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IRELAND

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to “make an offer” to Fianna Fáil leader to begin coalition talks before he departs to the US early next week, it has emerged.

The Luas could be hit with an 'all out strike'  after talks to end a dispute at the transport company broke down last night.

Gardaí are mounting a significant security operation in Dublin today  for the funeral of Vinnie Ryan.

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The outcome of a postmortem will determine the course of the investigation into the death of an 11-month-old baby boy  in an apartment in Killarney town centre, the chief investigating officer has said.

Older couples ‘downsizing’  to smaller properties could free up housing stock, according to a report, although it warns of the risk of social isolation.

A Cork girl’s illustration of what Ireland means to her will be seen by millions this Easter after Google selected the image following a nationwide search for a picture to head its homepage.

WORLD 

Donald Trump is facing a test of his durability with white, working-class voters  in Michigan today.

Intense negotiations attempting to change the dynamic of the migrant crisis,  and reopen the prospect of Turkey joining the EU were adjourned after twelve hours following an emergency summit in Brussels.

The UK is facing the threat of “enormous and spectacular attacks”  by Islamic State (IS), as the extremist group aims to wage war on Western lifestyles, the national head of counter-terrorism has warned.

SPORT

Maria Sharapova has revealed she  failed a drug testfor meldonium at January’s Australian Open.

Jose Mourinho and his former club Chelsea appear to be heading for a public employment tribunal  after lawyers apparently failed to reach a settlement with ex-team doctor Eva Carneiro.

Paddy Jackson has still to play one minute of Six Nations rugby this year,  but his Ulster colleague Andrew Trimble believes the out-half is nonetheless well down the road to reaching the standards of Ireland playmaker Jonathan Sexton.

BUSINESS

New research has found very few older people in Ireland  are downsizing to live in a smaller home.

Tax inversions like that announced by Tyco and Johnson Controls in January will always attract criticism but also serve to focus attention on the US tax system, according to Tyco’s chief executive.

VIEWPOINTS

On the water charges, we should acknowledge the failure  and suspend payment for five years, writes Fergus Finlay

LIFESTYLE

On International Women’s Day, Joyce Fegan a bride-to-be, has had it with a world where women relish sneering at other women because of their appearance.

VIDEO

Until 1916, this half brick formed part of the wall at Portobello Barracks, now Cathal Brugha Barracks, in Rathmines.

VIRAL

A mother whose Facebook post ’shaming’ her son for bullying was shared thousands if times has defended herself against critics saying she wanted to show her son that his "actions had consequences".

Leonardo DiCaprio got his hands on an Oscar in 2016 after decades in the business and a plethora of nominations for the coveted Academy Award. But were you paying attention to his career? Try our quiz to match the names of his on-screen characters to the film in which they appeared.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Blizzard is set to release Overwatch sooner than expected if the latest leak can be believed, and it probably should be

MOVIES: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is off Sandman. This pretty bitter news came straight from the actor/director/creative whirlwind himself on Facebook.

TECH: HTC hasn't yet confirmed anything official about their upcoming smartphone but the latest leak suggests a new name

SHOWBIZ

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has been told to stop touring immediately  or risk going deaf.

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If you’ve ever wondered how to get JK Rowling along to a discussion about The Cuckcoo’s Calling   by Robert Galbraith (her pseudonym) we might well have the answer…

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