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IRELAND

Farmers who have lost fodder due to the severe flooding are being urged to apply quickly to the Government's assistance fund. €2m has been set aside to help farmers replace lost feed for their animals in the coming days and weeks.

Talks aimed at averting a nurses strike next week are due to get underway immediately.

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy resorted to using “throwaway” mobile phones at the height of the Siteserv/IBRC saga after independent security experts warned that her and her colleagues’ phones may have been illegally tapped.

More than €250,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent on new velvet carpets for Leinster House after the improvements were “prioritised” over other services.

The new governor of the Central Bank has said controversial mortgage rules, which particularly affect first time buyers, will be reviewed this summer.

WORLD 

South Korea retaliated for North Korea’s nuclear test with broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rival’s border.

Wildfires blazing out of control in Western Australia state have destroyed around 95 homes in a single town and continue to threaten other communities.

31 people are reported to have starved to death in the Syrian town of Madaya in recent weeks.

An online petition has collected hundreds of thousands of signatures seeking a pardon for a pair of convicted killers, after a Netflix documentary series cast doubt on the legal process.

SPORT

Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston has made 10 changes to his starting team for this Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling League fixture away to Kerry.

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The sense of dread around a hushed Thomond Park had been palpable as Keith Earls lay prone on the turf, surrounded by attentive medics.

BUSINESS

Chinese stocks were volatile and other Asian markets rebounded a day after a plunge in Chinese prices rattled global markets. The Shanghai Composite Index was up 2.4% at 3,199.56 by late morning after swinging between gains and losses.

Yahoo is working on a plan to cut its workforce by at least 10% — and it could start the process as early as this month — Business Insider has reported, citing sources.

ANALYSIS

As leader of the Green Party, Eamon Ryan is looking to a general election campaign after five years on the sidelines, writes Alison O’Connor.

LIFESTYLE

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Yes, it’s that time of the year when we tell ourselves that with hard work, we will emerge as

the new Gigi Hadid. But first get shopping, says Paula Burns, as sportswear has never been

so fashionable.

VIDEO

With Zinedine Zidane taking over as manager of Real Madrid, it could spark some interesting transfer activity at the Spanish giants.

VIRAL

A young woman with a visual disability has spoken out after receiving abuse for using a disabled parking space - even though she had her permit clearly displayed.

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Is there any greater shame than having the leader of your country misspelled on international television in a game show?

TECHNOW

GAMING: Popcap Vancouver today announced that the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 multiplayer beta will bloom on January 14th.

MOVIES: What do you get when you take director Ben Wheatley (A Field in England, Sightseers) and couple him with the work of author J.G. Ballard (Crash, Super-Cannes)? Well the answer is filmed insanity called High Rise.

TECH: A pair of headphones worth almost €50,000 and a beer-brewing robot were among the new products displayed at the world’s biggest technology show.

SHOWBIZ

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They may be on a break right now but One Direction are still going in the world of Family Guy. Yes of our very own Niall Horan is set to appear on the famous show,with Peter and co.

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Royal Dutch Shell has told investors its purchase of BG can work even if oil prices average $50 a barrel for two years, its lowest estimate yet as it seeks to secure shareholder support for the $51bn (€46.6bn) deal amid plunging crude markets.


Lifestyle

Bryan Stevenson is the American civil rights lawyer who provided the inspiration for the newly-released film Just Mercy. Esther McCarthy spoke to him in IrelandReal-life lawyer Bryan Stevenson on inspiring Just Mercy

So I’ve booked my holidays. And before you ask, yes, I’m basing it around food and wine. I’ll report back in July, but I thought readers might be interested in my plan should you be thinking about a similar holiday.Wines to pick up on a trip to France

Esther N McCarthy is on a roll for the new year with sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes.Wish List: Sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes

They have absolutely nothing really to do with Jerusalem or indeed with any type of artichoke, so what exactly are these curious little tubers?Currabinny Cooks: Exploring the versatility of Jerusalem artichokes

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