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IRELAND

Flood victims and farmers have reacted angrily after it emerged that government officials charged with tackling the flood crisis did not meet for up to six years.  During the period from 2009 until the middle of last year, there have been five major floods, two people have died, and thousands of homes, farms, and businesses have been destroyed.

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned the Panama papers scandal is “a wake-up call”  for Ireland, adding companies here must be forced to pay minimum tax rates in order to prevent the crisis from re-occurring.

Deeply frustrated Independent TDs will decide this morning whether to vote against Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin’s bids  to become taoiseach rather than abstain as previously expected.

Ten top-level Irish gangs dominate the trafficking of drugs  from Spain and the Netherlands into Ireland.  Up to five of these syndicates have direct connections with South and Central America and sometimes orchestrate an entire shipment of cocaine into Ireland, sometimes via Europe.

A woman who suffered sexual abuse by her brother-in-law when she was a child, has described a new court support room in Tralee  for vulnerable witnesses as being like “an embrace”.

A husband and wife were killed in a  head-on collision  in Cork yesterday evening.

WORLD 

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Iceland’s prime minister has resigned amid controversy over his offshore holdings.  Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson is stepping down as leader of the country’s coalition government, said agriculture minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson.

Republican US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has stormed to victory in the  Wisconsin primary,  denting front-runner Donald Trump's chances of capturing the party's nomination before its convention.

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly €1.5trn, the first increase in several years,  driven by conflicts including the battle against Islamic State (IS), the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and fears about Iran.

SPORT

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino is "dismayed" and "will not accept"  that his integrity is being doubted, in relation to documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Tom Watson has backed Rory McIlroy to complete the career grand slam which eluded him as the 66-year-old  prepared to make his final appearance in the Masters.

BUSINESS

Two major business groups representing small business owners say it is time to set up an “IDA-style”  government agency to look after the interests of Irish SMEs.

As many as 300 Paddy Power staff working in skilled roles across a range of departments are to lose their jobs  as part the bookmaker’s €10bn merger with former rival Betfair.

VIEWPOINTS

Underlying public outrage is fuelled by the fact only some, can put their money beyond reach,  writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

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Shrug off any inhibitions,  and embrace the cold-shoulder, writes Paula Burns

VIRAL

All bridges lead to Galway's West End in a new video telling the story of the area and how the people have thrived in recent years.

Most of us spend an awful lot of the day looking at a keyboard.Whether it’s at work, at home on a laptop or even texting on a smartphone, we’re staring at a keyboard. But if you weren’t looking at one could you remember what letters and numbers went where?

TECHNOW

GAMING:PlayStation hasn't even whispered about the existence of God of War 4 but a major leak of concept art suggests that Kratos will be venturing into a very different world this time.

MOVIES: Warner Bros Animation has a new project on the boil, a feature film based on the character of Speedy Gonzalez.

TECH: HP has a plan to capture the market around the Apple MacBook , and their latest volley comes in the form of the Spectre 13.3.

SHOWBIZ

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David Bowie has dominated the album charts for the first quarter of 2016.  Three of his works feature in the top 10 chart of the best selling albums so far this year.

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A husband and wife were killed in a  head-on collision  in Cork yesterday evening.


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