MORNING BULLETIN: Deal done to guarantee no hard border in first phase Brexit talks

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MORNING BULLETIN: Deal done to guarantee no hard border in first phase Brexit talks

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IRELAND: The European Commission has announced that "sufficient progress" has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Tánaiste Simon Coveney said "we have secured assurances" for all on the island of Ireland, ensuring no hard border, post-Brexit.

IRELAND: New laws aimed at tackling precarious, insecure work “entirely dodges” dealing with “if and when” contracts which are considered to be among the most exploitative.

IRELAND: The 40-year-old woman found dead in a doorway on a Cork city centre street has been remembered as a “kind, nurturing lady”, who died in the same spot where her aunt passed away seven years ago.

BUSINESS: Financial adviser and television personality Eddie Hobbs has said he is “deeply saddened” for investors who lost almost €13m in a firm he fronted.

ANALYSIS: Blarney has the potential to thrive and prosper but its distinct identity could be lost as the town becomes enveloped within a greater Cork City, writes Eugene Gribbin.

WORLD: The largest and most destructive of the wildfires plaguing southern California has destroyed more than 430 homes and buildings northeast of Los Angeles, officials said.

SPORT: Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor has told Johann van Graan he “doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel” now he has been given the reins at Munster.

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ARTS: Light reads, accessible history and gripping novels are championed by the Irish personalities we asked to recommend their favourite books of 2017.

VIRAL: Watch this Limerick lady stay in a hotel for her first time in 47 years and her reaction is adorable.

FEATURES: Dreaming of a green Christmas: It’s time to re-think our Yule excesses. Ellie O’Byrne explains how we can have festive fun, without Christmas costing the earth.

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