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

IRELAND

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin’s Mary-Lou McDonald said it would be “absolutely unthinkable” to rise so early and not return until September.

Elsewhere, Sinn Fein has accused Fianna Fail of acting in coalition with Fine Gael by abstaining in a motion to scrap water charges.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said he is unhappy that Ulster Bank did not tell him that it was planning to sell distressed home loans. Meanwhile, management at the bank have today confirmed the loss of over 100 jobs in the Republic of Ireland.

Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan is to appear before the Policing Authority today where she is likely to be asked about the O'Higgins report.

Travellers are six times more likely to die by suicide than members of the general public, according to a study.

A homeless mother has fulfilled her dream after being accepted by the prestigious Trinity College — with hopes she can finally break out of the poverty gap.

WORLD 

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Union activists are burning tyres and blocking a major bridge on the northern French coast on a day of nationwide strikes and protests over labour reforms.

A Thai man is recovering after a bloody encounter with a 10-foot python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a toilet.

SPORT

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#EURO2016Just off the training pitch at Abbotstown, Stephen Quinn, one of those players who might or might not be going to France, was asked if he thinks he can read Martin O’Neill’s intentions.

Kellie Harrington has won her World championship semi-final in Astana and is now guaranteed at least a silver medal.

Conor McGregor has taunted boxer Floyd Mayweather on Instagram – in true Conor McGregor fashion.

BUSINESS

Department store chain Debenhams has named Amazon Fashion boss Sergio Bucher as its new chief executive.

Aer Lingus and Ryanair have cancelled a number of flights tomorrow due to industrial action by French air traffic controllers.

ANALYSIS

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Cormac O’Keeffe delves into the bloodbath raging on the streets of Dublin, a war where cartel bosses on the southside of the city and abroad, are ‘pulling the strings'.

We are no wiser today as to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s position on Maurice McCabe, but it’s enough to know she shared counsel with accused, says Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

You can take the boy out of Ireland, but it takes a while to take the booze out of the boy, writes Eoin Weldon

VIDEO

European football's showpiece event is an all-Spanish affair this season with Madrid's top two teams going toe-to-toe. BallTalk TV's Mike Sheehan, Steve Neville and Peter McNamara preview the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid

VIRAL

China’s top engineers have unveiled a futuristic-looking solution to the country’s traffic problems at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo.

We are a nation of many dialects, each one more wondrous than the next. But which one is the ultimate accent has now been decided in a new survey carried out by BIC.

TECHNOW

GAMING: No Man's Sky's release has reportedly been pushed back from its planned June release.

MOVIES: There's a Mirror's Edge TV series in the works, which will - as you'd expect - follow the adventures of Faith.

TECH: While we've seen prototypes, the first truly flexible smartphone will be released in China later this year.

SHOWBIZ

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Jennifer Aniston has announced her mother, television actress Nancy Dow, has died after a long illness.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Darragh Clinton scored eight points and Warren Casserly a goal to help Westmeath beat Kilkenny and book a semi-final meeting with Dublin or Wexford. Casserly proved his commitment to the cause with more than just the goal - he also put his body on the line.


Lifestyle

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

One of the genres that has seen exponential growth in the podcast world is the sleepcast. Open Spotify on your phone in the evening and a number of offerings are available, writes Eoghan O'SullivanThe Podcast Corner: podcasts that will put you to sleep

Cutting-edge animation was paired with the look of an old-fashioned family film for Call Of The Wild, writes Esther McCarthyCall of the Wild: CGI dogs have their day in new Disney adventure

A new exhibition recalls the late entertainer Thom McGinty, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.Remembering The Diceman: street performer and social activist

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