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IRELAND

Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is under mounting pressure to explain why he said whistle-blower Maurice McCabe “could not be trusted”  during a secret meeting with ex- Public Accounts Committee chair John McGuinness.

A secondary school student left devastated by two suicides in her locality within a week has written to the Minister for Health to express her “disgust”  at cuts to mental health funding.

Summer finally arrived in Ireland at the weekend with tens of thousands of people enjoying the sunshine  at the beach, parks and lakes as the country basked in the best weather of the year so far.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is to look for extra resources to help the Gardaí tackle gangland crime.  Minister Fitzgerald will tell this morning's Cabinet meeting that the country needs so-called "saturation policing".

An anti-tobacco lobby group has criticised the delay with implementing plain packaging legislation  for cigarettes on World No Tobacco Day.

The makers of Star Wars have taken out an advertisement in today’s Irish Examiner thanking the people of  Crookhaven, Goleen, and the Brow Head peninsula  in West Cork for their hospitality while the latest Star Wars movie was being filmed.

WORLD 

A photograph of a drowned migrant baby  in the arms of a German rescuer was distributed yesterday by a humanitarian organisation.

A search resumed yesterday for a seven-year-old boy missing in a forest in northern Japan  after his parents reportedly made him get out of the car as punishment.

SPORT

First there was the disconcerting sight of Robbie Keane stepping gingerly down from the team bus before entering Turner’s Cross, not to take his place on the pitch, but in the stands.  Then there was the no less worrying spectacle of Harry Arter — who had been fully participating in the Ireland training session — suddenly making his way to the sidelines with an evident problem with his thigh.

Joe Schmidt has defended his decision to take only five players from Pro12 champions Connacht  on Ireland’s tour to South Africa next week, insisting those travelling have been picked on proven Test experience, not reputation.

BUSINESS

Amazon’s European expansion gathered steam with the announcement yesterday that it was to add a further 500 employees  to its Irish workforce.

Official figures showing that well under half of workers are making plans for any sort of retirement pension  highlights again the challenges facing the Government and the pensions industry as the State’s population ages.

ANALYSIS

A government interested in morale and reform would enable the Garda Commissioner right now to abolish the bottom two points of the Haddington Road pay scale for junior gardaí,  writes Fergus Finlay

LIFESTYLE

Do you tip your waiter or waitress for good service? If yes, why? And if no, why not? There are the questions up for debate  between Joe McNamee, who believes tipping is a way to fight low pay levels, and Ed Power, who believes that topping can often lead to discrimination on a number of factors.

VIDEO

A secondary school student left devastated by two suicides in her locality within a week has written to the Minister for Health to express her “disgust”  at cuts to mental health funding.

VIRAL

A Cork man is aiming to achieve a new record, when he flies from Ireland to Africa this summer on a craft that is powered by a lawnmower engine.

Phone company Three have been criticised for suggesting that one of their users translate her name to English in order to use their online services.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Microsoft is expected to announce some virtual reality plans at E3 this summer, and there’s already at least one VR game in the works.

MOVIES: Sing Street director has criticised Keira Knightley, saying that he wouldn’t like to work with her again.

TECH: HTC has been rumoured to be working on a smartwatch for some time, but we’ll be waiting a little longer to see what it has in store. Its smartwatch has reportedly been delayed again.

SHOWBIZ

JK Rowling’s alter ego Robert Galbraith has been shortlisted for a crime-writing prize.  Harry Potter author Rowling, who writes crime novels under the male pseudonym, has been nominated for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for her work Career Of Evil.

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Summer finally arrived in Ireland at the weekend with tens of thousands of people enjoying the sunshine  at the beach, parks and lakes as the country basked in the best weather of the year so far.

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