MORNING BULLETIN: Undercover detective helps deliver baby, Widow says motorway would make her a prisoner in her own home

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IRELAND: An undercover detective went beyond the call of duty when he helped deliver a newborn baby after he came across the distraught father-to-be.

IRELAND: Michael Noonan’s handling of the case of ‘Grace’ while health minister and the role of his department in the 1990s will be the subject of commission of investigation hearings early in the new year , an interim report states.

IRELAND: An investigation is underway into the cause of a blaze at a high-rise tower block near Belfast yesterday.

IRELAND: A widow became emotional yesterday as she explained how she would become “a prisoner” in her own home if plans for a €180m Cork-Ringaskiddy motorway were given the green light.

BUSINESS: A High Court judge has ruled Dunnes Stores must pay €15.5m “forthwith”to the receivers of a company of businessman Harry Crosbie to comply with agreed terms of settlement of a legal dispute concerning the planned Point Village development.

ANALYSIS: Was the Tánaiste kept in the dark by the gardaí or by her own officials? We await the answer with interest, writes Daniel McConnell.

WORLD: A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has sold for a record $450m (€382m) at auction, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.

SPORT: Liam Brady believes the lack of emerging talent is linked to Kerr’s absence from an active role in Irish football and that he should be brought back into the fold.

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FEATURES: Why are there not more female conductors? Alice Farnham is looking to tackle this issue through a new programme at the NCH.

VIRAL: A pair of adorable Shetland ponies accompanied Metropolitan Police horses in London on their daily duties on Wednesday.

SHOWBIZ: It looks like two characters have already met an untimely end the new series of Peaky Blinders.



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