Eurobarometer survey found rising prices, inflation and the cost of living are the most important issues facing Irish people. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Despite concerns over rising prices, Irish people are optimistic about the future

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said there was a ‘very good chance’ Irish Water would pass next year’s  Eurostat test  he expected the number of people paying their water charges to rise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister expects utility to pass test next year and numbers paying water charges to rise

Team Ireland’s Nuala Browne celebrates after winning a silver medal for finishing second in the 500m Race Singles Tourist, with Nicola Higgins who finished 5th and Rita Quirke,  who won bronze in kayaking. Photoraph: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Special Olympics athletes claim another 11 medals bringing total haul so far to 33

Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dubliner Gráinne O’Hara, who has worked for the UN Refugee Agency for more than 20 years, says displaced people flee to Europe onl(...)

Migrants who managed to pass the police block on the Eurotunnel site race towards the boarding docks in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

UN special envoy Peter Sutherland says media exaggerating on migrants flooding UK

French gendarmes try to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on Wednesday.  Photograph: AFP

Under 1951 Refugee Convention countries are obliged to accept refugees - Sutherland

Team Ireland’s Laura Reynolds, a member of Blue Dolphins Special Olympics Club, from Kilbride, Co Wicklow, is tackled by Ana Guadalup Bollo, SO Ecuador, during the SO Ecuador v SO Ireland qualifier basketball game at the Galen Center. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Special Olympics 2015: Team Ireland wins further seven medals in LA

Emergency services pictured at Cloverhill Prison Dublin after the prisoners staged a protest on the roof of the prison. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Disciplinary hearings for prisoners involved in disturbance to commence on Thursday

Abdul Khan: ‘I have a great foster family. My English is good. I love it here.’ Photograph: Sara Freund

Having fled the Taliban aged 17, Abdul Khan was abandoned on O’Connell Street in Dublin, alone, frightened and without a word of E(...)

Eric Davis thinks going to pub is boring: ‘Everyone is drinking and that’s where they get their thrill, their adrenalin from.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A series about the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland. This week: A Mormon from the US finds Irish-style dating shocking and wish(...)

A series on the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland: A 33-year-old woman was sifting through potential suitors in India when an of(...)

Dungarvan Harbour, Co Waterford. The local GAA club paid tribute to a young man who drowned in Thailand.

Money raised to bring home Dungarvan man who drowned in Thailand earlier this week

Gareth Robinson, son of First Minister Peter Robinson, told the Irish News that no representatives of his PR company has ‘facilitated or were in any way involved in the sale of Nama assets to Cerberus’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Nama officials to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Carys Davies has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.  Photograph: The Frank O’Connor Award

Author of ‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’ described as ‘a remarkable voice’

Senator Mark Daly, Fianna Fáil, meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ibrahim Halawa ‘unlikely to be released’ until trial process is concluded

Tággidi Mar Ribeiro: ‘If I work here with a full-time job as a cleaner, my life will be better than working in Brazil in my field.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A series on the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland. For an ‘older’ Brazilian in Ireland, finding work isn’t easy, and turning dow(...)

Mr Ó Murchú was former head of Irish language programmes, controller of programmes and deputy director general at RTÉ.

Former RTÉ broadcaster discovered a ‘rich and exciting new world’ in poetry and song

People queue outside Flynn’s Funeral Home in Athlone ahead of  the removal of the late Laurence and Martina Hayes who were killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack last week. Photograph: James Flynn/APX.

Funeral service for Martina and Laurence Hayes to take place in Athlone on Friday

Revenue has collected in excess of €1 billion in Local Property Tax since 2013, €45 million of which went to the household charge. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

About 47,000 registered properties have no indentifiable owner

A book of condolence for husband and wife Laurence and Martina Hayes is signed in Athlone Civic Centre following their deaths in Tunisia. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Remains of eight Britons killed in shooting repatriated to United Kingdom

Pensioners line up outside a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece. Bank branches around Greece opened on Wednesday to allow pensioners to receive a small part of their benefits. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

‘What is Europe to do? Simply stagger from one economically debilitating crisis to the next?’

Tuesday evening’s road death brings to three the number of cyclists who have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Death brings to three the number of cyclists who have died on Irish roads so far this year

Lefah Ballo with his partner, Caitríona Rodgerson, and their daughter, Nina, in Churchtown, Dublin. The couple met in Africa in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new series in which newcomers to Ireland talk about the joys and challenges of their new lives. ‘In Mali everyone thinks Europe (...)

The real warm weather from the south is due to arrive on Wednesday, bringing serious heat for the first time this summer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Temperatures in mid-20s expected next week after weather clears on Sunday

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD has welcomed Michael Nolan’s appointment as the first chief executive of Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nolan spent most of his career in the public service and with National Roads Authority

Temperatures are expected to hit 25 degrees  next Wednesday. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Mini heatwave set to hit Irish shores with humid and warm weather across the nation

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Paudie Coffey fails to confirm whether tenants face eviction if they do not pay water bill

Darren May, Sarah Piggot and Erin Doran enjoy the sunshine in the Dublin Bay area designated a biosphere reserve. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Habitat recognised globally due to migratory birds from such places as Arctic and Russia

Hannah Corby, Gary Fitzpatrick and Helena O’Donnell from Oxfam Ireland call on Enda Kenny to book his flight for UN talks in Ethiopia on financing development next month. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Oxfam and public petition appeal to Kenny to play role in creating fairer global tax system

Reinhard Schaler and his wife, Patricia O’Byrne, are calling for a “fair and balanced investigation” into the road incident where their son Pádraig  (pictured) was hit by a van in Cape Cod.

Pádraig Schaler (25) was hit by a van while cycling to work in Cape Cod

Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa, sisters of jailed Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa outside Government Buildings.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Halawa’s trial has been put back seven times since his arrest in Cairo almost two years ago

 Max Barrett (6) and Holly Barrett (3) at the Launch of the 10th Anniversary of the Pfizer Health Index. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Some 63% of people say personal finances are more important than health and welfare

Sean Fahey, one of the seven students injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse, has been released from hospital.

Sean Fahey has been released from hospital and is planning to return home to Dublin

Members of the Public during a memorial service in UCD, Dublin for the six students who died in the balcony collapse tragedy in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

UCD’s book of condolence signed more than 20,000 times since being opened last week

People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park to mourn the loss of the six Irish students who died in an early Tuesday morning balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bodies of four of six students killed in incident arriving in Dublin on Sunday morning

The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, which Luxembourg’s MEP Charles Goerens says has brought shame on Europe, may finally create the impetus needed to end this rhetoric and initiate action. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

European nations failing to meet 0.7% aid commitment due to ‘lack of political will’

Heading to Dollymount Strand during the recent sunny weather. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Climate change may mean ‘warmer, drier summers’ in Ireland

“If he (a bishop) doesn’t have the right attitude to abuse, or if he doesn’t deal with a case properly and it means a child is not kept safe, then he will have to answer to his own higher authority as well as to civil authority,” said abuse survivor Marie Collins. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Tribunal will hold bishops to account for covering up child sex abuse allegations

Some 60 people have been arrested in a Garda operation into the sale and supply of heroin, cocaine and other drugs in Dublin, Cork, Wexford. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Operation involved searches at more than 50 premises in Dublin, Cork and Wexford

Children run with their kites during the Dublin Kitefest at Dollymount beach in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Met Éireann says sunny weather will last for few more days

Kathleen Maughaan from Clondalkin and Hugh Friel from Donegal who were winners at the 2015 Traveller Pride awards. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Minister seeking submissions on anti-discrimination, anti-racism, cultural identity

113 migrants are rescued by the Irish Naval Services vessel LÉ Eithne on Saturday, June 5th. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Some 3,480 migrants rescued from 15 boats in Mediterranean on Saturday

Scavengers carry recyclable materials at the Dandora dumping site in the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Declines of 35% in cereal crops across Africa expected by mid-century, says Oxfam

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced on Thursday evening she would initiate an inquiry by an independent judicial figure, in accordance with section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into the conduct of the original Gsoc investigation into the death of Sgt Michael Galvin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

John Redmond said Sgt Michael Galvin ‘changed completely’ after inquiry began

Increasing pressure for an independent investigation into the incident has been coming from the GRA, the biggest Garda staff group, the deceased’s widow and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi). Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice initiates judge-led inquiry into Gsoc investigation processes

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he ‘inadvertently’ provided incorrect information during his response to a Parliamentary Question on May 6th, 2015.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Micheál Martin accuses Minister for Finance Michael Noonan of misleading Dáil

Simon Harris says there was no evidence to suggest Michael Noonan knew about the sale of Siteserv in advance of the sale being announced in March 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach says there is ‘no evidence of wrongdoing’ ahead of the widened inquiry

Melinda Gates gives a speech  as part of the two-day European Development Days  event in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

‘Nutrition is an investment in our collective future, in the potential of individuals’

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton who is  concerned the inquiry, which is set to report by the end of the year, would take the Government  beyond the next general election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Renua leader says issue now ‘closed off’, calls for deadline of September 1st for report

The Labour of Love campaign which focuses on the rights of workers in private homes across Ireland was launched by au pairs and domestic workers earlier this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Average au pair is paid €100 for a 40-hour working week, says the Migrant Rights Centre

Somali speaker Iftina Abdule with her daughters Isra (3) and Ishraq (15 months) in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

More than one in 10 speak a language other than Irish or English when at home

Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch:  no means-testing for  medical cards. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch says there is no cut-off date for medical card applications

Eamon Dunphy with Bill O’Herlihy in 2010. File photograph: Collins.

Tributes paid to late broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to change abortion laws would be very “do-able” following the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Kathleen Lynch and James Reilly support constitutional change for abortion laws

Gustav Piekut from Denmark preparing to play at the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gustav Piekut sees Dublin International Piano Competition as a personal challenge

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has joined up with to create #votermotor to help all registered voters get home to vote this Friday. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Union joins up with to help voters get home for marriage referendum

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty outside the Dáil. Ms Doherty has called for investigations into each of the baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty says circumstances of baby deaths must be determined

Journalist Bruce Arnold said as an “officer of the State” the former president had broken convention by taking part in the same-sex marriage debate and abandoned her duties. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Discrimination and alienation suffered by LGBT developed ‘largely by invention’

Gay and Lesbian people asking for a Yes vote on Grafton Street, Dublin. From left: David Caron, Dublin; Sandra Irwin-Gowran, Mullingar; Celeste Roche, Dublin; and John Curran and Sarah Gilligan, both  Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Referendum ‘not about some theoretical notion of equality, it’s about real Irish people’

According to data released to mark the International Day of Families, 52.7 per cent of first time Irish mums were aged 30-39 in 2013, making Irish women some of the oldest mothers in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Data finds Ireland has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in European Union

A statement from the Iona Institute called for Dr Maureen Gaffney to withdraw her comments immediately. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Clinical psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney referred to Nazis in speech about No vote

Malnourished children receive treatment at the Leer Hospital, South Sudan. NGO’s say a proposed law to regulate aid ‘could cost lives’. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images

Doctors in north of country forced to halt medical services due to heavy fighting

 Overcrowding at Beaumont Hospital has increased in recent weeks following the closure of 33 beds, with a 26 per cent increase in the number of patients left on trolleys during the first four months of 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Nurses are calling for the hospital to go off-call due to overcrowding

Members of the NBRU and & SIPTU unions during a march in Dublin city centre over plans to put 10 per cent of public bus routes out to private tender. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Planned bus strikes for this weekend called off after lengthy talks

At the  launch of Turnaround Youth: Young Adults (18-24) in the Criminal Justice System are (from l to r); Ashling Golden from The Swan Project, Ciara Egan from Future Voices Ireland and Jen Garcin, Research Associate, ROCA Inc. The report is  published by the Irish Penal Reform Trust.  Photograph: Derek Speirs

Prison ‘the most expensive and the least effective way of reducing reoffending’

Colectivo Lesbico, Gay, Trans y Bisexual protest against police abuse in Tegucigalpa ahead of the celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia. Photograph: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights activists, journalists and LGBT citizens are regularly targeted by right-wing killers

 Young residents of  the Bordo Gavión, a riverside slum community in San Pedro Sula. Photograph: Adaly Cabrera

Women and girls in the barrios live in constant fear of sexual attack and a violent death

The 5km Darkness into Light walk/run, which kicked off at 4.15am on Saturday, was held at 80 locations in Ireland and around the world, and is believed to have attracted an estimated 100,000 participants. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

12,000 people turned up at 4.15am in Phoenix Park to walk 5km for suicide prevention

On guard: Honduran soldiers monitor a land occupation by farmers from the Trinidad community in April 2015. Photograph: Juana Esquivel

With a murder rate 65 times higher than Ireland’s, Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries. And few parts are more d(...)

Nick Clegg resigned on Friday as leader of the Liberal Democrats after his party was crushed at the national election. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Lib Dems have left a ‘stronger, fairer, greener and more liberal country’ says Clegg

Students who lost money due to the closure of English language schools in Dublin take part in a protest. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Some 200 students and teachers demonstrate over English language school closures

Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is to be despatched to the Mediterranean Sea to assist in an international aid operation to prevent migrants and refugees drowning as they try to reach Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister confirms Irish naval vessel to assist in Mediterranean migrant aid operation

Mortar bombs launched from Syria wounded two UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights on Monday in what appeared to be stray fire from Syrian civil war fighting, according to the Israeli military.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Two UN personnel injured by suspected stray missiles from Syria

Hundreds of thousands of bus passengers are facing travel disruptions  as a result of the industrial action which was prompted by plans announced last year by the National Transport Authority to put out to tender 10 per cent of routes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds of thousands of passengers face travel disruptions on Friday and Saturday

Kevin Toland, Dublin Airport Authority chief executive, and Ray Gray, chief financial officer, at the launch of the authority’s report yesterday. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Some 23.9m passengers passed through Dublin and Cork airports last year

“My objection is policing everywhere is supposed to provide an impartial and independent service and this clearly is not happening when a Garda representative association is taking a stance on a referendum which is being conducted by the state”, said Nuala O’Loan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Northern Ireland ombudsman says move will reduce confidence in gardaí

A spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade said the level of response required to deal with the blaze in the Ballymount Cross industrial estate had been “very much on the higher end of the scale”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade report serious damage to building but no casualties

Non-Chinese citizens board a Chinese navy ship during an evacuation from Aden, April 2nd. An Irish citizen was one of 225 foreign nationals evacuated from Yemen as part of a Chinese naval evacuation of foreign citizens from the Arab nationPhotograph: Stringer/Reuters

Irish citizen was one of 225 foreign nationals transported to Dijbouti

People of all ages are invited to experience Irish life as it was 100 years ago as O’Connell Street in Dublin transforms into an Edwardian thoroughfare this Easter Monday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Horse racing, electronic music and hot towel shaves on an Edwardian O’Connell Street

Last month Mr Browne clashed with Jerry Beades of the New Land League, telling him repeatedly to ‘shut up’ after Mr Beades described solicitor Brian O’Donnell’s Gorse Hill home in Killiney as ‘bog standard’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Broadcaster clashed with PJ Mara, Bertie Ahern, Jerry Beades and Klaus Masuch

The Unitarian Church’s annual act of commemoration, which is the only religious service of its kind in Ireland, begins at 12pm and is held over three hours during which the names of those who died in the Northern Ireland Troubles are read out. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Annual Good Friday commemorates people who died in Northern Ireland Troubles

A Garda investigation into the bomb scare in January at the Intel plant in Co Kildare led to the arrest on Friday, March 27th of two men in their early twenties in the Balbriggan area. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Call to gardaí in January claimed there were 10 bombs at tech plant in Lexlip

The Road Safety Authority’s annual international road safety conference taking place in Dublin Castle will focus on child safety. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

One in 10 children killed on Irish roads not properly restrained in car seats

Irish households are set to work their way through 17.5 million Easter eggs, the equivalent of 2,100 tonnes of chocolate, with sales predicted to hit over €36.6 million. Getty Images

Half of people will consume alcohol and meat followed by 17.5 million eggs, says Repak

Amnesty’s global review of the death penalty has revealed an “alarming rise” in death sentences last year, including mass sentencing in both Egypt and Nigeria due to internal conflict and political instability. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Amnesty director condemns Egyptian judicial system as ‘grossly unfair’ and ‘utterly broken’

A pig making an effort. Happy April fool’s day.

From spaghetti trees to prohibition in Ireland, here are some memorable hoaxes

One of the groups queueing for an open casting for  the TV show Vikings in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish-Canadian TV series hosts open call for extras for its next season in Filmbase

A spokesman for the Department of Justice confirmed the Irish Government plans to admit 100 Syrian refugees in 2015 and a further 120 in 2016, but will keep the situation under “regular review”. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

UN appeals for $8.4bn at International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait

Det Insp Noel Browne  shows some of the  items of jewellery recovered by gardaí as part of Operation Fiacla. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Garda effort targets groups involved in residential burglaries across the State

 Dr Shari McDaid, director of mental health reform, has called for the State’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to be made more accessible to young people and their families.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Nearly 90 children and adolescents in need of support admitted to adult wards in 2014

NCAD students protesting against what they allege to be  “underfunding, overcrowding, the mismanagement of accounts and miscommunication” at the institution. Photograph: NCAD See the Future

Demonstration held after college director Declan McGonagle cancelled discussion

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Group part of Government’s overseas assistance strategy in humanitarian crises

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is examining the circumstances behind the collision on Saturday involving a garda car and two other vehicles.

GSOC investigation underway after Co Monaghan incident left three hospitalised

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he expects to see an “enormous show of strength” from the Irish public in ensuring a boycott of the Irish Water charges. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Richard Boyd Barrett says Saturday’s protest will be ‘thoroughly peaceful event’

On average, charities received €225,000 from the general public over the 2014 Christmas appeal period, up from €204,000 in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Donations from general public rise 10% while corporate donations up 12%

Clíodhna Heenan, from Terryglass, Co Tipperary, who won the Junior Violin (A) competition at the ESB Feis Ceoil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Classical performers from across Ireland compete in more than 180 competitions

True colours: A man  cheers on parade participants as they make their way up Fifth Avenue during New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Festivities around the globe from New York and Sydney to Brussels and Hong Kong

Lydia McCarthy from Trócaire hosts a Climate Change Climate Justice session with students from Mercy Convent National School, Navan, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Global warming is often associated with distant lands, so Trócaire is working with teachers to show young people how they can help(...)

Long journey: Samantha Power leaves the stage after speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington this month. Photographs: Doug Mills/New York Times

The Obama acolyte, Pulitzer winner and US ambassador to the UN says her Irish roots have stood to her when faced with challenging (...)

Satellite image from scientists at Wuhan University in China shows a night image of Syria taken in March 2011. Photograph: Trócaire handout from #WithSyria

Photos showing number of lights extinguished by conflict released for anniversary

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