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

IRELAND

A prominent member of the Fine Gael party has defended Enda Kenny's deal with Fianna Fáil to form a Government. Regina Doherty said the compromise they had reached to suspend water bills for at least nine months did not show that Fine Gael was willing to take power at any price.

The issue of housing is to be discussed by negotiating teams from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil when they meet later, with the next Government being encouraged to put all available resources into housing.

A man whose body was found in St Stephen's Green on Monday was reportedly homeless. 98FM reports the man's body was discovered on Monday morning at about 9.30am, but that the details of the discovery are only now emerging.

The weather looks set to improve for the long weekend, but it is still not time to hit the beach. Tonight is thought to be chilly with temperature dipping to 1-3C as well as some westerly winds.

Some 1.2 million electricity customers will see their bills fall for 6% this summer, after Electric Ireland announced the cut today.

Ten new cases of HIV are diagnosed every day in this country. Figures from HIV Ireland show new cases have increased by 35% since 2011.

WORLD

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Crowds of protesters took to the streets in California as Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to conservative Orange County.

Eurovision bosses are on high alert over fresh fears of a terrorist attack in Stockholm. According to the Daily Star, eight ISIS jihadists have arrived in Stockholm, with one believed to have links to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Same-sex couples in Colombia will be able to marry after a ruling from the country’s highest court. Colombia joins only a handful of nations in Latin America allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, including Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

SPORT

Dele Alli will not play for Tottenham again this season after the Football Association handed him a three-match ban for violent conduct.

There are some red faces around Montrose today, after a major error on RTÉ’s Six One news last night left viewers outraged. During their sports coverage they included a feature on Kerry hurling - celebrating the increasing popularity of the small ball sport in the footballing stronghold.

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There’s a certain degree of irony in Colm Galvin’s support of Chelsea. Appreciating how he performs regularly for Davy Fitzgerald’s side, the Clonlara man has all the hallmarks of Claude Makélélé in his pomp at Stamford Bridge – dynamic, combative and energetic.

 

BUSINESS

Amazon is handing junior staff hefty pay packets worth more than £90,000, as the tech sector narrows the salary gap on the banking industry, research has found.

Using your mobile phone within the EU will become a whole lot cheaper from Saturday. Getting back from holiday only to discover a monumental phone bill should soon be a thing of the past with a new cap set to make mobile roaming charges 75% cheaper, the European Commission has said.

ANALYSIS

If you were to believe the body politic, Irish Water is the most evil thing since Hitler and the SS. All the parties, especially Fianna Fáil, which introduced water charges in 2010, have sold out their principles for populism, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

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A founder actress  of the Abbey Theatre, Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh spent Easter 1916 in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory with Tom MCDonagh, writes her grandnephew Dave Kenny

VIRAL

You may have noticed that #OneForIreland has been trending for most of the day - well there is a very good reason for that and it is for an incredibly good cause.

Residents in Mayo last night may have been a little confused last night when they looked outside their windows to see that it was snowing.

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The Movember Foundation have teamed up with the GAA to encourage young men to 'get to know your nuts' a little better this April for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Call of Duty Twitter account may have just confirmed that a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is on the way.

MOVIES: A new Tomb Raider film series has been on the boil for awhile now, with the aim being to follow the format of recent games by going back to a time before Ms Lara Croft was getting all up in those tombs.

TECH: HTC will be manufacturing both of the Nexus handsets for Google this year. A benchmark test result gives us some added insight into these devices.

SHOWBIZ

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So at this stage anybody who’s anybody in the showbiz world is on Snapchat, showing us a ‘backstage’ view of their daily lives. Although today followers of Usher got a little more than they bargained for.

The second episode of First Dates Ireland aired last night on RTÉ2, and as usual is provided us with plenty of entertainment. Of course, one of the best parts of First Dates is keeping up with other viewers commentary, so we’ve gathered some of the best tweets about episode two.

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Five years ago, former Offaly and Westmeath footballer PJ Ward suffered an attack that ended his football career, cost him his livelihood, broke his body and filled him with panic and despair. Tomorrow, when he steps on stage at a bodybuilding event in Kilkenny, he will know that a long, emotional journey to recovery has been completed. He spoke to Jackie Cahill


Lifestyle

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