The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

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The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

BRIEFING TOP STORY

RIGHT HAND ROAD DRIVING BAFFLES IRISH MOTORISTS

An opinion poll of almost 2,500 people conducted last week found that 27% of respondents admitted they would be anxious on some level at the prospect of driving abroad in a right-hand drive country.

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IRISH NEWS

TDS TRY TO INSPECT US MILITARY AIRCRAFT

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly claimed they breached security at Shannon Airport because former minister Alan Shatter “challenged” them to do so.

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TAKEOVER BID FOR ULSTER BAND MOOTED

A management-supported private equity takeover of Ulster Bank is being considered by Royal Bank of Scotland.

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WORLD NEWS

CHINA FOOD SCANDAL HITS OTHER BIG NAMES

The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in US coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King, and others, as well as McDonald’s products as far away as Japan.

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CITY SEALED OFF AFTER BUBONIC PLAGUE DEATH

China has sealed off parts of its north-western city of Yumen after a resident died of bubonic plague last week, state media said.

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SPORT

O'NEILL: GERMANY WON'T RELENT

Martin O’Neill has dismissed the theory, fanciful though it may have been in the first place, a sated German side, still celebrating its recent achievements, can be caught napping when the sides meet in October.

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RODRIGUEZ READU FOR REAL SUCCESS

James Rodriguez is determined to make history at Real Madrid rather than crumble under the pressure of becoming the fourth most expensive player of all time.

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BUSINESS

€47M JUDGMENT SOUGHT FROM KELLEHER

Nama is pursuing businessman Garrett Kelleher for €46.8m summary judgment orders arising mostly from a limited guarantee relating to substantial loans made by the former Anglo Irish Bank for developments in Ireland, the US and Belgium.

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VIEWPOINTS

PROGNOSIS RIGHT AS LEO TACKLES MEDICAL CARDS

It will prove hard to create a ‘hierarchy of illnesses’, says Varadkar, tempering expectations of a quick fix, writes Political Editor Mary Regan

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SHOWBIZ

SNOOP DOG SMOKED WEED AT THE PRESIDENTS HOUSE 

Snoop Dogg smoked cannabis at the White House.

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TOP FEATURES

JAMES GARNER IN THE ROCKFORD FILES WAS AN IRRESISTIBLE FORCE ON OUR SCREENS 

James Garner’s portrayal of Jim Rockford in ‘The Rockford Files’ left an indelible mark on young TV fans, says Michael Moynihan

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW ...

VAN GAAL UNHAPPY WITH UNITEDS TRANSATLANTIC TOUR

Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United are putting his chances of success in jeopardy by dragging the first-team squad across the United States on their pre-season tour.

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