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IRELAND

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil representatives are due to meet again today, following direct talks between Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny at the weekend. Fine Gael are prepared to suspend water charges for up to two years as long as there is a solid agreement with Fianna Fáil that a charging regime is then reintroduced.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has signalled that his party is open to government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and would even consider putting together a programme for government with their rivals.

Talks between Luas drivers and management will resume today to try to resolve their long-running pay dispute.

Gardaí are to consider whether having an unarmed force is realistic in a time of increasingly violent crime.

Householders across the country are being reminded to have their Census form complete and ready for collection today. Anyone who refuses to fill out their Census form faces a fine of up to €44,000.

The number of students given exemptions from studying Irish, has increased by 50% in 10 years.

Irish men and women who died at Gallipoli and elsewhere during the first World War will be remembered for Anzac day.

WORLD 

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Donald Trump's Republican rivals have announced shock plans to co-ordinate primary strategies in upcoming states to deprive the front-runner of the delegates he needs to win the party nomination.

The murders of eight family members in rural Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities have said. It also emerged that several marijuana-growing operations were found at the crime scenes but investigators said it was unclear what, if any, role it had in Friday's massacre at four homes near Piketon.

SPORT

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Conor McGregor has claimed that his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 is back on. The Dubliner has tweeted that he and President Dan White have come to an arrangement so his bout with Diaz will go ahead.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has claimed Kieran Donaghy was subjected to “rape and pillage” fouling by Dublin defenders in yesterday’s Division 1 final.

BUSINESS

Port of Cork has scored a major coup in landing a potentially lucrative spot on the first direct freight shipping service from northern Europe to Cuba since economic sanctions were removed on the Caribbean country.

President Barack Obama mounted a strong defence of international trade deals on Sunday in the face of domestic and foreign opposition, saying it's "indisputable" that such agreements strengthen the economy and make US businesses more competitive worldwide.

ANALYSIS

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An institution for abandoned children was more like a ‘house of death’, says CCI chief executive Adi Roche, who has worked hard, with lots of Irish help, to make things better for the youth of Chernobyl, writes Eoin English

LIFESTYLE

Diarmuid Gavin’s older brother has hayfever, but his sibling has plenty tips for sufferers to help them get back out in the garden this year, writes Helen O’Callaghan

 

VIRAL

Irish YouTuber Clare Cullen, better known as Clisare, has been bringing us humorous and topical comedy sketches for a while now and her latest effort focuses on the religion section in last night’s census.

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Comedy sketch group the Windup Merchantz from Dublin decided to turn to the Luas strike for material for their latest video.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Witcher 3 is already one of the best games around, and it's set to get even better with a major expansion before the middle of 2016.

MOVIES: Another week, another superhero film takes to the stage - but with Cap and Iron Man falling out this is the big one

TECH: UK police reported earlier this week that a passenger plane landing at Heathrow collided with a drone, but it turns out that it may have been a plastic bag.

SHOWBIZ

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Billy Paul, the jazz and soul singer best known for the chart-topping ballad Me And Mrs Jones, has died.

Prince appeared "pale" and "weak" during one of his last public appearances, it has been claimed, amid reports the music superstar stayed awake for 154 hours before his death.

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Lifestyle

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It hasn’t been the ideal summer for observing the skies, but as we move into September we live in that almost annual hope of an Indian summer, writes Niall Smith.Skymatters: Enjoy the last of the summer stars and check out 'Vega'

Actually the lights were on when I got dressed this morning, says Luke Rix-Standing.11 things you’ll only know if you have no sense of style

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