LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: The Fine Gael leadership contest is underway; Joe Brolly to the rescue

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IRELAND: Simon Coveney has launched his Fine Gael leadership bid as Richard Bruton rules himself out. Here's what we know so far:

  • Simon Coveney says he wants to "change the direction of politics" at his leadership campaign launch;
  • Dr James Reilly is quitting his role as Deputy Leader of FG and declares support for Simon Coveney;
  • Frances Fitzgerald has ruled herself out of the Fine Gael leadership race;
  • Michael Noonan will not seek re-election at next General Election and will step down as Minister for Finance;
  • Richard Bruton has ruled himself out of the leadership race.

 

IRELAND: Gardaí chased a Dublin man down the platform of Mallow railway station and caught him with over €10,000 in stolen cash and thousands of euro worth of jewellery stuffed into his socks and pockets.

IRELAND: Residents fighting plans for a controversial, 11km motorway, between Cork City and the Port of Cork’s Ringaskiddy terminal, need funds to present their case to the planning appeals board.

IRELAND: Water users are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on a stretch of the River Suir downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir.

WORLD: Rolf Harris is to be released from prison on Friday, a court has heard.

WORLD: Two men have been charged with manslaughter following the death of a teenager whose body was found in the back of a car following a crash.

SPORT: GAA pundit Joe Brolly appears to have come to the rescue of Antrim’s Matthew Fitzpatrick after the footballer was hit with a proposed 48-week suspension.

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LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: The Fine Gael leadership contest is underway; Joe Brolly to the rescue

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