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

IRELAND

The boom-time Fianna Fáil-led government had at least three opportunities to prevent or reduce the economic crash in the seven years before it happened. Michael Clifford writes that what the banking inquiry really exposed was that there was no ‘gotcha’ moment, just a long period of bad politics, negligible regulation, and reckless trading.

Find all the latest news and analysis on the Banking Inquiry HERE.

There is more stormy weather on the way. Met Eireann has issued two alerts, one orange and one yellow, for strong winds, as we are hit by Storm Gertrude tonight.

All non-urgent elective surgeries have again been cancelled at Cork University Hospital because of overcrowding. The hospital is also urging people to stay away from its emergency department, if possible.

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has said it is appalling that the Taoiseach is even considering doing business with Michael Lowry.

A body set up to look at the garda fixed charge processing system is reporting "substantial compliance" by gardaí with the revised penalty points policy.

Members of the Public Accounts Committee will try to get to the bottom of where the Eircode system went wrong today. Representatives from the Department of Communications will be asked to explain why the post code system is leaving some people confused despite a €38m investment to make it user friendly.

The sister of the teenager who died after taking a lethal designer drug said his death should serve as a warning to others. Alex Ryan’s older sister, Nicole, yesterday told the mourners at his funeral Mass in Co Cork how she and her mother, Irena, watched him fight for his life in Cork University Hospital after he took psychoactive stimulant, N-Bomb, at a house party in Cork City last Tuesday.

Several unfinished houses in what has dubbed ‘the worst ghost estate in the country’ are to be demolished after a financial institution agreed to pay for the work.

WORLD 

At least 11 people, most of them children, have died after a refugee boat sank off an eastern Greek island, the country’s coast guard said.

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Meanwhile, Sweden could deport between 60,000 and 80,000 asylum-seekers in coming years, according to the country’s interior minister.

SPORT

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt believes the reigning double champions may have to settle for a mid-table RBS 6 Nations finish. Schmidt’s men can become the first side to win three successive Six Nations titles this year – but the Ireland head coach insists a “top-half finish” would represent a good return.

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Novak Djokovic produced tennis Roger Federer would have been proud of in his prime as the world number one outclassed the Swiss master again to reach his sixth Australian Open final.

Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan believes the All-Ireland SFC is in “dire need” of a revamp, calling for a condensed summer schedule.

BUSINESS

New rules that would ban countries offering sweetheart tax deals to multinationals would not work against Ireland’s interests according to the man in charge of drawing up the proposals, Pierre Moscovici.

The banking inquiry report has been described as "worse than useless" by a US expert who also said it gets "all the key things wrong".

ANALYSIS

The Oireachtas banking inquiry has produced its final report. And what a colossal waste of paper it is, writes Daniel McConnell. After months of chaos, internal wrangling and redrafts, the report’s failures, limitations and flaws were finally laid bare.

LIFESTYLE

Eva Orsmond’s Sugar Crash documentary on RTÉ woke up hundreds of thousands of people to the dangers of our excessive sugar consumption. But it’s not just our physical health that suffers. It’s also our mood and mental health, says Olivia Kelleher

VIDEO

An Austrian woman had been visiting India and was trying to take a selfie with the Junagadh Fort when she slipped and fell 30 feet into a well.

VIRAL

This is the seemingly crazy video where a physicist pulls a gun on himself – just to prove a scientific point. What’s the catch? Trigger-pulling scientist Andreas Wahl is actually underwater, as is the gun, and it doesn’t end in bloodshed or injury, because science.

This year everyone in Ireland is commemorating the events of 1916. But what do the young people of Ireland in 2016 know about the Easter Rising?

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation Plus players get free games every month, and there's a real classic in the mix this time around.

MOVIES: Irish films are going down a storm at Sundance 2016 and Rebecca Daly's Mammal is the latest to receive huge acclaim

TECH: Now you can just pop online and order a OnePlus X without having to worry about the silly invite nonsense from OnePlus

SHOWBIZ

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Zayn Malik shocked 1D fans when he quit the world’s biggest boyband last spring, and he has now revealed the reasons behind his long-standing unhappiness.

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Making A Murderer lawyer Dean Strang has said he’s had worse interviews in the US than his awkward interview with Ray D’Arcy.


Lifestyle

Wesley O’ Regan is the General Manager of Popscene in Voodoo Rooms, Cork city. Popscene opened last November and is Cork’s only themed bar that is dedicated to celebrating the best of the 80s and 90s. https://www.facebook.com/PopsceneCork/You've Been Served: Wesley O'Regan, Popscene

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