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The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have repeatedly refused to rule out doing a deal with independent TD Michael Lowry after the election.

Gardaí investigating the murder of Kenneth O'Brien have discovered more of his remains.

Facebook is building a new €200m data centre in Clonee, Co Meath. Two thousand construction jobs will be created and it is expected around 150 jobs will be announced on a long-term basis once the centre is operational by the start of 2018 at the latest.

The Department of Social Protection received more than 16,000 anonymous tip-offs from members of the public last year regarding suspected cases of social welfare fraud.

The European Commission has urged the US authorities to make a decision soon on the stalled licence application which is threatening the launch of the first transatlantic flights out of Cork.

Nine Kerry towns and villages will soon be without a GP, and towns which have managed to restore doctor services are doing so under sharing arrangements.

Two ageing HSE-run nursing homes whose facilities have been strongly criticised by the health watchdog are in line for a €9m boost.

Ireland was not included in Britain’s conscription bill of January, 1916, but by then 90,000 Irishmen had volunteered, as many more would before 1918.


New video released by Islamic State shows the extremists who carried out the terror attacks in Paris committing atrocities in IS-controlled territory while plotting the slaughter in the French capital that left 130 people dead.

Donald Trump is so confident about the loyalty of his supporters that he predicted they would stick with him even if he shot someone.


House-to-house inquiries across the rugby centres of Europe have revealed a disturbing fact. As of late last night, only six Irish survivors were left in the Champions’ Cup.

Arsene Wenger was left to rue the impact of Diego Costa as 10-man Arsenal were undone by Chelsea yet again.


In the third of a four-part series looking at the finalists for the Cork Company of the Year Awards 2016, Peter O’Dwyer casts an eye over those competing in the large category

The next Irish government should commit an extra €10bn to infrastructure projects, business representatives have urged.


Fine Gael is hoping for a low-key campaign, but things might be different on the doorsteps, says Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe


Intel vice-president and Cork woman Margaret Burgraff tells Marjorie Brennan that you must sell yourself to succeed.


Last week I asked whether the ‘root and branch’ examination of Munster Rugby everyone was shouting about should include an examination of the decision to move the training base to Limerick.


We’ve got to admit that a pitch invader of the animal variety is always a welcome sideshow, as these pictures show.

Here are 10 pictures that show the extent of what could possibly be one of the worst winters in the US in years.


GAMING: Rainbow Six Siege's Patch 1.3 has arrived on consoles bringing a number of fixes and improvements with it.

MOVIES: There's word that Avatar 2 has slipped away from its proposed December 2017 release date.

TECH: Vodafone TV launched across Ireland, bringing a digital TV service to Vodafone customers for the first time.


Sometimes life imitates art, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling was keen to point that out when she made a quip about a spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.


The devastated family of teenager Alex Ryan, who it’s believed is the first Irish victim of the deadly hallucinogenic drug, N-bomb, said their only consolation is that he saved four lives after they gave consent to organ donation.

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