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IRELAND

Housing support groups have broadly welcomed the Government’s housing plan, which has pledged to ramp up social housing supply, incentivise developers, and ease rental pressures. Approximately 25,000 new houses will be built every year between now and 2020, according to the housing action plan.

Gardaí believe a Co Limerick man died with his young son, after deliberately driving his car into an oncoming articulated truck minutes after forcibly taking the boy from the home of his former partner, the child’s mother.

People who live on private estates but rent from their local Council may soon be able to buy their property as a discounted rate.

The Minister for Health has agreed to extend automatic medical cards to all children where families are in receipt of domiciliary care allowance.

Trade union Impact has sharply criticised Children's Minister Katherine Zappone, over what they have described as her Department's inept handling of the early childhood scheme.

A man has been taken to Beaumont Hospital after he was assaulted last night at Dollymount Strand in North Dublin.

WORLD 

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The Republican Party has formally nominated Donald Trump for president, completing the billionaire's rise from political outsider to major party candidate for the White House.

A police officer was shot and killed in Kansas while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting.

The fall-out from last week’s failed Turkish coup continues with the tens of thousands of public employees having now been sacked by the government.

SPORT

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is confident the club’s fans will have the patience that might be needed to get past Lincoln Red Imps in their Champions League qualifier at Parkhead tonight.

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Dan Shanahan admits that Waterford’s Munster final collapse against Tipperary was “embarrassing” — but revealed that the players have delivered an “outstanding” response since then.

BUSINESS

Start-up costs at the new Dublin restaurant owned by Nick Munier led to the venture accumulating losses of €255,290 in its first year.

Britain’s economy may slip into recession next year following the vote to quit the EU.

LIFESTYLE

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A superb new guide of the best walks of the west coast offers up a rich variety of nature that will engage the senses, writes Dan MacCarthy

ANALYSIS

Simon Coveney has effectively promised to end homelessness and the housing emergency in one big swoop. The housing minister is betting his career on fixing the crisis, writes Juno McEnroe.

VIDEO

With all the beautiful weather lately we've seen some brilliant videos to match. This one is no different.

VIRAL

It started as a small gathering of comic book fans back in 1970, but now Comic Con has become the main showcase for movie studios providing the very latest on some of Hollywood’s most eagerly anticipated blockbusters. Here we look at the must-see panels across the four-day event in San Diego.

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From selfies to hot dog legs, holiday snaps have changed dramatically over the last 135 years. Don’t believe us? Here, see for yourself…

TECHNOW

GAMING: Telltale Games have another series about to debut, and this one is all about Batman and also Bruce Wayne for a change.

MOVIES: There's an emoji movie coming and it's called Emojimovie: Express Yourself.

TECH: Snapchat acquired Bitstrips, the company responsible for those comic strips with your avatar that did the rounds briefly on Facebook, back in March and is finally putting that purchase to good use.

SHOWBIZ

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Some of the biggest stars in entertainment are descending on San Diego for Comic Con International, the annual gathering of movie, television and comic book super fans.

Mila Kunis has lifted the lid on her relationship with former child star Macaulay Culkin, revealing they could not walk in public together because his fans reacted in an “abnormal way”.

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