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Salt beef and green bean salad

Serves 4

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Liam Cunningham, actor

The war zone: How the notorious London neighbourhood they call the 'V' is fighting for its life

One year on from Ben Kinsella's murder, the area of London's King's Cross where it happened – known simply as the 'V' – is as bleak as ever. Is there any hope for the youngsters growing up in this brutal atmosphere? A man called Beef, who spends his days patrolling its streets, thinks there is

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Salted roast beef

Serves 6-8

The crunch bunch: Steak on a budget

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Three Irish beef farms have been contaminated with a toxic substance which devastated the country's pig meat industry, food safety chiefs confirmed today.

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4-6

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Serves 4

Hourigan's last orders for Beef Or Salmon

A standing dish is soon to be taken off Ireland's racing menu. It was announced yesterday that 10-time Grade One winner Beef Or Salmon will step out on to a track to compete for the last time at Punchestown in 14 days' time. The 12-year-old will take on his youngers – and now betters – in the Gold Cup at the last of the season's jumping festivals but win or lose is guaranteed the ovation of the meeting.

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