A new advertising campaign by the Government will encourage returning Irish emigrants to remain here permanently, according to The Irish Times.

Posters and advertisements at Irish airports such as Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock are set to appear in the coming days.

One such poster (below) shows an emigrant arriving back to Ireland, accompanied with the tagline: “Make your Christmas commute shorter next year. Come #hometowork in 2016.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch has written a letter to Santa Claus asking him for “a little more time for children to be children”.

According to a source, the Sherlock star said: “This is what I’d like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness.”

Cumberbatch also signed off by promising to leave some extra port and mince pies for the man in red, while asking him for a lightsaber.

Cumberbatch was among a number of stars who penned letters to Santa, with Annie Lennox, Thom Yorke and Russell Brand also getting in on the act.

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Noel Gallagher says his dislike for Christmas has increased, after a cover of his track featured in a festive advert this year.

The High Flying Birds frontman (pictured above) said that hearing Aurora’s version of his song Half The World Away – originally penned for Oasis –  left him disappointed, because the song will now always be associated with Christmas. 

“It will forever be synonymous with Christmas and…it’s not my favourite time of year,” he said. “Having said that, at least it comes with a cheque, which, believe me, is highly worthwhile.”

Bah humbug!

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An Post have provided some welcome advice on making sure your letter gets to the big man on time.

In an interview with RTÉ, a spokesman for An Post said: “Make sure you write the address clearly and have a 70c stamp in the top right hand corner, with your own name in smaller writing on the top left corner.”

The Irish Times also reveal that, with less than three weeks to go before Christmas, all the key indicators are pointing to the busiest shopping season 2008.

According to Retail Ireland’s annual report, which was published yesterday, items like fashion, footwear, electronics and furniture sectors are performing strongly.

It also says that supermarket prices could fall to levels not seen since 2001, while 4 billion is likely to be spent in shops in December – up from 3.9 billion in 2014.

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