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Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing


Fine Gael is willing to compromise on Irish Water and water charges to secure an agreement for government with Fianna Fáil.

Thousands of children are at risk of neglect and abuse due to consistent underfunding of the Child and Family Agency and support services, Barnardos has warned.

A farmer broke down as he tried to explain the emotional effects of seeing his 1,000 cattle sold off.

It has emerged modular homes being built to alleviate the homelessness crisis in Dublin will end up costing taxpayers over €240,000 each.

Met Eireann has issued a status orange fog warning for much of the country.

Traveller families in Cork City have to shower at a local swimming pool, share one portable toilet, and have no piped water or electricity as the council refuses to recognise the site where they live.

Firefighters, ambulance paramedics, and gardaí are being issued with tickets if caught exceeding speed limits.

Property prices in west Clare appear to have returned to 1970s levels — with a three-bedroom house on the market for €10,000.


Reality TV star David Gest, the former husband of Liza Minnelli, has died in a London hotel aged 62.

Top health officials expressed heightened concern about the threat posed to the US by the zika virus, saying the mosquito that spreads it is now present in about 30 states and hundreds of thousands of infections could appear in Puerto Rico.


Holland or Keatley? That’s one of the big decisions confronting Munster head coach Anthony Foley as he considers his out-half options for Saturday’s vital Guinness Pro 12 game against Connacht at the Galway Sportsground.

In the second semi-final, I watched Dublin set the speed to cruise control against Donegal, and though they had many top performers, it struck me how we may have started to take Stephen Cluxton’s importance to the Dubs somehow for granted.


Irish mortgage holders are continuing to pay higher-than-average interest rates on new home loans despite recent reductions, new research from the Central Bank shows.

Ireland is among one of the least taxed countries in the developed world, according to authoritative world rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


Brian Carroll outlines the bizarre case of Kevin McGeever, who conned his way around the world duping investors on a fictional path that lead to his conviction over a fake kidnapping


Quitting Facebook after six years proved to Eoin Weldon that there’s more to life than fake ‘friends’ and collecting ‘likes’


The owner of Unes grocery shop in the Varese region of Italy decided it’s about time your pet dog could help out with the food shop.

After watching Japanese beauty giant SK-II’s latest documentary-style advert, which follows a number of unmarried women deemed “sheng nu”, or leftover women, a few more might gain the confidence to have a conversation about how they see their future.


GAMING: While there’s a new Doom due this year, sometimes it’s difficult to beat the classics. And now one such classic, Doom, can be played with a virtual reality headset.

MOVIES: Game of Thrones is back for its sixth season on April 24, and things are about to get even more epic, if that's possible.

TECH:  Some Vimeo content is heading to the big screen.


Ben Affleck is to direct and star in a new stand-alone Batman movie, Warner Bros has revealed.


Fine Gael is willing to compromise on Irish Water and water charges to secure an agreement for government with Fianna Fáil.

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