MORNING BULLETIN: 2017 election more likely; Minister to admit housing deadline won’t be met

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MORNING BULLETIN: 2017 election more likely; Minister to admit housing deadline won’t be met

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IRELAND: Relations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have ‘plummeted’ amid accusations of breaches of faith between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin over the Máire Whelan affair.

IRELAND: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy will today concede that a crucial deadline to end the use of emergency accommodation for homeless families by the end of this month — made by his predecessor — will not be met.

IRELAND: Business leaders in Cork have called for a discount in commercial water bills after a burst main forced several businesses to close and left 40,000 people without water.

BUSINESS: The ESRI has left its forecasts for Irish economic growth unchanged – at 3.8% for this year and 3.6% for 2018 – but has urged new Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to adopt a more “cautious” stance than previously envisaged in October’s budget.

WORLD: A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport.

WORLD: The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has quit after a barrage of criticism for its response to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

SPORT: British & Irish Lions captain Peter O'Mahony will take the advice he imagines his late mentor Anthony Foley would have given him and not try "to be something you're not" when he faces the All Blacks in Saturday's first Test.

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FEATURES: Should we censor our kids’ books – or give them the freedom to read whatever they choose? Andrea Mara turns to the experts.

SHOWBIZ: As the Justin Bieber takes to the stage of Dublin’s RDS, fans who couldn’t make the concert are still reeling after bumping into him in Maynooth.

FEATURES: Young adult author Juno Dawson used to be a primary school teacher – and a man. In her new book she traces her journey from James to Juno, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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