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The chairman of the new water charges expert commission has slammed left- wing politicians’  views and also said Revenue could examine taking over collection of the levy.

Independent Alliance ministers are standing over their right to vote against the Government this week and back proposals  — said to be unconstitutional — to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws.

The latest house price trends could see Dublin becoming an enclave for the rich,  an economist has warned.

House prices outside Dublin are rising rapidly as a result of the Central Bank lending rules  brought in last year.

The Dáil’s public accounts watchdog has said it will investigate the controversy surrounding Console  as well as top-up payments made at the Saint John of God Order.


Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton has said she has been eager to be interviewed by the FBI about her use of a private email server while she was US secretary of state.

At least 115 people have been killed in two bombings in the Iraqi capital, including a large-scale attack claimed by the Islamic State group  that killed 86 people in a central shopping district, officials said.


France have finally come alive at Euro 2016 after producing a mercurial five-goal performance,  ruthless and majestic in equal measure, to end Iceland’s fairytale and set up a semi-final against world champions Germany that has the potential to be the contest of the tournament so far.

Goals are great but they flattered a Munster final whose foot seemed stuck on the clutch. It wasn’t until after 15 minutes of the second half that the result was confirmed and continued Kerry’s record  of having reached every All-Ireland quarter-final.

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Wales boss Chris Coleman has dismissed suggestions  that he could become the next England manager.

Check out all the latest news, views and banter in our dedicated Euro 2016 section


Airlines with high exposure to the UK have taken a bashing due to worries by investors about the threat to the airline membership of the single European aviation market  following the Brexit vote.

US billionaire John Malone’s Virgin Media — which owns TV3 and the UPC cable operator — is reportedly poised to buy out rival broadcaster UTV Ireland,  sparking fears for jobs at the fledgeling broadcaster.


The concept of “transformative thinking” is at the core of research carried out at Keynes Centre,  writes Michael Clifford

This novel use of the safety pin is an odd indirect outcropping of Britain’s decision to leave the EU,  writes Terry Prone


Being a country girl Síle Seoige, feels a strong connection to the Know Your Neighbour promotion,  as she tells Rita de Brun


It has a price tag that your average oligarch would baulk at. But somebody splashed the cash leasing a 240ft-long, €120m yacht  which docked in Kinsale, Co Cork yesterday.


Polish TV presenter Marzena Rogalska will probably never believe in magic again after she had her hand impaled during a live broadcast.  Rogalska, a co-presenter on the show 'Questions for Breakfast' was left in agony after a roulette style trick by magician and Poland's Got Talent contestant, Pan Zabek, went terribly wrong.

After 15 million years of evolution, the humble hedgehog has learned to cope with all kinds of environmental changes,  including urbanisation.


GAMING: Street Fighter V’s free story mode will be released this week and a trailer has been released to build up the hype.

MOVIES: Tarzan is back in an action packed new take on the classic story this week,  and it's a quiet enough time at the cinema otherwise.

TECH: Apple has been awarded a patent for a system that could disable your phone's camera, or make the resulting video or image unviewable.


The first series of the revamped Top Gear has come to an end, and sadly it hasn’t really silenced its critics.  The BBC Two motoring show faced a barrage of criticism – and tumbling ratings – after it returned in May with Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans behind the wheel, with many of the bad reviews levelled at Chris.


One of four women who travelled from Cork City to visit a  ‘holy woman’  in a Co Cork town and then later the same evening stole an estimated €400 in goods from a shop has been jailed.

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