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

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... The Tánaiste Joan Burton says local radio debates can be very trying for candidates. It comes after Minister Ann Phelan stormed out of a debate with KCLR yesterday evening.

LATEST... Fianna Fáil have proposed a referendum to prevent future governments raiding pension funds in a time of economic crisis.

LATEST... One of the last opinion polls before this Friday's election shows no change for Fine Gael at 30% - 10 points ahead of Fianna Fáil.

ANALYSIS... Taoiseach Enda Kenny is writing to members in 14 make-or-break constituencies urging them to support weaker candidates in a last-ditch bid to save the party’s faltering election campaign.

SOCIAL... Here's how #GE16 played out on Twitter on Monday.

Visit our #GE16 SECTION for the latest General Election news, views and social content.

IRELAND 

Twelve homes are being searched by detectives in Dublin investigating the murder of David Byrne.

The High Court has dismissed Michael Lowry’s attempt to stop his trial for alleged tax offences from going ahead.

A well-known former public house in Cork City was gutted by fire last night in a blaze that led to significant traffic diversions in the area.

More than 20,000 children are on hospital waiting lists, with some waiting more than two years for an MRI scan.

Cork County Council will provide 1,217 new local authority homes by the end of 2017, according to its chief executive.

WORLD 

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This is the heartbreaking picture of seven-year-old Mason Timmins who died just moments later of meningitis — a little under 24 hours after falling ill.

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who was diagnosed with Ebola more than one year ago, has been admitted to hospital for the third time since contracting the disease, NHS officials have said.

SPORT

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For many viewers the highlight of last night’s FA Cup match was spotting the Dutch manager accidentally poke himself in the face with a pencil.

Cork camogie players affected by the regrading controversy are exploring various legal avenues in a bid to overturn the decision of the Camogie Association.

BUSINESS

Two landlords have received criminal convictions and more than €7,000 in fines for failing to register their rental properties.

Plans for a €4m JD Wetherspoon pub and hotel in the Camden St area of Dublin are facing opposition from local residents, with one objector declaring “enough is enough”.

VIEWPOINTS

Rather than the figure of 10% long bandied about, a UN report puts a more accurate figure of close to 3% on the amount of heroin seized by gardaí here, writes Cormac O’Keeffe

LIFESTYLE

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If you want to throw away your hard earned cash, it’s pretty easy to waste money in the supermarket. However, with a bit of cop on, you can eat like a king on a peasant’s wage, writes Ciara McDonnell

VIDEO

Two years ago, sheep farmer Joe Kelly became an unlikely internet sensation at the age of 76. Now he’s going ‘viral’ again, but this time as a work of art.

VIRAL

Producer Dr Luke has defended himself in a string of 22 tweets addressing the recent sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by Tik Tok singer Kesha.

Since today is #NationalToastDay, here are 9 brilliant toast creations bound to make you salivate (and laugh).

TECHNOW

GAMING: Xbox One owners who pre-order the new Doom will get Doom 1 and Doom 2 for free.

MOVIES: Get ready for a trip through the annals of Hollywood history. To prepare you for the Oscars, Burger Fiction has put together a compilation reel of every movie that’s been acknowledged for their visual effects.

TECH: Sony Mobile has just announced a new suite of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, bid welcome to the X range.

SHOWBIZ

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Irish actor Johnny Murphy has passed away, according to reports. The star was best known for his role as trumpet player Joey “The Lips” Fagan in The Commitments

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

If you were watching Des Bishop’s election special on RTÉ 2 last night, you will have seen this brief but spot on appearance by the Rubberbandit’s BlindBoy Boatclub.


Lifestyle

A host of Irish and international writers will read on Leeside, writes Marjorie Brennan.The eight must-sees of Cork Short Story festival

He has helped numerous couples blossom on their big day and florist and wedding specialist Peter Tora had no shortage ofexperience in planning his own nuptial celebration with Brendan O’Sullivan, writes Eve Kelliher.Wedding of the week: Love blossoms for florist Peter and his groom Brendan

The demands of daily life do not cease upon diagnosis of cancer, says social worker Denis Spillane, who works with cancer patients of the Mercy University Hospital, and says financial worries add to their stress.Making Cents: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

In January of 1994, RTÉ reporter Tommie Gorman was given a diagnosis that would change his life.Examine Yourself: Getting cancer made sense of everything for Tommie Gorman

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