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


LATEST... Micheál Martin, the leader of Fianna Fáil, has described as “extraordinary” the calls from Gerry Adams for witness protection schemes for jurors to replace the Special Criminal Court.

LATEST... A campaign group aiming to propel the high costs of mortgage rates up the election agenda was launched yesterday. It immediately won the broad support of two of the main opposition parties.

LATEST... Today is the last opportunity members of the public have to get on the electoral register for the General Election. The Immigrant Council of Ireland has also launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging more people to get involved in politics.

ANALYSIS... Day six of the campaign saw Sinn Féin and Gerry Adams put under significant pressure over their call to abolish the Special Criminal Court, writes Daniel McConnell

SOCIAL... How engaged are the Irish abroad with the general election? Robert Mulhern asked emigrants in London of different generations and professional backgrounds what issues are important to them — or do they even care?

Visit our #GE16 SECTION for the latest General Election news, views and social content.


Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has warned further gangland deaths are likely following the second murder on the streets of Dublin in four days last night. “Tonight’s fatal shooting in Dublin is another deplorable example of the ruthlessness of gangland criminals,” she said yesterday.

Six days before the horrific attack at the Regency Hotel, it was reported that senior criminals had flown to Dublin to attend boxing events. However, the Justice Minister has said there was no intelligence to justify having gardaí outside the Regency Hotel on Friday.

Rents nationwide rose by an average of 9% last year and by an average of 1.5% between September and December, it has emerged.

Thousands of households hit by the latest storm system have had their electricity restored in the South and West of the country but a number still remain without power as weather warnings remain in place in many areas.


Hong Kong has been left reeling after its Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other holiday delicacies, leaving dozens injured.

Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of “extermination” of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said.


Keith Earls will undergo the latest stage of his return to play protocols today but Ireland’s tight RBS 6 Nations schedule could mean him missing out on a seventh consecutive start for Joe Schmidt this weekend. Ahead of the game, the Irish coach has warned that discipline will be crucial.

Darren Clarke might have missed Shane Lowry revving up the crowd at the Waste Management Phoenix Open but if the European Ryder Cup skipper was looking for a sign the Clara man is up for a fight in September, he got it on Sunday.


Consumer confidence reached a 15-year high, last month, but positivity surrounding the jobs market has taken a dent.

Signs of distress in financial markets accumulated amid deepening concern over the health of the global economy, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 300 points lower.


I should have realised politics is corrupt, public administration is corrupt, and democracy is dead, writes Fergus Finlay.


NOW is a good time to be in the market for a mortgage in Ireland, writes Gráinne McGuinness


If you’re a fan of motor racing, then remember the name: Alyx Coby.


The two men moving a couch down a hill in Drumquin, Co. Tyrone, have become a minor internet sensation over the weekend.

Another week, another brilliant response to a restaurant critic… Of course, when we say restaurant critic, we mean someone writing a rather dramatic review of their meal on Tripadvisor. And the restaurant in question this time? Not just any old establishment, but a Michelin-starred restaurant – Purnell’s in Cornwall Street, Birmingham.


GAMING: If you already enjoyed Dying Light it's about to get even better thanks to the addition of not only an enhanced edition but also all new content thanks to a major DLC pack called The Following.

MOVIES: Zac Efron doesn't seem to sleep much, he's got another raunchy comedy coming out this year. Check out the first trailer for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

TECH: Stephen Colbert was up til all hours last night for a very special live broadcast of the Late Show, right after the excitement of the Superbowl. And he kicked things off by sending a football all over America and even into space!


Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone has revealed he offered to boycott this year’s ceremony because his co-star and director were not among the nominees.


The two men moving a couch down a hill in Drumquin, Co. Tyrone, have become a minor internet sensation over the weekend.

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