Your Tuesday evening news catch-up

A 500% increase in the number of home repossessions; the shooting of a former IRA commander; the appeal by a doctor found guilty of assaulting police officers while under the influence of a date rape drug; a special report on whether the recovery is starting to flower on the high street and how Cork learned traditional hurling formations were a thing of the past. Catch up with this evening's top and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

TOP STORY

Families 'simply cannot pay' as courts reveal five-fold increase in home repossessions

The rate at which homes are being repossessed has increased by more than 500% since last year.

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IRELAND

Your Tuesday evening news catch-up

LATEST: Judge warns against delaying appeal after doctor's drink spiked with date-rape drug

A judge has warned against delaying an appeal by a doctor found guilty of assaulting police officers while under the influence of a date rape drug.

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Man shot dead in Belfast named as former IRA commander Davison

A former IRA commander has been shot dead in Belfast, it has been confirmed.

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MOST READ: Man hit by car after going to wedding

The victim of an early- morning road accident yesterday in east Cork attended a wedding in the area on Saturday and had only recently returned home to Ireland after years working in New Zealand.

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SPECIAL REPORT: 

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Seeds of recovery starting to flower on high streets

More outlets are opening on the country’s prime shopping streets, writes Peter O’Dwyer

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CORK: Done deals set to revitalise Cork's main shopping thoroughfare

Several big-brand retailers are poised to breathe new life into Cork’s St Patrick’s Street and help it shake off its tag as the street with the highest vacancy rate in Ireland.

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DUBLIN: Grafton St basks in recovery but rents on rise

While few would argue Dublin has been hardest hit by the recession, retailers there have endured a period of stagnation similar to that of their regional counterparts — and it’s only now beginning to lift.

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SPORT

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LATEST: Pacquiao set for surgery on shoulder injury

Manny Pacquiao will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury this week and could be out of action for up to a year following his unanimous points defeat by Floyd Mayweather, according to reports in the United States.

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MOST READ: DONAL O'GRADY: Cork must regroup as traditional game thing of the past

When GAA historians reflect on the changes that hurling has undergone, will they mark down Sunday, May 3, 2015 as the day when the conventional game with the traditional positions of six, two, six finally died? 

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WORLD

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LATEST: Far-right leader le Pen 'ashamed of his daughter' after party expulsion

The founder of France’s far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has decried the decision to suspend his membership in the party and the attempts to take away his title of honorary president for life.

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MOST READ: Fox News sorry for report that police shot black man

With tensions in Baltimore still high, police said last night that a Fox News report of a black man being shot by police in the city was not true, and the cable news network quickly apologised.

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ANALYSIS

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MOST READ: Bressie: ‘I find it really hard to believe that we have to vote on whether two people who love each other can get married’

If you believe in equality and want to see teenagers grow up in a society that accepts everyone equally, please vote yes on May 22, writes Niall Breslin

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LIFESTYLE

Your Tuesday evening news catch-up 

MOST READ: Three Royal births that weren’t as ’comfortable’ as Kate’s

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Charlotte Elizabeth Diana this weekend, she had privacy, a sterile environment and the best medical care. However, not so long ago, a Royal birth might be very different: public, dirty, and protracted, says Robert Hume

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EXAMVIRAL

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LATEST: Five-year-old boy helps his dad propose to his girlfriend

When André Nordstrand decided to propose to his girlfriend, he knew he had to have his five-year-old son involved.

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MOST READ: See James Corden and Arnold Schwarzenegger act out 17 films in six minutes

James Corden has teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger to form the ultimate on-screen duo, recreating Arnie’s 40-year career in a six-minute sketch.

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TECHNOW

LATEST: Boba Fett is getting his own Star Wars film

There's a new Star Wars film due in cinemas this December but that's just the beginning of an onslaught of entertainment from the galaxy far, far away.

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MOST READ: Ryan Gosling responds to popular meme in best possible way

There’s an internet meme doing the rounds in which Ryan Gosling refuses to eat his cereal. Showing that he’s a dab hand at pleasing the internet, he has responded in the best possible way.

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BUSINESS

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LATEST: EU: Private debt could slow Ireland's growth

The EU's latest economic forecast is predicting strong growth for Ireland this year and next.

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MOST READ: T5 Oil and Gas targeting first takeover deal this year

T5 Oil and Gas, the exploration investment firm headed by former Tullow Oil executives, has designs on becoming a publicly listed “multibillion-dollar” company and is targeting completion of its first reverse takeover deal before the end of this year.

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SHOWBIZ

FKA Twigs shows off sparkler and erotic dress at Met Gala

FKA Twigs raised eyebrows when she arrived with her other half Robert Pattinson at the Met Gala in New York, showing off what appeared to be an engagement ring and an erotic dress.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Your Tuesday evening news catch-up

FERGUS FINLAY: No, Archbishop, a ‘yes’ vote will not change the definition of marriage

My wife and I were married in a registry office... and we were sinners in the eyes of the Church writes Fergus Finlay

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