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LATEST... Fine Gael’s general election campaign is in crisis as the party’s popular support has fallen for the third successive time in less than 10 days, according to a new opinion poll.

LATEST... The Bishop of Elphin says he finds it difficult to see how any Catholic could “in good conscience” vote for an election candidate or party whose policy is to legalise abortion.

LATEST... There is little to no significant political risk flashing red in Irish bond prices, senior experts have said, although that might change in the event that a hung Dáil leads to a prolonged period in forming a new government.

LATEST... More than half (56%) of Irish adults say they have not felt the benefits of the economic recovery.

ANALYSIS... The frightening fact of this election for the Government is that neither Fianna Fáil nor Sinn Féin are terrifying voters, writes Gerard Howlin

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

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


Drinking water for more than 400,000 people is contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer, but Irish Water has refused to directly inform those affected.

A top-level intervention group comprising community leaders, senior gardaí, and politicians should be set up to stop the gangland feud from escalating, a long-serving drug activist has said.

Met Éireann has issued a 'status yellow' snow and ice warning across the country.

The parents of a man who died while taking a shortcut through fields have thanked the volunteers who helped find his body.

A quarter of Irish adults are worried about being able to afford to keep a roof over their heads, and almost 20% are worried about losing their home.

Independent TD Michael Lowry is facing another legal bill over his failed bid to get a High Court order that the Moriarity Tribunal pay millions of euro for the legal costs of his participation in that inquiry.

A campaign has been launched to keep one of Cork City’s most historic buildings — which is earmarked for sale — in public ownership to promote the city’s maritime heritage.


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Donald Trump will not become US president because the voters realise it is a serious job, Barack Obama said.

Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has said that the Bataclan massacre could have been stopped if everybody had firearms.


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Irish football is mourning one of Cork’s favourite adopted sons, following the sad news of the death of Paul Bannon at the age of 59.

Former Munster lock, Ian Nagle will look to deliver on some of his untapped potential in the unfamiliar surroundings of the RDS next season, having committed himself to Leinster.


Finance Minister Michael Noonan was strongly opposed to changes designed to help struggling mortgage holders just months before they were approved.

Two brothers want to stop a company which took over multimillion-euro property investment loans they had with Ulster Bank from enforcing repayment by selling off their secured assets.


Ray Ryan recalls an incident 50 years ago when a suspicious device was found washed up on a beach in Ballycotton. Had the Cold War’s reach finally found its way to Ireland?


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Primary level children in a Cork and Kerry school are making movies, writing books, and brimming with confidence and it’s all thanks to an IT project funded by Apple, writes Ellie O’Byrne


This clip from a 1916 Rising commemorative film shows Collins in a jovial mood at the wedding of General Seán Mac Eoin in June 1922.


US presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has put Twitter in a tailspin by sharing a picture of his gun.

A woman has shared a story about her romantic Valentine’s Day meal, which took a turn for the worse after she was faced with a rude restaurant worker.


GAMING: Lupe Fiasco, possibly best known for Superstar, decided that he wanted to play Daigo Umehara, best known for Evo Moment 37 and being a top-tier Street Fighter player, in Street Fighter V. And it actually happened!

MOVIES: Midnight Special is the latest movie from director Jeff Nichols and sees him playing with a bigger budget for a unique sci fi tale

TECH: An iPhone bug was discovered recently that bricks phones if the handset's date is set to 1970. Apple has acknowledged that this bug exists and says that a fix will be included in a future software update.


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Calum Best has told how his father George’s alcoholism “ruined” their relationship and still takes its toll today.


Fine Gael’s general election campaign is in crisis as the party’s popular support has fallen for the third successive time in less than 10 days, according to a new opinion poll.


This season textiles trend large, full of colour and exotic pattern, and applied in new ways to make a personal design statement from the living room to the bedroom, writes Carol O’CallaghanTextile trends that can help you make a personal design statement

If you haven’t heard of facial oils or thought they weren’t for you, please, please, please don’t be cross with me for introducing you.The Skin Nerd: Slippery skin? Facial oil could be for you, I swear!

“If you look at the turmoil in the world today, whether it’s climate change, the MeToo movement or Black Lives Matter, there is so much to say that you wonder where to begin,” says iconic British artist, ChilaKumari Singh Burman.Creative culture clash

In some parts of Ireland, the word ‘deadly’ means excellent. We couldn’t have known how good Deadly Premonition was going to be. In fact, no one had this premonition back in 2010GameTech: One of the oddest games ever

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