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A Fianna Fáil councillor has called for the removal of the LGBT community’s rainbow flag from above Cork’s City Hall, one of the world’s longest cruise liners docked in Cork today and Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been voted the 2015 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association. Just some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

TOP STORY

Marriage Equality Referendum: Why I’ll tick that níl box in a pink glitter pen

Marriage is a legal institution with a purpose: Children. For that reason it is the union of a man and a woman and anything else is something else, argues Paddy Manning.

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IRELAND

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Cork cllr calls for removal of rainbow flag in referendum run-up

A Fianna Fáil councillor has called for the removal of the LGBT community’s rainbow flag from above Cork’s City Hall ahead of next week’s referendum.

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Top 10% own over half of Irish wealth

More than half of the country’s net household wealth rests in the hands of just 10% of the population, while people in less well-off sectors of society owe more than they own.

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Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up

MOST READ: Land ahoy as one of the world’s longest luxury liners, MSC Splendida docks in Cork

One of the world’s longest cruise liners docked in Cork today — all 333m of her.

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SPORT

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Hazard wins Football Writers’ Association award

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been voted the 2015 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.

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MOST READ: WATCH: Cork teenager rivals LeBron with superb last-second basket

We were so busy admiring LeBron James’ fantastic buzzer-beater winner on Sunday night that this equally impressive effort from the Second Year Schools League last week nearly went unnoticed.

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WORLD

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Four thought dead in Nepal earthquake

At least four people are thought to have been killed in Nepal after another major earthquake there.

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MOST READ: Breast milk helps lost runner survive

Breast milk, dirt and the thought of being reunited with her family helped a New Zealand woman survive being lost in rugged wilderness.

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ANALYSIS

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MOST READ: Positive turnaround in pub trade good for visitors and locals

The Irish pub has a central role to play in the recovering tourism industry and in the wider economy, argues VFI president Noreen O’Sullivan.

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EXAMVIRAL

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Rory O’Neill (Panti): It’s going to be devastating if referendum fails

His thoughts on the upcoming marriage equality referendum were laid out in a documentary excerpt uploaded to YouTube last night - in which he says this month's vote is deeply personal for the LGBT community.

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MOST READ: A man fell over on Vincent Browne last night and a nation cheered

Last night’s episode of Vincent Browne was one of the more chaotic in recent memory - probably since they were broadcasting from a pub - the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells.

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TECHNOW

MOST READ: Nintendo's new console could finally work everywhere in the world!

Nintendo makes amazing consoles and games but one of the major isues users have had is that consoles and games are generally region locked - so for example you couldn't buy a game in Japan and play it in your Irish Wii U.

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BUSINESS

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Whiskey one of country's fastest-growing sectors

Irish whiskey is now one of Ireland's fastest growing sectors with exports set to double by 2020 and double again by 2030.

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MOST READ: Wedding surge helps boost Franc’s profits after 71% dip

A major jump in the number of people getting married here last year resulted in ‘wedding bliss’ for the firm operated by the country’s best known wedding planner, Franc.

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LIFESTYLE

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MOST READ: 10 things to know ahead of the Cannes Film Festival

After packing his mankini for his trip to the famed film festival, Don O’Mahony selects some of the things to watch out for at this year’s event.

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SHOWBIZ

New X-Files series will debut in January 2016

We're still a little surprised that The X-Files is coming back, what with the long wait since the last episode of the TV series in mid 2002 and the pretty terrible I Want to Believe feature film in 2008.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up

Marriage Equality Referendum: Why I’ll tick that níl box in a pink glitter pen

Marriage is a legal institution with a purpose: Children. For that reason it is the union of a man and a woman and anything else is something else, argues Paddy Manning.

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Lifestyle

Orlagh Kelly owns The Reading Room bookshop on Main Street in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.We sell books: The Reading Room - ‘Small bookshops, curated by people who care, make a difference’

As Stockton’s Wing release a retrospective album, Mike Hanrahan tells Donal O’Keeffe about getting back on the road, and his love of cookingStill a beautiful affair: Mike Hanrahan talks about getting back on the road with Stockton's Wing

An ongoing cull is resulting in a major reduction in the deer population in one of the country’s most visited natural attractions.Donal Hickey: Deer birth patterns evolving

A Courtmacsherry neighbour, Kathy Gannon tells me that when the tide is out, the vast acres of clean, grey mud of the bay reflect the sun in splendour in the clear, sharp air.Damien Enright: ‘How enchanting for humanity that we have birds’

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