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

IRELAND  

The programme for government, agreed upon by both Fine Gael and Independent TDs has been set out.   Based on a timeframe of five years, the 150 page document outlines policies in a number of key areas.

Fine Gael will concede four Cabinet seats to Independents today in exchange for their support for a deal to form a Government.  Junior minister Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty, and Independent TDs Shane Ross, Denis Naughten, Katherine Zappone, and Seán Canney look set to be among the new faces at Cabinet after today.

Valentia Coast Guard has been called out in Cork after a car entered the  River Lee this morning.  It is unknown if there is anyone inside the vehicle at present.

Gardaí have been forced to widen their search for the mother of a baby girl whose body was found among the waste on a sorting conveyor after an autopsy revealed that the  baby was born some weeks earlier  than initially thought.

People struggling to buy a home could receive tax breaks from the next government  in a bid to halt the escalating housing crisis.

A High Court judge has dismissed an application by a boatman to allow him land passengers at the Skellig Michael Unesco world heritage site  until his legal action against the Office of Public Works has been determined.

There was widespread suspected sexual abuse within   the foster family a child was sent to  after he was allegedly raped by his father and forced to have sex with his mother.

WORLD  

Alberta has declared a state of emergency as crews battle to hold back wildfires that have destroyed 1,600 homes and buildings  in Canada’s main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 people to flee.

Having cemented a remarkable triumph as his party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman,  although sporadic clashes continue, US officials said yesterday.

SPORT

Munster Rugby are hoping Thomond Park can be restored to a fortress for  tomorrow’s must-win,  last-day Guinness Pro12 clash with Scarlets.

Liverpool reached their first European final for nine years with a  comprehensive 3-0  win over a 10-man Villarreal side who lost their heads in the red-hot cauldron of Anfield.

BUSINESS

The countdown to politicians forcing cuts in  costly mortgage rates quickened  yesterday as Fianna Fáil pledged to reintroduce a bill in the Dáil that it says will swiftly pave the way for lenders to slash home loan rates.

International property investment group Kennedy Wilson Europe (KWE) is to focus its Irish operations more heavily on the south Dublin suburbs,  expecting office rents and capital values there to catch up with city centre rates.

ANALYSIS

It was a day of high drama yesterday in  Leinster House and Government Buildings,  writes Daniel McConnell

LIFESTYLE

From watery Viking adventues to the antics of the animal kingdom (dead and alive), the capital has loads to entertain and educate the kids,  writes Esther N McCarthy

VIRAL

Robbie Keane delighted one young fan by surprising him with his LA Galaxy team-mates on The Ellen Show,

Here in Ireland, we are blessed with many amazing places where you can just sit and enjoy the view. This video from Gerald Horgan of dinglephoto.com shows that when the sun shines, there is nowhere better to be.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Doom is back. Yep the king of first person shooters which was born back in 1993 and pretty much changed the gaming landscape forever is back more than two decades later, and we're going to hell.

MOVIES: Channing Tatum is bringing Magic Mike Live to Las Vegas in 2017.

TECH: Netflix is making it cheaper to watch streaming video on your mobile phone.

SHOWBIZ

Nicky Byrne has arrived in Stockholm for all things Eurovision and today he took to the stage for his first rehearsal.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

In his first column for the Irish Examiner, Derek Kavanagh raises serious doubts about whether the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh is what Cork GAA needs  to create a competitive culture for its teams. Surely a centre of excellence is preferable to a new stadium — with one training pitch?

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