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IRELAND

“This is my daughter Ciara. I would just like to show you the impact of this.”

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It was an image that spoke volumes, the photograph of innocent victim Ciara Sheehan, 21, shot in the neck at the weekend, lying in her hospital bed at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Her distraught mother Susan O’Mahony shared the image with the Irish Examiner so readers could see the awful aftermath of the injury to her daughter. Garda patrols have been stepped up on the northside of Cork City amid retaliation fears after the shooting.

The first full Dáil sitting since the Government was formed takes place today. Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will answer parliamentary questions and take leaders questions from the Opposition, almost 12 weeks since the General Election.

Sergeant Maurice McCabe threatened to bring a High Court action to injunct the O’Higgins report after receiving a draft copy that made no mention of the attempt to attribute to him a motive of malice for raising his concerns about garda malpractice.

Operations are being cancelled at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin due to staff shortages and the effects of Emergency Department overcrowding.

A new parenting intervention programme has found dramatic results in improving children's IQs, health and behaviour.

WORLD 

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Police have arrested a teenager said to have been planning to launch an "imminent" lone terrorist attack in Sydney, Australia. The 18-year-old was expected to be charged with planning a terrorist attack, the Australian Federal Police said.

A high-ranking British police officer has been suspended after reportedly having a dispute with a fellow officer about who had the most attractive breasts.

SPORT

Bill Cooper’s involvement with Cork came to a sudden halt a few years ago. The Youghal hurler was gathering momentum as a hard-working half-forward when his body betrayed him. Now he’s back, and rampaging around the middle to help make room for the sharpshooters around him.

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John Muldoon believes Connacht are ready to seize their chance and complete a dream season by following in the path of unfancied Premier League champions Leicester City. 

BUSINESS

Michael McGrath, Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman, said last night that his new mortgages bill will tackle the“excessive” rates Irish banks are charging for home loans, even after some banks cut their standard variable rates last week.

The Treasury Department has released a breakdown of Saudi Arabia’s holdings of U.S. debt, after keeping the figures secret for more than four decades.

ANALYSIS

How can the Garda boss, with any degree of credibility, ask her officers to come forward when they see wrongdoing after the way Sgt McCabe was treated behind the closed doors of a commission of inquiry, writes Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

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When should you stop breastfeeding a child? Suzanne Harrington and Colette Keane debate when is the right time.

VIDEO

Check out this exclusive footage of Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and the rest of the Star Wars cast arriving into Cork Airport yesterday from where they set off to Brow Head in West Cork to continue filming Star Wars Episode VIII.

VIRAL

Sudocrem is an Irish staple and, along with a cup of tea and a glass of flat 7up, constitutes the Irish mammy’s first aid kit. The lads over at the Irish Take shared this very funny video from the Fupin Eejits that sums up the national obsession with the White Stuff.

In news that will have everyone eyeing the sea with much suspicion, a beach-goer in Florida was bitten by a small shark which latched on to her arm and wouldn’t let go.

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This guy flew home to Ireland for the first time in 14 months and gave his parents a huge surprise. His mam’s reaction is priceless but stay until the end for his dad’s. "Ya divil ya!"

TECHNOW

GAMING: Fallout 4 has been around for a few months now but the team at Bethesda still has plenty of content left to deliver via DLC. The next pack to come from the team is called Far Harbor and it will arrive on consoles and PC and is set for launch in just a few short days.

MOVIES: 20 years after the original, Trainspotting 2 is actually happening.

TECH: Netflix is pretty much king of the video streaming world right now, with hundreds of millions of subscribers around the globe. It's a highly competitive space, with the likes of Amazon and Hulu also vying for a piece of the pie, and it seems the BBC thinks there might be a slice or two left.

SHOWBIZ

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One of EastEnders’ most beloved characters will bid her final farewell tonight as Peggy Mitchell succumbs to cancer. The former landlady of the Queen Vic, played by Dame Barbara Windsor, will receive a send-off with a selection of BBC specials as her final episode is broadcast.

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Lifestyle

When Marisa Murphy went to play as a teenager on Dinish Island, she could still see the flowers growing among the ruins in her grandmother’Islands of Ireland: Barely inhabitated Dinish became an industrial zone

MAC make-up artist Lucy Bridge shares her tips backstage at Roland Mouret.How to create the perfect matte red lip, according to a backstage beauty expert

New trends include chunky heeled boots, silver belts and lots of plaid from the British designer.Victoria Beckham got ‘rebellious’ for her new collection – as David and family watched on

When horses were shown photographs of angry human faces, their hearts speeded up.Jackass penguin talk is similar to humans

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