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IRELAND

University presidents have warned an urgent political decision must be made on how to provide the €1bn extra annual funding needed in higher education to protect the country’s future.

The Irish ticketing executive at the heart of the Olympic touting investigation last night refused to answer questions from police in Brazil, according to the detective leading the probe.

Yesterday after Stephen Donnelly's announcement to leave the Social Democrats — just 14 months after he helped found it — many in the party said they were “not at all surprised” with Catherine Murphy accusing him of being “disengaged for some time”.

In the wake of the Cavan murder-suicide, there has been a 30% increase in traffic to the Women’s Aid website.

WORLD 

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Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has expressed regret over his "son of a bitch" remark while referring to Barack Obama.

Flights at London City Airport have been disrupted this morning after a group of protesters occupied the runway.

SPORT

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Self-awareness has never been Tipperary’s strongest suit

Happy to serve. The uncertain boundaries marking Stuart Lancaster’s new job description with Leinster were still not completely clear after his introductory press conference yesterday, but the former England head coach did at least insist Leo Cullen is the boss.

BUSINESS

The amount paid out in professional, management, and receiver fees for the receivership of Treasury Holdings’ main Spencer Dock firm now total €12.4m for work for more than four years.

Irish indigenous firms are “struggling” following the slump in the value of sterling against the euro in the wake of the UK’s vote in June to leave the EU, a leading economist has said.

LIFESTYLE

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World-renowned forensic cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken told Barbara Scully that parents should be concerned at how their children’s development is being hampered by their exposure to the internet.

ANALYSIS

Whether it’s by backing French ultra-nationalists, the Brexit campaign, or Catalan separatists, the Kremlin believes it benefits every time discord is sown in the West, argues Owen Matthews

VIRAL

Hayleigh Curtis is a chocolate scientist in the Cadbury Innovation team, and has had her exceptional taste buds insured for £1 million.

The unthinkable has finally happened. Durex announced that they were launching a new aubergine-flavoured condom.

VIDEO

It's never too late to rekindle a romance, as one Galway woman discovered recently.

TECHNOW

GAMING: An indie mashup of Mario and No Man’s Sky has unsurprisingly been shut down by Nintendo’s lawyers.

MOVIES/TV: While Daniel Craig sounded like he was done with James Bond during the press rounds for Spectre, Sony has apparently offered him $150m to return for two more films.

TECH: Google’s next line of Android handsets is expected in the very near future and benchmarks for the Google Pixel XL have been outed.

SHOWBIZ

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Beyonce has been ordered by medics to postpone the next date of her world tour to rest her voice.

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Whether it’s by backing French ultra-nationalists, the Brexit campaign, or Catalan separatists, the Kremlin believes it benefits every time discord is sown in the West, argues Owen Matthews


Lifestyle

As he prepares to stand down at Wexford Festival Opera, director David Agler tells Cathy Desmond about the highlights of his 15 years at the helmAll set for his swansong: Director David Agler highlights 15 years at Wexford Festival Opera

Volunteers from the multinational tech company harvest food fresh from Fota Gardens, writes Peter Dowdall.Made in Munster: The tech giant Apple harvesting food from Fota Gardens

Peter Dowdall takes a look at a plant that thrives in damp soil and is a key part of Ireland’s biodiversityThe wonders of willows: A key part of Ireland’s biodiversity

Pollutants can have an impact on your health, but there are things you can do to reduce the potential damage.High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests and strokes’: 5 easy ways to protect yourself

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