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

IRELAND

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says that they are committed to helping toform a government  that can last.

Three Portuguese fishermen were plucked to safety from stormy seas in a dramatic rescue  on the Cork coast last night.

House prices have stabilised in Dublin but continue to grow strongly in cities like Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford  according to property website Daft.ie.

Women need to play a much more important and inclusive  role in the Church,  the first synod in Ireland in 50 years has been told.

Cork City Council is expected to discuss legal advice tonight after a challenge to the filling of a vacant seat.  Two weeks ago, the Labour Party challenged the co-option following the Dáil success of former Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Mick Barry to represent Cork North Central.

Garda work injury rates, including from assaults, are The 10 times higher  than that of the average worker, official figures show.

WORLD

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Only 18 refugees and migrants have entered Greece by sea over the past 24 hours,  a week after a European Union deal to deport new arrivals back to Turkey came into effect.

Dubai's top religious authorities say that stealing wi-fi from your neighbour would not be proper Islamic conduct.  That is according to a religious edict - known as a fatwa - from Dubai's Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

SPORT

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England's Danny Willett claimed a remarkable victory at Augusta National  on a dramatic Sunday night as he was crowned Masters champion at Jordan Spieth's expense.

A Brazilian MMA fighter is in a very serious condition in hospital after being beaten in the National Stadium by Irish fighter Charlie Ward. Joao Carvalho fought Ward at welterweight as part of the Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) event on Saturday night.

BUSINESS

The total value of Irish beef exports to the US was only €6m  during the first quarter of this year.

Kyran Fitzgerald tracks the rise and rise of a trillion-dollar global industry designed to avoid taxes,  protect the wealth, and much worse.

LIFESTYLE

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New research reveals that humans can choose what they remember,  writes Ailin Quinlan

VIEWPOINTS

One-upmanship has defined wealth creation and its distribution in this country. It’s time the State, the super-rich, and public sector elites paid for a fairer Ireland,  writes Eddie Hobbs

VIDEO

An early morning video of the yacht Cellisto which was battered against the shoreline overnight  at Whitepoint in Cobh. Video by Dan Linehan

VIRAL

Birthdays when you’re living overseas can be a bit tough as you’re missing your friends and family. So we’re sure that Corkman Dave O’Callaghan  appreciated this surprise visit on his 30th birthday from his best friend, Noel Whelan.

Special Olympics Ireland are to have a National Collection Day on Friday, April 22.To launch their annual fundraiser  , the sport charity, in conjunction with long-standing sponsor eir, has released a video of Limerick volunteer Brian O’Callaghan, who became involved with Special Olympics after the birth of his son, Padraig.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The latest Gears of War 4 trailer sees the past and present collide.  We get to see familiar faces – Marcus Fenix and Anya – as they play with JD, the new protagonist for Gears 4. But alongside this happy-go-lucky image are shots of present-day JD running from a dangerous new threat, a threat that has hit close to home.

MOVIES: Suicide Squad is set to bring a new perspective on the superhero movie by giving us a glimpse of the really, really bad guys  Suicide Squad couldn't come at a better time.

TECH: We've seen videos of drones causing issues for random people trying to enjoy their day out and animals in the wild, but now they're invading homes!  David Perel was working at his desk in South Africa when a drone came crashing through his window and smacked him in the head. The drone was recording at the time, so he snagged the SD card and uploaded the clip to YouTube.

SHOWBIZ

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Tom Jones ’ wife, Melinda Woodward has died after “a short but fierce battle with cancer”.  The tragic news was announced on Jones’ Facebook page just one week after the singer cancelled his entire Asian leg of his tour.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

One-upmanship has defined wealth creation and its distribution in this country. It’s time the State, the super-rich, and public sector elites paid for a fairer Ireland,  writes Eddie Hobbs


Lifestyle

The reality TV star was a polarising character demonised by the very machine that helped create her and we all played a part in her fall from grace, writes Lindsay WoodsThe Jade Goody effect: Her lasting legacy is an increase in cervical screenings

Everyone knows there’s no chance of the Government reaching its target that such cars should make up 10% of all vehicles.Progress at snail’s pace

‘Grey’s Elegy’ does in verse what cow painters do in oils. ‘The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea ... And leaves the world to darkness and to me.’Monomaniacs herald the ruin of English nation

Kedge Island is unpopulated but is home to a myriad of seabirds.Islands of Ireland: Living on the Kedge

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