MORNING BULLETIN: Water charges 'black hole' is budget priority; proposed ban on coffee cups advances

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IRELAND: A “black hole” of more than €200m to cover the cost of the ongoing suspension of water charges and other related water costs will have to be prioritised in October’s budget ahead of other spending demands, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

IRELAND: The Garda Technical Bureau officers stepped in and out of a one-bed Kimmage apartment yesterday, where the remains of the three-year-old boy lay. Sometime on Monday, inside the neat, pleasant, apartment block, the young boy was stabbed — it is thought multiple times — and suffered fatal injuries. At the small gated entrance, neighbours left tributes and tokens of their sympathies.

IRELAND: The Waste Reduction Bill banning single-use coffee cups has passed its second stage in the Dáil overnight.

WORLD: Donald Trump has sent out an encouraging message to his son, who had a harrowing day after releasing a chain of emails about his meeting with a Russian lawyer.

BUSINESS: Google will find out if it owes over €1.1bn in back taxes to France through using an Irish company, just days after it was slapped with a record competition fine by the EU.

SPORT: Mayo star Aidan O’Shea admits that he found recent criticism levelled at him from former Meath player Bernard Flynn “disappointing” — but managed to “completely zone out” as the storm blew up.

SPORT: Páirc Uí Chaoimh may yet host more 2017 championship games beyond the All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-finals the weekend after next.

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FEATURES: Labelled the ‘world’s ugliest woman’ in a cruel online post, Lizzie Velasquez is refusing to allow the people who branded her a ‘monster’ define her, writes Rita de Brún

ARTS: Director Sofia Coppola discusses tackling a remake with her new movie ‘The Beguiled’, reuniting with her muse Kirsten Dunst, writes Laura Harding.

FEATURES: There’s much talk about promoting diversity in the workplace but, as Andrea Mara learns from eBay’s Rhonda Doyle, there are companies that have taken the message very much to heart.



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