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Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has denied her party is “anti-poor” and anti-public sector” at the launch of its General Election manifesto today. 

The Labour leader Joan Burton does not appear to be bothered about speculation on who her successor will be. The Tánaiste is in the job just 18 months, but is likely to face a heave in the immediate aftermath of the General Election if Labour suffers heavy losses.

Local authorities have been accused of not doing enough to keep rivers and culverts clear as communities around the country count the cost of the recent floods.

It looks like we'll get a respite from heavy rain this week - in fact, some parts of the country could even get below normal rainfall levels, say Met Éireann.

The Executive Board of the Irish Farmers' Association has agreed to step down pending full elections in the spring.

The Cork man who hit the headlines 17 years ago after being rushed to England for a heart and lung transplant, with his old heart then being implanted into a woman there, has died.

WORLD

Mystery surrounds the identity of the young boy who has appeared in the latest Islamic State (IS) propaganda material, but this is what we know so far.

Sweden has introduced new border controls for people entering the country by train, bus or ferry in a bid to stem the flow of migrants.

SPORT

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Cian O'Connor and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) have not been successful in their bid to overturn the results of the FEI European Jumping Championships in Germany.

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald used yesterday’s Munster SHL game to call for more protection for his forward, Shane O’Donnell, saying the Éire Óg clubman is “absolutely killed” when he gets possession.

BUSINESS

It’s over 60 years since the Dutch accepted the challenges that flooding brought. It’s time our Government did likewise, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.  

Ireland is considered the birthplace of aircraft leasing and is recognised as the number one location globally in the sector.

ANALYSIS

The mysterious leaking of Labour's controversial draft election poster depicting a Fianna Fáil-Sinn Féin coalition as a just-married gay couple shows the fine line between landing a sneaky pre-vote punch and having it hit the thrower square in the face, writes political reporter Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

LIFESTYLE

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Has your career gone off track? Have you resolved to go up a gear in the workplace in 2016? Business coach, Barbara Nugent tells Jonathan de Burca Butler how tapping into your emotional intelligence pays off handsomely in the workplace.

VIDEO

This guy is one of the most dedicated Star Wars fans we've ever seen.

VIRAL

When the delivery company didn’t deliver, the Boston Globe staff took matters into their own hands. Readers of the newspaper in Massachusetts received a very special delivery on Sunday as the newspaper's reporters and even the Sunday editor went door to door to deliver the edition.

An Australian kid has became a bit of an online celebrity over the weekend after footage of him eating a watermelon whole like an apple, rind and all, went viral.

SHOWBIZ

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Lorraine Keane has said she was “incredibly naive” when she was working in TV3 and admitted  she felt “let down” by her old mates.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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The first episode of new RTE drama Rebellion has aired and it seems the whole country enjoyed it immensely. From loving the female characters to enjoying the costumes, here’s the best tweets about the show.


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