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IRELAND: Two people are fighting for their lives after they were struck by a car in Dublin city centre. It is understood the car struck a number of pedestrians, but Gardaí were quick to rule out any link to terrorism.

IRELAND: Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne has been named the winner of the 59th International Rose of Tralee.

IRELAND: The ESB says lightning strikes knocked out electricity supply to around 2,000 properties last night.

WORLD: Police have fired tear gas at anti-Trump protesters in Arizona, where the US President has been speaking at a campaign rally.

WORLD: An extremist cell was preparing bombs for an imam who planned to blow himself up at a Barcelona monument, a key suspect in the attacks that killed 15 people in north-eastern Spain has told a judge.

ANALYSIS: We’re not exactly lacking in explanations soaring rents - what we are lacking is effective, intelligent, enforceable responses, writes Caroline O'Doherty.

SPORT: Bristol City upset Premier League Watford to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-2 victory at Vicarage Road last night.

SPORT: Rassie Erasmus has broken his silence on the decision to quit Munster and return to South Africa.

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FEATURES: Book clubs can inspire busy adults to rediscover a love of reading, but they are also places to meet, gossip, socialise and drink tea and coffee, says Paula Burns.

FEATURES: The hashtag is ten years old today. Donal O’Keeffe looks how the Irish have used it to highlight important cultural and social moments online.

VIRAL: An Irish bodybuilder has become an internet sensation after a video of him removing his top and displaying his physique on a CCTV monitor went viral.

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