Here's your morning news bulletin.
IRELAND: More than 3,000 offers of social housing properties were turned down over the past two years, with figures showing the rate of refusal has increased in some of the country’s largest local authorities.
IRELAND: A bionic hand “has transformed my life”, says a mother of four who lost the fingers on her left hand to the life-threatening infection sepsis.
IRELAND: President Michael D Higgins will have an audience with the Pope today.
BUSINESS: We are almost five months into 2017 and all the indications are the economy continues to strengthen.
ANALYSIS: The Law Society warned of the legality of the ‘locals only’ planning rule back in 2005. The discovery of an EU ruling by a Sligo councillor indicates that it is unlawful, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford.
WORLD: A large, diamond ring is expected to fetch €400,000 at auction 30 years after its owner paid less than €12 for it at a car boot sale, thinking it was a costume jewel.
SPORT: Kieran Kingston was understandably delighted yesterday, but dismissed suggestions that Cork had deliberately embarked on a youth policy.
ARTS: From Glasto to Spain, there are a flock of festivals that could tempt you overseas in the coming months, writes Ed Power
FEATURES: The first ever World Pre-eclampsia Day takes place today, highlighting a condition that kills 100,000 pregnant women and 500,000 babies every year globally, writes Ailin Quinlan
ARTS: Frontman for The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell tells Ed Power why he thinks it’s important to have something to lash out against in music
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