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IRELAND

European drug experts report a “dramatic increase” in the potency of high-strength ecstasy tablets, including so-called ‘super pills’.

Engineers Ireland describes the new Government’s capital plan’s spending target of 2% of GDP  as “inadequate”; saying it needs to be raised to at least 4%.

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump may have received the red carpet treatment from the Government when he was last in Ireland two years ago, but Enda Kenny has firmly whipped away the welcome mat  for the Republican presumptive candidate.

The second person charged over the gangland murder of Gareth Hutch  will appear in court this morning.

The Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said Michael D Higgins would have “broad cross-party support”  if he wants a second term as President.

Concerns have been raised over the speed, cost, and the number  of housing units that can be built under a plan to fast-track the construction of 3,000 homes in the Dublin Docklands area because of the potential threat of harmful landfill gases emitted on the derelict lands.

WORLD 

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Police investigating after a three-year-old boy entered a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla exhibit and was dragged around by a massive primate that was shot dead to protect him have said they are looking only at actions by the child's family. 

The police officer who led the investigation into Liam Fee’s death has said the two-year-old was subjected to “horrendous abuse”  at the hands of his mother and her partner who were convicted yesterday of his murder.

SPORT

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Robbie Keane has been included in Ireland’s squad of 23  for the European Championship finals despite a calf injury having ruled him out of the match against Belarus at Turner’s Cross.

With provisions in place should Joe Schmidt be selected to lead the Lions tour to New Zealand next summer, IRFU performance director David Nucifora explained that his ultimate successor as Ireland coach  is already in the Irish system.

BUSINESS

The country’s chronic housing shortage is set to persist and push property prices even higher  while, at the same time, the Central Bank’s mortgage rules continue to restrict lending to ‘abnormally low’ levels despite a pick-up in April.

The announcement by Amazon that it is creating an additional 500 jobs in Ireland has far-reaching implications  about Ireland’s position in the global online market.

ANALYSIS

Like the sex lives of football players, we all want to handle a currency we can trade-up in,  writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

The lavish, white wedding dress is not every girl’s dream. Make your own or buy a ready-to-wear option and avoid hassle and expense,  says Carolyn Moore

VIDEO

With the sun blazing down on a splendid looking Turner’s Cross for yesterday evening’s international between the Republic of Ireland and Belarus,  one couldn’t help but feel not only pride in being Irish, but pride in being from Cork.

VIRAL

Brett Sanders was a very unhappy man after he was convicted of speeding for being nine miles over the speed limit in Texas. So Brett devised a devious plan to pay off his fine in thousands of pennies and document it all on video. 

We were looking at social media today and captured some of the best snaps of today's great weather.

TECHNOW

GAMING: You're already getting a whole new DLC pack for The Witcher 3 today, and CD Project has another gift to grant in the form of a major new patch.

MOVIES: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows is in cinemas across Ireland now and a very special song has been added to the credits just for the local release.

TECH: Star Wars was back in the news of late, having just wrapped shooting scenes in Ireland. BB-8 will be making a return to our screens next year in Episode VIII and is sure to be a hit once again. Miniature versions of the adorable droid have found their way into homes all over the world. And what could make for a better video than letting your puppy play with it?

SHOWBIZ

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Emily Blunt is to follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews  as the star of a new Mary Poppins film.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The devastating impact of addictive gambling in Tipperary’s GAA  has been revealed in a series of interviews to be broadcast on local radio today.


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