Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... Sinn Féin has said that this election is the first time in the history of the State that we could return a Government that contains neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael.

LATEST... A front-bench Fianna Fáil TD has refused to rule out his party supporting a minority Fine Gael-Labour government after the imminent election, saying on three separate occasions that "we will discuss all options" after the vote.

LATEST... Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has warned the electorate is “sleepwalking its way” to decision they will regret if they elect a different Government.

LATEST... Fianna Fáil in Government would introduce flood-protection insurance for those who are being ignored by the private sector, Micheál Martin said today.

ANALYSIS... Micheál Martin has gone from obscurity to centre stage of the election campaign, what it means for the ballot box remains to be seen, 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

An elderly woman has tragically died after she was knocked down in a Limerick car park this morning. Gardaí went to the scene after receiving a report of a female pedestrian trapped under a vehicle in the Castletroy area.

Nearly half of people intimidated by gangs over drug debts were physically assaulted and a third suffered damage to their property, new research has found.

Drinking water for more than 400,000 people is contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer, but Irish Water has refused to directly inform those affected.

A Roscommon man has today been found not guilty of murdering his mother by reason of insanity.

The organisers of the St Patrick's Festival in Dublin said that the event will go ahead despite a planned Luas strike. The festival, which is now in its 21st year, is due to attract half a million visitors and tourists to the city.

WORLD

At least five people have been killed and ten others injured in an explosion that rocked the Turkish capital, the governor of Ankara has said.

Searches in the wake of last year's deadly terror attacks in Paris have uncovered video linked to a person working in Belgium's nuclear industry. The Belgian federal prosecutor's office said in a statement today that an "investigation is actively ongoing".

There is no evidence or basis to suggest Pope John Paul II had improper relations with a married woman, according to Poland’s national library. The library spoke out after the BBC, based on letters from its archives, detailed an “intense” 30-year friendship between the two.

SPORT

Having retained their own marquee players this year Munster are still eager to recruit a top-level foreign player who can make a “big impact”. But a former Ireland international believes the province's hands are being tied by IRFU policy.

Meanwhile, the IRFU have announced that Cian Healy has signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain in Ireland and playing with Leinster up until the end of the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Faugheen will not defend his title in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The brilliant eight-year-old is suffering with a suspensory ligament problem which is enough to keep him on the sidelines for the big meeting in March.

BUSINESS

Finance Minister Michael Noonan was strongly opposed to changes designed to help struggling mortgage holders just months before they were approved.

The talent pool for skilled jobs should be widened if Ireland is to sustain its economic growth, a leading IT firm has warned.

ANALYSIS

Ray Ryan recalls an incident 50 years ago when a suspicious device was found washed up on a beach in Ballycotton. Had the Cold War’s reach finally found its way to Ireland?

LIFESTYLE

James Googan always avoided social situations and, if he had to turn up, would be described afterwards as ‘the shy’ or ‘quiet’ one. He wasn’t, he says. He was just terrified of stammering.

VIDEO

Irish students give their views on Irish politics, the political system and what they think are the important issues in #GE16

EXAM VIRAL

A dog owner who wrote a heartfelt open letter from the perspective of his dog who died recently has spoken about how he felt “stunned” by the amount of attention his piece got on the internet.

As Virgin Galactic prepares to launch SpaceShipTwo – its latest vehicle for sending tourists into space – here’s four things you need to know about the history and future of space tourism.

TECHNOW

GAMING: In Consortium The Tower you play as an agent called Bishop Six who is dropped into a living, breathing world- and how you survive is up to you.

MOVIES: So remember when Vin Diesel's Xander Cage died in a short film setting up the sequel with Ice Cube? Yea let's forget all about that, because he's back baby.

TECH: We're less than a week from Huawei's announcement of its upcoming devices, but it looks like the Huawei P9 will be on the agenda.

SHOWBIZ

It’s no secret that Ed Sheeran is this country’s favourite honorary Irishman. Today is Ed’s birthday and as he celebrates 25 years on this planet, his Irish fans have taken to social media to send the flame-haired crooner some love.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

One American woman’s Valentine’s Day experiment on some Irish lads has gone viral. Victoria Trocino, who is from upstate New York, spent some summers in Dublin and, of course, spent a lot of time socialising.

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