LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: A number of insurance providers raided over alleged price fixing; Ed Sheeran quits Twitter over abuse

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IRELAND: Officials from the Competition Watchdog have raided a number of insurances companies and brokers as part of an investigation into price fixing.

IRELAND: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it will take at least 15 months to fully implement a new bin charging system.

IRELAND: The Health Minister says St John of God’s must pay back millions paid to staff in top-ups.

IRELAND: The death of a woman after a car crash in Donegal could have been prevented if an ambulance had arrived earlier, according to her family.

WORLD: North Korea has claimed to have successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

WORLD: The head of the European Union’s executive body, the European Commission, has called its parliament "totally ridiculous" during a spat over low MEP attendance.

BUSINESS: Just €2.3m was collected from 13 individuals in 2015 for the domicile levy, a tax introduced at the height of the recession to target the wealthy — leading to calls for it to now be scrapped by some experts.

SPORT: Leinster and Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is set to be sidelined until the end of October following his pectoral tear injury suffered last week playing for the British & Irish Lions in Wellington.

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SHOWBIZ:  Ed Sheeran has said that online abuse has driven him off Twitter.

VIRAL: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become known, amongst other things, for his choice of socks. He is currently in Ireland and met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning. And Leo may just have out-socked his Canadian counter part with an effort of his own.

FEATURE: Emma Jane Kirby's book recounts an amazing tale of tragedy and kindnes amidst the refugee boats off Italy.



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