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IRELAND

The family of Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas who died in a search operation have remembered her as an inspirational hero.  Thousands of relatives, friends and staff from the emergency services paid respects to Caitriona Lucas at her funeral at St Brigid's Church, Liscannor, Co Clare. In a moving reflection at the end of the mass  her husband Bernard read a poem  he had been given the night before as thousands first paid respects.

Dermot O'Leary, general secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU), has blamed political leaders and transport chiefs for not negotiating with bus drivers on what he described as a long overdue pay rise.

A trucker has told how he was minutes away from losing his life  as he watched his leg turn black before his eyes because of flesh eating bugs.

The Government wants to make our education system the best in Europe within a decade.  The ambitious goal is part of the new Action Plan for Education, published today, but Ministers have failed to provide any details of cost for the plan, or any additional funding.

Gerry Adams has said he has decided when he will step down as party leader  and his departure will be part of a 10-year plan for Sinn Féin, writes Elaine Loughlin of the Irish Examiner.

Vhi have announced a price rise for its customers  that will take effect from November 1, 2016.

Gardaí have released a photograph of a suspected stolen car car  that rammed a patrol car and a woman's car this morning in Co Meath.

WORLD

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A mother and grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by an American pitbull in England have been jailed.  The dog, named Bruiser, picked up Molly Mae Wotherspoon by her head and launched a “sustained attack” at her home in Daventry on October 3, 2014.

Donald Trump has revealed his weight on US television, admitting it makes him overweight for his height.  The Republican presidential candidate said in a phone interview with Fox and Friends that he is 6ft 3ins and 236 pounds (16.8 stone), giving him a body mass index falling into the "overweight" range.

SPORT

Fans who travelled to France to support the boys in green at the Euros - take a bow.  UEFA has announced that it intends to honour Republic of Ireland fans for their 'outstanding contribution' to the European Championships.

The Irish are having a successful day in the pool in Rio, with two swimmers booking places  in tonight's finals.

BUSINESS

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has defended her finding  that Ireland granted illegal state aid to Apple.

Consumer spending may not be as robust  as once thought even as employment continues to grow, economists have warned.

LIFESTYLE

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Eczema affects one in five children and one in 12 adults. It is a life-altering and expensive condition,  writes Helen O’Callaghan

ANALYSIS

There will be some fallout but the publication of the C&AG’s report into Nama’s disposal of assets  in Northern Ireland could have come at a much worse time for the Finance Minster — two years ago he would have been finished, writes Michael Clifford

VIDEO

A good balance of work and play is key to doing well at exams, according to two of the top achievers  in Junior Certificate 2016.

VIRAL

Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland star, Phillip Mulryne, is now embarking on a very different way of life and is just one year away from becoming a Catholic priest  n the Dominican Order. The midfielder made 27 appearances for Northern Ireland, scoring three goals, and played five times in the United first team.

Being the king or queen of capitals was an honour of some standing in the classroom, placing you in such esteemed company as the best spelling and times table students. See if you retained  all that knowledge through the years and give this Playbuzz quiz a go.

TECHNOW

GAMINGSkateboard company, The Berrics, is the latest to get  behind the push  to get EA to create a new Skate game with a topical campaign slogan.

MOVIES/TV: Netflix has a lot of top notch original programming but they can't all continue forever, with the news today that Bloodline has been cancelled.  from Screen Junkies.

TECH: Virtual Reality is here, and it's bringing your entertainment to life like never before.  The latest project is a collaboration between seminal band Queen and the powers of Google to create a 360 experience of the classic track Bohemian Rhapsody.

SHOWBIZ

The director of Bridget Jones’s Baby kept the father’s identity under wraps from the stars of the movie.  It has been revealed that co-stars Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey had no idea who fathered Bridget’s beloved child until cameras started rolling for the big reveal in the film.

12-year-old Grace VanderWaal captured the hearts of the internet earlier this year when her America’s Got Talent audition was watched over 12 million times.  Grace, her ukulele and her original song, I Don’t Know My Name impressed the judges so much that Howie Mandel granted her with his Golden Buzzer.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Being the king or queen of capitals was an honour of some standing in the classroom, placing you in such esteemed company as the best spelling and times table students. See if you retained  all that knowledge through the years and give this Playbuzz quiz a go.


Lifestyle

Leopard print midi dresses and sequins swirled beneath glossy goddess hair and golden headbands as the great and the good of Cork gathered for ieStyle Live.Leopard print and sequins to the fore at inaugural #IEStyleLive event

You have a long half-term break ahead of you all, and there’s only so much screen time anyone in the family can handle. Everyone is going to need a book-break at some point or another.We reviewed some of the best new books to keep kids entertained over half-term

Sexual politics, snideput-downs and family rivalries are fuelling the trouble brewing in a small Midlands town.Charlie Murphy and Pat Shortt star in new Irish film 'Dark lies the Island'

Robert Hume tells of the eccentric MP for Athboy, Co. Meath – born 300 years ago this month – who thought he was a teapot, and was afraid his spout might break off.A strange brew of a man: The MP for Meath who believed he was a teapot

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