MORNING BULLETIN: Ministers ready themselves for mid-December election; Christmas bonus to be paid this week

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IRELAND: A radical break-up of the Department of Justice into two has formed the basis of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s offering to Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin in a bid to avoid a general election.

IRELAND: Over €2m has been spent since 2014 upgrading hospital laboratory information systems which are in the process of being replaced.

IRELAND: The Christmas bonus is being paid out to over 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week at a total cost of €219m euro.

WORLD: Tens of thousands of travellers have been stranded in Bali after the threat from a volcano closed the tourist island's international airport.

BUSINESS: Black Friday and Cyber Monday could be responsible for altering Christmas shopping habits forever.

SPORT: What should have been a landslide was still a landmark victory for Nemo Rangers. Few teams don’t regret spurning six goal chances against reigning All-Ireland champions but then Nemo have long been a different breed.


MORNING BULLETIN: Ministers ready themselves for mid-December election; Christmas bonus to be paid this week

SHOWBIZ: House Of Cards hopes to return to production soon on its final season, staff have been told, after it was forced into a hiatus by claims of sexual assault and harassment against its star Kevin Spacey.

FEATURES: Yes, it may be The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but what if all you want is a Silent Night, asks Caomhan Keane

ARTS: A prison in Rio de Janiero has held a beauty pageant for inmates, with one lucky woman being crowned winner.


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