Your Friday morning news round-up

Children as young as 13 are taking freely available drugs known as ‘legal highs’; The latest increase in third-level fees will see the cost of studying away from home top 11k; Jamil the rhino will today be unveiled as the newest attraction at Fota. Here’s this morning’s irishexaminer.com catch-up.

Your Friday morning news round-up

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Kids as young as 13 using ‘legal highs’

Children as young as 13 are taking freely available drugs known as ‘legal highs’ that have been blamed for two deaths.

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IRELAND

Cost of going to college to top €11k

The latest increase in third-level fees will see the cost of studying away from home top €11,000 this year.

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VIDEO: Jamil the giant to draw crowds to Fota

A lumbering giant will today be unveiled as the newest attraction at Cork’s top tourist draw.

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MOST READ: PAC urges all-island probe into Nama deal

The State’s spending watchdog is to investigate losses linked to Nama’s biggest property portfolio sale amid explosive revelations about fees that were lined up for parties connected to bidders in the deal.

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SPORT

Heartbreak as Cork City slip up in extra-time Iceland drama

Cork City boss John Caulfield was looking for something akin to a volcanic response after last week’s drawn game and he certainly got it here in the first half at the KR-vollur Stadium with Mark O’Sullivan’s first European goal coming on 13 minutes.

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MOST READ: Cork’s shapeshifters can find another dimension

If last year’s All-Ireland qualifier against Sligo was the day Cork footballers tore up the script and started again, was the hurlers’ backdoor game with Wexford last Saturday the day they changed tack?

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WORLD

Homeless boy becomes shining light

A young homeless boy has become a symbol of inspiration after he was pictured using the light from a McDonald’s restaurant to do his homework.

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Tourists advised to leave Tunisia as attack ‘likely’

Tourists in Tunisia are being advised to leave the country immediately as another terrorist attack in the area is ‘highly likely’.

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ANALYSIS

MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Nama Scandal: No escaping the deal’s bad smell

IT WAS back to the future yesterday at the Public Accounts Committee hearing. Strange goings on at the interface of business and politics. Middlemen pulling in serious bucks. Offshore accounts. Apparent conflict of interest, writes Michael Clifford

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LIFESTYLE

The National Cochlear Implant: Breaking the sound barrier

Imagine struggling to hear your kid laugh or your parent’s voice? Arlene Harris meets families who’ve just been given the gift of hearing

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EXAMVIRAL

VIDEO: Irish dad hilariously unleashes his rage after son repeatedly scares him

Poor Dermot McCullagh has been utterly victimised by his ’loving’ son Kieran McCullagh over the past few months.

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MOST READ: VIDEO: Fota Wildlife Park unveils new young Indian Rhino

Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park has today unveiled the first Rhinoceros to inhabit the park.

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TECHNOW

Cortana won't be available to Ireland at Windows 10 launch

Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana won’t be available in Ireland when Windows 10 launches on July 29th.

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BUSINESS

Ryanair accepts offer for its share in Aer Lingus

Ryanair has accepted the IAG offer for its share in Aer Lingus.

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MOST READ: New plan sees further austerity hit Greeks

A harsher austerity programme than any that has gone before for Greece will be studied by troika officials today before going to eurozone ministers tomorrow.

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SHOWBIZ

Chatty Van sends 'em Home Smiling From The Marquee

There's always a tinge of nervousness in the crowd in the build-up to a Van Morrison concert. Which version of the notoriously grumpy Ulsterman will take to the stage?

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Posters telling the Irish to go home have been spotted in Canada

A campaign to get Irish people to leave Canada is generating quite a bit of controversy across the water and it’s not hard to see why.

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