MORNING BULLETIN: Taoiseach expected to appoint Simon Coveney as Tánaiste; Last government posted combined deficit of almost €3m last year

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IRELAND: The Taoiseach is expected to announced the appointment of Simon Coveney as Tánaiste in the Dáil today.

IRELAND: The two parties of the last government — Fine Gael and Labour — posted a combined deficit of almost €3m last year, despite receiving funding of almost €8m from taxpayers, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

IRELAND: The partners of Defence Forces members are holding a 24-hour vigil outside Leinster House. They are demanding better pay and conditions for personnel in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps.

WORLD: US ambassador Nikki Haley said that North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire east coast of the United States "brings us closer" to a war.

BUSINESS: Up to 170 jobs for Dublin and Cork have been announced at two separate companies.

SPORT: Cork GAA is mourning the death yesterday at the age of 92 of legendary hurler Willie John Daly, who was the last surviving member of the three-in-a-row team of the 1950s who starred in the attack alongside Christy Ring.

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MORNING BULLETIN: Taoiseach expected to appoint Simon Coveney as Tánaiste; Last government posted combined deficit of almost €3m last year

VIRAL: This year, however, a café in Tralee is vying for the top Christmas advert - and people are loving it.

SHOWBIZ: Grime star Stormzy has offered to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

FEATURES: Teenage angst and a sister’s illness inspired a project to help other young girls, writes Jacqui Corcoran.


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