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ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... Irish Water staff will either lose their jobs or be redeployed  if Sinn Fein takes power, Gerry Adams has said.

LATEST... An Independent TD in the West has decided use his election postcards in a completely different way.  Instead of promoting himself, Denis Naughten has decided to provide each home in his constituency with a card that will help to reduce crime, particularly against older people.

LATEST... Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has warned there is a real prospect of a hung Dáil,  risking a second economic crash.

LATEST... Outspoken Waterford Fine Gael TD John Deasy has confirmed his desire  to contest the ceann comhairle post if re-elected to the Dáil.

ANALYSIS... Disillusion with politics has never been as intense, and anything that offers serious change  should be on a winner, writes 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

Pregnant women attending one of the country’s largest maternity hospitals are exposed to “an unacceptable level of risk”  because of failure to routinely offer a scan designed to detect foetal abnormalities, according to the head of foetal medicine.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been called on to clarify his knowledge  of how sexual abuse allegations in the south east were handled.

A humorous retirement letter posted on social media by a young Cavan club footballer  has become something of a Facebook sensation, claiming nearly 30,000 views in less than a week.

An initiative is being launched to combat alarming drop-out rates across Ireland’s third-level institutions,  as figures reveal that more than half of students on at least 12 leading courses nationwide fail to complete their first year.

WORLD 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has praised scientists involved in the country's  recent rocket launch  that he said struck a "telling blow" to enemies - and ordered them to press ahead with more.

Fears that other EU countries will not want to see UK succeed alone.  Britain will be punished by the EU for leaving, because other countries will not want to see it “succeed” alone, the country’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond has warned.

SPORT

The news Connacht Rugby dreaded was confirmed yesterday as Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw’s decision   to leave his native province was announced.

A fine spring day in Salthill yesterday,  Galway making the most of the sunshine,  romping to a comfortable win over visiting Cork.

BUSINESS

A new survey shows that having a happy and caring work environment  stops people from leaving their jobs.

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) is set to spark a scramble amongst professional firms  to be part of the first phase of the Government’s €300m social house building Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme.

VIEWPOINTS

Body language has its limitations as  a predictor and as a qualifier  for high public office, writes Terry Prone

LIFESTYLE

Gwen Loughman discovered meetings aren’t just  for the boardroom. Family meetings are great for building kids’ self esteem.

VIDEO

Cork County Council management has promised to look at plans for major housing projects  on land which was flooded during Storm Frank.

VIRAL

While many people were snuggled up with a loved one on Valentine’s Day,  – thousands gathered in London to welcome the Year of the Monkey.

Here at Irish Examiner towers we're on a mission to put together the definitive list of the things the nation really loves.  Last month we found out what Ireland's tastiest dish is and what our readers regard as the most beautiful spot on the green isle. Now we want to know what your favourite TV show is. Tell us via Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #IEBestOfIreland.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Roll7's Not a Hero comes crashing onto PlayStation 4 after being released on PC last year, bringing its mix of gun-toting violence and wacky humour with it.

MOVIES: Action, comedy and drama go hand in hand at cinemas this week,  there's even some sea faring stuff to enjoy with Chris Pine

TECH: It was unlikely that you'd ever attempt it, but this destruction video  makes it crystal clear that it's a very bad idea to boil your iPhone 6S in crayons.

SHOWBIZ

Leonardo DiCaprio ended his streak of perpetually being left out at awards shows – and finally won a Bafta Award.  The actor was buzzing as he came off stage for his interview. “All of this was not expected tonight,” he said.

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Pregnant women attending one of the country’s largest maternity hospitals are exposed to “an unacceptable level of risk”  because of failure to routinely offer a scan designed to detect foetal abnormalities, according to the head of foetal medicine.

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