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IRELAND

Labour has insisted a controversial advert depicting Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil leaders Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as a just-married gay couple was never meant to run, after widespread criticism of the draft election poster.

The possible relocation of flooded families is not a priority for government, the Minister for Agriculture has said. Speaking during a visit in Clonlara, South East Clare, where families have been evacuated following the winter storms, Minister Simon Coveney said it was “far too early” to start relocations.

President Michael D Higgins is visiting flood-hit communities in south Galway and Enniscorthy, Co Wexford today.

The Taoiseach is expected to seek Cabinet approval tomorrow for a move which would see the Ceann Comhairle elected by secret ballot in the next Dáil.

The latest house price figures show that prices increased in 2015 by 8.5%. The national average asking price in the final quarter of 2015 was €204,000, according to Daft.ie, compared to €188,000 a year ago, and €164,000 at its lowest point in early 2013.

The Cork man who hit the headlines 17 years ago after being rushed to England for a heart and lung transplant, with his old heart then being implanted into a woman there, has died.

WORLD 

The bodies of two small children and a man believed to be their father have been retrieved from a car that Australian police believe was driven off a wharf deliberately. The estate car sank in deep waters in Port Lincoln and quickly sank in 100 feet of water.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he plans to build artificial intelligence to help him out around the house.

SPORT

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An old bogeyman — though still pretty fresh-faced up close — Shane O’Donnell re-enacted Croke Park in September 2013, grabbing the crucial goal that won this Munster Senior Hurling League game.

Chelsea’s attacking contingent must stabilise the Blues’ season by learning to love the Premier League’s “dirty work”, according to boss Guus Hiddink.

BUSINESS

Ireland is considered the birthplace of aircraft leasing and is recognised as the number one location globally in the sector.

Trading on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets has been suspended for the day, after shares plunged by about 7%.

ANALYSIS

These seven high-profile cases from 2015 show that the HSE has a long way to go in translating policy into practice, writes Catherine Shanahan

LIFESTYLE

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Kelly O’Brien is tired of not sticking to her new year’s resolutions. So this year she’s committed to a challenge in March that will incorporate three of her goals for 2016.

VIDEO

Communities caught in floods will be hit with fresh headaches this week as they attempt to return to work, school and colleges after the Christmas break.

VIRAL

Monkeys can be pretty adorable. Cats can be pretty adorable. Now here’s what you get when you dress a cat up as a monkey – oh, and film it snacking on a banana too.

You might have a 2016 calendar featuring scenic views, or perhaps cute animals. Hey, maybe you even have a One Direction one (no judgment). But we bet you don’t have something quite like this hanging on your wall…

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation Plus members will soon get their hands on another slew of free games. Sony announced the titles that will be free to download on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita from January 5th.

MOVIES: Die Hard gets the Honest Trailers treatment and it revealed to be the best Christmas movie ever made - which we already knew

TECH: Microsoft has released an app, Microsoft Selfie, that will help you produce better looking selfies.

SHOWBIZ

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Sad news for Irish Star Wars fans who were expecting to see Luke Skywalker back in Kerry this year for filming of Episode VIII, as new information suggests that we may have seen the last of the Jedi Knight on our shores for now. 

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Arsenal may be two points clear at the top of the table and focusing on winning a first title in 12 years but even Arsene Wenger is struggling to answer the question on everyone’s lips: Is this the worst Premier League ever — or the best?


Lifestyle

IT IS movie award season and Irish designers and their luxury creations were the stars of the silver screen this week.From red carpet to luxe rugs: Ireland's designers get movie-star treatment

Falsies don’t have to be fiddly, says Katie Wright.5 common myths about false lashes

Hiring professional designers to guide you through a home revamp can get you what you want, which doesn’t necessarily have to be what TV home improvement shows tell us, writes Carol O’Callaghan.What a professional interior designer can do for you when planning a home revamp

Kya deLongchamps turns the spotlight on countertop stars to look out for in the last throes of the January sales.Counter culture: Some star kitchen appliance buys

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