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IRELAND

Ireland could escape potential European Commission court action over cancelling water charges if it defers the controversial fees for a number of years instead of scrapping them entirely.

A leading senator has hit out at the “bloody thin” salaries TDs are paid, claiming politicians who have lost their seats will be forced to survive on “very little” parachute supports after they leave office.

Labour has managed to secure its speaking rights in the new Dáil after party TD Willie Penrose retained his seat following a six-day count in Longford-Westmeath.

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Met Eireann has issued a snow-ice warning - with snow already reported in parts of Leinster this morning. The forecaster has said there will be sleet and snow showers ranging between 1 and 3 centimetres - especially on high ground - across Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

Two Muslim leaders have expressed serious concerns over what they claim are “extremist” Middle Eastern Islamic scholars speaking at a two-day student conference, starting today.

WORLD 

A host of technology industry groups and civil liberties advocates have filed legal arguments backing Apple in its fight with the FBI. They include security experts worried about hacking and independent app-makers who fear more burdens on their business.

EU Council president Donald Tusk told illegal economic migrants not to risk their lives or money on a perilous trip to Europe “for nothing” but said unilateral actions by European Union states to deal with the crisis must stop.

SPORT

The League of Ireland kicks off this evening for a new season. We assess the chances of the 12 Premier Division sides with some favouring Cork City to finally end Dundalk’s dominance?

Ronan O’Gara believes that Simon Zebo needs to stop taking “the soft option” if he is to fulfil his potential with Munster and Ireland.

BUSINESS

AIB says it’s in good enough shape for the first slice of the bank to be sold off later this year, and hopes that turbulent market conditions will have settled by then.

A leading Irish economist has broken ranks by saying Ireland’s economy would likely fare well enough even if the UK were to vote this summer to leave the EU.

VIEWPOINTS

It looks like Bernard McNamara, the man who built Longboat Quay, will get the job of sorting out its fire safety deficiencies without residents having to foot the bill, says Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

Being a TD is not the ideal job for somebody who wants to strike a good work/life balance and it’s much worse for rural TDS who are away from home midweek. Georgina O’Halloran talked to three parents, including two women, about the sacrifices they have made and will make

VIDEO

Peter McNamara of the Irish Examiner asks the Evening Echo's Noel Spillane and the Irish Examiner's Steve Neville about their hopes for the Airtricity League this year on BallTalk TV.

VIRAL

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been gaining huge amounts of support in his campaign to become the Republican nominee for the 2016 general election in the US and most of it seems to be coming from the controversial nature of his speeches and policies.

A new giraffe has been born at Whipsnade Zoo, and the calf wasted no time in showing us humans how utterly useless we are.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Star Wars Battlefront has Hoth, and Luke and shedloads of lasers but it's missing one pretty important thing - a story. And it looks like even a stormtrooper has noticed.

MOVIES: John Wick Chapter 2 has already finished shooting, and star Keanu Reeves has some things to say.

TECH: Drones are already big business and now they're going to be big in sports as well with the first major drone race for cash set to take place in Dubai. And we're talking about a serious prize fund of $1 million here.

SHOWBIZ

Giovanna Fletcher has said nothing could have prepared her for the “guilt” that comes with being a mother. The author and blogger is married to McFly’s Tom Fletcher and has two children – Buzz, two, and Buddy Bob, who is just a few weeks old.

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A leading senator has hit out at the “bloody thin” salaries TDs are paid, claiming politicians who have lost their seats will be forced to survive on “very little” parachute supports after they leave office.

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