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A Croatian woman in her 20s is stable at Cork University Hospital (CUH) after she was attacked by a pitbull mastiff at her home in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has caved to pressure from her own ministers and ruled out a post-election deal with independent TD Michael Lowry, four days after the controversy erupted.

Members of the travelling community evicted from a halting site in Dundalk will be given a chance to speak in the Oireachtas today.

A doctor found guilty at a fitness to practice inquiry will have to wait a number of months to find out what sanctions the Medical Council will impose.


A man and a woman have been killed and three others injured in a shooting at a homeless encampment in the US city of Seattle. Two people are in critical condition and the third is in a stable condition. It happened in an area known as "The Jungle."

British holidaymaker Peter Nicholson died after drinking a massive amount of alcohol in just 36 hours, making him almost four-and-a-half times over the drink-driving limit. An inquest into his death has revealed that the colossal amount of alcohol he consumed played a part in his death.


The GPA’s blueprint for the All-Ireland senior football championship “would not have passed” at next month’s Congress, according to GAA director general Páraic Duffy.

Tennis authorities have responded to allegations of widespread match-fixing by appointing an Independent Review Panel to examine the sport’s anti-corruption programmes.


Apple is bracing for its first sales decline in 13 years, despite selling a record 74.8 million iPhones in the final three months of 2015, in what may prove to be a turning point for the world’s most valuable company.

Retail giant Dixons Carphone is to shut 12 Irish stores under plans to roll out electrical superstores merging its three main brands across the UK and Ireland.


Despite the controversy, the question over whether the coalition could turn to Independent TD Michael Lowry if it falls short of an overall majority could, in fact, help beef up Government support, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.


Spotlight looks set to win big at the Oscars with its true tale of the Boston Globe’s investigation into abuse and cover-ups by the Catholic Church, writes Helen Barlow


Demolition work on the former Capitol cinema site in the heart of Cork City has begun, heralding the start of a €50m project which is set to rejuvenate the city centre.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg may have made billions but he hasn’t spent it on fashion, that’s for sure. He’s known for wearing the same grey T-Shirt and (slightly darker) grey jumper to work every single day.

Limerick man Tony Grehan has a pretty clever little dog. Jack is a friendly little gentleman and likes to bid visitors farewell in the proper manner. Here he is repeatedly waving goodbye to Tony's dad Billy after a visit.


GAMING: HE’S always legless, but that doesn’t stop Rayman from doing his job. You could say he has some neck, but, well, he doesn’t have any neck at all. He doesn’t even have any arms!

MOVIES: Mad Max director George Miller has been chatting about Fury Road again and once more has brought up the Black and White version.

TECH: It's no secret that Nintendo is still in the console business and that their next release is going by the codename NX. However the Japanese giant has been tight lipped on any further hardware details or even a potential release date.


Peter Capaldi could be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the next series, according to reports. There is speculation that he will depart the show in 2017 at the same time as current showrunner Steven Moffat to allow incoming chief Chris Chibnall to choose his own Doctor.


The popular 1980s singer- songwriter Black — who had a hit with ‘Wonderful Life’, died yesterday following a crash in Co Cork a fortnight ago.

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