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IRELAND

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been severely criticised for comparing his exclusion from a White House St Patrick’s Day event  to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

A former Cork boxer has been jailed for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman.  Owen Roche, aged 31, of 2 Hanover House, Fermoy, Co Cork, was given a four-year jail term with the last 18 months suspended. He was also put on the Sex Offenders Register.

One-in-three Irish women gives birth by caesarean section, with the increasing age of first-time mothers seen as the main factor.

Opposition TDs have urged tenants facing possible eviction from a residential development in Cork City to stay put  and resist moves to kick them out.

Two professional footballers, who have played for Ireland at underage level, have been banned from the Cheltenham Festival.  They were pictured urinating into a glass that was then emptied over the balcony.

A potential deal worth up to nearly 19% for some Luas drivers has meant thousands of people heading to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin today  will be able to take a tram to get there.

Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof has won the latest round of a legal fight  relating to a firm that invests in African businesses.

WORLD 

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has welcomed the announcement of plans  to introduce a new £520m (€660m) levy on sugary drinks in Britain within two years.

Global football body FIFA has applied to US authorities for tens of millions of dollars in damages from ex-officials  indicted there for graft and recognised for the first time executives had in the past “sold” votes in World Cup hosting contests.

SPORT

Louis van Gaal knows Manchester United “have to deliver” if they are to overcome a first-leg loss and keep their European dream alive against Liverpool.

The smiles are back and the spring has returned to players’ steps but Ireland wing Andrew Trimble fears that Scotland might be in the mood  to rain on his side’s end-of-season parade this Saturday evening.

BUSINESS

Irish SMEs still face higher-than-average interest rates, despite slight decreases  over the final quarter of 2015.

Cork-based multinational outsourcing company Voxpro has more than trebled its US workforce  after announcing 450 positions at its base in California.

VIEWPOINTS

The responsibility of High Chieftains Kenny and Martin is not just to the legacy of the men who died in 1916, it is to at least 1,800 years of slow social progress,  writes Victoria White.

LIFESTYLE

Today is the perfect day to take advantage of the quiet roads and pedal your way along some of Munster’s best cycling routes,  says Dan MacCarthy

VIDEO

Attendees at the White House’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 15 broke into song with a rendition of Ireland’s Call.  At one point, a White House official appeared to attempt to get the Irish to leave,  but they sang on.

VIRAL

Pornhub Insights has researched how St. Patrick’s Day affects porn searches, "in honor of everyone’s favourite day to get lucky".

A new ad produced by Our Principles PAC, a conservative anti-Trump group, shows women reading quotes said by Donald Trump about women.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising has a lot of people feeling patriotic. And no videogame does patriotism quite like Broforce.

MOVIES: Sing Street's Ferdia Walsh-Peelo had never acted in a film before when he got the lead role in the new film and had to learn on the job

TECH: MainTool has been working on a gadget and connected app that turns your regular watch into a smartwatch with a variety of new functions.

SHOWBIZ

Frank Sinatra Jr, who carried on his famous father’s legacy with his own music career, has died at the age of 72.  Frank’s sister Nancy Sinatra announced the news on Facebook.

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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been severely criticised for comparing his exclusion from a White House St Patrick’s Day event  to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

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