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

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... Tributes are being paid to a Fianna Fáil Councillor who died while campaigning for his party in County Limerick.

LATEST... Labour have launched their plan for education, promising to reduce class sizes to record lows.

LATEST... The Union of Students in Ireland is hoping to visit 16 college campuses ahead of the General Election as part of its new 'Make A Smart Vote' campaign.

ANALYSIS... A flood relief candidate hopes to be Cork South West’s very first female TD, says Catherine Shanahan

SOCIAL... Last night saw seven of the country’s political leaders come together at the University of Limerick to debate the issues and generally have a bit of a go at each other.

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IRELAND 

Newly released figures reveal thousands of women have to rely on domestic violence services every year.

The company which operates the Luas system in Dublin says it is very disappointed that further strike action has been announced, including on St Patricks Day.

Several members of a Cork City-based gang believed to be responsible for a spate of car thefts across the city in recent months have been arrested.

A man who was found dead in a field a day after he was reported missing at the weekend may have died from exposure.

There have been more than 200 jobs announced for Dublin and Co. Tipperary in two separate jobs announcements.

WORLD 

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Russian officials have rebuffed claims that warplanes from the country struck a hospital in northern Syria.

Online pornography sites could face fines of up to £250,000 in the UK unless they take action to prevent under-18s viewing explicit material, under British Government proposals.

SPORT

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The Longford club that had a €2,000 fine slapped on them for allowing the Jamie Carragher soccer school take place on their grounds last August may have it paid for them.

Leinster’s Hayden Triggs is no household name, but the veteran Kiwi lock gave an interview yesterday that should grab everyone’s attention when admitting he is “scared” by the spike in concussions and other injuries in modern rugby.

BUSINESS

SuperValu has retained its place as the number one retailer in the country despite strong growth from its two nearest rivals.

Now a new web app enables you to connect your Twitter account to it and set out of office replies for when you want to be responsive, but can’t at that moment for whatever reason.

VIEWPOINTS

I still believe that the present government, despite making some choices I fundamentally disagree with, did a good job in the last five years, writes Fergus Finlay.

LIFESTYLE

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Thrilled to be engaged to the love of her life but definitely missing the bride gene, Vicki Notaro has had to overcome the ick factor to plan the wedding that she never dreamed about.

VIDEO

This week we checked out the petrol and diesel prices at Mallow, Ballyhea and Charleville in Cork.

VIRAL

From Botox to bum lifts, modern beauty regimes may seem extreme to many, but going the extra mile in the name of beauty is nothing new amongst women folk.

This video shows the moment a kangaroo dodged a collision with a car in the middle of the Australian Outback.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It takes around 13 hours to complete DOOM's campaign mode, according to the official Twitter account for the game.

MOVIES: Idris Elba is a fantastic actor with brilliant screen presence but he rarely gets to shine as the main character in a film. That's about to change in Bastille Day.

TECH: A sea lion called Milo at the Aquarium of the Pacific in California has become an internet celebrity after using a GoPro attached to a selfie stick to give people a look at underwater life.

SHOWBIZ

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Music fans have been left disappointed after it was announced Slane Castle won’t hold any concerts this year.

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Assisted reproduction is an “evolutionary experiment” that could prove as big a health disaster as junk food, a scientist has warned.


Lifestyle

Audrey's been sorting out Cork people for ages.Ask Audrey: C’mere, what’s the story with Chris O’Dowd thinking he’s better than Cork people

So, I put a link to a short story up for my students the other day. The story was by Michael Morpurgo and I was delighted to find an online copy. It can be challenging when you are relying on non-paper texts to teach.Secret diary of an Irish teacher: I love physical books and always will

Celebrated actress Siobhán McSweeney may have found fame starring in a TV series set at the other end of the country, but Cork is never far from her thoughts, writes Ciara McDonnellHome is where the art is for Derry Girls actress

There are literally hundreds of free events on offer this evening for kids and adults on Culture Night. Marjorie Brennan selects the best of them, in Cork and beyondCulture Night: Get out and make the most of it

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