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Tomorrow's scheduled vote for Taoiseach will go ahead after all. Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have hit a roadblock after a planned meeting tonight was cancelled and no further negotiations are scheduled. Independents are being told by Fianna Fáil tonight that tomorrow is their last chance to vote for Micheál Martin as Taoiseach.
There is criticism over the handling of sex abuse allegations made aagainst a member of a foster care family. An RTÉ Investigations Unit report found that children were left in a west of Ireland foster home for years, in spite of the allegations being made. A young girl placed in the foster home made abuse allegation against a teenage family member in 2007. She was removed from the home, but a boy and a girl remained with the foster family.
A young boy has written to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, asking her to give Ireland back the six counties in the North. Reese Kilbride (12) says he wrote to the Queen after learning about the 1916 Easter Rising. "They had the six counties, they didn't give back all of Ireland - so I thought they should give it back", he told Newstalk Breakfast. He also included some pictures with his letter.
Spanish police have detained a Frenchman suspected of supplying weapons to Amedy Coulibaly, who attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris last January, following the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Spain's Interior Ministry said Antoine Denive was arrested on Tuesday in a joint operation with French Police in a town close to Malaga, on Spain's southern coast. Authorities suspect the 27-year-old supplied the arms used by Islamist militant Coulibaly, who killed four Jews at a kosher supermarket, and a policewoman.
Facebook's annual F8 conference kicked off yesterday in San Francisco. This event is for the developers and continues today. Facebook use this event to provide a look ahead to what's coming next on the social media platform and this year was no different. CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage yesterday to deliver his keynote speech. Whilst on the stage a confident Zuckerberg laid out his vision for the future. His address was littered with swipes at Presidential candidate Donal Trump, but the message was clear: Facebook wants to connect people.