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ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... Day eight of the General Election campaign sees party leaders continue to criss-cross the country.

LATEST... Senior Fine Gael figures have noted with interest an apparent softening by Fianna Fáil on whether it would support a minority government or form a so-called grand coalition with its long-standing rival after the election.

LATEST... At a funeral in the Michael Healy-Rae dynasty’s heartland in recent days, one long-standing campaigner showed his die-hard support for the controversial Kerry family by taking the election race all the way to the grave.

ANALYSIS... Fine Gael has been caught flatfooted over the recent murders, while Sinn Féin is shipping a lot of criticism, says Special Correspondent Michael Clifford

SOCIAL... There is little doubt that Twitter has become a key 'weapon' in #GE16 with all of the political parties and groupings availing of its unique potential. Keep track of the Twitter action from the parties, leaders and main players HERE

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

IRELAND

Gardaí are operating "in-your-face policing” at the homes of more than 40 criminals linked to the cartel blamed for Monday’s gangland murder of Eddie Hutch in Dublin’s north inner city. The Garda Commissioner has said they are considering terrorism as one of many lines of inquiry following the two fatal shootings in Dublin.

The two gangs now engaged in a “cycle of revenge and retaliation” are “relentless, but not unstoppable”, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said. Residents living near Dublin's latest gangland shooting have suggested it may be time to fully arm the Gardaí.

Women’s Aid has described recent revelations of revenge porn at a large Dublin university as “only the tip of a very large iceberg”.

The rate of fraudulent current account applications has more than doubled over the last year, a credit checking company has warned.

Nine out of 10 Start-Ups intend to hire more staff this year. While six in 10 expect substantial growth, with the main export markets being the UK, Europe and USA.

WORLD 

Bernie Sanders has defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary and Donald Trump also scored his first victory in a triumph of two candidates who have seized on Americans’ anger at the Washington political establishment.

United Nations experts say North Korea is continuing to evade the world body’s sanctions, using airlines, ships and the international financial system to trade in banned items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

SPORT

And so, the final curtain. Paul O’Connell confirmed the worst fears of many rugby fans yesterday when he announced he was retiring from the game — and offered his Munster brethren a glimmer of hope of a future return to Thomond Park. Donal Lenihan writes in his coulmn that O’Connell was destined to be a Munster lifer after all.

They’re already two wins closer to an historic four in a row of Allianz League football titles but Cian O’Sullivan insists Dublin are masters of blocking out the hype and hitting the ‘reset button’.

BUSINESS

Cork Chamber has called for housing and infrastructure projects to be prioritised by the next government in order to build upon the economic recovery.

Amid mounting concerns about the risks of a global recession, European shares and oil headed lower again yesterday.

ANALYSIS

Sinn Féin promise to unburden us of austerity, but they will also unbound the restraints of a law-based society, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

As a child, Noel Campion loved art but a lack of funds meant he never got to finish his degree course. As he got older art became something he associated with his youth — that is until he discovered the Apple app Procreate.

VIDEO

13-year-old Limerick filmmaker/vlogger Luke Culhane has created a new video highlighting the need to #CreatNoHate on social media in a stand against cyber bullying.

VIRAL

Kim Jong-un’s North Korea is back in the headlines again this week and, not surprisingly, for all the wrong reasons. From Kim Jong-Il’s prowess on the golf course to the consequences of dreaming different dreams to the leadership, here are just some of the more bizarre facts and fictions about the world’s most secretive country.

We’ve all been there. We’ve all been told that we look like someone else and have found that comparison more than a bit offensive. Well, BBC Crimewatch presenter Jason Mohammad has been there too.

TECHNOW

GAMING: GUILT, like a fire, can consume us. It starts small, but eventually spreads to every corner of your life. It feeds on the unresolved, writes Ronan Jennings

MOVIES: Deadpool is rough around the edges, riotously rude and outrageously entertaining. Read our spoiler free Deadpool review HERE.

TECH: Happy Birthday to You is definitely a song you've heard once or twice in your life, but did you know that if you want to record it or use it in a movie you have to pay?

SHOWBIZ

The cast of Zoolander 2 didn’t hit the red carpet at the New York premiere, they walked the catwalk instead. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz and Will Ferrell were all in character as Derek Zoolander, Hansel, Valentina and Mugatu, at the premiere of the fashion-spoof sequel.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Gardaí are operating "in-your-face policing” at the homes of more than 40 criminals linked to the cartel blamed for Monday’s gangland murder of Eddie Hutch in Dublin’s north inner city.

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