MORNING BULLETIN: Defence Forces face staffing crisis; €20bn plan to deliver road projects

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IRELAND: A damning report on the Defence Forces found poor pay, lack of expertise, exhaustion, and Hotel Rwanda-style barracks have led to an exodus, leaving the Army, Naval Service, and Air Corps almost dysfunctional.

IRELAND: “Coaching” sessions for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and for other senior officers to deal with Oireachtas committees were among €140,000 worth of PR services paid for by the taxpayer.

IRELAND: The Government is planning to announce a 10-year capital spending plan worth in excess of €20bn, or €2bn a year, which is set to deliver major projects like the long-awaited Cork to Limerick motorway.

IRELAND: A Waterford community is being split in two by plans for a proposed windfarm. Michael Clifford looks at the issues involved and the rifts they have caused.

WORLD: Donald Trump has dropped his plan to work with Russia to create "an impenetrable cyber security unit" soon after discussing the idea with Vladimir Putin.

BUSINESS: Kyran Fitzgerald asks if the country’s costly obsession with sending students to college for traditional degrees is driving the economy’s desperate shortage of skilled employees.

SPORT: How much further can Cork travel? How much further do they believe they can, asks Michael Moynihan.

SPORT: Yesterday was tough, in more ways than one. I wasn’t in Thurles because I watched the game from the RTÉ studios in Montrose. It felt weird but, in another way, it was easier, writes Anthony Daly.

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ARTS: ‘Game of Thrones’ is back next week, so Colette Keane takes a look at what to expect from the penultimate season.

FEATURES: Robert Mulhern meets the Limerick man who joined the Peshmerga to fight in the battle against the forces of the so-called Islamic State

COLUMN: As adult babies Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un continue to see who has the biggest, hardest, longest missiles, we can only scan the horizons in desperation for Dennis Rodman, writes Suzanne Harrington.



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