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IRELAND

Investigations have been launched into two fatal shootings in Dublin overnight. Two men were killed just hours apart, in seemingly unrelated attacks, in Summerhill and Clondalkin.

Independents have ruled out any government-formation deal being struck this weekIrish Water remains the major stumbling block for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as Government formation talks resume this morning.

Homeowners look set to lose out on the €100 water conservation grant payment for 2016 as it has been “shelved” amid deep uncertainty over the future of Irish Water, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

A planned strike by Luas drivers on Thursday now looks likely to go ahead after SIPTU and Luas operator Transdev failed to reach an agreement in their long-running pay dispute.

Cork could become the waste processing capital of the world if a proposed incinerator for the harbour area was to become a reality, according to academics from University College Cork.

Security was very tight at the second auction to re-sell up to 500 cattle which belonged to a Co Cork farmer after a lender obtained a judgment against him.

WORLD 

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Donald Trump will be interviewed by Megyn Kelly in the pair's first encounter since they clashed during a TV debate in August. Mr Trump began criticising Ms Kelly on Twitter following the first Republican debate on US TV channel Fox News.

The Obama administration is expected to release part of a secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that may shed light on possible Saudi connections to the 2001 attacks.

SPORT

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A Steven Beattie goal inside the first 30 seconds set vibrant Cork City on their way to a fully deserved victory over a largely outfought and outclassed Shamrock Rovers, the win lifting John Caulfield’s team up to the third in the Premier Division. Meanwhile, in England Leicester City are just one victory away from being crowned Premier League champions after Tottenham drew with West Brom last night.

Chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald ushered in a new era for Munster Rugby by insisting incoming director of rugby Johan “Rassie” Erasmus would not undermine existing head coach Anthony Foley.

BUSINESS

New figures show that outspoken soccer pundit, Eamon Dunphy, who turned 70 last year, still has massive earning power.

The European Commission’s probe into Ireland and the soft deal tax the country allegedly struck with Apple – which is about to enter its 23rd month – could take as long to complete as the end of this year, a leading economist has said.

ANALYSIS

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Eoin English writes about families benefitting from Chernobyl Children International and Irish Aid-funded outreach schemes

LIFESTYLE

Do children need mindfulnessFor some children, mindfulness really can help reduce stress and improve concentration, says Diana Skalkos. But, Karen Funnell argues that good, honest parenting should equip children to deal with life, without the need for any formal mindfulness training.

VIRAL

A couple whose engagement at the London Marathon finishing line was captured on camera have spoken of their joy after thousands of people shared the pictures and helped the photographer track them down.

Helen Goff’s little girl Grace was indulging in that favourite childhood pastime of jumping on the bed in a hotel room when she ran into some turbulence mid-flight.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Nathan Drake has been through a lot since the first Uncharted game back in 2007, and developers Naughty Dog are set to run him through one last adventure in the upcoming A Thief's End.

MOVIES: Sometimes, the odds just seem like they're stacked too much against you. Like in the latest X-Men film where a few teenage mutants go up against the most powerful of their race, led by a creature who is basically a god.

TECH: Steam already has more games than you could comfortably play in a lifetime, and now it's looking to increase its movie offerings.

SHOWBIZ

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Prince's long-time lawyer has called his death a complete shock and disputed suggestions the singer had a drug addiction.

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There is no reason to believe that we can’t afford to put charging on hold until we get the structures of Irish Water right, writes Fergus Finlay


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