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Sinn Féin has claimed Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are ignoring the will of the people 'at their peril'.

In a phonecall yesterday, Micheál Martin reiterated to Mary Lou McDonald that Fianna Fáil would not form a government with Sinn Féin.

He said no one party can force another to form a government when their views are incompatible.

Fine Gael also won't work with the party - which Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has called undemocratic.

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The race to become the next leader of the Labour Party will officially start today.

Brendan Howlin announced earlier this week that he is stepping away from the role.

The executive board of the party will meet at 11am to set out the rules of the process and appoint a returning officer.

The process to choose a new leader is expected to take a minimum of six weeks.

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Defective lifts used during NCTs won't be back in service until April.

It's after 80% of the machinery was found to be needing repair - which resulted in a part of the test being suspended last month while inspections were carried out.

13 new lifts were rolled out in the past week - the location of which were based on population and geography needs.

The service has agreed a repair programme which will start in March.

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Motorists are urged to be extremely careful with the arrival of Storm Dennis.

Status yellow wind and rain warnings for the entire country are in place until tonight.

Met Éireann says thundery rain will cause flooding in places, and wind gusts will reach 100 kilometres an hour.

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Another 143 people have died from the new coronavirus in China.

That brings the total number of deaths since the outbreak began to over 15,000.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation's leading a team of experts this weekend to investigate the spread of the disease in the country.

Main image: Campaign posters in Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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