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IRELAND

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has opened up the possibility of a border poll in the context of Brexit negotiations. Mr Kenny has also promised to “further strengthen” Ireland’s lucrative corporate tax rate and hinted at reducing personal taxes.

The first steps to establishing a public sector pay commission will be taken by the Cabinet this morning.

The Government will today announce initiatives to build and buy thousands of houses and units in a short space of time to tackle homelessness and social housing waiting lists.

Met Éireann has said that today is going to be the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures could soar to 30C in places - with the west and midwest getting the warmest weather. Irish Water Safety is warning families to play it safe in the current hot spell. The organisation is advising people to swim at beaches with life guards if possible.

The inquiry into mother and baby homes is to be picketed at 1.30pm today in Dublin by groups excluded from the investigation.

A Dublin woman who was raped and later beaten by her husband with a hammer, said he instilled in her a “level of fear” she did not think was possible to feel.

WORLD 

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Donald Trump’s wife has been accused of plaguerising a 2008 speech made by Michelle Obama when she spoke to the US Republican National Convention last night.

Two pilots were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol as they prepared to fly a transatlantic passenger jet from Scotland to Canada.

SPORT

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is leading global calls for Russia to be banned from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics after a devastating report uncovered the extent of Russia’s state-directed doping.

Cork football selector Eoin O’Neill has welcomed their fourth round draw against Donegal and believes the “formidable challenge” posed by the northerners will provide the perfect litmus test for Cork.

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It might not have been rock bottom for Henrik Stenson as he packed his bags on a January Friday night and slunk out of the 2012 Qatar Masters after another missed cut but the Swede had every reason to feel low.

BUSINESS

London’s seven-year housing boom may be about to end after the UK voted to leave the EU.

The fallout of the Brexit vote could weigh on all three Irish lenders for some time, a leading broker has said.

LIFESTYLE

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Irish members of Clowns Without Borders help to entertain the traumatised in war-torn areas,

writes Ellie O’Byrne

ANALYSIS

Ted Cruz, who knew all the election rules of the GOP, failed to top Trump, while Hillary Clinton was almost toppled by a socialist. The rules are changing and so are the voters, writes Ross Barkan

VIDEO

A company which specialises in helping businesses monitor and manage cleaner and more efficient processing solutions is to create 50 new jobs, almost doubling its workforce, with most of the new employees based at its headquarters in Co Cork.

VIRAL

We are creatures of habit and there is no better example of our habitual nature than this video by the Fupin Eejits showcasing a list of our more familiar phrases that we all use on a phone call.

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Once upon a time - 2012, to be exact - a girl fell for the voice behind a corporate Twitter account - and she ended up marrying him.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Pokemon Go is really taking over the world, with millions of players across 31 countries officially and many more through various hacks.

MOVIES: The team behind The Equalizer is back to tell a story of a small team fighting back against incredible odds in The Magnificent Seven.

TECH: The Olympic games will be kicking off on the August 5 and you're going to be seeing a lot of product placement for Samsung around the place.

SHOWBIZ

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Michelle Obama will join James Corden on his popular Carpool Karaoke sketch this week after a preview showed the pair dancing to Beyonce’s Single Ladies.

Director Paul Greengrass has said he would never make a James Bond film. The British filmmaker has directed three movies in another blockbuster spy franchise – the Jason Bourne series, starring US actor Matt Damon in the title role – but insisted he is not interested in tackling one of 007′s big-screen outings.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

This kid pulls no punches in a letter written to her mother after they had an argument. Serious emotional blackmail was in play as this nine-year-old turned her mum to a guilty, weeping mess by telling her she shattered her heart thanks to comments made in a heated dispute.


Lifestyle

A Spectacular 28.86-carat ring, the largest D-colour diamond ever offered online, will come up at Christie's Jewels in New York from June 16-30.High value diamond adds serious sparkle to online sale

A whiff of new normality is in the air, writes Des O'SullivanAntiques: How to put a post-lockdown world in the frame

Buy everything on Michelle Darmody’s list and create five meals.One List, Five Meals: Irish stew with a twist; Yellow Pepper Omelette

‘There are two of us, in it together’From Chestnut to Sage - how family food businesses, real labours of love, are coping with Covid

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