LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: €20 fee demanded for Mass in some nursing homes, William says paparazzi 'spat at Diana and called her names'

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IRELAND: It has emerged that the Department of Social Protection is refusing to pay a woman in her 70s her pension  as she refuses to sign up for one.

IRELAND: GSOC is investigating after a man was shot by an off-duty garda in the early hours of this morning on Portobello Road in Dublin.

IRELAND: Reports today claim that a €20 fee is being demanded for religious services in some nursing homes and the Health Minister is being urged to name and shame those responsible.

WORLD: DNA tests on a headless torso found in the Baltic Sea matched missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine that sank earlier this month, Danish police have said.

WORLD: Paparazzi photographers who "harassed" Diana, Princess of Wales, spitting at the royal and calling her names to get a reaction, says Prince William.

ANALYSIS: The prospect of a budget coinciding with a presidential election is alarming for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, writes Gerard Howlin.          

SPORT: Conor McGregor has revealed he first targeted a fight with Floyd Mayweather before he had even established himself in the UFC.

SPORT: As we prepare for the 2017/18 group stage draw, can you beat your friends in our Champions League group of death quiz?

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LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: €20 fee demanded for Mass in some nursing homes, William says paparazzi 'spat at Diana and called her names'

SHOWBIZ: Jools Oliver has offered a glimpse of life in the Oliver household as she shareda heart-melting handwritten letter by her son apologising for being naughty. 

SHOWBIZ: Mel B threw a cup of water over Simon Cowell when her fellow talent show judge made a joke about her wedding night.

VIRAL: The North West is today dealing with the aftermath of lightning, landslides and other extreme conditions following heavy rain and flooding in parts last night.


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