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IRELAND

Outspoken Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to step aside for the sake of the country, and warned the party is on “high alert” for a snap election, but is ill-prepared.

John Halligan's threats to take down the Government will be discussed at a Fine Gael 'think in' in Kildare today. Minister Halligan does not wish to resign from Government but said he may be forced to do so if promises over services at University Hospital Waterford are not fulfilled.

Pat Hickey has come out fighting against charges laid against him by Brazilian authorities, claiming he will contest “each and every one”.

The Government is being urged to pass a Bill calling for a referendum on appealing the 8th amendment, rather than holding a citizens assembly.

Gardaí in Dublin are continuing their investigations after a taxi driver was stabbed during a car jacking in Swords over the weekend

A €650m increase is needed in public investment, according to the trade union Unite.

The Irish flag will fly at half mast outside the Limerick City and Council Offices today as a mark of respect for Ailish Sheehan.

WORLD 

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Hillary Clinton has called off a campaign visit to California after suffering a health episode at the September 11 memorial in New York.

SPORT

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Stan Wawrinka has revealed he was crying with nerves only five minutes before he demolished Novak Djokovic to win the US Open.

 It wouldn’t be September without at least one Kilkenny captain climbing the steps of the Hogan Stand. So, where the men failed last week, the women encountered no such difficulties yesterday – both the county’s intermediate and senior teams delivering All-Ireland camogie glory.

BUSINESS

The pace at which Irish construction firms hired new staff quickened to a six-month high in August as builders saw new business orders rise at their fastest pace since March.

Our universities continue to fall in global rankings as the impact of chronic underfunding is felt. The time has come for the Government to make a few tough calls.

LIFESTYLE

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The principal at Columbine High School had to forgive those behind the attack there to rebuild the community, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler

ANALYSIS

Brendan Griffin hit the headlines by calling for Enda Kenny to go. The Fine Gael TD for Kerry tells Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe about his work for the party since childhood

VIRAL

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A visually impaired UCC student has issued a heartfelt plea to save his guide dog who is dying from cancer.

A cat was rescued from rubble in a quake-devastated central Italian town.

VIDEO

The RNLI celebrated the acquisition of two new inshore lifeboats from private donation, with naming ceremonies in Cork towns over the weekend.

 

TECHNOW

GAMINGFollowing the announcement of the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony released a thorough FAQ.

MOVIES/TV: Kubo and the Two Strings is out in cinemas right now, and we're going to go ahead and say that it's one of the best films of the year.

TECH: The Sony Xperia XZ all starts with the name. On the one hand, it's a phone that represents the full gamut, the highest possible scale from the brand, following on from the XA released earlier in the year - A to Z you see.

SHOWBIZ

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Actor Colm Meaney has described Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness as an “extraordinary statesman” after playing him in a new film.

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Seeking information about her natural parents left a woman who was adopted at birth with more questions than answers after she discovered her birth father had been a priest.


Lifestyle

Lacemakers in Limerick want to preserve their unique craft for future generations and hope to gain UNESCO heritage status, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Made in Munster: Lace-making a labour of love rather than laborious industry

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