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Published 02/02/2016 | 06:57
The general election looms, Gardaí prode HSE foster care abuse claims, Ted Cruz beats Trump in Iowa but #Stickerkid steals the show, and Ireland's latest millionaire makes contact.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is poised to announce the date of the General Election on the back of new figures showing an extra billion euro has been poured into the State's coffers since January.
Mr Kenny is expected to visit President Michael D Higgins in the coming hours and seek permission to formally dissolve the Dáil.
As many as five health service workers are facing a Garda probe into their handling of sexual and physical abuse concerns at a foster home.
Garda investigation opens into abuse at foster home
The young woman at the centre of the abuse allegations is believed to have been twice brought to hospital with bruising around her breast and thighs before being returned to the foster home.
The health staff have been implicated for allegedly failing to ensure the safety of vulnerable children and adults, some of whom have intellectual disabilities, despite being aware of abuse concerns.
Henry leaves thousands in the dark
Storm Henry has invaded the west coast with a vengeance, as almost 5,000 homes are left without power.
Mysterious EuroMillions winner has been in touch
Meanwhile, the National Lottery has confirmed that the winner of the €66 EuroMillions jackpot has been in touch.
The mystery winner still has not collected their prize, and the lotto says it will still not reveal where in Ireland the winning ticket was sold.
#Stickerkid wins big at Iowa caucuses
Elsewhere, Republican Senator Ted Cruz beat billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa on Monday while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remained deadlocked in the first presidential nominating contests of the 2016 White House race.
Cruz, a conservative lawmaker from Texas, won with 28 pc of the vote compared to 24 pc for businessman Trump.
But the big winner in Iowa caucuses was ‘Sticker Cheeks Guy’, the Internet’s latest star.
During Hillary Clinton's rally, one lone face stuck out among the crowd of supporters: a man with oversized Clinton stickers on his face, who Twitter has dubbed #stickerkid
Throughout Ms Clinton's speech, ‘Sticker Cheeks Guy’ stole the spotlight with his enthusiasm, crazy faces, and random dancing.
Brexit set for June
Across the shore, Britain is heading for a June referendum on its membership of the EU as it emerges David Cameron will be offered a deal today to allow the UK Parliament to block unwanted Brussels laws.
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, is to publish a draft of a deal setting out the reforms being offered to Britain ahead of the referendum.
Zika threatens four million
The World Health Organisation has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in the Americas.
The WHO estimates that there could be up to four million cases of Zika in the Americas in the next year and has said that it could take upwards to ten years to create a vaccine to combat the disease.
Migrant crisis to cost Germany €50 billion
And finally, Germany is to spend some €50 billion over the next two years to house and integration the refugees it has taken in since the beginning of the migrant crisis.