MORNING BULLETIN: Some families up to €600 a year better off in #Budget18, Irish children eighth most overweight in Europe

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MORNING BULLETIN: Some families up to €600 a year better off in #Budget18, Irish children eighth most overweight in Europe

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BUDGET 2018: Hard-working families are set to be up to €600 a year better off on foot of tax breaks and spending increases announced in Budget 2018 by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

BUDGET 2018: Labour TD Joan Burton has accused Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe of "travelling down the same path" as Charlie McCreevy's boom-time budgets in his financial plan for next year.

IRELAND: The Government has been urged to be more transparent about plans for the controversial Public Service Card.

IRELAND: The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will resume its deliberations on today. It is first gathering of the group since Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced Ireland will go to the polls on the matter next summer.

IRELAND: Irish children are the eighth most overweight in Europe, and 58th in the world, according to a new study.

WORLD: Spain's deputy prime minister has rebuked the Catalonia regional president after lawmakers in the region signed a document they said was a declaration of independence.

BUSINESS: The IMF warned policymakers not to get too comfortable even as it raised its global growth forecast amid brightening prospects in the world’s biggest economies.

SPORT: Liam Brady says nobody will want to face this Ireland team in the play-offs. , and that Ireland’s victory over Wales fully vindicates the FAI’s decision to agree a contract extension with Martin O’Neill.

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ARTS: New York and Ireland are inextricably linked. Marjorie Brennan talks to five creative people about their time there.

VIRAL: Dashcam footage has emerged of police chasing after a stolen ambulance as it weaves through traffic, across lanes and at one point going off-road.

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