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The country’s neutrality has been “eroded by successive governments” and it is now time for a national debate on the issue.

Four days of mourning have begun at St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry in honour of the city’s best-known bishop, Edward ‘Eddie’ Daly. Bishop Daly has died a hero after he raised a blood-soaked handkerchief and guided a dying teenager through British army gunfire on Bloody Sunday, a grateful relative said.

The leadership of the National Bus and Rail Union meets today to consider what form of industrial action they will take at Dublin Bus.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland says there was an 11% increase in reports of racist incidents last year.

More than 11,000 cases of self-harm presented at hospitals in Ireland in 2014.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested that Hillary Clinton's emails may be responsible for the death of an Iranian nuclear scientist executed for spying for the United States.

Protestors interrupted a major economic speech by Mr Trump at least a dozen times by jumping up and shouting in a co-ordinated effort to disrupt the Republican presidential nominee's remarks.

A British police force has apologised after posting an “unacceptable” image of two men dressed in Nazi uniforms on its official Twitter page.


LATEST: The Olympic Council of Ireland is investigating why tickets allocated to the organisation were found on two men arrested by Rio de Janeiro police.

TOP STORY: Not only is Paddy Barnes’s Olympic journey at an end but so is his career as a light-flyweight boxer. He has fought for the last time in the Games and the last time in the weight division.

ANALYSIS: Back on the water after high winds led to the cancellation of Sunday’s programme, it was worth the wait for Ireland at the Lagoa Rowing Stadium yesterday.


The GAA’s national referees development chairman Seán Walsh accepts provocation has become a major issue in Gaelic football but admits it’s not an easy task for match officials to detect.

Manchester United have officially announced the signing of Paul Pogba in a world-record transfer from Juventus.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits conclusions are hard to draw after an up-and-down weekend of friendlies.


Ireland will be worst hit by a Brexit, according to the latest warning from European economists.

Outsourcing firm Abtran, which operates the helpline for the State’s Local Property Tax, has received fees of €11.7m since March of 2013 from the Revenue Commissioners.

The UK’s premier index briefly reached a 13-month high thanks to surging oil prices and a strong rally from blue-chip banking stocks.


Moulin Rouge clothes maestro Catherine Martin has pulled off another stylish masterpiece, says Ed Power


On the morning of February 3, Taoiseach Enda Kenny charged into the Dáil chamber and announced his intention to call the General Election, writes Daniel McConnell. As quickly as he bounded in, he bounded out without allowing Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to respond, as would be the norm on such occasions. Rather than looking decisive, it looked arrogant and cack-handed.


A man in his 50s has died and another man was injured after an accident at a building site in Cork.


The latest #MakeMemories nationwide campaign has been launched by the Make-A-Wish charity.

With the Rio Olympics in full-swing and almost everybody coming down with a dose of Olympics fever, here are some quick-fire facts to impress your mates.


GAMING: Pokemon Go just can't stop, with more than 100 million confirmed and official downloads since it released just four weeks ago.

MOVIES/TV: Transparent might be the best show around that you're not watching, at least partly because its exclusive to the Amazon streaming platform.

TECH: Apple’s upcoming iPhone will reportedly feature a pressure-sensitive home button.


Led Zeppelin may have won the copyright war over their creation of Stairway To Heaven, but they lost its battle to recoup nearly 800,000 dollars (€721,000) in defence fees.


British Tornado fighter jets will shoot down aircraft in Irish airspace if they are hijacked by terrorists for a 9/11-style attack.

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