Here are all the latest headlines this lunchtime.
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IRELAND: The agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil was 'stretched to breaking point' by the whistleblower crisis, according to a Junior Minister.
IRELAND: The Health Service Executive (HSE) used €9,000 of savings belonging to intellectually disabled people in a scandal-hit care home to buy them tablet computers.
IRELAND: Emergency services have staged a major critical incident response training exercise in Cork city this morning.
WORLD: Donald Trump has shared videos tweeted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First purporting to show Muslims committing crimes.
BUSINESS: Facebook Ireland has posted soaring revenues of €12.6bn but the company paid only €30.4m in tax.
SPORT: CJ Stander is the latest high profile player being linked with a move away from Munster, writes Steve Neville.
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VIRAL: One thing Brexit has taught us is that many British people do not understand Irish politics and geography, writes Denise O'Donoghue.
SHOWBIZ: The world premiere production of 'Asking for It' by Louise O’Neill will be performed on the stages of Cork's Everyman and Dublin's Abbey next year.
FEATURES: Fancy a night or two away but not sure where to head? Here are a few of Esther N McCarthy’s top choices for a festive break.
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