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The Briefing - Your Friday morning news catch up

BRIEFING TOP STORY

RETAILER JOINS INITIATIVE TO FIGHT HUNGER

Brendan Dempsey has helped feed thousands of hard-pressed families in the Cork region in his role as vice-president of St Vincent de Paul. Now he’s delighted a dedicated, professional charity is about to take up the strain.

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IRISH NEWS

CHILDREN ALLOWED ONE FREE FLUSH AND A SHOWER

Children will be allowed just one free shower and one toilet flush a day under revised water allowances ahead of the introduction of charges next year.

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CRUISER WITH TWO ON BOARD TOWED TO SAFETY ON LOUGH DERG

Two people aboard a 32-foot cruiser were rescued by Lough Derg Lifeboat last night.

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WORLD NEWS

DOZENS KILLED IN TAIWAN GAS BLASTS AS CCTV FOOTAGE CAPTURES EXPLOSION

A series of underground gas explosions have killed at least 24 people and injured 271 in Taiwan’s second-largest city, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets.

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'FRAISER' STAR TESTIFIES AGAINST RELEASE OF SISTER'S KILLER

A man convicted of murdering the sister of actor Kelsey Grammer in Colorado 34 years ago was denied parole after the Frasier star testified against his release.

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SPORT

SHOCK AS JOHNSON TO TAKE IMMEDIATE BREAK FROM GOLF

Dustin Johnson has shocked the golf world by announcing he is to take an immediate leave of absence from the game.

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EVANS IMPRESSED BY VAN GAAL METHODS

Jonny Evans thinks Louis van Gaal has installed a far more impressive and detailed system of analysing his players since he took over as Manchester United manager.

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BUSINESS

DIAGEO'S IRISH BRANDS RAISE SOME CHEER BUT GUINNESS FLAT GLOBALLY 

Net sales of Guinness declined 3% in Ireland over the past year, due to hot weather, significant rises in excise duties and the continuing shrinkage of the overall beer market here.

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VIEWPOINTS

CALLELY'S COMEUPPANCE DELIVERED BY JAIL SENTENCE OVER EXPENSES 

I’VE surprised myself by feeling a little sorry for former Fianna Fáil junior minister Ivor Callely this week.

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SHOWBIZ

BRIDAL SHOWER FOR AMAL AS SHE PREPARES TO MARRY CLOONEY 

Amal Alamuddin enjoyed a bridal shower this week as her wedding date with George Clooney approaches.

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TOP FEATURES

BATTLEFIELD IDEA THAT HELPED TO SAVE MANY LIVES

The triage system of treating patients was developed by an Irish nurse on US battlefields, Robert Hume reports.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW ...

HURLER ON STEROIDS AND DRINK VICIOUSLY ATTACKED GIRLFRIEND

Bodybuilding steroids mixed with alcohol triggered a formerly successful young hurler to launch a violent attack on his girlfriend when he kidnapped and terrified her at his home.

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