Your Friday morning news round-up

The HSE’s apology to the parents of Alex Butler was not sincere; Joan Burton used the probe into the banking crisis to brand Fianna Fáil “liars”; a gunman opened fire at a cinema in Louisiana, killing two people and injuring seven others; and how selfies are about so much more than vanity. Here’s this morning’s irishexaminer.com round-up.

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VIDEO: When sorry seems to be the hardest word for the HSE

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The HSE’s apology to the parents of Alex Butler was not sincere, writes Catherine Shanahan

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IRELAND

Varadkar exploring choice of funding primary care through PRSI and USC

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The Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, has signalled the Government may back down on plans for Universal Health Care, and provide refunds for GP and dentist instead.

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‘It is absolutely untrue we were all responsible for bailout crisis’

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Tánaiste Joan Burton used the probe into the banking crisis to brand Fianna Fáil “liars” for trying to claim everyone had a role in the crash.

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The Empire Strikes Back... to Skellig Michael

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Could the Jedi be returning after all?

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SPORT

Visa boss hits out at Blatter

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The head of leading FIFA sponsor Visa has delivered a stinging attack on Sepp Blatter claiming there can be no meaningful reforms until he leaves as president of the organisation.

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Waterford’s Derek McGrath fears dangerous Dublin

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Waterford manager Derek McGrath fears the team’s supporters are not giving enough credit to their All-Ireland quarter-final opponents Dublin.

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Irish clubs suffering as French swooping for country’s best emerging talent

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French rugby clubs are targeting school leavers as they seek to attract Ireland’s young talent with the lure of a decent living wage and a good lifestyle.

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WORLD

Gunman kills two, injures 7, at US cinema before shooting himself dead

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A gunman opened fire at a cinema in Louisiana, killing two people and injuring seven others before fatally shooting himself.

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Heart-breaking last text from ‘diet pill’ victim

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A student sent a text message saying she knew she was going to die after taking toxic “slimming pills” and driving herself to hospital, an inquest has heard.

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ANALYSIS

Greek threat to break ranks frightens EU elite

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The Greeks, credited with creating western civilisation, may have saved it in a near cataclysmic moment for Europe, more profound than the aftermath of 9/11.

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LIFESTYLE

The bigger picture: Selfies are about so much more than vanity

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It’s too facile to brush off selfies as little more than wanton narcissism. They’re also about owning your own vanity, being ironic, or just about having plain old fun with a camera, says Tanya Sweeney

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EXAMVIRAL

Brazilian street cleaner becomes an internet sensation after being deemed "too sexy" to sweep

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When Rita Mattos took on the role of a street cleaner in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, little did she know her job would make her an internet star one day.

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’A glimpse into the heart of Erin’ in released historical footage

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The Associated Press and the British Movietone have released hours of archival footage.

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TECHNOW

GAMING

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MOVIES

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TECH

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BUSINESS

Google tops Future Brand Index for second year in a row

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Google has been ranked as the company which is perceived the best in the world, for a second year running.

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Jobless rate still among highest

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Ireland’s unemployment rate remains among the highest in the EU despite more people returning to work over the past 12 months.

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SHOWBIZ

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince 'properly over as a married couple'

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Kate Moss and Jamie Hince's marriage is reportedly "over".

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Born from the books by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games has become a movie phenomenon since it first arrived in 2012. But all sagas must come to an end, and Mockingjay Part 2 will see this last chapter to its breathtaking end.

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