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IRELAND

An “explicit” refusal by the European Central Bank to allow the government burn bondholders cost the Irish taxpayer a staggering €9.1bn, the Oireachtas banking inquiry has concluded.

The Banking Inquiry report will be debated in the Dáil today. Ninety minutes has been set aside to discuss the document.

A man remains in Garda custody this morning in connection with the death of a man in Carlow town yesterday afternoon.

Members of the Public Accounts Committee will try to get to the bottom of where the Eircode system went wrong today.

TDs elected for the first time in 2011 have spoken out about their frustration at the job.

WORLD 

US president Barack Obama has spoken about the outcry over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards. Mr Obama says the Oscars debate was an expression of a broader issue, saying: “Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?”

The jailed leader of an armed anti-government group has urged the remaining militants to abandon the Oregon wildlife refuge they have occupied for more than three weeks.

SPORT

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Ireland boss Joe Schmidt believes the reigning double champions may have to settle for a mid-table RBS 6 Nations finish.

Stuart McCloskey was mistaken for a second row when he first pitched up at Ulster training as an unknown 20-year-old. Fast forward just three years and Ulster’s top stars insist it would be no error to hand the wrecking-ball centre his Test debut in the RBS 6 Nations.

BUSINESS

Facebook has made its first ever billion-dollar quarterly profit - beating almost all market predictions.

Close to 1,000 of Tesco’s Irish employees are to be hit with significant pay cuts if the retailer succeeds in moving some of its longest-serving staff to different contracts.

ANALYSIS

THIS is an important day for the women of Ireland, writes Victoria White. We have said we can have babies. Our bodies know how it’s done. We just need a little help and encouragement. And now they’re listening. 

LIFESTYLE

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Eva Orsmond’s Sugar Crash documentary on RTÉ woke up hundreds of thousands of people to the dangers of our excessive sugar consumption. But it’s not just our physical health that suffers. It’s also our mood and mental health, says Olivia Kelleher

VIDEO

Several unfinished houses in what has dubbed ‘the worst ghost estate in the country’ are to be demolished after a financial institution agreed to pay for the work.

VIRAL

Councillor Noeleen Reilly was the victim of a hacking by some young chancers on Twitter - but she managed to see the funny side.

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Olive is a very unique kitten. She has a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia - aka, Wobbly Kitten Syndrome. She's not in any pain, Olive is just very uncoordinated.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Far Cry Primal is coming soon, and the guys at Polygon have been playing the first hour. The beginning is absolutely brilliant so we'll just leave this here without spoilers...

MOVIES: House of Cards might be one of the best things on Netflix, and a new trailer has just been released to get you excited for season 4.

TECH: Google Hangouts version 7.0 is out, and naturally enough there are some new features to try out.

SHOWBIZ

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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has shared the first picture of his newborn son Freddie online.

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The sister of the teenager who died after taking a lethal designer drug said his death should serve as a warning to others.


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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