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Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

NEW DEVELOPMENT

Two in hospital after Cork gas blast

Emergency services are responding to what is believed to have been an explosion in the County Cork village of Ballinspittle.

The incident is thought to have happened at Diva Boutique Bakery Cafe & Deli in the village.

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IRELAND

Irish Refugee Council's Conlon resigns from group examining direct provision

CEO of the Irish Refugee Council Sue Conlan has resigned from from the Government Working Group on the asylum-seeker protection process, which includes the direct provision system.

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€500m worth of development projects to transform Cork

Several strategic investment projects worth almost €500m will transform Cork City and generate thousands of jobs over the next few years, the city’s business leaders were told last night.

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SPORT

LATEST WATCH: College basketball star mortified after forgetting about the mic

Nigel Hayes, a 20-year-old star of the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team, had his head in his hands after appearing to forget about the presence of the microphone at a press conference.

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MOST READ: Kilkenny’s hurling colossus leaves a lasting legacy

Quite simply one of the greatest if not the greatest of all time. Not alone had he all the skills, strength and intelligence to make him a great individual talent but he was the quintessential team player bringing colleagues into the game

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EXAMVIRAL

LATEST: 25 signs you need to break up with your friend

It can be difficult to accept, but sometimes your ‘friend’ might be doing you more harm than good. Just because you’ve been friends with someone for years, doesn’t mean you need to cling onto toxic friendships.

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MOST READ: 10 Irish place names among the rudest in the world

A new interactive map highlighting the vaguely rudest placenames in the world has included ten Irish areas in its collection.

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WORLD

LATEST: Police search Lubitz's two former homes in hunt for clues

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MOST READ: Three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone in bid to stamp out Ebola

Sierra Leone’s six million people are being confined to their homes for three days from today as the West African nation resorts again to a sweeping shutdown in a final push to stamp out Ebola.

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BUSINESS

Bruton: EU will not sign any US trade agreement that impacts policy on jobs at home

The Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has said the EU will not enter into any trade agreement with the US that would put public policy at risk.

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MOST READ: Irish taxpayers foot €1m bill for firetrap apartments

Ireland’s position as a world leader in maritime survival training is to be further cemented by a partnership of two Cork institutions which will design, build and run an offshore training centre in the Canary Islands.

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LIFESTYLE

LATEST: Pre-planning your funeral is important if you do not have a faith

With more people counting themselves out of the Catholic Church, Caomhan Keanespoke to three funeral celebrants who offer alternative funeral services and graveyards to those who want to be buried in tune with how they lived

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MOST READ: Zayn’s going in One Direction. He’s leaving...

The world’s biggest boyband would be ’a fab four’ brought me back to the heartache of when Robbie left Take That a month after my mum died, says Paula Burns

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SHOWBIZ

MOST READ: Downton Abbey could be turned into a movie

Downton Abbey - The Movie, has a nice ring to it don't you think?

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

WATCH: Conor McGregor gives UFC boss Dana White a geography lesson

Conor McGregor had no qualms about correcting UFC boss Dana White when he mixed up the UK and Ireland on US television.

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