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ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... A Labour Minister of State who stormed out of a live radio debate has described the discussion as an "absolute disgrace".

LATEST... People with disabilities are protesting outside Government buildings today with a message that they are not prepared to be ignored any longer.

LATEST... The Minister for Health has said he is "embarrassed and ashamed" after a grandfather who had suffered a brain haemorrhage died after lying on a trolley in a hospital corridor for 12 hours.

LATEST... Taoiseach Enda Kenny is writing to members in 14 make-or-break constituencies urging them to support weaker candidates in a last-ditch bid to save the party’s faltering election campaign.

ANALYSIS... Since the election was called, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has pounded two distinct, peculiar routes, writes Jimmy Woulfe

SOCIAL... Some of those standing for election this month have been dusting off the banjos and loosening the vocal chords.

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IRELAND

The foster father of Grace directly lobbied Michael Noonan when he was minister for health, claiming she was in a “happy and secure” home.

More than 20,000 children are on hospital waiting lists, with some waiting more than two years for an MRI scan.

Nearly a quarter of fire brigade units in Co Cork are slower to mobilise than the national average time of six minutes.

Almost 100 council homes suffered water damage after the installation of faulty or incorrect roof ventilation products during attic insulation work.

Cork County Council will provide 1,217 new local authority homes by the end of 2017, according to its chief executive.

A well-known former public house was gutted by fire last night in a blaze that led to significant traffic diversions in the area.

WORLD 

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David Cameron took a swipe at Boris Johnson over the EU referendum as the two top Tories came up against one another in the House of Commons for the first time since the London mayor declared his support for Brexit.

Apple chief Tim Cook has said in an email to employees that the US government should withdraw its demand for the company to help the FBI hack a locked iPhone used in last year’s deadly shooting in San Bernardino.

SPORT

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Anthony Foley is set to confirm a one-year extension as Munster Rugby head coach for next season, the Irish Examiner understands.

TJ Reid says the Kilkenny attack will need as many as three new faces to take the mantle left by this season’s absentees.

BUSINESS

Bank of Ireland reaffirmed it had set its sights on paying a dividend in 2017 for the first time since the crash, helping its shares claw back some of the large losses of recent weeks.

A construction company’s insurance policy did not cover a workplace accident in which fire damaged a building at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, the High Court has ruled.

VIEWPOINTS

Rather than the figure of 10% long bandied about, a UN report puts a more accurate figure of close to 3% on the amount of drugs seized by gardaí here, writes Cormac O’Keeffe

LIFESTYLE

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Renowned photographer Graeme Robertson hopes his exhibition can help make a

difference to the lives of his subjects, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

VIDEO

For every technological leap forward that changes how we live our lives, another which solves a problem seemingly nobody has is never far behind, writes Peter O’Dwyer

 

VIRAL

A man who clearly loves Burger King has officially changed his name by deed poll to Bacon Double Cheeseburger.

An Australian voice actor’s attempt at a Scouse accent has been mocked by Liverpudlians who think it sounds nothing like the real deal.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Walking Dead: Michonne's first episode, In Too Deep, will be released this week. Telltale Games released a launch trailer for the episode.

MOVIES: Living legend Angela Lansbury was in Dublin at the weekend to take part in a public interview as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival

TECH: Sony Mobile has just announced a new suite of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, bid welcome to the X range.

SHOWBIZ

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Kathryn Thomas has revealed that she thinks there is a place for both The Voice of Ireland and Ireland’s Got Talent on RTÉ.

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The foster father of Grace directly lobbied Michael Noonan when he was minister for health, claiming she was in a “happy and secure” home.


Lifestyle

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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