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IRELAND

The Health Service Executive has for the first time admitted significant failings in cases of “savage” rape and physical abuse of disabled children in a foster home in the South-East, seven years after allegations were first raised.

The HSE has issued a warning about contaminated ‘party pills’ as a teenager fights for his life after taking what is believed to be a potent designer street drug at a party in Cork City.

The Central Bank is to issue a new €2 coin to commemorate the 1916 Rising. A total of 4.5 million coins will be released, the first of which will come into circulation in the coming weeks.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos today.

A mystery philanthropist has donated €30,000 to the stranded family of miracle baby Zoe Ireland Drake, who hit headlines late last year after she entered the world in dramatic fashion.

WORLD 

Physicist Stephen Hawking says that mankind could be wiped out by our own creations within the next 100 years.

Thousands of refugee children travelling along the migration route through Turkey and southeastern Europe are at risk from a sustained spell of freezing weather in the next two weeks, the UN and aid agencies warned.

SPORT

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Former Cork football manager Billy Morgan has described the death of John Corcoran as “shattering”. St Mary’s clubman Corcoran, who died suddenly yesterday, was a county senior football team selector under Morgan and more recently was part of the UCC Sigerson Cup management team.

The problem with being a market leader for so long is that expectation levels are always set at ceiling height. Munster have been a good news story for European rugby ever since that shattering defeat to Northampton in the 2000 Heineken Cup final.

BUSINESS

The Irish exchequer could lose out on millions of euro from Apple if a proposal massively backed by MEPs in the European Parliament is adopted by the European Commission.

Sterling fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 2009 but was little changed against the euro at almost 76.5 pence after Bank of England governor Mark Carney yesterday signalled a boost to UK interest rates is still some way off.

ANALYSIS

Health body accepts ‘failings’ after leaving mute woman with family that sexually and physically abused her, but little will change until reports into the matter are published, writes political reporter Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

LIFESTYLE

Anxiety can paralyse you but it can be overcome with a change in outlook, writes Suzanne Harrington

VIDEO

Several safety recommendations have been issued following an investigation into the rapid sinking of an Irish trawler off Scotland.

VIRAL

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Overhauling your diet for something more nutritious doesn’t necessarily mean you have to frequent pricey health food shops or spend all your hard earned cash on chai seed pudding, avocado and raw cacao. Here are some cheap but extremely good-for-you foods to give your January detox a boost.

Comedy fans who have already given up on their new year’s resolution to keep fit can tone up by watching some of their favourite shows, research claims.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Division is set for release in the not so distant future and if you're still a bit confused about what it is, this video might help

MOVIES: The director of Anchorman is back in Dublin to present his new film, The Big Short, to Irish audiences - it's pretty great!

TECH: Guess what the most commonly used password in 2015 was?

SHOWBIZ

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's nurse has been charged with practicing without a license. Taiwo Sobamowo was accused of posing as a medical professional in the hospice that Whitney Houston's daughter was being cared for in prior to her death.

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If you feel like you need a translator to keep up with linguistic fashion, fear not. Here’s a definitive dictionary of the top 20 trending slang words on the tips of every teenage tongue.


Lifestyle

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

If you're down in the epidermal dumps, exfoliation, hydration and decongesting is what you need.The Skin Nerd: How to prep and pep that played-out January skin

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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