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IRELAND

The likelihood of a second general election this year has risen significantly  as leading figures in Fianna Fáil intensified their opposition to the proposed “grand coalition” with Fine Gael.

Crack Irish troops using drones and other hi-tech equipment have been put through their paces this week as part of a major EU-organised exercise  in the north Cork/south Limerick area.

It’s back to the commuter belt for house buyers, meaning more marathon treks to work,  long hours in childcare and strains on local services, a study warns.

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Donald Trump’s €10m plan to build a coastal rock barrier to protect his links resort at Doonbeg has been described as  “a gift to the community”. and “faggots”  That is according to John Flanagan, who farms 30 acres of land containing 70 cattle beside the golf resort and Doughmore beach.

Some 35 high-powered vehicles, nine Rolex watches, and €30,000 in cash,  with a total value of around €1m was seized yesterday in an operation targeting a gang involved in a murderous feud.

The 32nd Dáil will meet for the first time  this morning.  But it is likely to be adjourned for up to a month later today as no-one will be elected Taoiseach as none of the contenders will command a majority.

WORLD 

Five people have been killed in a shooting at a garden party in Pennsylvania  and at least two gunmen are at large, police have said.

Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles yesterday with the phrase  “Israel must be wiped out”  written in Hebrew on them, state media reported, a show of strength by the Islamic Republic as US Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel.

SPORT

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent Chelsea tumbling out of the  Champions League  as Paris St Germain claimed a 2-1 last-16 second-leg win at Stamford Bridge.

Fourteen-man Kerry produced a resilient performance to take down the reigning Munster champions  last night and, in the process, secure the county’s first victory at U21 level since 2012.

BUSINESS

Some 90% of the 1,372 cases identified in Permanent TSB’s  Mortgage Redress Programme  have been compensated to the tune of €40m, with that figure likely to increase to €45m to €50m when the further 10% of instances are dealt with.

A former British chancellor of the exchequer has warned that there would be huge economic consequences for Ireland  if Britain leaves the EU, adding that uncertainty has already begun to hinder the UK economy.

VIEWPOINTS

When the next government is eventually formed, a number of Fianna Fáil TDs  will end up looking very silly indeed, writes Daniel McConnell

LIFESTYLE

Ireland’s ‘Animal A&E’ TV show presenter, Andrea Hayes, has lived with chronic back pain for years,  but despair gave way to hope after she devised her own pain-control programme.

VIDEO

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.

VIRAL

This is the terrifying moment TV reporter Alex Savidge had to dodge a car crash during a news broadcast.

Back in your school days, you probably studied English, maths and science. But do you remember those lessons? Take a quick break from the stresses of the day and find out with our quick quiz.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Division is out now around the world, giving folks the chance to shoot baddies in the face while trying to free New York from a deadly virus.

MOVIES: Kung Fu Panda 3 review: Po and co are back to face their greatest challenge yet – Pandas!

TECH: Google often switches up what smartphone manufacturer gets to handle its Nexus phones, but that may be about to change. It's being reported that HTC is to build the Nexus phones for the foreseeable future.

SHOWBIZ

Sir George Martin, knighted in 1996, was the guiding hand in most of the Beatles’ recordings.  Here is an overview of the albums the record producer helped to shape.

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