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IRELAND

Enda Kenny will have to concede four Cabinet seats to secure the support of Independent TDs in his bid to be re-elected Taoiseach. Meanwhile, the Healy-Rae brothers are split on their support for a minority Fine Gael Government.

Fine Gael is pushing for a one percentage point reduction to the Universal Social Charge in next October’s budget in talks with Independents as part of government formation talks.

Two men have died in a house fire in county Cork. Emergency services were called to the scene in St Coleman's Park Macroom at about 4am this morning. The bodies of the men one in his 60's and the other in his 20's were discovered inside.

The Sinn Féin President has come under fire for a tweet he wrote using the N-word. Gerry Adams sent the tweet last night, after apparently watching 'Django Unchained', a film set in pre-civil war era America.

The rows of concrete wreckage which form streets through St Mary’s Park are a stark definition of how the much-vaunted Limerick Regeneration Plan has failed this community.

Exactly 101 years after the sinking of the Lusitania, the grave-marker of “an unknown victim” is to be replaced with her real name — that of a young bride who was on the ship due to a cruel twist of fate.

WORLD 

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Trade unions and other groups staged rallies around the world to mark International Workers’ Day.

Fr Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam war, has died. He was 94.

SPORT

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The last time this amount of attention was paid to tactics ahead of Clare's League final clash with Waterford, Wellington and Napoleon were glowering at each other across a muddy field in Belgium, says Michael Moynihan. Meanwhile, we offer our best and worst of the National Hurling League in 2016.

Munster’s battling bonus-point victory over Edinburgh can lay the foundations for a repeat success in Saturday’s must-win Guinness Pro12 finale at home to Scarlets, Anthony Foley believes.

BUSINESS

Some 10,000 workers at An Post are set to get their first pay rise in eight years.

Pension funds have been badly run in the UK, but in Britain a protection fund exists. No such system exists here, says Kyran FitzGerald.

ANALYSIS

The public’s knowledge of the threat posed by Islamic extremists in Ireland is as limited as the amount of information provided to it by the authorities. As part of ongoing reports on this area, Cormac O’Keeffe was given a rare in-depth interview with the head of the Garda’s security services, Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney, about the reality of the situation here and what is being done about it. 

LIFESTYLE

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Bantry woman Francesca Collard found an innovative mental health treatment that relieved her psychosis, writes Ailin Quinlan

VIRAL

On Saturday May 7, runners and walkers all over the world will take part in the Darkness into Light campaign, in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm. The Listowel's branch of Darkness into Light have created beautiful sand art on Men's beach in Ballybunion on the lead up to the DIL walk.

The cast of Broadway musical School Of Rock have got the thumbs up from someone they’ve desperately wanted to impress — Jack Black.

TECHNOW

GAMING: DICE will take to Twitch.tv to announce the next game in the Battlefield franchise next week.

MOVIES: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are teaming up for a buddy comedy effort from the writer of Lethal Weapon and the director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

TECH: Most people have been in the situation where they send a message and then have to promptly follow that up with a clarification and a "curse you, autocorrect." Apple is hoping to put an end to that, according to a patent filing.

SHOWBIZ

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Top Gear host Chris Evans has said it is “bizarre” that Jeremy Clarkson was fired for “losing his rag over his dinner” after surviving several prior international incidents unscathed.

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The last time this amount of attention was paid to tactics ahead of Clare's League final clash with Waterford, Wellington and Napoleon were glowering at each other across a muddy field in Belgium, says Michael Moynihan.


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