LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Compulsory flu vaccines for health care workers; Shane Long ruled out of World Cup qualifer

Here's your lunchtime news bulletin.


IRELAND: The HSE is looking at making it compulsory for health care workers to get the flu vaccine.

IRELAND: Shannon Airport could secure a new route next summer and it will be decided by a Europe-wide public vote.

IRELAND: 11 cyclists have been killed so far this year compared to 10 in the whole of 2016.

WORLD: President Donald Trump has engaged in an ill-tempered exchange with a prominent Republican senator who dubbed the White House an "adult day care centre".

WORLD: The Spanish government will act if Catalan separatist leaders go ahead and declare independence on Tuesday as they have promised.

BUSINESS: Euro-sterling parity could cost Ireland's drinks economy tens of millions in lost revenue as Irish shoppers travel across the border to shop for more affordable prices.

SPORT: Shane Long has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's make or break World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff tonight.


LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Compulsory flu vaccines for health care workers; Shane Long ruled out of World Cup qualifer

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