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


Irish Water has admitted it signed a 10-year, €16m lease extension to its corporate headquarters just days after the general election — despite growing concerns about its future.

The first cracks in the newly formed minority government arrangement have appeared just three days after it was formed due to disagreements on water charges, health, and variable mortgage reforms.

The race to replace ex-tánaiste Joan Burton as Labour leader will officially begin today after almost three months of a phoney war between the main potential successors.

A man in his 50s has been shot dead in Belfast, police said.

A postmortem to be carried out this morning will determine if gardaí launch a murder inquiry, or decide the death of a Polish man was accidental.


North Korea has expelled three BBC journalists — including an Irishwoman — it had detained days earlier for “insulting the dignity” of the authoritarian country.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne may be splitting up after more than 33 years of marriage following an alleged affair.


Johnny Sexton fully expects Ronan O’Gara to become a Munster coach in the future now that the former Ireland out-half is making an impact at Racing 92.

Waterford hurling boss Derek McGrath said yesterday that he and his squad had “parked” referee Diarmuid Kirwan’s controversial late call in Sunday’s league final immediately after the game.


Banks will face extensive scrutiny of their mortgage loan books and have to justify more clearly the way they deal with distressed borrowers in arrears in the Programme of Government struck between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance.

The average cost of renting a home in Ireland now stands at over a €1,000 a month, according to Daft.


One can only hope that xenophobic Trumpism will be rejected by the American electorate, writes Pankaj Mishra


Taking control of your housework involves sticking to a plan, says Andrea Mara


Jack Chambers, TD for Dublin West, is only 25 years old and was asked if he had paid the water charges - he hadn’t but his reasoning was a little different that most.

Sometimes when you place an item for sale in the classifieds it can be hard to make it stand out, but this one from Laois shoots off the page.


GAMING: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is here, and it’s long and action packed and has the most emotional weight of any game in the series so far,

MOVIES: Here are five unmissable movies coming out in May

TECH: A snap of this year’s Moto X has been leaked online and it backs up rumours that it’ll feature an all-metal design.


EastEnders fans will finally see Peggy Mitchell reunited with her sons Grant and Phil, but the 10-year wait for a family reunion is doomed to end in heartbreak.


Surely the time has come to acknowledge what a substantial figure Enda Kenny is, and what a mark he has made on the Irish political landscape, says Fergus Finlay.

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