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TOP STORY - ORLANDO MASSACRE

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has described the Orlando murders as an"attack" on both LGBT people and humanity itself,  writes Elaine Loughlin of the Irish Examiner.

Christine Leinonen had been searching for information about her son, Christopher, who was at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,  Florida, when she was interviewed by ABC News.

Tributes have been to the at least 50 victims of the mass shooting.

Get all the latest news on the Orlando Massacre HERE.

 

IRELAND

Dean Fitzpatrick’s father has said he feels his son’s killer should have been given a longer sentence  and said he would never accept his apology.

Minister Leo Varadkar has said that Irish politicians will have no choice but to meet with Donald Trump  if he gets elected as US President.

The Education Minister has announced an Action Plan for disadvantaged schools  which will be published before the end of the year.

Last Monday, Adare, Co Limerick, remembered Jerry McCabe on the 20th anniversary of the IRA attack which claimed his life near the village post office. Yesterday, his own people and hundreds of others  gathered in Ballylongford, Co Kerry, where he was brought up to pay their tribute.

A mother who miraculously survived after being burned in a barbecue accident has raised over €200,000  for the National Burns Unit, where she received life-saving treatment.

WORLD

In a short segment before the latest edition of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the British host took time to speak about the events in Orlando that saw 50 people murdered while partying in a night club. Oliver implored his audience not to give any attention to Omar Mateen,  the since killed man responsible for the murder of 50 souls, but instead the people trying to do good in the aftermath – using the example of Orlando residents queuing around the block to donate blood for the injured.

A pro-Brexit campaign has sparked a furious reaction over a post on social media drawing links between the killing of at least 50 people in a US nightclub  and the EU referendum debate.

SPORT

The wait is over and the time has come ... and we don't want you to miss a trick on, or off, the pitch.  In today's blog we will be summarising the main developments in Paris and sharing some of the reaction and highlights as they emerge on social media.

RTÉ’s coverage of Ireland first game against Sweden is dividing opinion.   The national broadcaster aired a promo by MMA star Conor McGregor in the build-up to the game. Check it out here if you missed it.

Gerard Pique struck a late winner as defending champions Spain opened their Euro 2016 campaign  with a narrow victory over the Czech Republic.

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

BUSINESS

Former Tesco boss Terry Leahy has urged the British people to vote to stay in the European Union, reiterating his warning that food prices will rise as a result of Brexit.

The establishment of a State Housing Bank could help address the country’s chronic shortage of new homes and help address the housing and homelessness crises, according to builders and developers.

LIFESTYLE

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Fatherhood can improve your health, wealth, and happiness, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

ANALYSIS

Leaks, mould, and damp are evidenced in numerous rental properties, but councils are far from overrun by complaints about landlords, writes Caroline O’Doherty

VIDEO

Will Martin O'Neill go for a tried and tested 4-4-2 diamond or will a different formation be used against Sweden?

VIRAL

Over a year ago, Niall Brady from Newry decided to set himself a challenge. Once a day, he would try to throw a spoon behind him and try to land it in a mug. He posted a clip of each attempt on Snapchat and compiled some of them into this almost five minute video.

A thrill-seeking skateboarder takes to the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. This clip shows the skater performing jumps and tricks along the high walls with a picturesque but rather steep drop in the background.

TECHNOW

GAMING: EA is taking full advantage of the fact that it holds the rights to make Star Wars games. At EA Play, it teased some of its upcoming projects as well as the new content coming to Star Wars Battlefront, Galaxy of Heroes, and The Old Republic.

MOVIES: The Conjuring 2 is in cinemas this week, and it's going to be a tough one to beat after the success of the original back in 2013. Still some brave souls are giving it a go, including Gods of Egypt and Tale of Tales.

TECH: There are rumours that Apple is to overhaul its colour palette for the upcoming iPhone 7. Apparently, Space Gray is to be ditched in favour of a blue shade.

SHOWBIZ

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Vogue Williams has slammed Enda Kenny and revealed that she’s Pro Choice. The TV star hit out at Enda Kenny after he spoke recently about repealing the Eighth Amendment, which is a constitutional ban on abortion that was brought into effect after a referendum in 1983.

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Things got a bit heated during his show at Dublin’s Vicar Street.  It was all going well until the crowd seemed to get so flustered that they forgot the words to his hit ‘Hot in Here’.


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