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IRELAND

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan plans to almost  double the number of foreign students  to boost the income of ailing colleges and universities in the coming years.

Motorists are paying up to to €6 over the odds at the pump depending on where in the country they fill  their fuel tank,  according to a survey by the AA.

The US authorities are in breach of the landmark  EU-US Open Skies  deal by delaying a licence to the airline planning the first transatlantic flights from Cork Airport.

A major loosening of planning laws will enable county councillors to approve  major planning projects   without sanction from the Government, on foot of a controversial order from Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

Growing inequality means that the world’s 62 wealthiest people own as much as the poorest half of the planet’s population  — approximately 3.6 billion people — according to a new report from Oxfam.

More than 1,500 cases of suspected meter tampering  are being uncovered each year.

WORLD 

The NHS is to impose its own “sugar tax”  in hospitals in England to help tackle the growing problem of obesity, the head of the service has said.

Pope Francis made his first visit to a synagogue  as Pope yesterday,  greeting Rome’s Jewish community in their house of worship in a show of inter-faith friendship.

SPORT

Wayne Rooney’s almost single-handed attempt to salvage Manchester United’s season, and with it possibly Louis van Gaal’s position as Old Trafford manager, continued as the club captain  scored for the fifth time  in four games with an exemplary finish, his first Anfield goal in 11 years.

The smiles have returned to the faces of the Thomond Park faithful after a miserable winter of discontent but  Anthony Foley knows  there is still a way to go before the sun will shine once more on this Munster side.

BUSINESS

The ECB isn’t saying whether Irish banks — which hold high levels of non-performing loans  on their balance sheets — will be included in a ECB study of eurozone banks and their soured loans.

With a decade of experience under its belt, an innovative company based out of West Cork has major growth plans for the coming years as it looks to capture a bigger share of the equity administration market.

ANALYSIS

ÉAMONN CEANNT is, in many ways, the ‘unknown’ man among the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, and the signatories to the proclamation of the Irish Republic.

LIFESTYLE

Sarah Knight tells Olivia Kelleher to be happier  and have more fun by living life in way that suits her

VIDEO

A Tennessee couple came forward with what they said was one of the three winning tickets for this week’s record $1.6bn (€1.46bn) US Powerball lottery jackpot,  appearing with their lawyer on NBC’s Today show.

VIRAL

The director of this year's panto in Cork Opera House made sure tonight's final show was one to remember.  Just before the curtain closed for the last time on Beauty and the Beast, Trevor Ryan surprised both the crowd and his girlfriend, Jennifer O Sullivan, by getting down on one knee and proposing to his now fiancée.

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Tim Peake has been excitedly posting pictures from hisspace walk on Facebook,  and they might just be the coolest selfies ever taken.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Steam is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to Steam...

MOVIES: Kylo Ren took on the Undercover Boss challenge to see what hisStarkiller Base co-workers  think of him. The result may surprise him.

TECH: A new app called Stolen which was designed to let you trade user profiles  on Twitter has been removed after complaints were made

SHOWBIZ

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Ross Kemp will reprise his role as EastEnders hardman Grant Mitchell in a heartbreaking family reunion to say goodbye to on-screen mother Peggy.

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Motorists are paying up to to €6 over the odds at the pump depending on where in the country they fill  their fuel tank,  according to a survey by the AA.


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