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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The past? Popular rides have always had long queues, but that could soon be over

Long queue? There’s an app for that

Theme parks are trialling smartphone technology that could prove the end of the line for waiting

IRA mole Martin McGartland is testing secret hearing rules

IRA mole Martin McGartland’s case against Home Office may be heard in secret

The case of an IRA mole who is suing the Home Office for compensation after MI5 withdrew medical support and benefits payments should be heard in secret, lawyers acting for the Government said today.

Sir Chris Hoy fears more cyclists will be killed before politicians act

Chris Hoy: More cyclists will die before action is taken by MPs

Olympian calls on MPs to look abroad for lessons in how to make UK roads fit for bikes

A surge in the juniper-based spirit’s popularity has seen a dramatic rise in the number of craft gin makers setting up business

Gin on the rise to beat vodka as spirit of the age

It is the quintessentially British drink once derided by William Hogarth as the scourge of 18 century society. Until recently, few people could name anyone other than senior members of the Royal Family as fans of gin but all that is changing.

Chef Francesco Monteua has made Bedford his home. Around one fifth of the population has Italian ancestery

World Cup 2014: For Bedford's 20,000 Italian residents, Saturday can't come soon enough

Italian heritage runs deep in Bedford – more so than anywhere else in the UK. The first immigrants arrived here in 1951, having been invited by the Marston Valley Brick Company to help rebuild Britain after the war. Bedford’s iron works was another reason for groups of 50, then 100, to come from the regions of Abruzzo, Campania and Sicily among others to settle down and spread their roots.

Natalie Wreyford, PhD student

Page 3 Profile: Natalie Wreyford, PhD student

The force is strong with this one…

Birmingham-born Muadh Zain was just three when his Syrian mother Doha took him to see her family

British child trapped in Syrian warzone for three years watched friend die in playground bombing

The mother of a British boy who finally escaped Syria after being trapped in the war-torn country for more than three years has described how her son watched a school friend suffer mortal injuries after a barrel bomb was dropped on their playground.

Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College in Bradford. Image: Betty Longbottom

Trojan Horse row: Teachers suspended for refusing to impose strict Islamic model

Governing body at Bradford college removed after employing Trojan Horse ‘ringleader’ as adviser

Six-year-old Muadh Zain was stranded in Syria for three years

Stranded British boy Muadh Zain finally escapes Syria

A British boy who had been trapped in Syria for three years has finally reached safety after crossing the border into Jordan.

Laura Sears, whose boyfriend has banned her phone

Digital addict – or just checking your Facebook page? A quarter of all men and women spend 'an unhealthy amount of time online'

Research also finds that 2 per cent of people are 'digital phobic' and 1 per cent are 'digital deniers'
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Bryan Adams' heartstopping images of wounded British soldiers to go on show at Somerset House

Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities