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IRELAND

Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe has issued a stark warning to his cabinet colleagues that Budget 2017 will not be a giveaway as “protecting the economy” is now a priority.

Irish Water will need almost €300m from the Government to make up the cost of water charges.

The Dublin student whose birthday was being celebrated when the apartment balcony in California collapsed killing six young people last year, cried yesterday as she told a US hearing her birthday will always mark the anniversary of their deaths.

Mary Watters’ son Daniel died after 36 hours of life last July. One year later, she is a mother to five-week-old Elizabeth Danielle, as well as two older boys.

Stargazers are being asked to count shooting stars in the skies tonight. NASA is predicting the largest celestial fireworks display over planet Earth in 20 years.

WORLD 

Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump has accused US president Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities.

A suicide bomb suspect has died in an operation by Canadian police to thwart what they said was a planned attack.

At least four people are dead after a suspected chlorine gas attack on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. The gas is believed to have been dropped alongside barrel bombs on a rebel-held part of the city.

RIO OLYMPICS

LATEST: We’ve all heard about the Olympic diving pool turning green – but what about Ryan Lochte’s recently bleached hair?!

TOP STORY: In a similar yet different story to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing regatta, Ireland’s Annalise Murphy took over the lead in the Women’s single-handed event yesterday that now has four races remaining in the qualification round.

ANALYSIS: Golf hasn’t been part of the Olympic programme since 1904 so you would have expected that the commencement of the men’s golf tournament today would be a time for celebration. But I can’t help wonder if the struggling sport has missed a golden opportunity.

SPORT

Tipperary’s Seamus Kennedy agonised long and hard over his switch from football to hurling, club and county colleague Michael Quinlivan has revealed.

It hardly qualifies as a scientific survey but the consensus among three wise football men is that the Premier League trophy will return to Manchester at the end of this season.

BUSINESS

Apple is preparing the first significant overhaul of its MacBook Pro laptop line in over four years, according to sources, using one of its older products to help reverse two quarters of sliding sales.

Growth slowed across British business services and consumer spending eased last month, a Bank of England survey has shown. It offered a more mixed picture of the economy than some of the gloomier indicators since June’s Brexit vote.

LIFESTYLE

These devout Cistercian nuns usually don’t covet the limelight but needs must, says Donal O’Keeffe

ANALYSIS

Like it or not, the power bestowed on the office-holder of President of the United States affects us all, says Bette Browne

VIDEO

Puck Fair kicked off yesterday, and huge crowds have descended on a horse fair in the area in search of bargains. Irish Examiner videographer Dan Linehan was on hand as tensions ran high between a trader and a punter at the horse fair in Killorglin.

WARNING: The language in the video is very NSFW

VIRAL

You’d assume that if you’re committing crimes, not getting caught would be a blessing. But for Travis Beckford going to prison aged 18 was the blessing.

Depending on the circumstances, it can be tempting to leave in a blaze of glory when quitting your job - a dramatic exit, an up-yours speech or at the very least stuffing your pockets with office supplies. This person went for a classier approach when quitting - one that took into account the deep, deep feelings his employers would no doubt be facing.

TECHNOW

GAMING: No Man's Sky is pretty great to play on your own but there's one thing makes it even better- playing with Bill Bailey.

MOVIES/TV: The Iron Giant is a film that a great many people seem to love but one that somehow totally bomed at the box office.

TECH: There have been a handful of leaks regarding the upcoming Nexus Sailfish, but a new benchmark may give us the clearest expectation as to what we can expect.

SHOWBIZ

Okay this is going to be a controversial statement – but we’re pretty sure the best episode yet of Carpool Karaoke is on it’s way.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Mistakes can happen to anyone but you do have to wonder just how this one occurred. Last night, a driver decided to take a trip to the picturesque Dunquin pier in Kerry - where visitors get the ferry to the Blasket Islands. Unfortunately, it’s a notoriously twisty, narrow pedestrian-only road - and the inevitable happened.

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