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IRELAND

Fine Gael leader blasts civil war rival for rejecting offer of coalition,  writes Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe

Families of victims of the Stardust nightclub fire are hoping they will at last see a  criminal prosecution  after gardaí completed a fresh investigation into aspects of the disaster 35 years ago.

One in five cars sold here needs to be electric by 2020  if Ireland is to hit its renewable energy targets and avoid fines of up to €130m.

The mystery deaths and Thomas Ruttle and Julia Holmes and the bizarre circumstances in which their bodies were found  in a house in West Limerick  will unfold at a hearing later this month.

David Drumm is due to make his first appearance before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning  after being sent forward for trial.

The newly appointed head of the country’s largest  rape crisis service provider is warning that vital protections for victims are being delayed while government formation talks drag on. 

WORLD 

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A 27-year-old man's ambitious plan to propose to his girlfriend after  scaling a cliff face went a bit awry  after he had to be winched to safety by a rescue helicopter.

Belgian prosecutors have launched a public appeal seeking any information on the“man in hat”  suspect in the Brussels Airport suicide bombings.

SPORT

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Rory McIlroy was satisfied he achieved the solid start he was hoping for after an opening-round 70  at the Masters left the Irishman four shots off the lead at Augusta National.

A Cian Dorgan point two minutes into second-half stoppages handed victory to Cork  in this enthralling Munster U21 decider.

BUSINESS

The US government has described China's internet controls as a barrier to trade in a report  which coincides with attempts by Beijing tries to block the public from seeing news about the finances of Chinese leaders' families.

Uber will pay at least $10m to settle California prosecutors' allegations that the transport company misled passengers  over the quality of its driver background checks.

ANALYSIS

Only a year after the Lansdowne Road Agreement, pay for civil and public servants  is back on the agenda.Bernard Harbor looks at the issues involved.

LIFESTYLE

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We now accept when girls dress up as an astronauts or pirates.    But a boy princess?  Arlene Harris talks to three Irish mums who think it’s time to put gender stereotypes behind us.

VIRAL

If you are trying to rent a property in Ireland at the moment this video might just speak to you.

Less than four months after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm have given us a sizeable tease for the first in a long line of spin-off stories - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

TECHNOW

GAMING:The Fallout 4 Survival Mode isn't even officially out yet, but a whole host of changes are on the way.

MOVIES: Dev Patel stars as Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who came to England in the early 1900s to change the world of maths forever

TECH: Self driving technology is here, and a fleet of trucks have just completed a trip across a big chunk of Europe

SHOWBIZ

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Kris Jenner insists Caitlyn Jenner never told her she was transgender during their marriage.  The showbiz matriarch got into a heated argument with her former spouse - who was known as Bruce Jenner before her transition - while spending time with her and her friends in New Orleans, and insists the closest they came to having a discussion about the Olympian's struggle was when they talked about the possibility of having children together.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A celebrity protected by a UK privacy injunction that prevents the media reporting on his  “extramarital activities”  has been named in America.


Lifestyle

Katarina Runske owns Anna B’s bookshop in Schull, Co Cork. She is originally from Stockholm in Sweden and also owns and runs Grove House restaurant and rooms in the West Cork village.We Sell Books: ‘It is a great lifestyle and I am very fortunate’

Five things for the week ahead with Des O'Driscoll.Five things for the week ahead

From Liverpool’s beat-pop to Bristol’s trip-hop, Irish writer Karl Whitney explains the distinctive musical output of individual cities in the UK, writes Marjorie Brennan.Sounds of the City: The musical output of individual UK cities

As landlords’ enclosures of villages and commonages during England’s industrial revolution drove landless countrymen into the maws of the poet William Blake’s “dark Satanic mills”, a romantic nostalgia for the countryside began to grow.Damien Enright: Great writers took inspiration from walking

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