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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Cameron Carpenter said he was also questioned and fingerprinted by Border Force officials and kept in a short-term holding facility run by Tascor

Virtuoso American organist blasts UK border officials after being detained and deported just hours before a show

A Grammy-nominated classical musician has raged against UK immigration officials who he said detained him for seven hours at Birmingham airport and deported him before finally allowing him back into the country the following day to perform.

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.

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary