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IRELAND

Gardaí have arrested both the suspected distributor and local supplier of a “highly dangerous” drug that has left an 18-year-old man fighting for his life in Cork City.

Sports Minister Michael Ring has re-ignited the debate over when Taoiseach Enda Kenny will step down, saying his leader will serve a “full term” if Fine Gael returns to power.

Two government TDs did not show up to more than half of the meetings of the Public Accounts Committee of which they are members. The two are Derek Nolan of Labour and Aine Collins of Fine Gael.

The transfer of prisoners from Cork jail to the new prison facility will be the biggest in the history of the State, and the improved conditions will contribute to prisoners’ wellbeing and subsequent reintegration to society

Women living in a rural part of Co Cork are spending a small fortune trying to cover up a greening of dyed hair, which is due to an excess of iron in the water supply.

WORLD 

Somalia’s security forces have ended a siege at a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack.

The inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko’s death found there were “powerful motives” for organisations and individuals within the Russian state to take action against him.

SPORT

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European qualification for Munster may now be the longest of shots but that will not stop Ronan O’Mahony from striving to make his mark on Sunday’s Champions Cup clash with Treviso.

Kieran McGeeney says GAA players should not assume they are elite athletes just because they train several nights a week.

BUSINESS

Ireland’s insistence that it is not a tax haven and that in fact other EU countries have tax regimes that facilitate tax dodging by multinationals will be borne out by a study to be released next week.

The exclusive Dromquinna Manor wedding destination in Co Kerry had its “best year yet” last year, as revenues increased by 30%.

ANALYSIS

While Bernard McNamara’s offer to do remedial work at the Longboat Quay complex at cost price would save residents financial pain, questions arise as to how the work could be done at this rate and if the recommended works would be completed in full, writes Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

Did you realise over Christmas that you had to do something about work/life balance? Flexible working makes sense as childcare costs are reduced, but what are the pros and cons of the different options? Andrea Mara talks to six parents about the choices they’ve made

VIDEO

Poldark’s Aidan Turner looked happy but baffled as he accepted the Impact Award at Britain’s National Television Awards as he had no idea there was such a category.

VIRAL

We want to know what you think Ireland's favourite beauty spot is. Is it Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher or the Kerry mountains?

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Meet Slide Step, the professional Irish dancers who are fusing Irish dancing with contemporary street moves.

TECHNOW

GAMING: You may have noticed earlier today that The Witcher 2 Assassin's of Kings was suddenly free on Xbox 360 in some regions. And it turns out there was a reason for that, you can now get it on Xbox One!

MOVIES: Ever since the Oscar 2016 nominations were announced last Thursday a serious issue has been hitting the headlines, and that's one of diversity.

TECH: Smartphone alarms are always trying to make you do that little bit more and this latest one is going to make you play.

SHOWBIZ

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s engagement is reportedly back on. Over the last week, the star has been wearing the Neil Lane ring Hemsworth proposed with in 2012 before they split in late 2013.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Allegations that people with severe intellectual disabilities suffered rape and extreme physical abuse in a state-backed foster care home over two decades are set to be referred to the Garda Commissioner and Taoiseach Enda Kenny amid disputed claims HSE officials tried to “cover it up”.


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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