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

IRELAND

Prominent Independent TDs have said they cannot agree to support a minority Government led by Fine Gael - until they know the details of a deal between them and Fianna Fáil.

A notorious Limerick killer, who was this morning found "unresponsive" in his cell at Mountjoy Prison, following a suspected drugs overdose, had 73 bags of heroin in his cell at Limerick Prison nine years ago.

Planning permission has been granted for the new children's hospital on the site of St. James's Hospital in Dublin.

Up to €30m is to be spent this summer upgrading hundreds of schools. Acting Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has told 197 primary and secondary schools they can go ahead with holiday repairs.

Car manufacturers are being urged to install speed limiting systems as standard in all vehicles. The Road Safety Authority is hosting a conference today to assess the impact of speed on fatal collisions here.

100 jobs are being announced in county Louth today. Kellton Tech Solutions is setting up a new headquarters in Drogheda with the positions set to come on stream over the next five years.

WORLD

Twelve people have been arrested by authorities in Turkey over a suicide bomb attack in which 13 people were injured, the state-run news agency said.

An Islamic State fighter ordered a Moroccan-born man living in Italy to carry out attacks in Rome, according to Italian prosecutors.

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A High Court judge has given the go-ahead to phone-hacking damages claims against The Sun. News Group Newspapers (NGN), which has previously settled a large number of cases brought against the now-defunct News of the World, has always said there was no hacking activity at its sister tabloid.

SPORT

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Tommy Walsh has quit the Kerry football squad amid growing frustration at his lack of game time with the Kingdom it has been confirmed.

Retired police officer Rick Naylor, who has been criticised after saying officers who served in South Yorkshire in the 1980s "did a good job" despite the deaths of 96 fans at Hillsborough, was on duty at the stadium on the day of the disaster.

A Swedish football match descended into chaos last night after a player lost his temper with fans and threw a corner flag into the stands like a javelin.

 

BUSINESS

German car giant Volkswagen is to focus more on electric vehicles and services such as car-sharing as it seeks to put the diesel emissions scandal behind it.

A new shoe company has announced it is to create 28 new jobs in Ireland. The global footwear chain - The Athlete's Foot (TAF) - has announced plans to open four new shops in Ireland in the coming months.

Facebook saw active users and revenue rise as the social network reported positive financial results.

ANALYSIS

Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have had to row back on their positions on Irish Water and water charges and no one has an answer for those who have been paying their bills, writes Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe

LIFESTYLE

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A family member developing Alzheimer’s disease means big changes for all concerned. But there are organisations there to help.

VIRAL

A few weeks ago, we brought you a video of 4-year-old Oscar Donnelly who was showing off some serious Irish dancing skills at a competition. It looks like the buzz is catching on in high circles in the US as an NFL star has now taken up the past-time.

Last Friday night, Amy Steverson from Maryville, Tennessee got her hair done, did her makeup and put on the dress she had spent ages choosing. But when she arrived at the school she was told her outfit was "too revealing" and reportedly "told by a teacher repeatedly" that "us big girls gotta cover up".

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A dance group from Sligo have created a video incorporating their skills and the stunning scenery of Strandhill. Sean Nós ar an tSionann dance club created the video to celebrate International Dance Day which takes place on Friday, April 29.

 

TECHNOW

GAMING: Captain America Civil War is in cinemas tomorrow and the world is about to go crazy for Marvel yet again. It's Team Cap vs Team Iron Man and it seems Microsoft has come down on the side of Tony Stark.

MOVIES: The Fast & Furious franchise shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. There are already release dates for episodes nine and ten set for 2019 and 2021. But before all that, it's time to get Furious 8 in the can.

TECH: Tinder launched a pilot for a new feature, Tinder Social, in Australia this week. But this feature is drawing criticism over privacy.

SHOWBIZ

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We know we are far from our Eurovision glory days, but this year we’ve got a sneaky advantage. Irishman Aidan O’Connor co-wrote this year’s entry for the Czech Republic, so it’s kinda ours too, right?

First Dates Ireland is about to get seriously awkward tonight. The second episode of the hit series will air tonight on RTÉ2, but it looks like we're set to see some extremely awkward tension between two First Daters.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has insisted no refunds will be given to people who have paid their Irish Water bills — despite telling his party its deal with Fine Gael means charges will never return.


Lifestyle

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