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The second day of industrial strikes by nurses and midwives caused considerable criticism of the Government from political opponents and the public.
Ministers' claims that they were unaware of escalating costs for the national's children's hospital are "not credible", a senior Fianna Fáil figure has argued.
Theresa May will insist that she can secure a Commons majority for a Brexit deal that "commands broad support" in Northern Ireland as efforts continue to find an alternative to the controversial backstop.
A prominent police officer has expressed disappointment at comments by actor Liam Neeson which revealed he once held violent thoughts about killing a black person in revenge after someone close to him was raped.
Munster's Billy Holland has been added to Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad following last weekend's Six Nations defeat to England.
Consumer advocates and politicians have stepped up their calls for individual bankers to be held to account for the €1bn tracker mortgage scandal, which involves around 40,000 cases.
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