MORNING BULLETIN: Election looms as Ministers desert Tánaiste; Government give go-ahead to repay €5.5bn bailout loans

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IRELAND: Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s position in Government was last night deemed to be “untenable” by the opposition and many of her own ministerial colleagues as talks to avoid a general election entered the 11th hour.

IRELAND: Having called for the head of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald last Thursday, Micheál Martin has spent the past four days seeking a way out of causing a general election.

IRELAND: The Government has received approval to repay €5.5bn in bailout loans early.

WORLD: A volcano gushing towering columns of ash has closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day, disrupting travel for tens of thousands of people.

BUSINESS: A British pharmaceutical services firm has said Brexit was one of the key factors in its decision to open a €30m testing and packaging facility in Dundalk, Co Louth, that will see 300 jobs created.

SPORT: Colm Cooper is looking forward to having “tunnel vision with Crokes” in 2018 as the Kerry county senior champions seek another title.

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VIRAL: A conspiracy theory about Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle has captured the imagination more than perhaps any of the reaction since the royal wedding was announced.

SHOWBIZ: Angela Lansbury has told how women should not have to be prepared for the risk of sexual harassment when they make themselves “look attractive”.

FEATURES: For entrepreneurs and freelancers, a rise in co-working spaces gives workers more choice, says Emma Kennedy.



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