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IRELAND: Fianna Fáil has called for a special debate in the Dáil about the collapse of Carillion. The UK construction company went bust last week and is involved in building five schools and a college here.
IRELAND: A start date for the rape trial of two Ireland and Ulster rugby stars has been moved. Proceedings against Stuart Olding, 24, and Paddy Jackson, 26, were due to start before a judge at Belfast Crown Court today.
IRELAND: The number of people waiting for beds at hospitals around the country has climbed to just over 600, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
WORLD: The organisers of a prestigious men-only charity dinner have said they are "appalled" by allegations of sexual harassment at the event.
SPORTS: The Republic of Ireland will face a rerun of their World Cup qualifying campaign in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
BUSINESS: Johnson & Johnson is promising to spend more on research in the healthcare sector after changes to the US tax system.
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SHOWBIZ: Elton John is to retire from touring after almost 50 years. The 70-year-old hitmaker will make the announcement later on Wednesday.
VIRAL: A star of Irish reality show Tallafornia made quite an impression on First Dates Ireland.
LIFESTYLE: Elizabeth O’Neill investigates the concept of radical empathy and the power of story-telling.
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