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BREAKING - Brussels Airport Explosions

Two explosions have been heard at Brussels airport with video and stills pictures showing smoke rising from one of the terminal buildings.

IRELAND

In a tragedy of epic proportions, Seán McGrotty was forced to choose which child would live and who would die but, in a final act of heroism, he gave his own life to stay with those who could not be saved.

The 32nd Dáil will meet for the second time today, but there is no prospect of a Government being formed.

LGBTI young people are three times more likely to die by suicide and twice as likely to self-harm, compared to a similar age group, according to a recent survey.

WORLD 

The US government has said it may not need Apple's help to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

SPORT

Invited to train with the senior squad yesterday and today, Jack Byrne might be a long shot for promotion to the Euros panel but the 19-year-old midfielder — who has recently impressed on loan from Manchester City at Dutch club SC Cambuur — is definitely one for the future.

Former captain Pat Mulcahy has identified three key reasons behind Cork’s dismal form in the Allianz Hurling League — including the lack of proper training facilities for manager Kieran Kingston and his players in pre-season.

BUSINESS

Political and economic unification of Ireland could potentially deliver a €35.6bn boost in GDP for the island in the first eight years - according to a new study launched today.

Tesco Ireland has failed in its bid to halt German discount retailer Lidl’s expansion here.

VIEWPOINTS

I sat through ‘Rebellion’, and the documentary narrated by Liam Neeson. It has all left me cold, writes Fergus Finlay. I was going to keep quiet about it, but then I read an article at the weekend, and I realised I’m guilty: I just can’t get worked up about 1916.

LIFESTYLE

Attending a pre-marriage course is a must if you’re walking down a church aisle, but what

is involved and are they really relevant to couples in 2016? Georgina O’Halloran reports

VIDEO

You’ve heard the one about painting the town red, but the painting red of a number of Dublin post boxes has prompted the Twitterati to ask if the UK is trying to take us back one post box at a time.

VIRAL

The Facebook page Unbiologically Mine has recently shared a powerful post about being a foster parent. The post highlights, the often ignored, diverse range of tasks a foster parent carries out for the child in their care.

A nightclub regular must be mortified after the CCTV footage of her fall ended up on Facebook. Staff at Level Nightclub in Bolton, Manchester have crowned the trip their ’fall of the week’ after uploading it to their page.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Telltale Games have their sights set on a new property, bringing a digital version of Batman to the interactive screen.

MOVIES: It seems Disney has a real hit on their hands with Zootropolis (called Zootopia in the States) as the film managed to grab the top spot at the box office yet again this weekend.

TECH: Older Kindle models are due an important update which needs to be applied immediately to ensure it remains online in the future

SHOWBIZ

London will be the safest city in the world on Tuesday as both Batman and Superman descend for one night only. Actors Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will ditch their alter egos’ disguises to walk the red carpet at the European premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice in Leicester Square.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The news broke on Friday that a Conor McGregor – Nate Diaz rematch was looking likely, and it seems that such an encounter would take place under the exact same conditions as previously.

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