LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Irish primary pupils best in Europe for literacy, Riot police deployed to the streets of Kiev

Here are all the latest headlines this lunchtime.

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IRELAND: Three men have been arrested during a garda-led raid on an unauthorised Traveller halting site on the outskirts of Cork city this morning.

IRELAND: Irish primary pupils are the best in Europe at reading and boys here have improved their skills more than girls in the last five years.

IRELAND: A Donegal man has appeared in court charged with murdering his 35-year-old wife during a boating holiday with their two children in Northern Ireland.

WORLD: Riot police have been deployed to the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev amid a stand-off with hundreds of protesters who had blocked a police van carrying an arrested politician.

WORLD: US singer Melanie Martinez has denied sexual assault, saying she is “horrified and saddened” by a former friend’s allegation.

BUSINESS: Two local residents have applied to the Supreme Court to permission to bring an appeal over the High Court's rejection of their challenge to permission for tech giant Apple to develop the first phase of a planned €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway.

SPORT: Mayo are the first county to confirm they are planning to ignore a GAA decision to free up April as a ‘club only’ month, writes Stephen Barry.

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FEATURES: Charlie Bird returns to our screens this week with After The Headlines - getting to the heart of some of Ireland’s most memorable stories.

SHOWBIZ: Dustin Hoffman accused John Oliver of putting him “on display” as they engaged in a heated discussion about the sexual harassment allegations against the actor during a film Q&A, according to a US report.

SHOWBIZ: Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon broke out his best Springsteen impersonation to deliver a special Christmas message to the Trump administration.

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