The Briefing - Your Thursday morning news catch up

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

The Briefing - Your Thursday morning news catch up

BRIEFING TOP STORY

FIRST US EBOLA PATIENT DIES IN TEXAS HOSPITAL

The first person diagnosed with ebola in the US died yesterday as the government ordered five airports to screen passengers from West Africa for fever.

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IRISH NEWS

CONSUMER GROUP SWITCH FOCUS TO HEALTH INSURANCE BILLS

The campaigners who secured deals for over tens of thousands of people on their electricity bills are looking to do the same for health insurance.

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PROOF OF ILLNESS MAY BE SOUGHT TO CUT WATER BILL

People who seek reduced water charges on health grounds may be asked to provide evidence of their medical needs and could face an audit if their usage is too high.

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WORLD NEWS

COUPLE RELATE THE JOYS OF SEX TO POPE AND HIS PRELATES

Pope Francis, cardinals and bishops from around the world have been given an unexpected lecture on the joys of sex, from an Australian couple brought in to talk about what makes a marriage last.

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CAVE ART SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON EARLY MANKIND

Cave paintings as old as those found in Europe have been found in Indonesia, raising new questions about early mankind and the development of art in prehistoric times.

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SPORT

CUNNINGHAM'S CAPITAL DELIGHT

Former Cork selector Ger Cunningham was last night appointed as Anthony Daly’s successor as Dublin manager, being handed a three-year term.

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KEANE SADDENED BY EXILE IRELAND

Roy Keane shares Niall Quinn’s disappointment at Stephen Ireland’s international exile — insisting representing Ireland should rank as the high point of a player’s career.

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BUSINESS

IRISH BANKS CONCLUDE ECB STRESS TEST TALKS

It is believed that the Irish banks have concluded their meetings with the ECB to discuss the comprehensive assessment of the banking system.

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VIEWPOINTS

TAPPING INTO PEOPLE POWER IN 2-HORSE RACE IN DUBLIN SOUTH WEST

Whoever emerges as victor in tomorrow’s Dublin South West by-election, this particular poll could well be a weather vane for the shifting winds of politics, writes Michael Clifford.

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EXAM VIRAL

NEW BOOK EXLORES THE MEANING OF LIFE BUT WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR #LIFEINATWEET

What is your meaning of life - in a tweet? Let us know using the hash tag #lifeinatweet and we'll compile a list of the best contributions later in the week.

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SHOWBIZ

ACTRESS PAUL TO DIVORCE THICKE

Paula Patton has filed for divorce from Robin Thicke and is asking for joint custody of their son.

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TOP FEATURES

BLUE SKIES ON THE HORIZON FOR BRITISH GAA CLUBS

IT’S been the year the British forged a surprising love affair with GAA sports from the safe distance of their TV screens, writes Nick Bramhill

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW ...

WOMAN SURVIVES 17 DAYS - AND BEING CHASED BY CROC - IN AUSTRALIAN RAINFOREST

A 30-year-old woman missing for more than two weeks in an Australian rainforest has stumbled out alive after surviving on creek water and small fish.

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