The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Wednesday morning briefing. Let us ensure you’re up to speed on what’s happening and are prepared for the day ahead.

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The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

BROOKS' DECISION TO PULL PLUG COSTS €50M

As Garth Brooks’ record run at Croke Park went from five nights, to three, to none, to fiasco, the hospitality industry has been left reeling with losses estimated at €50m and Ireland’s reputation in ruins.

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IRISH NEWS

The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

TV LICENCE CRACKDOWN TO FOCUS ON CABLE DATA

TV service providers have reacted with caution to plans which allow An Post access to customer subscription data in a crackdown on licence fee evaders.

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MINISTER WARNED TO ACT ON MORTGAGE ARREARS  

A "significant" spike in family home repossessions is looming unless ministers get a grip on the mortgage debt crisis, an Oireachtas report has warned.

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WORLD NEWS

The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

SCIENTISTS'FINGER DEVICE READS TO THE BLIND IN REAL TIME

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

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KIDNAPPER COULD STRIKE AGAIN, SAY MCCANNS

The McCanns fear that their daughter Madeleine’s kidnapper may "strike again" and believe he or she will have been "laughing" at claims that they hid their daughter’s body.

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SPORT

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NIKE TO CUT TIES WITH UNITED

Manchester United will have a new kit supplier next year after American sportswear giant Nike opted not to extend its lengthy association with the club.

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BRAZIL POST-MORTEM BEGINS

Brazil woke up to a new footballing catastrophe this morning, 64 years after it experienced the ’Maracanazo’ when the hosts lost in the final of the first World Cup on their soil.

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BUSINESS

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DRAGON FIRM TO PAY €4K TO SACKED SALES ASSISTANT

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ordered RTÉ Dragon, Ramona Nicholas’s pharmacy group to pay €4,000 to a female sales assistant the business unfairly dismissed.

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HEALTH PROBLEMS

WHEN he took on the role of health minister more than three years ago, a confident James Reilly stated that he chose the portfolio because he wanted the challenge of reforming a dysfunctional health service.

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ELLEN AND PORTIA 'WORKING THROUGH ISSUES' 

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are reportedly trying to work through their marital issues. 

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 TOP FEATURES

The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up 

ED SHEERAN: "RICH? I GET AN ALLOWANCE, I REALLY DON'T SPEND MUCH" 

JUST imagine — you bump into a Hollywood star, get on like a house on fire, and then get a pinch-me invitation to stay the night

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The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

CAHALANE DOUBTFUL FOR CORK AFTER FREAK DRESSING ROOM CUT

Cork dual star Damien Cahalane is a doubt for Sunday’s Munster hurling final after picking up a freak dressing room injury following the provincial football final.

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Lifestyle

Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

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