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IRELAND 

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has led tributes to PJ Mara, the former Fianna Fáil spin-doctor turned businessman, who passed away this morning. Mr Mara, who was most famous for his central role in former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey’s controversial time as leader of the country, went on be Ahern’s Director of Elections in 1997, 2002 and 2007.

Met Éireann is predicting temperatures will drop as low as -5 tonight, but that we won't see any more snow. The North-West was the worst affected in the last 24 hours with heavy snowfalls in areas including Cavan and Donegal.

Secondary school teachers will hold a one-day strike before the General Election. The action comes after members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland voted 89% in favour of industrial action over issues of pay and security of employment for young teachers.

Disabled people in a care home had to use their own money to buy bedroom furniture and extra snacks and drinks for a special diet, inspectors have revealed.

A woman has admitted making bogus bomb threats to Áras an Úachtaráin, Leinster House and the offices of various TDs.

Wonderful Life singer Black (real name Colin Vearncombe) is in a medically-induced coma in hospital after a car accident in Co Cork.

His new Xbox and Brennan’s bread topped the priority list of double-lung transplant patient Arron O’Leary on his first day home following a double lung transplant in England.

WORLD

Tim Peake said it was “a privilege” as he became the first official British astronaut to walk in space after leaving the International Space Station (ISS) to repair a broken power unit.

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A rare January hurricane in the Atlantic is closing in on the Azores, with authorities in the Portuguese islands warning of waves up to 60ft high, wind gusts up to 100mph and torrential rain.

SPORT

The French Rugby Federation has warned Irish fans thinking of travelling to Paris for Six Nations games to expect heavy security. After November's terrorist attacks there will be strict security checks around the Stade de France.

Ireland forward Shane Long is being linked with possible moves to both Liverpool and Spurs. According to reports, Liverpool Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster his attack and the 28-year-old fits the description of what he wants. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is also reportedly interested in signing Long.

Ronan O'Gara writes in his column that he wants to see more from Munster. "I have to see anger this week. I have to. Otherwise what we know and love, what we have identified with, what Munster almost trademarked, is no more."

BUSINESS

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A judge in London has made rulings on how sections of an international pharmaceuticals giant which began life as an apothecary shop in Germany nearly 350 years ago should coexist in the internet age.

The amount of cars and vehicles imported into Ireland was up by 46% in November 2015 when compared with the same time the year before.

ANALYSIS

Fantasies involving rape, paedophilia, and misogynistic violence — the website hosting photographs stolen from the Facebook profiles of young Irish women is not just a porn site, but a forum where anonymous users share pictures and swap fictitious descriptions of the vile acts they would carry out on the women depicted.

LIFESTYLE

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Whether saving for a house or repaying debt, Ciara McDonnell finds that there is an app to help you on your way

VIDEO

Should Anthony Foley stay as head coach at Munster or will the arrival of Andy Farrell help steady the ship? Balltalk's Peter McNamara (@PeterMcNamara_ ), Steve Neville (@SteveNeville_) and Neville O'Donoghue (@bewarmers) discuss.

VIRAL

A new video captures some truly spectacular views from above and below some of Ireland's national treasures and tourist havens and will make you fall in love with our fair island.

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Paula Williams and her family must have almost given up hope after their puppy, Kase, had been missing for a whole month. But after getting the puppy back owner Paula decided to surprise her son with his beloved dog last week. Her poor boy can’t fight back the tears of joy after being reunited with Kase and his reaction has captured the hearts of the internet after Paula posted the video online - with the clip being viewed more than 3.7m times.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Quantic Dream founder David Cage said that the legendary David Bowie had "an incredible aura" when he first entered the room at their first meeting to discuss Bowie's potential involvement in Omikron: The Nomad Soul.

MOVIES: The son of Apollo Creed tries to make his own name in the shadow of his father. We review the film Creed.

TECH: A new app called Stolen which was designed to let you trade user profiles on Twitter has been removed after complaints were made

SHOWBIZ

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Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has vowed to help Jedward beat the bullies after the twins revealed a group of thugs harassed them on a Ryanair flight.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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Ronan O'Gara writes in his column that he wants to see more from Munster. "I have to see anger this week. I have to. Otherwise what we know and love, what we have identified with, what Munster almost trademarked, is no more."


Lifestyle

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