Evening briefing: Shane Ross has 'no plans' to meet Pat Hickey. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today

IRELAND

The Sports Minister Shane Ross has said he expects Pat Hickey to fully co-operate with the state inquiry into alleged ticket touting, and has no plans to meet him.

Clonakilty in West Cork has been named as the best town in Ireland and the UK at a prestigious awards event in London.

The Government has proposed a committee of [20 TDs and Senators to examine the expert commission report on the future of water charges.

SIPTU will consider deferring a ballot on strike action to allow for a fresh round of talks on public sector pay.

Wintry weather is affecting road conditions around the country, with further snow showers forecast.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed Ibrahim Halawa is not among the prisoners pardoned by the Egyptian President.

WORLD 

Evening briefing: Shane Ross has 'no plans' to meet Pat Hickey. Catch up on all the headlines

The UK has ratified the world's first comprehensive treaty on tackling climate change, the British government said.

Police in Kosovo have said officers prevented simultaneous attacks by the Islamic State group, including on the Israeli national soccer team that played in neighbouring Albania.

About 340 migrants have died or gone missing in four Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over the past two and a half days, a migration organisation says.

SPORT

Evening briefing: Shane Ross has 'no plans' to meet Pat Hickey. Catch up on all the headlines

After missing out on a place on the plane to Chicago, Sean O’Brien will start against the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. All Blacks boss Steve Hansen branded New Zealand the "underdogs" for Saturday's rematch - but Schmidt insisted Ireland cannot be considered favourites.

Lee Westwood produced the perfect response to his World Cup disappointment as defending champion Rory McIlroy carded his worst ever round in the DP World Tour Championship.

Since Conor McGregor’s historic UFC 205 win, after which Mayweather compared the Irishman to an “ant”, things look like they’re genuinely heating up. Here’s the latest from The Notorious.

Funding for the new stadium, which is now estimated at €80 million in total, will break down as follows — €30 million of State aid, €20 million from central GAA funds, €3.75 million from the Munster Council, €10m from the Cork County Board itself, with the remaining amount, approximately €14m, being made up from a variety of sources.

OPINION

The hardening of the stance from the Government in the face of union demands may not be popular but it is necessary, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

Since around 1997, investigators have been trying to get to the bottom of vaccine trials, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

BUSINESS

First-time buyer couples spend 21% of their income after taxes on their mortgage repayments, according to an EBS DKM survey on the affordability of buying a home in Ireland.

Swiss International Air has a new route between Cork and Zurich. The new service will operate throughout the summer season, starting June 2, 2017 to September 29, 2017.

LIFESTYLE

Community gardaí are often the first point of contact with the force and offer a reassuring presence on the streets, writes Donal O’Keeffe

SHOWBIZ

Evening briefing: Shane Ross has 'no plans' to meet Pat Hickey. Catch up on all the headlines

This week’s Late Late Show guest list is here and after last week’s debacle we happily welcome the line-up.

VIRAL

A woman from Texas overheard anti-gay comments from the table next to her in a restaurant, but instead of confronting the family she bought them dinner.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Cork City was unusually busy last night as hundreds of runners filled the streets for this year's Run in the Dark.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Playkey is a new cloud gaming service which will stream high quality games right to your lower end system, and it works.

MOVIES/TV: The Underworld series continues in 2017 with Blood Wars, bringing Kate Beckinsale back for another bite.

TECH: Apple doesn't make ugly products. And it doesn't make cheap ones either. So it's not much of a surprise to hear that when it releases a book it's going to be neither of those things.

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Lifestyle

As those of us who love to have friends round are tentatively sending out invitations, we’re also trying to find a workable balance with necessary social distancing rules, writes Carol O’CallaghanTable manners: How to entertain at home post-lockdown

Helen O’Callaghan says asthma sufferers need to watch pollen levelsBreathe easy: Pollen tracker protects asthma sufferers

Testosterone levels drop by 1% a year after the age of 30, so should all middle-aged men be considering hormone replacement therapy to boost their mood and libido? asks Marjorie BrennanHow male hormone deficiency can impact both mood and libido

There are two biggies for the must-see lists this week: the final episodes of I May Destroy You, on BBC; and the first episode of The Plot Against America on Sky Atlantic on Monday/Tuesday.Scene & Heard: New TV shows and old bands

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