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Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

IRELAND

The expected vote for Taoiseach in the Dáil tomorrow looks likely to be postponed,  senior sources have suggested, writes Irish Examiner Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

Traveller families in Cork City have to shower at a local swimming pool, share one portable toilet,  and have no piped water or electricity as the council refuses to recognise the site where they live.

A farmer broke down as he tried to explain the emotional effects of seeing his 1,000 cattle sold off.  Peter Kingston, 51, from Nohoval, Co Cork, cried as he listened to an auctioneer calling for bids on the herd being sold off after ACC Loan Management secured a €2.45m judgment against him.

The funeral of former Chief Scout of Ireland Michael John Shinnick has taken place in Glanworth, Co Cork today, writes Audrey Ellard Walsh.  Mourners from across Cork and Ireland attended the service given his long dedication to scouting in Ireland.

SIPTU has said that it will consider any proposal from interested stakeholders to try to resolve the  Luas pay dispute.  All workers were placed on protective notice by Transdev yesterday in a protracted dispute over pay.

A father forced his young son to have sex with his mother before showing a video tape of it to others,   it has been alleged.

Property prices in west Clare appear to have returned to 1970s levels  — with a three-bedroom house on the market for €10,000.

WORLD

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Islamic State's online magazine, Dabiq, is praising the attackers who killed 32 in Brussels last month,  and hailing two brothers who were suicide bombers in the attack as key actors in November's bloodbath in Paris as well.

Spanish police have arrested a Frenchman they believe supplied the arms to Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly  for use in the January 2015 attacks in the city.

SPORT

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Katie Taylor has won her quarter-final at the European Olympic Qualifiers in Turkey  and is now just one fight from confirming her place in Rio.

Barcelona head to Atletico Madrid for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tonight   aiming to show their campaign is still on track for domestic and European success.

Slaven Bilic is hoping Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney does not make  his long-awaited comeback   against West Ham tonight after labelling the striker the best England player of his era.

BUSINESS

Ireland is among one of the least taxed countries in the developed world,  according to authoritative world rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Irish mortgage holders are continuing to pay higher-than-average  interest rates on new home loans despite recent reductions, new research from the Central Bank shows.

LIFESTYLE

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Quitting Facebook after six years proved to Eoin Weldon that there’s more to life than fake ‘friends’  and collecting ‘likes

VIEWPOINTS

Those up the ranks know they shafted new colleagues all the better to preserve their own entitlements,  writes Gerard Howlin.

VIDEO

The funeral of former Chief Scout of Ireland Michael John Shinnick has taken place in Glanworth, Co Cork today, writes Audrey Ellard Walsh Mourners from across Cork and Ireland attended the service given his long dedication to scouting in Ireland.

VIRAL

It was seven years in the making, but this has every claim to be the best joke ever made on Twitter.  Both posts have been retweeted 35,000 times – and you have to sit back and admire this guy’s patience and delivery. They were his first and second posts on the social networking site.

Siri, the virtual assistant that lives inside your iPhone, claims to have most of the answers you could ever want to know. Now very keen Game of Thrones fans  are turning to the all-knowing voice in search of answers over the on-going mystery surrounding the death of show favourite Jon Snow at the end of season five.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Gears of War 4 is coming out later in 2016 and we've got a taste of the action in almost 15 minutes of leaked footage.  The video shows off the multiplayer side of the game, and comes from the levels and modes contained in the beta version of Gears of War 4. Player will get the chance to try out the action for themselves in the beta from the 18th of April 2016.

MOVIES: If you think you've got a bit of a caveman look about you, then this might be your time to shine.  A major new US TV pilot is set to shoot in Ireland in the coming month, and it has the potential to be as big as Game of Thrones or Vikings.

TECH: Facebook's F8 conference is happening right now, which means plenty of new annoucements of products and features.  Two of the biggest are the introduction of chatbots and the arrival of a 360 degree camera.

SHOWBIZ

Miriam O’Callaghan has admitted she wishes she had gone wild at college.  The TV star was a well behaved student during her days studying law at UCD but looking back she wishes she had cut loose more.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A farmer broke down as he tried to explain the emotional effects of seeing his 1,000 cattle sold off.  Peter Kingston, 51, from Nohoval, Co Cork, cried as he listened to an auctioneer calling for bids on the herd being sold off after ACC Loan Management secured a €2.45m judgment against him.


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