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Three vehicles used by Irish Water were damaged in arson attack, the daughter of an Englishman convicted of murdering four people in the 1990s has branded her father “a monster", the people on the Vote No posters are in favour of marriage equality, and a special report marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the LusitaniaThese are some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

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Three vehicles used by Irish Water damaged in arson attack

More than €100,000 worth of damage was caused to three vehicles used by Irish Water in an arson attack last night.

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IRELAND

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Garda first thought body in Phoenix Park was a mannequin

A garda who found the burning body of homeless man Gerard Donnelly in the Phoenix Park in Dublin has told the Central Criminal Court he initially thought it was a mannequin.

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MOST READ: Daughter of murderer brands him ‘a monster’

The daughter of an Englishman convicted of murdering four people in separate incidents in Dublin and Roscommon in the 1990s has branded her father “a monster”.

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SPECIAL REPORT: The sinking of RMS Lusitania

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania the Irish Examiner and the History Department of UCC have joined forces to collate a wealth of visual and written information relating to all aspects of the ship’s operation, its sinking and its legacy 100 years on.

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VIDEO: School friends share family links with ill-fated ship

Two best friends who share a unique connection to two survivors of the Lusitania disaster are set to play a key role in the centenary commemorations.

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SPORT

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Sturridge back on road to recovery

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is hoping his injury nightmare is almost over after undergoing surgery on a hip problem in the United States.

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MOST READ: DONAL LENIHAN: A bit of proper shoeing never did anyone any harm

Donal Lenihan thinks the art of rucking should be revived.

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WORLD

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Germanwings pilot 'rehearsed' descent on another flight that morning

The co-pilot on Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on another flight that morning, French air accident investigators have said.

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MOST READ: Human traffickers target Nepal girls

Human traffickers are targeting tens of thousands of women from regions in Nepal left destroyed by last month’s devastating earthquake.

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ANALYSIS

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MOST READ: GERARD HOWLIN: Social partnership is back on track. It’s not a move in Wright direction

Next week, social partnership, under a different name, will be resurrected and restarted writes Gerard Howlin

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EXAMVIRAL

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LATEST: 9 amazing beauty hacks using coconut oil

If you haven’t got any coconut oil in your life yet, you need to get some. Nutritionists are raving about it, beauty bloggers swear by it, and more importantly it’s totally natural.

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MOST READ: Football mascot gets smashed drunk and collapses in middle of football pitch - on TV

While Austria Vienna were beating their opponent in Saturday’s Austrian Bundesliga match, their mascot, Super Leo the lion, was enjoying himself a littletoo much.

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TECHNOW

MOST READ: EA reveals release windows for upcoming games

While EA’s release windows are often as predictable as the sunrise and sunset, there were some interesting details revealed in its earnings call.

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BUSINESS

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Dublin's Dawson hotel and spa on market for €15m

Dublin's Dawson hotel and spa will go on the market today for €15m.

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MOST READ: Irish spring statement far from a Greek tragedy

Last week the Government published its much vaunted spring statement which was met with cynicism and scepticism. While its contents are a legitimate subject of debate, I was more interested by what the statement was juxtaposed with — Greek drama.

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LIFESTYLE

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MOST READ: What is your county’s hidden gem? (Week 3 - Limerick)

We’re on a mission to discover Ireland’s hidden gems and we need your help.

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SHOWBIZ

WATCH: U2 surprised New York commuters with subway busking session

The lads from U2 surprised a group of New York subway commuters last night, with an impromptu busking session at Grand Central Station.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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The people on the No posters are in favour of marriage equality

When the posters for the No campaign went up a few weeks back many people did not like the messages that they were promoting, and now even the people on the posters don’t agree with them.

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