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IRELAND

The country’s top judge, Chief Justice Susan Denham, has hit out at the failure of the Government to establish a judicial council, which she said is damaging Ireland’s international reputation.

Health Minister Simon Harris is set to make a fresh bid to convince GPs to move to isolated rural areas in return for state-paid salaried posts.

Both sides in the Dublin bus dispute will attend talks today in a bid to resolve the row over pay.

There are calls for the government to raise the over 65s state pension by €5.

The jury in the trial of the former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Seán Fitzpatrick is to return to court this morning.

The Garda Representative Association will meet this morning to discuss a new pay deal.

The Taoiseach has urged US authorities to approve a licence to the Irish airline that is planning low-cost transatlantic flights from Cork Airport.

WORLD

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are preparing for a bruising first US presidential debate with foreign policy sure to feature strongly.

At least 26 civilians have died in fresh government air strikes on Syria's contested city of Aleppo, activists said.

SPORT

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Golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch, has died at 87.

A merited sixth consecutive All-Ireland senior title for Cork ladies and one that should not be tainted by an umpiring mistake that denied Dublin a first-half point.

Irate Dublin manager Greg McGonigle claimed the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) let his team down badly after the absence of HawkEye in yesterday’s All-Ireland final.

BUSINESS

Business confidence amongst Irish companies has dipped to its lowest level this year, with the ever-changing uncertainties arising from Britain’s decision to leave the EU creating fresh concerns, according to a new survey.

A pioneering technology developed in Co Limerick is set to transform global poultry production by turning chicken waste into energy.

140 jobs are being created in Limerick and Mayo.

LIFESTYLE

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Open House Cork returns for a second year with more private homes available for a sneak peek, writes Paul McCarthy

ANALYSIS

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Health should become a Government ‘priority’ now that the economy has stabilised, Health Minister Simon Harris tells Political Reporter Fiachra O Cionnaith.

EXAMVIRAL

Hurling yourself off a 20 metre bridge? Definitely not a feat for the faint-hearted. So if heights aren’t really your thing, instead you can watch the pros give it a go.

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There was an unlikely traffic hazard in Glasgow this weekend – a giant inflatable duck. The duck was seen tumbling down the streets of Glasgow after strong winds apparently caused it to break free from where it had been on display at a car dealership.

China has launched the operation of the world’s largest radio telescope – built to discover signals from stars, galaxies and even alien life in previously unexplored parts of the universe.

VIDEO

After a while, we stopped counting and began, instead, to time the endless waves of people who braved the rain, and bus strike, to march in the biggest pro-choice rally the country has seen.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Half-life 3. Is not the new content which Valve has released.

MOVIES/TV: There's a new Transformers film on the way, with director Michael Bay returning for a film called The Last Knight. You may have many thoughts about Bay but we're going to go ahead and assume he's really a gent because he basically loves dogs.

TECH: There's a basketball court in Japan which is entirely rigged with LEDs on its surface, turning every moment into an utterly insane light show.

SHOWBIZ

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The son of reggae legend Bob Marley has called for more social consciousness in music, saying his father believed songs should have strong messages.

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Eoin English visits the home of the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre Ireland at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork where innovative work is being done


Lifestyle

Don’t just bung this festive favourite in a boring pot and wait for it to wilt, says Hannah Stephenson.How to style your Christmas poinsettia

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