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IRELAND

Housing minister Simon Coveney has been severely criticised after he admitted he will miss his own deadline  for launching the Government’s much-feted Action Plan for Housing, because of people “heading off” on summer holidays.

The National Centre for Pharmaeconomics (NCPE) is  seeking a five-fold reduction  in the cost of the cystic fibrosis (CF) drug Orkambi.

The Irish Examiner’s graphic tribute to rugby legend Jonah Lomu won the top accolade  at the prestigious Institute of Creative Advertising and Design (ICAD) Awards in Dublin last night.

The Transport Minister has urged the US authorities to put consumers first  and clear the first Cork to US flights for take-off.

Large numbers of people are still being committed to jail for the  non-payment of fines  in spite of the new legislation aimed at dramatically reducing the numbers.

An 82-year-old woman has received a suspended sentence for claiming over €200,000 in social welfare payments  using the name of a dead woman.

WORLD 

A seven-year-old Japanese boy has been found, nearly a week after his parents left him  in a forest as punishment for misbehaving.

A 14-year-old girl suffered an accidental death http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/hospitals-neglect-contributed-to-14-year-old-girls-death-403047.html  while under the care of the Priory, an inquest jury has ruled.

SPORT

Liam Brady is concerned that UEFA have diluted the quality of France 2016  but hopeful that Ireland can progress in the tournament – just so long as they begin the finals the way they ended their qualifying campaign

Munster Rugby’s poor performances and falling attendances have seen its annual deficit forecast soar  to almost €1.95 million for the soon-to-end financial year.

BUSINESS

The Government yesterday received encouraging fiscal news as exchequer returns showed a “strong and robust”  flow of tax receipts in May and on-budget spending for all but one department.

A comparatively small number of people participate in the JobBridge training programme that Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar plans to replace after the summer,  official figures published yesterday show.

ANALYSIS

Donald Trump isn’t the first wealthy person to run for the Oval Office. But, if elected, unique conflicts of interest could arise  due to his way of doing business, writes Timothy L O’Brien

LIFESTYLE

As the bitter break up of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard plays out in the court of public opinion, Carolyn Moore says we need to listen to Amber’s side of the story  and not the Hollywood spin doctors

VIDEO

Over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at the cheapest spots to fill up your car in Cork.  This week we sent videographer Dan Linehan out to Mitchelstown in the North of the county to check out the different prices in the area.

VIRAL

Cork's famous St. Patrick's Hill will host the Red Bull Soapbox Race this Sunday, June 5 at 12pm. One group of Cork-based archaeologists from Rubicon Heritage in Cork will be taking their place at the event in the hope of raising money for Chernobyl Children International Organisation.

If you’re currently studying for your Leaving Cert, this video from comedians Foil Arms and Hog will speak to you.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It's hard to believe that we're into June already. With E3 around the corner, there are fewer video game releases, but still some highlights to mention.

MOVIES: Julie Andrews is teaming up with the Jim Henson Workshop to bring a new puppet show to Netflix.

TECH: Google has a whole mess of products and it can be difficult to keep track of them all. One new feature introduced in Android M is Now on Tap, and it just got even better.

SHOWBIZ

Louise McSharry has hit back at critics, by saying that she doesn’t like “the idea that people are using me to start their columns”.  The radio star found herself at the centre of discussion in the media last week after speaking about fat shaming on The Ray D’Arcy Show – but now Louise is hitting back at the nay-sayers.

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Housing minister Simon Coveney has been severely criticised after he admitted he will miss his own deadline  for launching the Government’s much-feted Action Plan for Housing, because of people “heading off” on summer holidays.

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