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IRELAND

Peru drugs mule Michaella McCollum has been released from prison, her solicitor has confirmed. McCollum, from Co Tyrone, and Melissa Reid, from Scotland, were imprisoned in 2013 for six years and eight months after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5m from Peru to Spain.

The search for the next director general of RTÉ may stop with the Rebel county if media reports are to be believed. Dee Forbes, originally from Drimoleague in west Cork, is currently head of the Discovery Channel in Europe, but reports state she is next to sit on the throne of RTÉ as director general.

Around 12,000 Tesco workers are to be ballot for industrial action next Tuesday. The Mandate union said that the company refused to accept a Labour Court recommendation on wage increases and is attempting to force significant pay cuts on staff.

The President of UCC has today defended the selection process used to create a shortlist of candidates for 10 professorial roles in its business school.

The role of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) is being expanded, it was announced today. Approved Housing Bodies will be brought under its remit, meaning that tenants and landlords of housing association properties will also be able to access the services of the board.

WORLD

A suspected gas blast in the heart of Paris has caused streets to be evacuated, and damaged at least one building. Five people have reportedly been injured.

North Korea has fired a short-range missile into the sea and tried to jam GPS navigation signals in South Korea, officials in Seoul said.

A US mother who was reported missing with her children for three days has been found dead in her car - with the three youngsters still alive beside her.

SPORT

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is facing an anxious wait as he prepares to name his squad for the Euro 2016 finals with all five of his strikers currently injured.

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Head coach Leo Cullen has made nine changes and two positional changes to the starting XV as Leinster welcome Munster to the Aviva Stadium.

BUSINESS

Years of restricted access to credit have squeezed twentysomethings out of the housing market to such a degree they now account for fewer than 5% of mortgage holders, according to new research.

Sterling weakened for a second day against the euro, eroding further the gains for Irish firms exporting into Britain, as data showed the UK’s current-account deficit widened in the fourth quarter more than economists forecast to the most on record as a percentage of the country’s GDP.

LIFESTYLE

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A combination of soccer card collectable and strategy game, Attax is great fun for smallies, writes Ruth O’Connor, and it also offers a head start in terms of numeracy and getting along with others

VIEWPOINTS

Thousands have been paid out to ministers who failed to get re-elected, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

VIDEO

Who have been the biggest disappointments this season? Balltalk's Neville O'Donoghue, Steve Neville and Robert McNamara discuss.

VIRAL

Eye-opening documentary ’I Am Immigrant’ definitely struck a chord with the nation last night as the Twittersphere heated up with strong opinions from all sides.

Twenty five-year-old Darren Martin can forget about the Christmas shopping this year as he has already given his father the best present he could ever receive, and it wasn’t even his birthday. Young Darren has turned down a university place in Austria where he could pursue a Masters in German so he could donate one of his kidneys to his father Liam who was suffering from kidney failure.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Dark Souls III is the latest game in the series that's going to kill you over and over for sport and entertainment and it's out on the 12th of April 2016. But this piece of hard hitting entertainment is also coming to VHS in b-movie form.

MOVIES: Reshoots, they're a curious thing. The latest film to go back for more is upcoming comic book adaptation of Suicide Squad.

TECH: Nintendo’s Miitomo has hit 3 million users just a day after being released worldwide.

SHOWBIZ

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We are aware that it is extremely hard not to share a grá for Taylor Swift but if you did have any doubts, this will change your mind. The ‘Shake it Off’ singer tweeted this video demonstrating the dangers of rapping and running on a treadmill, and it’s just comedy gold.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

April 1 has come and brought out the best and worst of people on the internet. Rather than over-flowing your news feeds with pranks from around the world we found some of the best and worst on the internet. Take a look down through our selections.


Lifestyle

A sommelier shares her top tips.The dos and don’ts of serving wine – you just might have been doing it all wrong

We know New York real estate is expensive, but this is getting out of hand…You can now stay in an enormous sandcastle on a New York beach

JB Dubois is Head Chef at GIY’s GROW HQ in Waterford City and his wife, Shona Dubois, is the Head of Operations with the organisation.‘We’re showing them how to do their best for the world’

Often I have been out with friends and their kids and they joke that Joan is going to be a politician. I’ve always been impressed by Joan’s ability to pick up pals wherever she goes. She started this when she was very young, and every time we went to a park or a playground she would make a new BFF.Mum's the Word: 'I love how my child can make new friends in a matter of minutes'

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