MORNING BULLETIN: Ryanair passengers face Christmas chaos; Democrats victorious in Alabama election

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MORNING BULLETIN: Ryanair passengers face Christmas chaos; Democrats victorious in Alabama election

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IRELAND: Ryanair passengers face travel chaos just days before Christmas after the airline’s Irish-based pilots gave notice of intention to strike on Wednesday, December 20.

IRELAND: The Oireachtas abortion committee is widely predicted to vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and replace it with new laws allowing for abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when it meets this afternoon.

IRELAND: Tens of thousands of people who care for sick or disabled relatives will be given free GP cards from next summer under a new €11m Government plan.

BUSINESS: There is no early end in sight to house price increases and it will take “the next five, six, seven years” for new supply to come anywhere near to meeting pent-up demand, the Economic and Social Research Institute warns.

WORLD: A Democrat has won Alabama's special Senate election, beating an embattled Republican opponent Roy Moore.

SPORT: Simon Zebo may be leaving Munster for France at the end of the season, but the man with the X factor is hoping the door to his home province is not shut behind him.

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SHOWBIZ: Rave reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi have begun pouring in following early screenings of the latest edition of the sci-fi franchise.

EXAMVIRAL: Persuading your parents to get you something is a classic trial of childhood, but this resourceful youngster came up with one remarkably entertaining solution.

FEATURES: Heading up north to save a few euro off the Christmas bill is extremely damaging to our still fragile economy and one economist has even described it as an act of betrayal.

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