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

IRELAND

A passer-by who went to the assistance of people who are thought to have taken  2C-B in Cork  has described arriving at the scene. The HSE has issued a warning about contaminated  ‘party pills’  as a teenager fights for his life after taking what is believed to be a potent designer street drug at a party in Cork City.

A trade union economist has highlight the huge income gap between the country’s highest and lowest earners after an Oxfam study found the world’s richest 1%  now has as much wealth as the rest of the planet put together.

1,245 new jobs have been announced at four separate companies this morning.  Some 800 positions are being created at Nua Healthcare over the next three years.

A report into the death of a baby at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise has found "significant failings"  in the care provided to him and his mother.

Over a third of Irish adults who are currently experiencing three or more symptoms of lung cancer are  unconcerned about getting diagnosed,  according to new research by the Irish Cancer Society.

A young woman who recently lost her 55-year-old father to lung cancer is  urging smokers to quit.  Natasha O’Leary, 20, from Ballyphehane in Cork, made the heartfelt plea on Cork’s Red FM as she detailed her father Geoff’s last day and the support he received from Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.

WORLD

The oldest son of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was arrested in a  domestic violence case  in which his girlfriend was afraid he would shoot himself with an AR-15 assault rifle.

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Physicist Stephen Hawking says that mankind could be wiped out by our own creations within the next 100 years.  Answering audience questions at this year’s BBC Reith Lectures, Prof Hawking said that our rush to understand and improve life through science and technology could be humanity’s undoing.

SPORT

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Warren Gatland has started his mind games ahead of the 2016 Six Nations by installing  Joe Schmidt’s Irish side  as firm favourites to become the first team to win three titles in a row.

The problem with being a market leader for so long is that expectation levels are always set at ceiling height. Munster have been a good news story for European rugby  ever since that shattering defeat to Northampton in the 2000 Heineken Cup final, writes Donal Lenihan.

 

BUSINESS

The International Monetary Fund has warned that Ireland must maintain fiscal discipline.  It has finished its fourth post program monitoring following Ireland's exit from the EU/IMF Bailout programme in December 2013.

Sterling fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 2009 but was little changed against the euro at almost 76.5 pence after Bank of England governor Mark Carney  yesterday signalled a boost to UK interest rates is still some way off.

ANALYSIS

This election campaign will be no coronation for Enda Kenny,  writes Gerard Howlin.

LIFESTYLE

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Anxiety can paralyse you but it can be overcome with a change in outlook,  writes Suzanne Harrington.

VIDEO

Several safety recommendations have been issued following an investigation into the  rapid sinking of an Irish trawler  off Scotland. Five men on board the 25m Galway-registered Iúda Naofa trawler were saved as the vessel capsized and sank within 40 seconds off the Butt of Lewis, northern Scotland, on January 20, 2015.

VIRAL

Overhauling your diet for something more nutritious doesn’t necessarily mean you have to frequent pricey health food shops or spend all your hard earned cash on chai seed pudding, avocado and raw cacao. Here are some cheap but extremely  good-for-you foods to give your January detox a boost.

The land of Kiwis may well be the most beautiful, adventure-filled country in the world.  But which island is worth spending more time in?

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation 4 owners are in for a treat if they browse the PlayStation Store’s offerings today.  While there has been a sale running for a while now, even more titles have been added.

MOVIES: There's a new Zoolander movie on the way quite soon, so it's time to track down the man himself  for a lot of questions

TECH: Guess what the most commonly used password in 2015 was? 123456...  Yes really, there are people out there still using this most basic string of easily accessible numbers as a way to 'safeguard' some of their most precious information online.

SHOWBIZ

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan will be sentenced next month for head-butting and spitting  on a police officer following an alleged air rage incident, a court has heard.

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A passer-by who went to the assistance of people who are thought to have taken  2C-B in Cork  has described arriving at the scene.


Lifestyle

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