The Briefing - Your Thursday morning news catch up

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The Briefing - Your Thursday morning news catch up

BRIEFING TOP STORY

FANTASTIC FOUR END LIMERICK COUPLE'S HEARTBREAK

A loving bundle of babies ended a Limerick couple’s heartache to have children. Grace Slattery, 31, gave birth to healthy quadruplets on Monday, 24 hours earlier than planned.

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IRISH NEWS

FIRST RISE IN MEDICAL CARD AWARDS IN 16 MONTHS 'FOR THE ELECTION'

here was a dramatic spike in the number of discretionary medical cards awarded last month — the first increase since January 2013 — which the opposition claim was for "election purposes".

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CABLE THEFT DISRUPTS DUBLIN RAIL SERVICES

Thousands of Dublin commuters have been disrupted this morning after Irish Rail cables were stolen overnight.

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WORLD NEWS

US BOY, 3, SHOOTS YOUNGER BROTHER DEAD

A three-year-old boy shot his 18-month-old brother dead after the youngsters found a handgun in a neighbour’s apartment, police in central Arizona said.

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FRENZY AS MYSTERY BENEFACTOR DOLES OUT CASH

Someone is dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco — and causing an international frenzy on social media.

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SPORT

POTTS SLAMS 'SINISTER' ONLINE ABUSE

Cyberbullying of top GAA players has emerged as a serious issue that may require Garda intervention in certain extreme cases.

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MANCHESTER UNITED OWNER GLAZER DIES

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has died, his NFL franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced.

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BUSINESS

COMREG CONCERNS OVER O2 TAKEOVER

The takeover of O2 by Three approved by the European Commission could have negative consequences for Irish consumers, ComReg has warned.

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VIEWPOINTS

ANSWERS WORTHY OF 'YES MINISTER' AS EFFORTS TO GET AT THE TRUTH FAIL MISERABLY

"Will you inform the committee what happened that night, very clearly and in plain English?"

It’s the question that is refusing to go away: what happened on that mysterious March evening when the Taoiseach dispatched a high-ranking civil servant to the home of Martin Callinan, before his shock resignation as Garda Commissioner the next morning.

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SHOWBIZ

MAN 'ATTACKS' BRAD PITT AT FILM PREMIERE

A man was led away in handcuffs after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the film 'Maleficent'.

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TOP FEATURES

READERS HAVE THE FINAL WORD ON THE BEST BOOKS EVER

Where do you like to do it? Most people do it in bed. Lots of us get plenty of it in while on holidays. Some even do it when the kids are at school and they really should be doing the chores instead.

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VIDEO: DANCING COUPLE AT ONE DIRECTION GOES VIRAL

Waiting for the band to start isn’t the best part of any concert... unless, of course, you happened to be in Croke Park at the One Direction gig.

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