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IRELAND

Senior health officials who were in place when allegations of savage abuse against disabled children were first raised remain at their posts in the health service, it emerged last night. Given a failure by the HSE to adequately clarify matters involving the foster home, and a succession of conflicting information, the Government last night announced its intention to establish a statutory Commission of Investigation into the abuse allegations.

One in 12 college students were victims of either rape or attempted rape, according to a survey of more than 2,600 participants. The news comes as a new initiative to help victims of sexual assault is being launched at colleges around the country today.

The date of the General Election will be decided this morning - but it may not be called until tomorrow. Enda Kenny and Joan Burton will agree a date before Cabinet this morning, but the Dáil might not be dissolved today.

The alcohol industry engages in “false” arguments to block efforts by countries to regulate alcohol marketing, according to a systematic review of research.

A campaign has been launched in Limerick to re-name the city’s Shannon Bridge after Terry Wogan.

WORLD 

Ted Cruz, a fiery, conservative Texas senator loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump.

The World Health Organisation has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an “extraordinary event”.

SPORT

A leading GAA doctor believes penalising teams who break concussion protocol is far too radical.

As the transfer window came to a close, Aiden McGeady has breathed fresh life into his hopes of making Martin O’Neill’s Euro 2016 squad by signing a loan deal with Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season.

Stoke City have completed one of the biggest deals of transfer deadline day signing Porto’s Giannelli Imbula for £18.3m on a five-and-a-half year deal.

BUSINESS

The head of the Irish Bank Officials’ Association — the IBOA — has put the issue of top bankers’ pay back on the agenda demanding that the Government retain its cap on chief executives’ pay and introduce new limits for share incentives as it sells down its stakes in the banks.

The Port of Cork is partially “insulated” from future developments at Whitegate oil refinery but has a clear preference for it to remain operational, according to its chairman.

ANALYSIS

It matters because there is still an air of denial and defensiveness within the HSE about these issues, writesFergus Finlay

LIFESTYLE

With fears that we won’t be able to fill tech vacancies unless more women start studying engineering and IT, Áilín Quinlan went to a girls’ school to ask young girls why they aren’t putting these courses on their CAO forms?

VIDEO

Ireland will be looking to defend their title when the Six Nations comes around, but there are a few other nations who might have something else to say.

VIRAL

One woman is on a mission to shut down anyone who says women’s outfits are a cause of sexual harassment on the streets after she was subject to catcalls herself.

This nail-biting video of a Pan Am World Airways Dominicana plane coming into land on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin makes for a frightening watch.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Division is just finishing up a closed beta as a way of testing the game but an open test could be arriving soon

MOVIES: Alien Covenant is the interquel between Prometheus and Alien which you never really expected (or hoped) would happen - but it's in production now for a 2017 release.

TECH: In news which probably won't come as much of a surprise, there are rumours that Apple is looking into making its own TV show content which would be exclusive to iTunes.

SHOWBIZ

With Peter Capaldi rumoured to be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the next series, it’s time for the big question: Who will play the Time Lord when he regenerates?

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