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

IRELAND

The American wife of Limerick man Jason Corbett and her father are to plead not guilty to charges against them. 31-year-old Molly Martens and 65-year-old Thomas Martens have each been charged with second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

A new body is to be set up to co-ordinate the response to future flooding along the River Shannon.

The unemployment rate last month was 8.8%, the lowest it has been for seven years.

The INMO has said the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick is totally unsafe, with nurses in despair.

Evangelical Protestant preacher Pastor James McConnell, has been found not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks during a sermon in which he described Islam as “heathen”, “satanic”

WORLD

Police in the US have found a three-year-old girl who was reported missing after a thief stole her mother's car while she was still inside.

Ministers will be free to campaign on either side of the referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the EU, Downing Street sources said,

SPORT

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Chris Gayle has apologised to journalist Mel McLaughlin after asking her out for a drink during a live television interview, but said his comments have been blown “out of proportion”.

Stoke’s preparation should have told them everything they needed to know about how to beat Liverpool but just in case Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has spelled it out for them.

BUSINESS

There has been a small rise in the number of people using public transport. 6% more commuters took the Luas in 2015, while 5% more got the train.

Lower energy costs have kept a lid on inflation across the 19-country eurozone economy in the year to December. Official figures show that consumer price inflation held steady at 0.2% for the second month running.

ANALYSIS

Tobin Harshaw looks at three books that examine the conditions to led to the rise of IS, its ‘business plan’, and how its most important innovation is the manner in which it flaunts its cruelty

LIFESTYLE

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Christmas is supposed to be all about family, but the fall-out from the festive season catapults many couples into crisis. January is peak season for relationship counsellors and legal mediators. Áilín Quinlan looks at what’s going behind closed doors

VIDEO

Cork County Council has already spent just shy of €5.1m on road clean-up and repair since December 19 with a lot more expenditure on crumbling roads expected in the coming weeks.

VIRAL

A 14-second unexpected singalong to Natasha Bedingfield’s unappreciated classic, ’Unwritten’ with unbroken eye contact and a piercing falsetto. Some are calling it already - is this the best viral video of 2016?

This clip of a raccoon – experiencing something no raccoon ever should – might just be the saddest short film ever created.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Speedrunners are capable of amazing things; the most recent accomplishment is finishing the main story of Fallout 3 in under 15 minutes.

MOVIES: House of Cards was the first attention grabbing series from Netflix and it's also become one of their best, mostly thanks to Kevin Spacey's charasmatic and devious performance as Frank Underwood. Now as the presidential election heats up in the US, we know who everyone would really like to vote for.

TECH: It's CES week, which means its time to see a lot of new and emerging technology that's set to be shown off during the event in Las Vegas.

SHOWBIZ

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RTÉ’s new 1916 drama Rebellion has got off to a smashing start in the ratings. An average of 619,000 people tuned in for the first episode on Sunday night, with the show taking over the original Love/Hate time slot.

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Cork City Council has been accused of giving the GAA “the freedom to do what they choose” after the developers of the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh demolished existing stands that were to be retained, according to the planning permission conditions granted to the project.


Lifestyle

A calm chat with your child and listing the pros and cons can help you decide, Lisa Salmon discovers.Should I let my daughter get her ears pierced?

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