LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Investigations underway after Garda and 18-year-old man shot in Dublin

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IRELAND: Investigations are underway after a Garda and an 18-year-old man were shot in North Dublin.

IRELAND: There are 575 members of the Gardaí currently on sick leave.

IRELAND: A Japanese hotel chain that mostly hires women is the preferred bidder for a former Magdalene Laundry in Dublin.

IRELAND: The email accounts of former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald and her political advisers were not examined in the recent trawl for documents relevant to the Charleton Tribunal.

WORLD: The dramatic US policy shift on contested Jerusalem is seen by the Western-backed Palestinian leadership as a dangerous betrayal and game changer that is bound to propel them into a risky confrontation with the US and Israel on the global stage. So, what's next in the Middle East?

ANALYSIS: Giving asylum seekers the right to work is not just about money, it’s also about the restoration of human dignity, writes this anonymous author who lives in direct provision.

BUSINESS: Two firms owned by the members of U2 had contrasting fortunes last year, according to new accounts.

SPORT: On November 1, 1995, Richard Wallace touched down at Thomond Park to score Munster's first points in European Cup competition. This Saturday at the much-changed stadium, barring a complete disaster from Johann van Graan's new charges, someone from the province will pop up and grab the 4,000th. We recall some of the landmarks in between.

SPORT: The Champions League group stage is over, but how closely were you paying attention?

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VIRAL: Tourism Ireland have sent an ad to a galaxy far, far away! It's part of a stratospheric campaign to highlight the island's key role in the latest Star Wars film.

FEATURES: In this week's 'Learning points' column, Richard Hogan looks at how a family can survive their first Christmas apart.

SHOWBIZ: Sia has said she will halt her working relationship with teenage dancer Maddie Ziegler if the youngster ever wants it to stop, while defending her choice to use her as her muse.

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