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

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... The Coalition parties are at odds on how they will tackle the country’s debt. The Labour Party want to focus on paying down the national debt, while Fine Gael are prioritising investment instead of debt repayment.

LATEST... Gerry Adams has claimed the Taoiseach believes the Irish people "are stupid".

LATEST... Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out a deal with any independent TDs in order to secure power. Singling out Michael Lowry, Mr Kenny said his aim was to return the outgoing coalition.

ANALYSIS... It is often said that when you are explaining, you’re losing. Fine Gael and Michael Noonan were having to do an awful lot of explaining yesterday on his “fiscal space” plans.

ANALYSIS... It didn’t take all this talk of “rainy day funds” for things to get gloomy as the Taoiseach kicked off his campaign tour of the country.

SOCIAL... Here is what happens when Snapchat meets the General Election. The results are haunting.

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IRELAND 

UCD are investigating allegations that a group of male students have shared explicit images in a private online chat group.

The Irish Association of Social Workers is calling for a minimum 30% increase in the number of social workers.

WORLD 

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The UK government is facing fresh pressure to resolve the case of Julian Assange after a United Nations working group confirmed that the WikiLeaks founder is being “arbitrarily detained” in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

A couple who “unwittingly” helped the murderer of Becky Watts by hiding her remains in their garden shed have been jailed.

SPORT

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The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) announced today that the Republic of Ireland men’s senior team will set up a pre-EURO 2016 training camp at the Fota Island Resort.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry is in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona.

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky may have played his final game for the club after suffering a thigh injury which is expected to keep him out for three months.

BUSINESS

Japanese car giant Honda is to recall 5.7m cars worldwide in the latest round of recalls involving Takata Corp air bag inflators which can explode and hurl shrapnel into the vehicle..

Two of Dublin’s leading bar and restaurant groups are to merge to form a near €50m revenue-generating business with control of many of the capital’s leading hospitality venues.

VIEWPOINTS

It’s a boon for Republican and populist candidates like the Iowa winner and his rival, Donald Trump, that they are disliked by a press of which many people are wary, says John Lloyd

LIFESTYLE

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Is your marriage so devoid of spark that you wonder why you are still together? Does your partner irritate you a lot ? If so, says Georgina O’Halloran, you may be in a zombie marriage.

VIDEO

Ireland will be missing some heavyweight frontliners but that does not mean their pack are about to get bullied by Wales when their RBS 6 Nations title defence begins in Dublin on Sunday.

VIRAL

There is something to be said for pre-recording shows but if that was the case here, we wouldn't have seen this reporter's hillarious reaction to an 'emergency defecation situation'.

As children (and adults) the soundtracks and songs from Disney movies were almost guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye, and this video has reduced us to a blubbering mess at our desks.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Far Cry Primal has unleashed a live action trailer which shows off how the modern fighter will have to adjust to pre history. 

MOVIES: Olympus Has Fallen was a surprise box office hit back in 2012, despite being a mess of a film with some of the worst CG ever to appear in a theatrically released feature. Regardless, the sequel London Had Fallen is almost ready to arrive in cinemas.

TECH: Playing hide-and-seek with kids is always an entertaining activity.These parents strapped a GoPro to their toddler to get a peek at his thought process. 

SHOWBIZ

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It has been reported Bruce Springsteen will only be allowed to play two gigs in Croke Park – as rumours swirl that Beyonce will take to the venue also this summer.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney’s businessman brother has publicly questioned how so many people have been “left behind” in what he described as the “unprecedented economic recovery” of recent years.


Lifestyle

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