Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher is a reporter for the Independent and Independent on Sunday having joined the group in 2012. He has previously worked for the European Voice, Daily Mirror and the Observer and been based in Brussels, Belfast, Tokyo and London.

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Birmingham City Coucil House in Victoria Square, Birmingham

Birmingham council 'lost' girl with special needs for four years after social workers lost contact

A Birmingham girl with special needs “vanished in the system” for four years after social workers lost contact with the child.

The High Court, London

As wife's divorce costs hit £920,000, judge attacks 'out of control' foreign divorce cases 'squeezing out needy litigants'

'Neither of them currently pays any English taxes whatsoever' complains Mr Justice Holman

Jimmy Mubenga died after being restrained on an aircraft by G4S escorts

Immigrant detainees face ‘excessive force and abuse,’ says report

Jimmy Mubenga died after being restrained on an aircraft by G4S escorts three years ago

Former music teacher facing multiple charges of rape and indecent assault has trial postponed so he can finish touring

A former Guildhall School of Music and Drama teacher facing multiple charges of rape and indecent assault has had his trial postponed so he can finish touring.

Grey clouds loom: 45- to 54-year olds rated their life satisfaction lower than any other age

Middle age is the most depressing time of our lives, according to the Government's wellbeing survey

If you are about to reach middle age, it might be best to look away now: people in their 40s and 50s really are more miserable than the rest of us.

Experts now believe ‘The Burning of the Houses of Parliament’, a collection including nine watercolours by JMW Turner, inspired by a blaze on 16 October 1834, actually depict a fire at the Tower of London seven years later

Mystery of JMW Turner's famous 'Burning of the Houses of Parliament' solved at last

Paintings are actually scenes of a different fire at the Tower of London

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has called the Education Secretary Michael Gove a “charlatan” over commemoration suggestions for the World War One centenary

Jeremy Paxman reopens war of words with Michael Gove over the WW1 centenary: 'A charlatan' who scores 'cheap political points'

A century after it began the debate over how the First World War should be remembered and commemorated continues to rage.

A picture of deprived industry and opportunities for its workers, Hartlepool has been hit the hardest by spending cuts since the Coalition came to power, according to the Association of North East Councils

Great divide: Hartlepool - the town left behind by ‘largest’ cuts

With the lowest spending power per household in the country, leaders in the seaside town are growing concerned

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: I don’t recall whether Piers Morgan said he hacked phones, claims Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks could not remember being told by former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan that he had hacked her phone, the Old Bailey has heard.

Mazda 6 Tourer, motoring review: 50mpg and cutting-edge technology prove early plaudits well deserved

PRICE from £19,595 to £28,296 OTR (£26,695 as tested)
ENGINE CAPACITY 2.2l Diesel
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 150 @ 4500
TOP SPEED (mph) 130
FUEL ECONOMY (mpg) 64.2
CO2 EMISSIONS (g/km) 116

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Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
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Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

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Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
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Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style