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IRELAND

There are unconfirmed reports of  shots being fired  at an incident that occurred this morning at Waterville Post Office.The incident took place at 11.50am this morning. Radio Kerry reports that Killarney gardaí are on the lookout for a blue Ford car and there are other reports that a Garda helicopter is also searching the area.

An extra €100 million of Government spending could prevent families  getting into debt  over the €400 cost of getting each primary pupil back to school every year, children’s charity Barnardos has said.

Frontline gardaí want more training to help deal with people who are distressed  or who have mental health issues.

A national organisation against domestic violence has called for the current number of public payphones across the country to be maintained  so that women at risk of abuse can use the facilities to call its helpline.

The Health and Safety Authority is investigating the death of an eight-year-old girl  on a farm in Co Mayo.

Allegations of homosexuality and the use of a gay dating app  are the reasons why Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will no longer send trainee priests to the seminary in Maynooth.

Less than one in five of the racist incidents, including acts of violence, which were reported to a European human rights body here were also brought to the attention of gardaí,  it has been claimed.

WORLD 

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US president Barack Obama has declared Donald Trump “unfit” and “woefully unprepared”  to serve in the White House.

A middle-aged fantasist raped and murdered a drunk young woman in what a judge labelled a   “crime of utter depravity”  after luring his victim back to his squalid home.

SPORT

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BATE Borisov humbled, European football shocked  and Dundalk in dreamland.

Rugby still a social sport? Forget that, says Keith Earls.  Earls’ father Ger played for Young Munster and Munster, worked his socks off and, like all of his colleagues, probably partied a bit as well, but with his own money.

BUSINESS

Pfizer reported better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by lower taxes and sales of generic medicines,   but revenue from its branded patent-protected medicines brought disappointment.

Irish startup Pulsate has gained the backing of global payments company PayPal  as well as government agencies and a leading investment fund as part of a $1.5m (€1.34m) funding round.

LIFESTYLE

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Promoting maths and science has become an issue in our schools, but where does this leave a child’s love of the arts?  Marjorie Brennan reports

ANALYSIS

On the centenary of Roger Casement’s death,  Ryle Dwyer examines  the background to his execution for trying to get German help for the Easter Rising that he later tried to call off 

VIDEO

A group of whalewatchers off the coast of Quebec were treated to an incredible close encounters with the  second largest animal on earth recently.  Eric Mouellic, a French tourist visiting Canada for the first time, caught this incredible footage of a fin whale within minutes of being in the waters off Tadoussac.

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VIRAL

A driver in Limerick was this week’s star of the always entertaining Garda Traffic Twitter Account when they were pulled over by a Mayorstone guard.

Instagram is introducing a new feature to its app that will allow users to share the best moments of their day with the world.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Pokémon Go’s first ever legendary may be in the possession of a player in Ohio.

MOVIES/TV: Jared Leto is set to take on the iconic role of The Joker in Suicide Squad and he's doing some pretty creepy things in character.

TECH: Samsung today announced its latest in the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 7.

SHOWBIZ

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A judge has finalised  next movie in Ireland.  nearly four years after the comedians separated.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Hurling hero Donal Óg Cusack has been denied planning permission  to build his dream home on the outskirts of his home village in Cork.


Lifestyle

These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright.Perfectly polished: 5 autumn/winter nail trends you’ll actually want to wear

This early 19th-century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on Thursday (October 24).Irish lots poised to add bite to Big Apple sale

Something for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’SullivanSomething for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon

Des O’Sullivan gives a preview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in DublinPreview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in Dublin

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