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PANAMA PAPERS 

Governments across the world have begun investigating possible financial wrongdoing by the rich and powerful following a leak of documents from a Panamanian law firm which allegedly showed how clients avoided tax or laundered money.

The Panama Papers released this week by the ICIJ show the enormous lengths people will go to in order to  evade or avoid paying taxes. But they don’t show the serious impact of such actions — which can literally mean death for some.

IRELAND

The future of Irish Water and water charges has emerged as the primary obstacle to a  “modified coalition”  between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has denied any knowledge of links between him and an off-shore British Virgin Islands account,  saying he left the exact details of his financial deals up to his now deceased accountant.

The development of Cork and the southern region is being held back by the failure to start essential infrastructural projects,  according to the Construction Industry Federation.

The State’s forensic science chief has described as cynical the Government’s decision  to delay funding for a much-needed forensic laboratory until 2019.

Defective tyres contributed to 71 road deaths in a four- year period,  according to a new report from the Road Safety Authority.

WORLD 

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On September 16, 2002, a group of 19 people, who were born in the Chagos Archipelago, picked up their suitcases from the carousel at Gatwick Airport and, having passed through immigration,  walked into the South Terminal.

Donald Trump tried to put a difficult week behind him ahead of the Republican presidential contest today  in Wisconsin.

Child survivors of the Nepal earthquake are being sold to British families for a few thousand pounds  to work as domestic slaves, according to an investigation.

SPORT

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Shane Lowry enjoyed his idea of the perfect birthday on Saturday, a round of golf with his closest buddies.  That may sound so-so, particularly for a professional golfer ranked 32 in the world, but the 18 holes Lowry played with coach Neil Manchip and caddie Dermot Byrne just happened to be at a peaceful Augusta National.

Marc Albrighton insists the pressure of the title run-in is nothing compared to last season’s fight against relegation  from the Premier League.

BUSINESS

Marketing software company HubSpot wants to create a business with “strong Dublin roots”  after adding 320 new employees to its Irish workforce and moving into its new office space in the capital’s thriving Silicon Docks.

Government tax revenues are on target, but analysts warn fears about the global economy and jitters about the UK staying in the EU could yet disrupt finances in the months ahead.

VIEWPOINTS

Parasitic behaviour at the top of the wealth chain, while those in the middle or the bottom struggle to earn a decent living, is one of the worst things wrong with the world,  writes Fergus Finlay

LIFESTYLE

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Is man flu just a myth, the lads looking for a bit of extra attention? Or is it something much more real, and  much more serious? Dave Kenny and Catherine Shanahan debate this age old topic.

VIRAL

We know you’re not supposed to air your family’s dirty laundry in public but when you deliver a putdown this good, you have to share it. After her aunt called her a homophobic slur during an argument, teenager Charlie took to Twittter to vent. Her aunt then attempted to patch things up by text but really only made it worse, saying "you gay people have a lot of drama".

As anyone who wears make-up knows, there is a huge variety of colours, textures and brands to choose from even in the most basic of chemists.  It can be confusing, even for those in the know. Which is why this girl’s idea to send her boyfriend to pick out some bits for her was wildly optimistic.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Overwatch is coming. It's the latest game from Blizzard who are the folks behind World of Warcraft, so you should probably pay attention.

MOVIES: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice has just been through its second weekend in cinemas and those box office receipts are tumbling.

TECH: LG has come out and said that the G5 does not have a plastic body as a recent YouTube video may have indicated.

SHOWBIZ

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Bookies are giving odds that Micahella McCollum is set to be the next big reality TV star. The Tyrone model and dancer, who was convicted of drug smuggling in Peru, has been tipped to star in Big Brother, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Come Dine With Me.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Parasitic behaviour at the top of the wealth chain, while those in the middle or the bottom struggle to earn a decent living, is one of the worst things wrong with the world,  writes Fergus Finlay


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