Morning briefing: McGuinness praised for peace process role after he quits politics. Catch up on all the headlines

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Morning briefing: McGuinness praised for peace process role after he quits politics. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has been praised for his role in the peace process and for turning his hand from gun to government after announcing his resignation from politics.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has removed the final roadblock to publishing two key HSE reports into the ‘Grace’ foster abuse sex scandal. Political Editor Daniel McConnell writes that a year since a commission of investigation was promised into the ‘Grace’ foster home abuse scandal there has been no inquiry, and there’s no justice for the victims.

As many as 40,000 jobs could be axed, the national debt could rise by €20bn, and food exports could be hit with up to 50% tariffs as a result of a hard Brexit, according to Department of Finance officials.

The head of the Department of Finance said incoming US president, Donald Trump, would change corporation tax rates there and this could affect Ireland.

A teenager who risked his life and braved strong currents in a bid to save a man from drowning has been hailed a hero.

WORLD

Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities, with the city braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators.

Hopes are fading of finding survivors trapped in an Italian hotel that was buried by an avalanche.

Gambia's defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon on Friday or be dislodged by a regional force that has already moved into the country.

A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia's second-largest city, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others.

SPORT

Pat Horgan has asked Cork hurling supporters to judge the team over a broader period of time than just last season, which he claims was a rare blip.

Munster boss Rassie Erasmus says players’ Head Injury Assessments are best left in the hands of club doctors rather than independent medics.

Dundalk have announced that their much criticised ‘plastic pitch’ at Oriel Park will be replaced in time for the start of the new SSE Airtricity League season.

Willie Mullins is leaning towards running Faugheen rather than Annie Power in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday week.

OPINION

Martin McGuinness turned to republicanism after witnessing the oppression of nationalists but went on to forge warm bonds with former enemies, writes Daniel McConnell.

Fine Gael seem to be threatening RTÉ with censure if they do not treat them the way they think they should be treated, writes Alison O’Connor.

BUSINESS

A €10.5m investment in Midleton Distillery will help grow the industry for the next 30 years, according to owner Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.

The tens of billions of euro the UK owes the EU is a huge “bear trap” for a successful trade negotiation that will be good for Ireland, one of the country’s leading experts on Brexit has warned.

LIFESTYLE

While regarded as historic and celebratory occasions, not all US presidential inaugurations have passed off as the solemn state event desired, as Robert Hume describes.

SHOWBIZ

Mel Gibson believes his Oscar-winning film Braveheart “woke something up” in Scotland during the country’s debate over independence.

EXAMVIRAL

Ed Corrie has undertaken a mammoth challenge to raise money for charity – by trying to break the world record for most push-ups done in one hour.

Footage filmed by a van driver in England shows a woman refusing to move her car even though it is blocking in his van parked in front of her.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Over 1,300 school-children go head-to-head at biggest ever Dell EMC VEX Robotics competition final in Cork at the Nexus Centre in CIT.

TECHNOW

GAMES: The classic toy car racing game Micro Machines is returning to consoles this April 21st, as revealed on developer Codemasters’ website.

FILM & TV: Mixed martial arts master Anderson Silva has signed up to star in the upcoming Chinese action movie, Made in Kowloon.

TECH: Samsung has unveiled which of its smartphones are set to receive the Android Nougat update this year, as noted in an article from The Verge.

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