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

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


It's 53 days since the General Election - and government formation talks finally appear to be making progress. This is the longest time on record it has taken to form a government here.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is likely to vacate his position “within months” even if he is successfully re-elected, it has emerged.

The National Bus and Rail Union has denied allegations from Irish Rail that Dart drivers are involved in unofficial industrial action.

The chairman of the Housing Agency has said €34bn needs to be spent over the next 35 years on developing the region surrounding Dublin.

People with little training beyond an online course bought on Groupon are advertising themselves as counsellors to the depressed and even suicidal — as there is no law stopping them.

A man remains in garda custody this morning in connection with the murder of Noel Duggan in Co Meath last month.


Four candles burned at the back of the altar as grandees from the golden age of British television paid their respects at the funeral of Ronnie Corbett.

Detectives still hope that Madeleine McCann could be found alive, despite the drastic scaling back of the police investigation into her disappearance.

A trial has found a combination of two drugs designed to boost the body's natural defences can wipe out the most deadly form of skin cancer, even when the disease is advanced.


Ronnie O'Sullivan can expect to find out today how hard he will be hit in the pocket after his latest run-in with the snooker authorities.

When Munster rugby decided not to extend the contract of a coach who was about to reach a second consecutive European Cup semi-final, and then replaced him with a coaching ticket made up of their own, the organisation was saying something about itself as well as Rob Penney.


The value of shares in Netflix has fallen after the company reduced a new subscribers target. The streaming service says it is aiming to add about two million customers in the second quarter of this year.

The benefits for Irish consumers may be limited even as the price of crude oil fell yesterday, analysts said.


Talks between the two old enemies Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil convened again yesterday with a view to forming a government, writes Daniel McConnell


Katy Harrington and Heidi Scrimgeour discuss the impact that parents choosing a favourite child can have on a family


Characters in hit TV shows are always grabbing a coffee, nipping out for smoothies, or bumping into their BFFs/frenemies at some eatery or another. We’d definitely want to grab a table at some of these places, but can you remember who you’re most likely to bump into while scoffing some grub?

As part of Depression Awareness Week, people have been sharing what living with depression is really like, using the hashtag #Whatyoudontsee.


GAMING: Star Fox Zero is finally coming out this week, with the long awaited flying action game hitting the Wii U from the 21st of April.

MOVIES: Disney has gone back to their 60s classic The Jungle Book for a remake, and audiences have turned out in droves.

TECH: Shazam is a pretty amazing app which fills a very important niche in the market - letting you know exactly what song is playing when you just can't identify it.


Everybody Loves Raymond star Doris Roberts has died aged 90, her family has said. Tributes poured in for the actress who played the meddlesome mother to Ray Romano’s character on the long-running US sitcom.


Last weekend’s Irish Intervarsity Track and Field Championships produced one of the most dramatic races we’ve ever seen.

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