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IRELAND

The Irish Examiner/ICMSA opinion poll found that 23% of people said they had driven home from the pub after two or three pints in the past six months, although 68% said they had not done so.

Irish Water will get a €660m bailout this year but a decision to suspend water charges could have “big consequences” for funding other services next year, warns Housing Minister Simon Coveney.

The Government will announce details of its plans on dealing with the homeless crisis today.

The question of succession still looms large in farming, with the Irish Examiner / ICMSA poll showing that more than one-quarter of respondents do not plan on leaving the land to a son or daughter.

A senior civil servant received a €1.19m severance package from an unknown Government department during the worst years of the recession.

Dublin Bus has said that the strike action by drivers is having a catastrophic impact on the company.

One hundred and seventy new jobs are being announced this morning.

WORLD

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A protester is fighting for his life after being critically wounded at a dusk prayer vigil as authorities in North Carolina's largest city tried to quell public anger following the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer.

Families have urged Egyptian authorities to step up rescue efforts after a boat carrying African refugees heading to Europe capsized off the Mediterranean coast near Alexandria, killing at least 42 people.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are making a significant commitment of three billion US dollars (£2.31 billion) over the next 10 years to help eradicate ALL disease by the end of this century.

SPORT

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Davy Fitzgerald last night stepped down as Clare manager despite efforts by the county executive, sponsor Pat O’Donnell and several players to persuade him to stay on. John Fogarty assesses the major candidates to take over from Davy Fitz...

The Cork County Board last night clarified the situation with senior inter-county panel expenses after the Irish Examiner were informed there were several outstanding issues.

CJ Stander has already participated in one home defeat at the start of this new Guinness PRO12 campaign and the Munster back row does not intend to add another when the province makes its seasonal debut at Thomond Park against Edinburgh on Saturday.

BUSINESS

Global economic growth will flounder this year and next at rates not seen since the financial crisis as the march of globalisation grinds to a halt, international economic think-tank the OECD warned yesterday.

The home of golf’s Portugal Masters has been sold for just under €70m by its owners, the Oceanico Group, to a business consortium headed up by footballer John Terry’s agent.

Broadband provider SIRO is to invest €40m in the rollout of high-speed broadband to six more towns in the coming months.

LIFESTYLE

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Sophie White refreshingly explores topics from her life that are often seen as taboo in polite society. Clodagh Finn meets for a chat and finds out the recipes that helped her through motherhood.

ANALYSIS

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Margaret Hickey looks at how in a true liberal democracy the right to free speech for everyone supercedes the right of the ‘snowflake’ generation not to be offended

EXAMVIRAL

Yesterday, Donald Trump Jr got in a whole heap of trouble for tweeting an image that compared refugees to poisonous Skittles. And now there has been an ironic update to the story - the person who took the photo of the bowl of Skittles was a refugee himself. 

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Ted Murphy's Wednesday was probably a little different to yours. The wedding and commercial photographer from Carrigaline, Co Cork runs Ted Murphy Photography and he wore a wedding dress to work to help raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people flock to the National Ploughing Championships for a great day out. Here are a few of the great attractions that keep people coming back every year.

VIDEO

Our 'man with a cam' Eddie O'Hare took a drive through the streets of Cork last night and captured some of the beautiful sights from the city.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Dishonored 2 is coming in November, and that means it's time to get your creative kills in order.

MOVIES/TV: Netflix has a lot of great original and bought in content, and the ability to watch it all at once has definitely changed the way we view entertainment at once.

TECH: The iPhone 7 is out there in the wild, and the cheapest 32GB model will cost you €779 direct from Apple in Ireland.

SHOWBIZ

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Billy Bob Thornton remained tight-lipped about his ex-wife Angelina Jolie’s divorce as he honoured actress Kathy Bates on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The argument for Katherine Zappone’s childcare policy is that government should not discriminate between parents in paid work and parents at home.


Lifestyle

As David Attenborough announces new series on plants, we run down some of the weird and wonderful vegetation he might include.11 bizarre plant species from around the world

The weather’s always going to be a key factor on any wedding day — but especially so when the bride works for Met Éireann, writes Eve Kelliher.Wedding of the week: Bride and groom are literally on cloud nine

My wife and I are in our fifties and she has just started using porn. She thinks it will enhance our sex life if we watch it together, but I find the idea a total turn-off.Suzi Godson's Sex Advice: My wife wants us to watch porn together?

As you probably have heard by now, changes to the rules concerning gift vouchers in Ireland came into effect earlier this month, giving consumers more rights when it comes to these popular items.Making Cents: Play your cards right when giving gift vouchers this Christmas

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