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Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet representatives of the insurance industry today to discuss cover for flood-prone homes and businesses. Mr Kenny said people living in towns where flood defences exist must be given flood insurance.

Irish tributes have poured in to David Bowie — a true music icon.  After a career spanning over half a century, the man who made classic albums such as Station to Station, Hunky Dory, Low, andThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, to name but a few, died aged 69 after battling cancer for the past 18 months.

Recent flooding and subsequent damage could have been lessened in Co Cork if a government recruitment embargo  had not resulted in a lack of ‘on-the-ground council staff’ being deployed during Storm Frank.

Gardaí are appealing for information after two truck drivers died in a  Monaghan crash.  The men lost their lives in an early morning collision on the N2 between Carrickmacross and Castleblayney yesterday.

An inquest into the death of a peer and leading  Irish industrialist  and three other men who died in a helicopter crash is due to open.


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Former Titanic co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were reunited  at the Golden Globes  and both were honoured with big prizes.

A pioneering chameleon of performance imagery, [url=]David Bowies straddled the worlds of hedonistic rock, fashion, and drama for five decades, pushing the boundaries of music and his own sanity to produce some of the most innovative songs of his generation.


Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for an unprecedented fifth time  as the Barcelona forward reclaimed the biggest individual accolade in world football at a lavish ceremony in Zurich last night, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the three-time winner he has been runner-up behind for the last two years.

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The funeral of Christy O’Connor Jnr, one of the biggest stars of Irish golf, takes place in his home town today.


The average salary will go up by 10% this year according to a new report.

Returning emigrants could provide a much-needed regional jobs boost  as new research suggests a continuing division in the pace of recovery across the country.


David Bowie was my hero. I can’t even believe I’m writing that in the past tense. When Lemmy died days after his 70th birthday, there was an international upsurge of affection, a sense of wonder that he lasted as long as he did;with Bowie’s death, days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album, Blackstar, his gorgeous parting gift to us, there is only a sense of shock. Of heart-breaking loss.


If you're looking for ways to earn extra money in 2016 it is worth considering renting a room in your house.  With accommodation becoming more costly all the time, especially near urban and college centres, a spare room in your home could become a valuable source of income.


Traders in Midleton are due to meet tomorrow night as people in the flood-hit town continue the clean-up after Storm Frank.


David Bowie has taken on many forms, from the androgynous dresser to disco dancer to juxtaposing jazzer. He influenced many but had many influence him in style, concepts and sounds, writes Stephen Dorney.


GAMING: The Division’s multiplayer beta will get underway on January 29th if tip-offs from retailers are to be believed.

MOVIES: House of Card's Frank Underwood is up for election, and he has some words for you.

TECH: This is the year of virtual reality and by summer 2016, there will be two major headsets on the market.


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Noel Gallagher would be happy to write a  Bond theme tune. The 48-year-old musician wouldn't mind penning the opening track for the next installment of the spy franchise but insists he would have to be asked rather than offer his services.


Former Titanic co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were reunited  at the Golden Globes  and both were honoured with big prizes.


Hannah Stephenson has advice on how to care for your garden when wet weather strikesHow to prevent and deal with waterlogging in the garden

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The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week

“Finish him!” It’s one of the most famous lines in video games – in fact, they pretty much built the entire series around it. Mortal Kombat is notorious for brutal finishing moves, in which the characters kill off their opponents in horrific (and often humourous) fashion.Game Tech: Mortal line lives on in the cinema

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