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Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing


LATEST... Those earning in excess of €100,000 will be hit by a “wealth tax” of 5% under controversial plans proposed by Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

LATEST... Some 59,000 young people are being reminded to register to vote. The National Youth Council of Ireland has urged those who turned 18 in the last 12 months to ensure they are able to take part in the forthcoming general election.

LATEST... Business group Ibec has weighed into the hot election debate on the universal social charge — saying that “moves to abolish the USC are a step in the wrong direction.”

ANALYSIS... I do remember stories of voters at the God-help-them age having their hands guided in the ballot booth, writes Terry Prone

SOCIAL... Here is what happens when Snapchat meets the General Election.

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An international manhunt is continuing following the gunning down of David Byrne in a Dublin hotel on Friday. Gardaí believe the main target in Friday’s military-style attack at a north Dublin hotel managed to escape by jumping out a window with his foreign bodyguard.

Motorists are being urged to watch out for fallen trees and debris on the roads this morning as a result of Storm Imogen.

The first ever transatlantic route from Cork airport is of “significant importance” to business and tourism in the Munster region.


The UN Security Council condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

Rescuers in Taiwan pulled more people alive from a collapsed apartment tower yesterday, a day after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept searching for about 120 people still believed trapped in the ruins of the building.

A fire that erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed two workers and injured eight.


CJ Stander was awarded man of the match honours, after what must rank as one of the truly great Test debuts in Irish rugby history. Ireland were denied the joy of a victory as the team drew 16-16, but there was still plenty of satisfaction in Joe Schmidt’s words as he assessed the absorbing draw that left opposite number Warren Gatland considerably less enthused.

Veteran Denver quarterback Peyton Manning had the Broncos’ devastating pass rush to thank for delivering a second championship ring in potentially his swansong appearance at Super Bowl 50.


Construction firms have reported seven-month highs in new orders and employment levels, according to new figures.

A new report claiming to debunk election tax myths has been published by business leaders. Ibec, which represents home-grown and multinational businesses across every sector of the economy, has claimed Ireland is not a low tax, low spend economy and although tax on work is too high, too many are not paying anything.


There are, no doubt, some things Gordon Jeyes will miss when he steps down as Tusla chief executive this Friday, and you have to imagine the view from his desk is one of them.


Social media allow us to reveal to the world thoughts once reserved for diaries, says Vicki Notaro


Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted he was ‘not satisfied’ with yesterday’s draw at the Aviva Stadium.


There were so many celebrities at the Super Bowl that the stadium must have been buckling under the weight of stardust.

You don’t have to be a sports enthusiast to love the Super Bowl, film fans have a lot to be excited about.


GAMING: How big is The Division's map? YouTuber MarcoStyle set out to measure it and then compared it to both Grand Theft Auto V and Fallout 4.

MOVIES: Obviously the biggest news of the week is that Deadpool is finally out and we just can't wait to see what it has in store

TECH: HTC's Vive PRE development kit user guide is out in the wild and it details exactly how much space you'll need and other considerations.


The Super Bowl already has a winner and it’s the Coldplay-Beyoncé-Bruno Mars dream team. The superstars performed a set of their chart-topping hits during an energetic and colourful performance at the American football game.


Under-fire Louis van Gaal came out fighting after being questioned about reports Manchester United could bring in Jose Mourinho

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