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IRELAND

Independents are set to come under mounting pressure over the coming days to decide who they will support to form a government, after Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny finally agreed to hold talks after the next Dáil taoiseach nomination vote. Meanwhile, thousands have been paid out to ministers who failed to get re-elected. The country’s 158 TDs have earned over €1.2m in salaries since the general election.

Tributes have been paid to a 21-year-old Corkman who drowned in a swimming pool, hours after jetting out to Spain on his first foreign holiday.

This weekend's strike action at Luas will go ahead. In this latest stoppage by drivers in a row over pay, trams will not run on Saturday and Sunday.

Pay arrangements that can force women back into classrooms weeks after having miscarriages have been described as inhumane.

Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe within a decade. Irish men already have the highest body mass index, while Irish women rank third.

The case of a UCC lecturer who is trying to put a stop to a round of interviews for 10 professorial positions will be back before the High Court this morning.

WORLD 

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The Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump's march to their party's nomination.

A court has ruled that Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam can be extradited to France, said Belgium’s federal prosecutors.

SPORT

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Davy Fitzgerald believes the GAA will have to introduce a cap on the amount spent by county boards on their teams to ensure a level playing field.

CJ Stander has no problem recalling the pain of defeat to Leinster when their old rivals taught Munster a lesson at Thomond Park over Christmas.

Robbie Keane is the latest Republic of Ireland player to have knee surgery, with just over two months to go until the start of Euro 2016.

BUSINESS

Investors were warned that the worries about global growth and the health of Europe’s banks that sent markets reeling at the start of this year have not gone away.

Damien Duff is in line for a pre-tax windfall of almost €1.24m arising from the wind-up of his UK commercial firm.

VIEWPOINTS

While she does not condone terrorism, Jennifer Hough wonders why, if it is OK to stand in commemoration of the men and women of 1916, is it wrong to do the same for those who fought in the Troubles?

LIFESTYLE

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A combination of soccer card collectable and strategy game, Attax is great fun for smallies, writes Ruth O’Connor, and it also offers a head start in terms of numeracy and getting along with others.

VIRAL

Though Apple is one of the biggest and most admired companies in the world, it has never been far from controversy.

This post about a squirrel who lost his home when the tree was cut down is at the top of Reddit at the moment.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Final Fantasy series never seems to actually reach its end, with the 15th main episode due out in September 2016.

MOVIES: Jonah Hill has had quite the career already - from a tiny role in The 40 Year Old Virgin to comedy superstardom in the likes of 21 Jump Street and even an Oscar nomination for Moneyball. All that, and he's only 32.

TECH: Virtual reality is here, pretty much. As the first Oculus Rift systems make their way out to users we're about ready to be launched into a new world of entertainment. Provided you have the specs of course.

SHOWBIZ

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Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon have gone head-to-head on Twitter after Susan questioned whether she would vote for Hillary Clinton if she ran against Donald Trump in the general election.

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Tributes have been paid to a 21-year-old Corkman who drowned in a swimming pool, hours after jetting out to Spain on his first foreign holiday.


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