MORNING BULLETIN: Free childcare extension among budget measures; People urged to talk openly on World Mental Health Day

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MORNING BULLETIN: Free childcare extension among budget measures; People urged to talk openly on World Mental Health Day

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BUDGET 2018: The Government will today unveil a Budget with additional tax and spending measures worth about a €1bn. Free childcare services are to be extended to thousands of toddlers as one of the main giveaways in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s first budget.

BUDGET 2018: Payments for children of welfare recipients will be increased to over €32 while pensioners, carers, the disabled and jobseekers are likely to get an extra €5 as part of the budget..

IRELAND: World Mental Health Day is being marked today with people being encouraged to talk openly about their mental wellbeing.

IRELAND: Sunday Times chief sports writer David Walsh repeatedly described paedophile Tom Humphries as “a fine man” in 2012, after the latter had been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences, but before he was charged.

IRELAND: Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has written the foreword to a new book about his “long-lost brother” Gerry Conlon, who spent 15 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of being involved in an IRA bombing.

WORLD: Police have made a significant change to the timeline of the Las Vegas mass shooting, saying the gunman shot a hotel security guard before he opened fire on concertgoers.

BUSINESS: Richard Corrigan’s Virginia Park Lodge Hotel in Co Cavan suffered an operating loss of £416,074 (€465,000) last year, newly filed accounts show.

SPORT: Forget weary Wembley’s limp and half-hearted response to England’s recent qualification for Russia, forget those cynics who say international football doesn’t matter - anyone wanting to get a real flavour of what the World Cup really means should take a look at what happened on an historic night in Cardiff. Ireland secured a 1-0 win over Wales to keep their qualification hopes alive.

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FEATURES: Can meat-lover Caomhan Keane survive a month without bacon for breakfast or beef after a workout?

ARTS: James Berkery learned his craft in Cork, and is now making waves in London.

VIRAL: There is an unlikely connection between a cheeky Nandos and Ex Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

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