MORNING BULLETIN: Prospect of FF-FG coalition even closer; Three die in protests over government vote in Venezuela

Catch up on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com this morning.

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IRELAND: The prospect of a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael grand coalition is even closer, with Micheál Martin refusing to rule out the arrangement after the next general election.

IRELAND: Pensioners are set to receive another increase in their weekly State payment as part of the upcoming Budget, the Taoiseach has indicated.

IRELAND: The University of Limerick Hospitals Group (ULHG) has acknowledged an error in a letter sent to a patient asking whether they wished to be placed on the public or private waiting list against HSE policy.

IRELAND: More than 2,000 fines, worth around €400,000, have been paid under a new instalment system created to avoid jailing fine defaulters.

WORLD: Three people have died in protests at a controversial vote that opposition leaders fear will trigger the end of democracy in Venezuela.

WORLD: Two off-duty emergency service workers were sprayed in the face with an unknown substance in what UK police have called a "shocking incident".

BUSINESS: Town planning firm Coakley O’Neill argues that simplifying the planning process to build more homes is not the same as fast-tracking projects. Pádraig Hoare talks to the firm’s Aiden O’Neill

SPORT: After watching Kerry slowly grind out an all too familiar workmanlike quarter-final victory over Galway in the opening game, there was a sense around Croke Park going into the afternoon’s second game that Mayo would do likewise.

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FEATURES: The Linehan family have been making sweets in Cork since the 1920s. Donal O’Keeffe visits their premises near Shandon to witness the birth of a batch of clove rocks.

SHOWBIZ: Adele signed a hat and posed for pictures as she visited an education centre.

SHOWBIZ: The West Wing star Stockard Channing has said she still has items of clothing in her wardrobe that she took from the set of the hit series.



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