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BRIEFING TOP STORY
DÁIL SOAP OPERAFARCE MORE TOYTOWN THAN TENSE
As the Sinn Féin sit-in wore on the atmosphere in the Dáil chamber became slightly surreal — though it was always more toytown than tense.
30,000 CANCELLED HEALTH COVER IN LAST 12 MONTHS
Around 30,000 people have cancelled their health insurance cover over the past 12 months.
RUSSELL BRAND WADES INTO WATER CHARGES ROW
British comedian and activist Russell Brand has waded into the Irish Water debate, claiming people are to be charged for "their most basic right" here because of "irresponsible government policies".
IS CHIEF ENDS DEATH RUMOURS WITH AUDIO RELEASE
The head of the extremist Islamic State group has said it will fight to the last man.
SHADOW CAST OVER PROBE'S MISSION
Europe’s comet lander Philae has come to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels, scientists said as they published the first image ever taken from the surface of a comet.
O'NEILL CALLS FOR COOL HEADS
It’s been quite a while since there has been such a feverish build-up to an Ireland game.
O'DONNELL BACK TO HIS RAMPAGING BEST FOR GEORGIA CLASH
Life may well be a game of inches but Tommy O’Donnell’s rugby resurgence this season has been taken ounce by ounce.
BANK WARNS RULES WILL HURT FIRST TIME BUYERS
The chief executive of Ulster Bank, Jim Brown, has warned that the new Central Bank rules on 20% deposits will weigh on the ability of first-time buyers to get on the property ladder.
AN OVERLOOKED SCANDAL THAT HAD ECHOES OF EARLIER SHOTGUN KILLING
In 1982, the country was stunned by a series of scandals.
NOW THERE'S A RAP AGAINST THE WATER CHARGES
Dublin hip hop group, J E Syllable, have just uploaded a rap onto YouTube against the water charges.
BOWIE REVEALS BRAND NEW VIDEO
David Bowie has today unveiled his brand new music video ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)’.
THE EVERYDAY FACE OF ISLAM IN IRELAND
The bloodthirsty rise of ISIS has been uncomfortable for Muslims in Ireland. Ellie O’Byrne met up with some including a 16 year old who can’t chat to friends about his early years in Iraq and Syria.
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10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE POSTING PICTURES OF YOUR CHILDREN ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We see it every day on our social media accounts. Friends posting pictures or video of the latest milestone in their toddler’s life, such as their first steps, their first trip to the swimming pool or a joyous family holiday.
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