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TOP STORY: PANAMA PAPERS

Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson has offered his resignation over allegations of offshore investments revealed in the Panama papers leak, an Icelandic broadcaster has reported.

Earlies today, Iceland's president refused a request from the prime minister to dissolve parliament and call a new election.

In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn has demanded an independent investigation into the tax affairs of those implicated in the Panama Papers data leak, including David Cameron's family.

David Cameron has said he has "no shares, no offshore trusts, no offshore funds," after questions were raised about his family's tax affairs following the Panama Papers data leak.

A branch of Anglo Irish Bank was repeatedly recommended by the law firm at the centre of the 'Panama Papers' leak.

Find all the latest on the Panama Papers HERE.

IRELAND

The Central Bank has been criticised by the State's spending watchdo for paying severance packages which ran up costs of more than half a million euro.

Fianna Fáil says it is committed to bringing forward laws that will see Irish Water scrapped, and water charges suspended. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin would not accept the outcome of its own Independent commission on Irish Water unless it rules in favour of scrapping charges.

Top government officials charged with tackling the flooding crisis did not meet for up to six years, a watchdog has revealed. 

About 650 jobs (300 in Ireland) are to be cut at the newly-formed bookmaking giant Paddy Power Betfair.

There has been a 22% increase in the number of people treated for syphilis. Health chiefs revealed there had been a significant rise in the disease over the course of last year and warned that the final number is likely to be higher when the files of more patients are reviewed in the coming months.

WORLD

A jobless man in England is facing life behind bars for bludgeoning to death a disabled pensioner with a claw hammer for the sake of his bank card.

Tennessee lawmakers have voted to make the Bible the state's official book.

SPORT

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Rory McIlroy is bidding to join an exclusive club of players who have won all four major titles by winning the Masters at Augusta National this week.

Yaya Toure could be leaving Manchester City in the summer after he was promised a new contract but nothing has materialised, according to his agent.

Former Cork star Mick Slocum fears the confidence of the county side will be dented by the manner of their relegation from Division 1 of the Allianz Football League.

BUSINESS

New figures released today show that €350m worth of development land has been sold in the Irish market in the first three months of the year.

The numbers of people out of work has fallen significantly in the past year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.

LIFESTYLE

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FIRST Holy Communions are on the horizon. Parents can feel under pressure to produce the day of days for their son or daughter so plan ahead to avoid struggling with the cost.

VIEWPOINTS

Independent TD Mattie McGrath explains why he took part in talks with Fine Gael and why the inability of the big parties to talk to each other is a stumbling point.

VIDEO

Irish Examiner sports editor Tony Leen poses the questions to sports journalist Denis Hurley and former European Tour golfer John McHenry as the panel discuss The Masters 2016.

VIRAL

All bridges lead to Galway's West End in a new video telling the story of the area and how the people have thrived in recent years.

Most of us spend an awful lot of the day looking at a keyboard.Whether it’s at work, at home on a laptop or even texting on a smartphone, we’re staring at a keyboard. But if you weren’t looking at one could you remember what letters and numbers went where?

TECHNOW

GAMING:PlayStation hasn't even whispered about the existence of God of War 4 but a major leak of concept art suggests that Kratos will be venturing into a very different world this time.

MOVIES: Warner Bros Animation has a new project on the boil, a feature film based on the character of Speedy Gonzalez.

TECH: HP has a plan to capture the market around the Apple MacBook , and their latest volley comes in the form of the Spectre 13.3.

SHOWBIZ

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Gwyneth Paltrow allows bees to sting her to improve her looks. The 43-year-old actress - who is no stranger to experimenting with different cosmetics - underwent the historic procedure called apitherapy, which saw her consent to being struck by the insect, in order to reduce the swelling in her face and improve blemishes.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

It is hoped that revised plans for a €180m road between Cork and Ringaskiddy will ease the fears of some residents’ associations who expressed major concerns with the initial blueprint when it was launched in October.


Lifestyle

Cooking in the MasterChef kitchen is just as scary as you’d imagine, writes Georgia Humphreys.Sweet 16 as Masterchef returns

Martin Hayes doesn’t like to stand still. The fiddle virtuoso from East Clare has made it a hallmark of his career to seek out creative ideas from beyond his musical tradition.Martin Hayes: Breaking new ground

Brian Hassett is from Blackrock in Cork, and has been involved in various aspects of music in multiple guises.A Question of Taste: Brian Hassett, Coughlan's Live

'Comics are not like regular books. They spark the intellect to expand the story and the message.'Drawn to reading: Using comics and illustrated stories to promote literacy in children

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