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IRELAND

Fine Gael TDs could be asked to consider compromise proposals for the future of Irish Water today. The party is due to meet this lunchtime, with the status of Government talks the main item on the agenda.

Plans to abolish the universal social charge will have to be delayed or abandoned to fund changes to Irish Water, it has emerged.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the force has been “devastated” by government austerity measures and was “20 years behind” in many areas, particularly in technology.

There is speculation the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board (IBTS) may recommend lifting the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood when they meet later today.

Sailors in the Irish naval service working on humanitarian operations in the Mediterranean got as little as €4.15 per hour after-tax for their rescue efforts.

Hundreds of people attended a Month's Mind Mass in Derry last night to remember the victims of the Buncrana pier tragedy.

WORLD 

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Up to 500 migrants may have drowned last week in the Mediterranean when human traffickers crammed people onto an already overcrowded ship, causing it to sink, the UN refugee agency said.

Two state regulators and a city employee have been charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offences over contaminated water supplies in Flint, Michigan.

SPORT

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It was classic Roy Keane delivery — present a situation in an incredulous tone and then go off in a different direction with a quick-witted answer.

Even Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appeared to feel some sympathy for Everton after their 4-0 thumping in the 226th Merseyside derby last night.

BUSINESS

The affordability of homes in Dublin is already “stretched” and the Central Bank mortgage controls will likely hold prices in check, according to a major study of the housing market by Davy Stockbrokers.

Ten Cork-based artisan food and drink producers have generated an estimated €1m in sales leads at the Food and Drink Expo 2016 at the NEC Birmingham, England.

ANALYSIS

After another 24 hours of crunch talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, the future of Irish Water remains in the balance, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

LIFESTYLE

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First dates are tough, but much more so when broadcast on TV, as the lonely-hearts on First Dates Ireland are about to learn, says Michelle McBride

VIRAL

An Irish airport has been named as one of the most beautiful in the world to view on approach.

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Artists like Pearl Jam have canceled North Carolina performances to protest the state's controversial anti-LGBT law, but Stephen Colbert believes he can bring people together through the magic of television.

TECHNOW

GAMING: There's a sequel/reboot/prequel to 2008's Mirror's Edge due out very soon, and we can't wait to dive in.

MOVIES: South Park creator Trey Parker will voice Despicable Me 3’s villain, Balthazar Bratt.

TECH: You can now read Don Quixote in its entirety thanks to Twitter account QuijoteEn17000Tuits, which posts 28 extracts per day.

SHOWBIZ

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Friends star Matt Le Blanc has wrapped filming in Ireland and has thanked Irish people for their kindness.

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