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

IRELAND

Fianna Fáil may be prepared to agree a written government deal and support three Fine Gael budgets in exchange for the suspension of water charges until the next general election.

A video has emerged showing the ring of fire that threatened the ancient oak woodlands of Tomies Mountain at the western most edge of the Killarney National Park.

Pay cuts imposed during the recession on clerical workers in the public sector will be addressed today at a conference in the INEC, in Killarney.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of British people applying for Irish passports because of fears of a Brexit. As the Dáil debated the potential crisis, the government has developed a strategy to deal with a British exit from the EU.

WORLD

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“Tell the cat to chill.” That was reportedly the phrase used by Prince when he was told Irish music promoter Denis Desmond was becoming anxious about whether the music megastar’s concert at Croke Park was going to go ahead in the summer of 2008.

A UK woman has been left blind in one eye after she and her partner intervened to help a man who was being attacked.

SPORT

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Conor McGregor fans are in no doubt that the villain of the piece is Dana White – and they’re letting him know about it with every tweet he sends.

Éamonn Fitzmaurice was referring to Stephen Cluxton’s radar kickouts, but he might have been subconsciously alluding to Kerry’s inexplicable no-show in last year’s All-Ireland final.

BUSINESS

Sky reported rising customer attrition rates across Europe as the broadcaster curtailed discounts in the UK and Ireland and lost viewers in Italy after failing to secure the rights to Champions League soccer.

Barack Obama has urged Britain to stay in the EU, saying that the world needs the UK's influence within Europe. The US president, who has arrived in Britain for talks with David Cameron and lunch with the Queen, said membership of the European Union magnified the UK's status on the global stage.

ANALYSIS

Is it an oasis, or a mirage? After 55 days lost in the post-election political desert, with seemingly no hope of rescue, for a brief period yesterday, TDs, senators and their handlers believed that at long last a government-forming deal is imminent.

LIFESTYLE

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Belarussians Anna and Alexi consider themselves lucky to have been adopted by Irish couples after the 1986 nuclear accident, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

VIDEO

Almost 40 years after his death, Steve McQueen remains the definition of cool. Within minutes of meeting his son Chad you realise that more than a little of his Dad rubbed off on him.

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VIRAL

This video shows a son giving his ’old man’ an awful fright every single day.

One short video of a Georgia teacher learning of Prince's death seemed to sum up how everyone was feeling.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Nicolas Hamilton is a 24 year old Briton and racing car driver who competes in the British Touring Car Championship. He also suffers from cerebral palsy, and races with a specially-adapted car.

MOVIES: The Game never ends, and so it goes with HBO and Game of Thrones.

TECH: Sony’s upcoming Xperia M Ultra is being rumoured to feature a dual-camera system.

SHOWBIZ

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Katie Hopkins is back and she’s at it again, but this time she's got us involved. The controversial columnist sat down with Irish TV presenter Angela Scanlon in an interview for her series, Close Encounters.

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Belarussians Anna and Alexi consider themselves lucky to have been adopted by Irish couples after the 1986 nuclear accident, says Jonathan deBurca Butler


Lifestyle

AS Joaquin Phoenix rose to the podium to collect his Academy Award for Best Actor, ears were peeled as the actor made his speech about inequality and our disconnect with the natural world.Paul McLauchlan: Leading men lead the way on Oscars red carpet

The new season blood oranges have arrived, they’ve been trickling into the shops ever since Christmas — such joy. I long for their delightful fresh taste after the rich food of the festive season.Darina Allen: Blood Oranges have a delightfully fresh taste after the rich food of winter

She’s the Cork singer dubbed the next Kate Bush, shortlisted by Universal, the world’s biggest record label, as their artist to watch in 2020. This will be the year of Lyra, writes Ed PowerLyra: Meet the new Kate Bush - and she's from Cork

For relationships to endure, we need to be loving not just on Valentine’s Day but all year round, a Buddhist teacher tells Marjorie BrennanOpen hearts: The Buddhist approach to love and loving

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