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The Briefing - Your Friday morning news catch up

BRIEFING TOP STORY

GARDAÍ ANALYSE DRUG YACHT FOR ITISH ROLE IN OPERATION

While the focus of a €82m cocaine seizure off the Cork coast has firmly shifted to Britain, gardaí are still trying to ascertain if the drugs shipment may have been unloaded here before being retransported across the water.

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IRISH NEWS

IRISH DRINKERS PAY HIGHEST TAXES ON WINE IN EUROPE

Ireland’s wine taxes are the highest in Europe, a report reveals.

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I FORGIVE MY SON WHO KILLED TWINS, SAYS CHARLEVILLE MOTHER

A grieving mother has said she forgives her son for killing his nine-year-old twin brothers before taking his own life.

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WORLD NEWS

A-LISTERS TO FLOCK TO VENICE FOR CLOONEY WEDDING

A string of A-list celebrities is expected to gather in Venice this weekend for one of the most exclusive jet-set events of the year: the wedding of US actor George Clooney to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

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VICTIMS FAMILY FURIOUS AS UNIVERSITY MASSACRE RIFLE GOES ON SALE

A woman whose relatives were killed in a 1966 sniper rampage at the University of Texas that left 16 people dead says she is horrified that the high-powered rifle used by the gunman is being sold in an online auction

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SPORT

MCILROY RELISHING PERFECT MATCH

Rory McIlroy got the partner and the match-up he wanted as opposing captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson served up a fascinating opening session to the 2014 Ryder Cup this morning

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THREE CHANGES FOR CODY, O'SHEA STICKS WITH SAME 15

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes to the team to face Tipperary in Saturday evening's All Ireland hurling final replay.

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BUSINESS

RYANAIR INCREASES ITS EARNINGS OUTLOOK 

Ryanair predicted it will reach the upper end of its earnings projection this fiscal year.

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VIEWPOINTS

THE 'COBH AGREEMENT' THAT SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES

A brainstorming session by representatives from seven nations 7 years ago was key to Wednesday’s €80m cocaine bust, writes Sean O’Riordan

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EXAM VIRAL

IRELAND'S CALL: YOUR TOP 10 FACEBOOK RESPONSES TO THE 'MOTTO FOR IRELAND' CHALLENGE

From the profound to the preposterous. Here are some of the best responses we got on our Facebook post highlighting the campaign seeking a ’motto for Ireland’.

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SHOWBIZ

KIM 'TACKLED' IN PARIS MELEE

Kim Kardashian has been attacked at Paris Fashion Week.

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TOP FEATURES

JIM FITZPATRICK AND CHE GUEVARA: INSPIRED BY IRISH REBELS

As a festival celebrating Cuban culture kicks off in Kilkee, Richard Fitzpatrick talks to artist Jim Fitzpatrick, who created the iconic image of Che Guevara, about his meeting with the revolutionary

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LOUISE O'NEILL BECOMES A TOURIST FOR A DAY...IN HER OWN TOWN

Most people can reel off the top tourist spots in their home place, but never visit them. So the Clarion Hotel’s writer-in-residence, Louise O’Neill, went on a day-long trip around Cork City

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