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Wednesday 7 December 2016

While you were sleeping - the stories you missed overnight

Published 22/02/2016 | 07:56

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

We take a look at the main stories from overnight and what it says in today’s papers.

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The death toll from a ferocious cyclone which tore through Fiji over the weekend has risen to 18 as the authorities began to send aid to hard-hit outer islands. They were still having trouble communicating with some islands, including places like Koro Island which suffered some of the worst damage. And more than 6,000 residents across Fiji were staying in emergency shelters after their homes were broken or swamped.

Read More: Death toll from ferocious Fiji cyclone hits 18

Hillary Clinton admitted she has work to do to convince voters she has their best interests at heart, even as she celebrated her weekend win over rival Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Nevada. On the Republican side, senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz fought to emerge as the true anti-Donald Trump candidate after the billionaire businessman's resounding victory in South Carolina established him as the party's clear frontrunner. Mrs Clinton was happy with her Nevada win but conceded that some voters are sceptical of her motivations.

Read More: Hillary Clinton concedes she has work to do despite Nevada win

A homeless emu evaded police in Mississippi for days before officers finally caught it with the help of some barbed wire. The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department had been getting calls about a loose emu for days, but each time they tried to catch the big, flightless bird, it got away. Deputy Chief Scott Mills told The Oxford Eagle that it had been a pet, but the owners moved away, and the bird wandered nearly five miles.

Read More: Mississippi police swoop on homeless emu turns into epic wild goose chase

In the papers today:

The Irish Independent leads with the story that Sinn Féin is casting Gerry Adams as the next Taoiseach in a coalition to be headed up by members of the anti-water charges movement. The party has adopted a clear strategy just days before polling which centres upon the portrayal of Mr Adams as the figurehead of an alternative government. Party strategists believe the overall number of seats won by Sinn Féin and so-called 'Right2Change' candidates will provide Mr Adams with the "authority" to pitch himself as an alternative Taoiseach to Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny.

Read More: Adams cast as 'alternative Taoiseach' for anti-water lobby  

All papers feature the story that Enda Kenny has no regrets                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       . He made the remarks at a Fine Gael rally in Castlebar on Saturday, and Fianna Fáil candidate for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, leapt at the opportunity to call for an "immediate apology". Yesterday he was asked if he had regrets. "No I don't," he replied, adding: "Some of them wouldn't know sunshine if they saw it."

Read More: Kenny is unapologetic about Castlebar 'whingers'

A member of the gang believed to have murdered David Byrne voluntarily presented himself to prison authorities over fears that he will be targeted in retaliatory attacks. The man, in his early 20s, is one of the Hutch mob currently embroiled in a deadly feud with the Kinahan drugs cartel. He is suspected of being one of the gunmen disguised as members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) who entered the hotel with assault rifles before shooting Byrne dead and injuring two other people.

Read More: Regency Hotel hitman suspect hands himself in to prison

A former carer of the year, who has looked after her daughter for more than 50 years, has had her regular respite care pulled - while 14 other families have been similarly affected, the Irish Examiner reports. Mary McDonnell (78), from Douglas, Co Cork, cares for her daughter Sinead who has profound cerebral palsy, is doubly incontinent, has scoliosisand has suffered a dislocated hip.

Meanwhile, Irish singer Ronan Keating has sold just 203 copies of his new album "Time of My Life" - 145 hard copies and 58 downloads, while four people streamed it. The singer (38) released his album in Ireland on February 20, the Irish Daily Star reports.

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