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ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... The nerves were there. The blinding lights, flashing cameras, and the leaders armed with folders under their arms. This was it. The last in the leader’s debates and just days before people go to the polls for the 2016 general election.

LATEST... A Fine Gael junior minister has denied allegations that he told a 72-year-old woman she was an example of the “whingers” referenced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny last weekend.

LATEST... Fianna Fáil is investigating an alleged on-street spat involving the canvass teams of two of its candidates.

LATEST... Fianna Fáil has moved to block the rise of Sinn Féin by encouraging their supporters to transfer to the Labour Party.

ANALYSIS... Yesterday, was the day the campaign took a nasty turn, writes Daniel McConnell

SOCIAL... Fine Gael lost a Dáil seat to Fianna Fáil in Cork East, while Sinn Féin held its seat, despite internal party divisions, according to the results of a school’s mock election. And despite a national swing against Labour, one of its junior ministers, Sean Sherlock, held his seat

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IRELAND

David Drumm is reported to have dismissed his legal team. It is reported he intends to represent himself.

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is expected to be sentenced today for head-butting and spitting on a police officer following an alleged air rage incident.

The €90m office development proposed this week for Cork City’s quays show a mark of confidence in the second city’s employment prospects — much of it foreign direct investment-sourced jobs — as is evident in recent jobs announcements and arrivals such as Tyco.

Funsize bars of Mars (250g), are among four products being recalled in Ireland due to the possible presence of plastic pieces.

An obesity medical specialist has questioned the effectiveness of weight loss shows such as RTÉ’s Operation Transformation.

WORLD 

Donald Trump has emerged the decisive winner of Nevada's Republican caucuses, leaving his main rivals battling for second place in an increasingly urgent effort to slam the brakes on the billionaire businessman's juggernaut.

Adam Johnson has denied that worries about losing his football career and salary prevented him from entering an earlier guilty plea to grooming and kissing a 15-year-old girl.

SPORT

Limerick GAA could be rocked to its foundations tonight as speculation mounts that county board treasurer Donal Morrissey is on the verge of resigning his post.

One of Ireland’s most exciting swimming talents, Grainne Murphy, last night announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 22.

BUSINESS

Official statistics published yesterday showed that while more people were at work, the fall in the unemployment rate may be slowing.

The proprietor of a Kerry hotel which is set to close has cited speculation that the venue was to house asylum seekers as one of the reasons it has gone out of business.

VIEWPOINTS

Pouring money into unreformed public services delivering poor value and little accountability is futile, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

We need to wake up to how our personal information is being used online. Tech companies are delighted to fund free email and wonder apps so they can read your email, know what you eat, what exercise you like, and where you shop. The key thing to remember is that if you are not paying for it, then you are the product, writes Marjorie Brennan

VIDEO

After the flurry of phone and tablet launches that marked the opening day of Mobile World Congress (MWC), attention turned to wearable technology and 5G.

VIRAL

Police officers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have said they will not boycott Beyonce’s upcoming concert in response to her Super Bowl half-time act and new video, which some said contained “anti-police” messages.

Let’s get right to the point. Can you spot the dog in this photo?

TECHNOW

GAMING: It's time to go back to prehistory with Far Cry Primal, out now on Xbox One and PS4.

MOVIES: Better Call Saul Season 2 is currently running on Netflix and we've got an exclusive look behind the scenes on the hit show

TECH: Mobile World Congress 2016 is currently taking place in Barcelona, which means a huge number of people running around and gazing at fancy new technology and a lot of very shiny phones.

SHOWBIZ

Emily Ratajkowski has revealed she loves Ireland because of the “craic”.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Five years on, as this campaign is about to close, Fine Gael’s campaign has been dogged by criticisms about it being jargon heavy and too complicated which has led to the public not connecting with it.

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