MORNING BULLETIN: EU set to clear Brexit talks phase 2 today; Katie Taylor urged to hang up her gloves

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MORNING BULLETIN: EU set to clear Brexit talks phase 2 today; Katie Taylor urged to hang up her gloves

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IRELAND: It could take another three months to get to the second stage of Brexit talks. An agreement was made on phase one last week which ensures there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland, while phase two deals with trade

IRELAND: Isabel Terry has stunned medics — first by overcoming the complex surgery, and then by surviving a post-op stroke, a cardiac arrest, and kidney failure — to be well enough to return home for Christmas.

IRELAND: The reduction in mortgage arrears is “painfully slow”, almost 10 years after the financial crash, the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac) has warned.

BUSINESS: It has been reported Ryanair may hire planes and draft in European crews to staff flights impacted by next week's strike.

WORLD: An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession conceals evidence of child abuse.

SPORT: Katie Taylor should hang up her gloves and retire, according to her dad and former coach Pete Taylor.

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EXAMVIRAL: An Irish politician has released a Christmas song today and... it's interesting.

SHOWBIZ: Action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme has revealed he expects his upcoming TV series to be as groundbreaking as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

FEATURES: Drinks enthusiast Bill Linnane shares his top tipples for the festive season, from craft beer to hard coffee

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