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ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... Voting is now underway in the general election as polling stations across the country have opened.

LATEST... A number of polling stations for today’s general election are not wheelchair accessible, voters with mobility issues have been warned.

LATEST... Partners in power Enda Kenny and Joan Burton shared an early morning parting cuppa yesterday but whether they remain at the same table after the election is anyone’s guess.

LATEST... Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivered an apparent eleventh-hour snub to Tánaiste Joan Burton and the Labour Party by failing to mention them in a vote appeal email to Fine Gael supporters last night.

ANALYSIS... Today, in their wisdom, their fear, and their anger, the people decide what happens next, writes Michael Clifford

SOCIAL... Renua’s Lucinda Creighton showed up the rest of the political crew on Ireland AM when she took on the Steady Hand Challenge and managed to complete it all without a single bump.

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

IRELAND

Landlords can no longer refuse to accept rent supplement. Under new equality laws - those receiving an allowance towards the cost of their accommodation - are protected against discrimination.

Irish internet users are being charged almost twice the EU average for crucial broadband services as consumers continue to pick up the tab, despite rip-off rates being repeatedly exposed in the past.

Prominent Republican Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy will be sentenced for tax evasion before the Special Criminal Court later this morning.

A holiday flight made an emergency landing at Cork Airport last night after a passenger was reported to have suddenly fallen ill.

A rowing club has effectively been shut down after its members lost a claim for a right-of-way across farmland.

WORLD 

Donald Trump has branded Mitt Romney “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics”.

The girlfriend of England footballer Adam Johnson has told a jury that they have now split up and said he had admitted cheating on her with “quite a few” women.

SPORT

It says a great deal about the quality of loose head props in the country at the moment when Joe Schmidt doesn’t need the services of either James Cronin or Dave Kilcoyne for Ireland’s clash with England at Twickenham tomorrow.

Gráinne Murphy, who decided this week “to hang up my hat and oggles at international level”, certainly isn’t the first swimmer to peak so young and bow out so soon, but there was an inevitable sense of what more could have been had the New Ross woman’s career not been haunted by injury and illness after her breakthrough years.

BUSINESS

GSK is announcing a multi-million euro investment in its Cork operations.

Labour Government Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has submitted an objection in his capacity as a TD to plans for a €40m residential development in Howth, Co Dublin.

VIEWPOINTS

Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump are king and queen of the American Dream, barometers for how far a person can go and how low a culture can sink, writes Lynn Stuart Parramore

LIFESTYLE

What’s it like to attend the Academy Awards? In advance of Sunday’s Oscars, Richard Fitzpatrick spoke to Irish people who’ve experienced the thrills, spills, and heavy security of Hollywood’s big night

VIDEO

Robert McNamara (@whatrobdidnext) and Steve Neville (@SteveNeville_) look ahead to Ireland's Six Nations clash with England. With a new look team, how will Joe Schmidt's men get on?

VIRAL

This smooch is making major headlines at the moment for a good reason.

Everything you ever needed to know about the 1916 Easter Rising is available here, rhymed in a poem and delivered by fifth class students of Moyderwell Mercy Primary school, Tralee.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Rocket League players will soon be able to race around in a Batmobile. To be more specific, it’ll be the Batmobile from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.

MOVIES: So who was asking for another xXx sequel? Was it you? Well congratulations because it's happening.

TECH: While the Huawei P8’s camera was impressive, the P9 looks set to improve this feature further. Huawei has partnered with photography experts Leica who will provide technology for smartphones in the near future.

SHOWBIZ

Retired footballer and sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has admitted he would love to see his young sons follow in his footsteps.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivered an apparent eleventh-hour snub to Tánaiste Joan Burton and the Labour Party by failing to mention them in a vote appeal email to Fine Gael supporters last night.

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Commemorating 100 years since the War of Independence