…we're officially disturbed.

Plus, that waist-line is a fantasy; she'd fit maybe half an organ in there if she's lucky.

HuffPost has previously pointed out that none of the 'official' Disney princesses are older than 19, even though most of them are wed or engaged by the end of each of their respective movies.

Ariel is a sixteen-year-old who claims to be an adult, while Eric is the ripe old age of 18. So in today's day-and-age, it would be illegal for them to marry.

Granted, these films are purely fantasy, but it's pretty strange how they design the princesses as sexualised teenagers who always end up with an older man.

If this next one doesn't shock you, we don't know what will. Snow White is just 14 YEARS OLD when she meets her prince, and escapes from a cruel queen who tries to cut out her heart out of vanity.

The prince also kisses her while she's KO'd; problematic as f*ck.

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Kristen Bell has also pointed out issues with Snow White as a film, which was the first colour Disney animation and was released back in 1938.

“Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell says she asked her daughters. “Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!” Hello, consent?

Fairy tales don’t have a stable form, and every era rewrites centuries old fairy tales to fit it's specific agenda or zeitgeist. Many Disney princesses were based on the 1812 Brothers Grimm tales.

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They changed their book of stories to adapt to 19th-century German bourgeois family values, so why can't we update them in 2019?

Cinderella was transformed into a live-action remake recently, but ZERO alterations were made. 

Our Chinese hero warrior Mulan, famous for it's WHOPPER tunes like I'll Make a Man Out of You: she's also sixteen. Yet she has to nurture a fragile toxic male ego, and marries him in the end.

Ok, then, it took a woman to fix a man's dodgy job and her reward is a lifetime of obedience. Sleeping Beauty's Aurora was also 16-years-old, and we've got another classic case of non-consent.

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While Disney has 100 percent made improvements for it's female characters, like Frozen's Queen Elsa and Princess Anna especially, and Brave's Merida (also 16); it's important to be aware of the classic films and their morals.

The live-action Aladdin doesn't arrive for another few months (May 24 to be exact), we have no idea if Jasmine will be a more marriage-appropriate age. The actress cast to play her is 25-years-old, at least.

Naomi Scott isn't a teenager, so let's hope her character isn't either.  Scott told Entertainment Weekly that her character’s goal is “really to protect her people, to do right by them," in December, so we have high hopes.

The eye-wateringly hot Marwan Kenzari has been cast as Jafar in the live-action flick, and he looks FAR younger than the animated character. He's a certified thirst trap.

We're relieved they're moving away from the creepy-old-man game, thank God. The movie looks intriguing, if just for a blue Will Smith as the genie. (Check out those memes about him, they're amazing)

Bring on the badass empowered female princesses, like Meghan Markle and the Thai princess Ubolratana who recently attempted to run for Prime Minister. Get it, gurls.

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Gardaí are now investigating an alleged sexual assault which took place last Thursday in South Dublin.

The incident involving the teenager apparently occurred on Lower Kilmacud Road in Stillorgan on January 10, around 7pm.

The young woman was walking down the road towards Dundrum and noticed a man following her, according to a Garda source.

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The man in question is accused of ejaculating on the woman before walking away, after following her for about two kilometres before the attack.

The teenager’s clothes have been taken by the Gardaí to be tested for DNA evidence. A significant amount of CCTV evidence has also been recovered.

A spokeswoman for the Gardaí confirmed officers were investigating “an alleged sexual assault on a female on Lower Kilmacud Road, Dublin on 10th January 2019 at 7pm”.

Gardai are following a definite line of inquiry. 

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Gardaí at Store St. are appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Jason Collins who is missing from Dublin since the 3rd of September 2018.

Jason was last seen on Eden Quay, Dublin 1 on the 3rd of September 2018 at approximately 9.30am. He is described as 5'9" in height, medium build, black hair, and green eyes. When last seen he was wearing a black jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms, and grey runners.

It is unknown whether Jason is in Ireland or whether he may have travelled to the UK.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen Jason or who may know of his whereabouts is asked to contact Store St. Garda station on 01 6668000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe celebrated their daughter Ava’s birthday yesterday by sharing the most beautiful birthday tributes to their daughter.

The parents gushed about Ava as she entered the final year of her teens. Legally Blonde alum Reese posted a stunning photo of her 19-year-old daughter on Instagram.

The resemblance between the pair is uncanny. Ava is every inch of her mum.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Happy Birthday to my girl Ava Phillippe! You are the sunshine in my life! Love you to the moon and back!” the Big Little Lies star gushed.

Fans couldn’t help but comment on how alike Ava and Reese are.

“Oh, my, a mini you! Beautiful. Happy birthday,” one user wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another added: “Twins! Happy Birthday. Congrats mum, your beautiful daughter is such a lady. Good job”

“She’s a spitting image of you Reese! I almost thought she was you,” another shared.

Ava’s dad also penned a cute birthday message to his daughter in a sweet birthday tribute. Ryan Phillippe shared a photo of his eldest child with his Instagram followers.

The doting dad captioned the photo: “My little star on her birthday. I love you, punk. Such a proud dadish, I.”

We can’t believe Ava is all grown up. Home Again actress Reese and Ryan share two children- Ava and 14-year-old Deacon. Reese is also a mum to five-year-old son Tennessee.

Huge happy birthday to Ava!

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Gardaí are seeking the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of Devin Quinn.

The boy is just 17-years-old and was last seen in the Moate area of Westmeath on Monday, August 27th.

Devin is of slim build, standing at 5'5" with brown hair and blue eyes. 

Loved ones of the missing teenager are deeply concerned and urge for people's help in finding him.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to contact Gardai in Moate at 090-648-1106.

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Gardaí wish to seek the public's help in locating the whereabouts of 17-year-old Kalem Murphy.

He was last seen in Lucan, Co. Dublin on Thursday, August 16th at 7:20pm.

Kalem is described as 5' 10" and of slim build with blonde hair.

The missing teen was last seen wearing white jeans with cuts in the knees, a blue t-shirt, a cream jacket, and burgundy runners.

Please be vigilant for anyone that fits this description.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01-666-7300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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We really don't understand why this latest trend appeals to teenagers to risk their lives for online attention. 

The craze is called 'balconying' which involves young Irish and British teenagers posting videos of themselves online hopping from balcony to balcony in their holiday resorts.

This terrifying trend has claimed 46 lives since it began in 2012, reports the Sun.

The latest incident according to the Sun ended in an 18-year-old Irish girl being fined for refusing to stop jumping from balcony to balcony when Majorca authorities had asked her to.

Subsequently, the publication reports that the teenager fell from the first floor and was treated for minor injuries. 

Police in the popular tourist resort has introduced new laws against balconying

If caught an individual could face a minimum penalty of €600 and a maximum of €1,500, says the Sun. 

However, it is unknown how much the Irish teenager will be fined.

Additionally, the police have now issued videos in English to British and Irish holidaymakers to deter them from taking on the craze.

If you're thinking about getting involved in the trend, think twice about the serious consequences this could have not only for your life, but your family too. 

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A 16-year-old boy has tragically died following a traffic collision in Co. Kildare on the 3rd July.

The boy was cycling at Oughterard, Straffan at 4.50pm on the 3rd July, when he was involved in a collision with a car.

He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated for head injuries, but died this weekend.

The driver of the car a woman in her 40s was not injured.

A Garda investigation into the collision is underway.

Our thoughts are with the boy's family and friends at this devastating time. 

Earlier in the summer, the garda urged cyclists to take care and bike safely on the roads, following their report that 171 motorcyclists have been killed and 629 seriously injured since 2010.

"Motorcyclists and cyclists are among our most vulnerable of road users because they have very little protection in the event of a crash. Cyclists can help reduce this vulnerability by taking some very simple steps. Wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and high visibility clothing to make yourself visible to other road-users plus ride with your dipped headlight on," said Garda Commissioner Mr Donál Ó Cualáin. 

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Update: Dylan Mills has been found safe and well. 

Gardaí have requested the public’s help in finding a missing 15-year-old boy from Dublin.

It is understood that Dylan Mills has been missing from his home in Ballymun since Wednesday, November 15.

He was last seen around 11:30 pm on the night of November 15 in the Ballymun area.

The teenager has been described as 5ft tall, slim, with brown eyes and black hair.

Dylan was wearing a grey hoody, grey tracksuit bottoms and a black jacket when he was last spotted on Wednesday night.

The Gardaí have asked anyone who has seen Dylan or who can help find the young man to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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