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Government intervention last night saw senior figures in Dublin City Council invited to crisis talks to see what can be done to salvage the Garth Brooks concerts.

BREAKING SPORTS

Romero the hero in penalty joy for Argentina

Argentina 0 Netherlands 0. (AET) (Argentina win 4-2 on penalties)
Argentina are just 90 minutes away from lifting the World Cup in the Maracana after they edged past Netherlands on penalties in Wednesday’s semi-final at the Arena Corinthians.

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A maize maze featuring Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay, characters from Julia Donaldson's latest book The Scarecrow's Wedding, seen from the air at the National Forest Adventure Farm, Burton-on-Trent. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Strategy will need space to breathe

FOLLOWING the Government’s Putting People First reform package, three regional assembly areas are expected to be announced shortly. However, they risk being ineffective without the context of a new National Spatial Strategy (NSS) to guide regional development.

TODAY'S COLUMNIST

Second year of free preschool education will be of little real value

WHATEVER the new Cabinet dredges up to present as the buried treasure for which it is worth staying in Government, I hope it’s not a second year of free preschool education.

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TODAY'S BUSINESS

Flurry of Irish-linked merger deals

A spate of takeover activity in the pharmaceutical sector pushed Irish-related acquisition values to a 20-year high in the first half of 2014 and saw the country account for nearly 18% of European merger activity, in value terms.

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Features

When it’s already written in the starsby Margaret Neylon

Fashion & Beauty

Expert tips for flawless summer skin

Food & Drink

Pan grilled Mackerel with Parsley and Lemon ButterBy Darina Allen

Health & Life

Reckless romance is a risky business By Sharon Ní Chonchuir

Home & Interiors

PinchedBy Carol O’Callaghan

Travel

Understated ZaragozaBy Claire O’Reilly

Arts, Film & TV

No regrets as Byrne sings Piaf’s songbookBy Colette Sheridan

Outdoors

Walking in footsteps of saints at ArdmoreBy Damien Enright