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Talks on the formation of a minority government are due to continue this morning. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil indicated yesterday that they were making progress in the talks.

The Dáil's new housing and homeless committee meets for the first time today, with a mission to propose new ways of tackling the crisis.

Babies in buggies, grannies in geansais emblazoned with the slogan ‘No to toxic waste incineration’, hazmat suits, and lots of surgical masks — the carpark of the Carrigaline Court Hotel resembled a bizarre mix of playground fare and the post-apocalyptic as hundreds of people protested against plans to build an incinerator locally.

There are fears for jobs at Intel's Irish manufacturing plant after the tech giant announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs over the next year.

Temperatures are expected to reach 17 degrees in parts of the country today. Met Éireann is forecasting a dry day with good sunshine after some early mist and fog patches clear.


Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have emerged victorious in party primary contests in their home state of New York.

  • Billionaire businessman Mr Trump had been widely expected to beat his Republican rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the election.
  • Mrs Clinton beat closest rival Bernie Sanders in the state she represented in the US Senate for eight years, further extending her lead in the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Ecuadoreans have begun burying loved ones killed by the country's deadliest earthquake in decades as hopes faded for the rescue of more survivors.


Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing

Few people understand what it takes to be a successful All Blacks coach more than Richie McCaw and the two-time World Cup-winning captain happens to believe that Joe Schmidt has exactly what it takes to do the job.

Derek McGrath hopes there are no rash calls to change the rules of hurling in reaction to how the number of goals have dropped.


Ryanair is battling lower fares in the first months of its financial year, weighed down by French air-traffic controller strikes and by travellers’ concerns about a future terrorist incident following last month’s bombings in Brussels.

There has been strong growth in new car sales so far this year, according to the motor industry. Nearly 83,000 new cars were sold in the first three months of this year – that is up 28% on the first quarter of 2015.


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Yesterday was billed as D-Day. The day it could all go right or all go wrong, writes Daniel McConnell


First Dates invites viewers to share a meal with some nervous couples who have just met. Marjorie Brennan gets the lowdown on the new Irish version.


Homeowners have been advised to watch their backsides during floods after a man in the Midleton area of Co Cork was bitten by a rat while sitting on the toilet.

A woman who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings has said conquering the course on a carbon-fibre blade was a giant leap forward towards reclaiming her life.


GAMING: The Division is in a spot of bother, with lost characters, messy exploits and a lot of frustrated players.  For now, anyone who has experienced an issue is going to be targeted to receive an extra 500 Phoenix Credits and 10 pieces of high end crafting material for free.

MOVIES: Star Wars The Force Awakens was an almost perfect way to bring the series back with big spectacle, plenty of entertaining moments and more than a few strong hits of nostalgia. This was a new movie though and 3P0 in particular looked different, sporting a new red arm.

TECH: Netflix is bringing more fancy technology to bear on streaming video with an expansion of 4K content and the introduction of High Dynamic Range.


Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing

James Franco has said he is a “little gay” as he addressed speculation about his sexuality. The actor, who stars in a new film called King Cobra, about the brutal murder of an adult film producer over a male porn star, denied he slept with men but described himself as a “gay c*** tease”.


It has been confirmed that Conor McGregor has been pulled from UFC 200. McGregor broke the news on Tuesday with a tweet. UFC President Dana White has since announced that the UFC featherweight champion has been pulled from his UFC main event against Nate Diaz in July.


Incarcerated in Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps Zuzana Ruzickova somehow survived and went on to create the complete recordings of her beloved Bach, writes James Lawless.Book review: Nazi horrors replaced by brutal Soviets for piano player

The Menu was delighted to make recent mention of a new UCC postgraduate diploma in Irish food culture and is equally pleased to announce availability of two new bursaries for same.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

George Orwell’s classic novel foretold a lot, but the manner in which we’ve handed over our personal data to faceless corporatocracies is doubleplus-ungood, says Suzanne Harrington.How we sleepwalked into George Orwell’s nightmarish vision

Esther N McCarthy has her eye (and ear) on party speakers for your BBQ, spots a rug that’s out of this world, and revels in all that’s on offer for Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month.Your interiors wish list: Party speakers, Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month

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