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Published 21/01/2016 | 07:27
The stories you need to know
Gardai are investigating if a man whose dismembered remains were found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal may have been murdered by a person who was well-known to him, the Irish Independent reports. Sources last night said: "Gardai are not following a definite line of enquiry at this stage, but it is being investigated whether he may have been killed by someone who was well-known to him over a personal grudge."
The Herald reports that Dublin’s historic City Hall will remain closed on Sundays because of the costs involved in opening it, in a decision that has provoked controversy. Independent councillor Mannix Flynn said it is “unacceptable” that the building will not be opened on Sundays, especially in a yhear when a host of 1916 events take place.
The Irish Examiner reports that small rural post offices could receive up to €20,000 a year in government subsidies to keep afloat. A new An Post report which looked into the future of 1,300 branches nationwide has recommended that isolated post offices be helped financially to ensure their survival.
Meanwhile, the paper also reports that 17 backroom political staff in the Taoiseach’s department are earning almost €1.4m a year. A number of these staff were handed pay rises since entering office, according to documents seen by the paper.
And the four former members of ABBA have made a rare joint appearance for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the Mamma Mia! musical. Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad showed up for the opening night of fellow former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus' Greek taverna, where guests are invited to sing along to ABBA tunes.
Corrs singer Andrea Corr has revealed that she is learning to balance giging for fans and caring for her children. She told the Irish Sun she feels like she has “a schizophrenic life but it keeps me normal”. The mixture of being a mother, and performing live, has made her the happiest she’s ever been.