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IRELAND

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are inching towards a deal on the formation of a minority government which could see Enda Kenny re-elected Taoiseach within days. Both sides are now set to compromise on the issue of water charges.

A 14-year-old girl yesterday recounted the moment when she saw her father attempt to rescue her brother and her brother’s girlfriend when a freak wave swept them out to sea, only for all three to lose their lives.

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe had reason to believe he was being “set up” by members of An Garda Síochána, the O’Higgins report into allegations of garda malpractice has ruled.

Social media is being used to attack Gardaí according to the Garda Representative Association (GRA).

A 41-year-old man, known for his love of hunting, died in a shooting incident in Cork City yesterday.

Drugs mule Melissa Reid is set to return to the UK "very soon" after Peruvian authorities agreed to expel her from the country, according to the British embassy in Peru.

WORLD 

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Donald Trump has said the race for the Republican presidential nomination is "over" after romping to victory in five state primaries.

Australia's detention of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea has been ruled illegal by a court.

SPORT

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The Sun newspaper has come under fire for not mentioning the Hillsborough inquest verdict on the front page. Meanwhile, Steven Kelly writes that even when favourable verdicts on Hillsborough were being widely predicted there was still tension, a sense of dread. Before the verdicts were read out one of the bereaved, now in a wheelchair, was said to be “beaming”. Thankfully the cruellest of denouements didn’t happen.Munster look set to receive a significant cash injection from the IRFU to help kick-start a much-needed improvement on the pitch, Donal Lenihan writes in today’s Irish Examiner.

Munster look set to receive a significant cash injection from the IRFU to help kick-start a much-needed improvement on the pitch, Donal Lenihan writes in today’s Irish Examiner.

BUSINESS

A growing preference among consumers for lower-priced iPhones contributed to a significant shortfall for Apple in its latest quarterly earnings, compared with Wall Street expectations, according to figures released yesterday.

The insurance fund into which policyholders have contributed hundreds of millions of euro made payments totalling €1.4bn to cover failed insurers over the last five years.

ANALYSIS

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We all need to accept we must pay more, not less... and ensure, as an environmental policy, that those who use pay, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

Ahead of the European Champions, Conor Power meets bowlers on the senior Irish road bowling team practicing on Inchydoney Beach

VIRAL

Dyson has entered the hair care industry by developing a smart hair dryer that controls temperature to protect hair from damage.

The Hubble Space Telescope has detected a tiny, dark moon circling a dwarf planet on the frozen fringes of our solar system.

TECHNOW

GAMING: An alleged retailer document indicates that we’ll be hearing about a new Call of Duty game in the coming week.

MOVIES: Star Wars Episode VIII is currently filming at Pinewood Studios in the UK, giving the Royal lads Prince Harry and Prince William a chance to visit the set last week.

TECH: Google has announced plans to introduce short Bumper ads before YouTube videos.

SHOWBIZ

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Prince's sister said the superstar musician had no known will as she filed paperwork asking a court in Minneapolis to appoint a special administrator to oversee his estate.

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Laura from Kildare got a bit stuck on one section when filling out the census. Specifically, the job example given on the first page.


Lifestyle

THE number of children with mental health issues presenting to the paediatric emergency department in Temple Street has increased dramatically, according to a study by Dr Eoin Fitzgerald.Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

Cooking in the MasterChef kitchen is just as scary as you’d imagine, writes Georgia Humphreys.Sweet 16 as Masterchef returns

Martin Hayes doesn’t like to stand still. The fiddle virtuoso from East Clare has made it a hallmark of his career to seek out creative ideas from beyond his musical tradition.Martin Hayes: Breaking new ground

At this point, if we are talking about a collective consciousness and how to move forward, lets go back to basics and talk about what we teach our children and what we were taught ourselves, writes Alison Curtis.Mum's the Word: Children remind us, in a world where we can be anything, be kind

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