Five stories you might have missed from the weekend

Donald Trump gets some endorsements he doesn't want, Ireland's election makes headlines and Ardal O'Hanlon pays tribute to the late Frank Kelly

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File photo dated 03/08/12 of actor Frank Kelly, who has died. Picture by: Liam McBurney / PA Wire/Press Association Images

With the General Election taking place and Ireland taking on England in the Six Nations, there was plenty happening this weekend. 

Here's a breakdown of some of the stories that you may have missed somewhere along the way.

Donald Trump receives backing of Jean-Marie Le Pen and former leader of Ku Klux Klan

Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the French far-right party National Front and David Duke, former head of the Ku Klux Klan, have given their backing to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. 

The billionaire businessman was backed by Le Pen on Saturday, while Duke offered his endorsement earlier in the week.

Eddie Jones has a touchy exchange with Irish journalist over Mike Brown incident

England head coach Eddie Jones was in no mood to discuss the possibility of Mike Brown being cited over the incident in the game against Ireland on Saturday which left Conor Murray needing stitches. 

In his post-match press conference, Jones was asked about the issue by journalist Pat McCarry, who wanted to know if the head coach thought that Brown was lucky to stay on, having taken a few swings at Murray while he was on the ground. 

Gaffes and glory: How did the leaders do in #GE16?

Pronouncements of a “political earthquake” may feel a little over the top – we’ve got two Healy Raes, a Lowry and a Haughey safely into Leinster House, along with a revitalised Fianna Fáil – but there is no hyperbole in pronouncements that this weekend has shattered the current Irish political landscape.

There are more questions than clear paths out of this right now, but there are definite markers laid out ahead. They’ll enjoy the shroud of the dust cloud for now, but Enda Kenny and Joan Burton will soon be exposed, and it’s not looking particularly good for either Taoiseach or Tánaiste right now.

And what of Micheal Martin? The performance of a lifetime? And Gerry Adams, liability or still-totemic leader?

Alan Kelly - Labour Party "needs to reflect"

In a very tight contest, Labour Party Deputy Leader and Minister Alan Kelly managed to just retain his seat on Sunday.

This makes him one of the party's few TDs to avoid the wipe out, which has left Labour perilously close to missing the seven seat requirement for full speaking rights in the Dáil chamber. His enthusiastic celebration also made him a viral star on Sunday. 

"If there was a Mount Rushmore to Irish entertainment, he'd be on it": Ardal O'Hanlon pays tribute to the late Frank Kelly

Respected actor Frank Kelly passed away on Sunday, news that elicited tributes from many of those who had worked with him or been touched by his work throughout the years. 

Those tributes were lead by the show's creators Arthur Matthews and Graham Linehan, who thanked Kelly for all his work and spoke about how great it was to have such a respected actor on set, while Ardal O'Hanlon also spoke about his friend and colleague.

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