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ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... Smaller parties are getting much of the praise after last night's leaders debate. Stephen Donnelly of the Social Democrats and Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett in particular gave strong performances.

LATEST... Tributes are being paid to a Fianna Fáil Councillor who died while campaigning for his party in County Limerick.

LATEST... Labour’s Brendan Howlin summed it up yesterday when he confessed that much of Labour’s promises will never be implemented.

LATEST... A Fine Gael TD has been called a disgrace after claiming to have delivered 150 jobs at a craft beer brewery for his constituency only to have its founder reject that the politician had any involvement in the company expansion.

ANALYSIS... I still believe that the present government, despite making some choices I fundamentally disagree with, did a good job in the last five years, writes Fergus Finlay.

SOCIAL... Here's how #GE16 played out on Twitter on Monday.

Visit our #GE16 SECTION for the latest General Election news, views and social content.

IRELAND

A priest at the funeral of David Byrne has pleaded for an end to the bloodshed that has left communities gripped with fear amid the latest escalation in gangland violence.

Tens of thousands of euro in damage is being caused to cars on roads in West Cork every week yet there is still no response from the Government to a county council plea for €12.9m to repair the storm-damaged highways.

A man who was found dead in a field a day after he was reported missing at the weekend may have died from exposure.

Several members of a Cork City-based gang believed to be responsible for a spate of car thefts across the city in recent months have been arrested.

Students who get 20% in their Junior Cycle exams will pass them, under planned new reforms.

WORLD 

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Close to 50 civilians have been killed and many more wounded in missile attacks on at least five medical facilities and two schools in northern Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

A teenage girl has described how she met up with England footballer Adam Johnson for a “thank you kiss and more” after he signed football shirts for her.

SPORT

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Leinster’s Hayden Triggs is no household name, but the veteran Kiwi lock gave an interview yesterday that should grab everyone’s attention when admitting he is “scared” by the spike in concussions and other injuries in modern rugby.

The GAA will be paying close attention to the number of facial injuries over the course of the hurling season.

BUSINESS

Global business outsourcing company Voxpro is planning to open three bases across Europe and North America as part of a global expansion that it hopes will lay the foundations for a successful flotation of the business.

A leading economics group in London said yesterday that the effects of the rest of the EU — including Ireland — “could be significant” if Britain were to vote to leave the EU.

VIEWPOINTS

Joe Leogue crunches the data from ‘Irish Examiner’ collaborator Demos to show who’s hot and who’s not in the world of pre-election tweets

LIFESTYLE

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Thrilled to be engaged to the love of her life but definitely missing the bride gene, Vicki Notaro has had to overcome the ick factor to plan the wedding that she never dreamed about.

VIDEO

This week we checked out the petrol and diesel prices at Mallow, Ballyhea and Charleville in Cork.

VIRAL

A very good reason (as if you needed one) not to add your dad on Snapchat. Robyn was enjoying her Valentine’s Day until her dad unveiled a rather saucy snap that was intended for his wife.

This video shows the moment a kangaroo dodged a collision with a car in the middle of the Australian Outback.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It takes around 13 hours to complete DOOM's campaign mode, according to the official Twitter account for the game.

MOVIES: Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul is back for a second season, and we’ve had an early look at the opener.

TECH: The Microsoft Lumia 650 is here, with high quality specs in an impressively slim body.

SHOWBIZ

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The 58th annual Grammy Awards have seen names like Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran all win big. Here is a full list of winners.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Bill Clinton took issue with the assumption that Obama is the US’s first mixed-race president. He said: “Unless your ancestors, every one of you, are 100 percent, 100 percent from sub-Saharan Africa, we are all mixed-race people.”


Lifestyle

My seven-year-old stood tall, whispered “bravery” to herself and stepped into the pitch-black dungeon. I stood there and watched her disappear.Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

Dr Phil Kieran says head lice is incredibly common among school children and offers practical advice on how to remove the crawlers with easy treatments.Tackling head lice: Easy treatments to remove itchy creepers

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

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