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IRELAND

Convicted drug dealer John Gilligan has claimed before the Supreme Court he did not receive a proper trial when his assets were frozen by the State in 1996.

A former resident from Kincora Boys' Home has described being stripped naked and sexually assaulted on his first day  at the Belfast facility.

A Catholic priest has been cleared by a jury of historical allegations that he sexually abused nine girls  and one boy.

Three people, including two children, have been taken to hospital after being struck by lightning in the North.  The Ambulance Service said it was called to an incident in Lisburn, Co Antrim this afternoon.

The Government will this week face pressure to set up a taskforce to examine the soaring costs of motor insurance  as consumers continue to be hit with huge hikes in their premiums.

The State has come under fire from two UN experts over the increased number of homeless people in Cork City  and their lack of access to water and sanitation.

The partner of the late right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming says he helped dozens of seriously and terminally ill people  plan their deaths with loved ones who risk jail for assisting them.

Twenty years after the killing of Det Jerry McCabe, the survivor of the IRA attack Det Ben O’Sullivan says he has learnt to live with it,  writes Mid-West Correspondent Jimmy Woulfe

WORLD

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The Syrian president has vowed to "liberate"  every inch of the country in the same way his troops recaptured the historic town of Palmyra from Islamic State earlier his year.

Police in Turkey have detained four people in connection with a car bomb attack in Istanbul  that killed 11 people, according to the state-run news agency.

SPORT

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have signed new contracts through to the end of the 2018 World Cup.

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Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have reached a settlement with ex-team doctor Eva Carneiro  over her claims that she was constructively dismissed by the club, and victimised by its former manager.

Ireland's CJ Stander and his South African-born team-mates will bring their passion to bear in a green jersey over the forthcoming Test series  and in a bid to show their former compatriots what they are missing, believes Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby, writes Simon Lewis, Irish Examiner Rugby Correspondent.

Check out all the latest news, views and banter in our dedicated http://www.irishexaminer.com/euro2016">Euro 2016 section

BUSINESS

Three businessmen have made settlements of more than €1m with tax inspectors  The largest sum detailed in the latest Defaulters List was paid out by Michael Murphy, a company director from Highfield Road in Rathgar, Dublin, after he was investigated over offshore assets.

GDP for the opening quarter of 2016 showed the eurozone economy expanded solidly  — up both from the previous quarter and on an annual basis.

ANALYSIS

Tom Curran and his partner Marie Fleming unsuccessfully campaigned to allow him assist her to die.  He tells Caroline O’Doherty why he is now risking jail by disclosing that in fact he did assist her to die in 2013

LIFESTYLE

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Patrick Leigh Fermor died five years ago this month, aged 96, and though he claimed to be part Irish, he was a man of the world, who walked from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in his teens, and who later became a great travel writer  , says Michael Duggan

VIDEO

Most octogenarians would have their feet up with a nice cup of tea in hand, but not husband and wife, Joe and Kay O’Regan,  who held hands as they crossed the finish line of Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.

VIRAL

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Tomorrow is the big day for students across the country as they sit down for the beginning of the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams.  It's a tense time of high concentration and everyone needs to shake it off with a little bit of a laugh every now and then.  Well, that's exactly what the teachers at St. Leo's College in Carlow have done for their students. In a wonderful gesture, they shot a secret video of them dancing, acting and miming to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' and showed it at an assembly ahead of the exams to aid students with positive mental health.

The Leaving Cert starts tomorrow with English Paper 1 (also known as the One You Can’t Study For).  And if you’re hard at the books, take a break for some comic relief from the Fupin Eegits.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Nintendo eShop is five years old, so it's having a whopper of a sale.  The eShop is where you make all of your digital purchases for Nintendo games, apps and other things which only exist as ones and zeroes. From the 9th to the 23rd of January 2016 there will be a huge number of titles on 3DS and Wii U on sale, at up to half price.

MOVIES: The latest trailer for Ghostbusters is an international one and introduces us to the new-look team  as well as the threat that they face.

TECH: It's certain that at least two new iPhones will release this year,  likely called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

SHOWBIZ

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Looking for something to get you through that mid Vweek slump tomorrow?  Well, (if you’re in Dublin) look no further - Riverdance are giving a free performance outside the Gaiety Theatre at midday.

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Tomorrow is the big day for students across the country as they sit down for the beginning of the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams.  It's a tense time of high concentration and everyone needs to shake it off with a little bit of a laugh every now and then.  Well, that's exactly what the teachers at St. Leo's College in Carlow have done for their students. In a wonderful gesture, they shot a secret video of them dancing, acting and miming to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' and showed it at an assembly ahead of the exams to aid students with positive mental health.


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