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

IRELAND

Five billion euro is needed over the next seven years to repair the country's roads, according to the Transport Minister Shane Ross.

One of the country's newest Senators has rubbished claims of cronyism linked to his appointment to the Seanad.

Relations between Fine Gael and Independent ministers are said to be “severely strained” just three weeks into the new Government.

Scammers are targeting unsuspecting email users by claiming they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine up to €500.

Almost 30m people flew in and out of Ireland's main airports last year - the largest number since the record in 2008.

A Kilkenny family has collected €500,000 from the National Lottery offices in Dublin after they hit the Lotto Plus jackpot on Saturday, May 11.

WORLD 

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A seven-year-old boy is missing in a forest in northern Japan after his parents reportedly made him get out of the car as punishment.

All flights from Cologne-Bonn Airport have been stopped after a man reportedly managed to evade security, according to reports in German media.

A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group targeting commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday have killed at least 24 people.

The shooting of a gorilla at a zoo in Cincinnati after a boy fell into the enclosure has sparked a backlash. A special response team at Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed a male gorilla called Harambe who grabbed the four-year-old after he fell 12ft into the exhibit moat.

SPORT

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#Euro2016: All eyes will be on James McCarthy when, if all goes according to plan, the Everton midfielder joins the rest of the Irish squad for training at Turner’s Cross today.

Outspoken GAA pundit Joe Brolly didn’t even wait for the full-time result yesterday before lambasting Kieran McGeeney and the work he is doing with the Armagh footballers.

The Irish rugby team have new sponsors on board - Vodafone - and new sponsor means new jerseysIrish Rugby and Vodafone unveiled the new jersey this morning - promoting it using the tagline #TeamOfUs.

Meanwhile, Donal Lenihan writes that with a title on the line and an opportunity to make history, this group of Connacht players not only stood up to be counted when it mattered most, but proved superior to their more established counterparts in all aspects of play with the exception of the scrum.

BUSINESS

Wholesale gas prices were 37% lower in May compared with the same month last year, according to Vayu Energy's newly-published wholesale Energy Market Report.

Almost half of small business owners here say a Brexit would have disastrous consequences for Ireland, according to a new survey.

ANALYSIS

1968’s ‘Humane Vitae’ has done massive harm to the Catholic Church and has been largely ignored by many,writes TP O’Mahony

LIFESTYLE

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Fat Chance is Louise McSharry’s tale of her troubled upbringing and life-affirming acceptance, writes Sue Leonard

VIDEO

Jose Mourinho has returned to the Premier League with Man United and will be tasked with bringing the Red Devils back to their former glory. But is it the right move?

VIRAL

We’re not sure what this driver was trying to attempt but, safe to say, they didn’t pull it off. Naomilee Limbrick posted a video to her Facebook of dashcam footage that captures a frightening near miss between two trucks and a car that suddenly swerves in front of them on a road near Victoria, Australia.

Redditor downtowncrownfrown gave his 13-year-old a card for his birthday and to mark the day, he included a poem with a sweet message and a classic dad joke.

TECHNOW 

GAMING: Microsoft is expected to announce some virtual reality plans at E3 this summer, and there’s already at least one VR game in the works.

MOVIES: The Predator was originally scheduled for release in March, 2018, but has been given a new release date, which could appeal to those looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day movie. The Predator’s new release date is February 9, 2018.

TECH: While Apple is yet to announce anything about the launch of its upcoming products, rumours are circulating that the Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 7 will be released simultaneously.

SHOWBIZ

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Top Gear returned to television with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc at the helm but failed to reach the viewing figures of the last series with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Relations between Fine Gael and Independent ministers are said to be “severely strained” just three weeks into the new Government.


Lifestyle

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