LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Health Minister determined to get Maternity Hospital over the line; US Air Force launches test missile

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LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Health Minister determined to get Maternity Hospital over the line; US Air Force launches test missile

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IRELAND: The Health Minister said he is as determined as ever to get the new National Maternity Hospital over the line.

IRELAND: Gardaí investigating the murder of former dissident Republican leader Aidan O’Driscoll in Cork over four months ago have mounted a series of dawn raids in the city today.

IRELAND: The Garda Representative Association has criticised plans being considered by the Road Safety Authority to link fines to the driver’s salary.

WORLD: An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile has been launched from a US Air Force Base in California on a flight to a target in the Pacific Ocean.

WORLD: Analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible for the deadly assault, France's foreign minister said.

BUSINESS: A cybersecurity company has vowed to create 100 jobs at the opening of its international headquarters in Dublin.

SPORT: Neil Taylor has been suspended for two matches by FIFA following his sending off during the Republic of Ireland v Wales World Cup qualifier.

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FEATURE: Why do we swallow the latest slimming crazes when we know that slow and steady is the way to go, asks Deirdre Reynolds.

VIRAL: Tom Collins, the firefighter who was pictured giving a drink of water to a rabbit, has spoken to us about the "hugely unexpected" reaction the picture received online.

VIRAL: A bookshop which asked its Twitter followers to help it “pay the bills” has been flooded with orders.

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