LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Safest year yet on Irish roads, Wexford Lotto player becomes Christmas millionaire

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LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Safest year yet on Irish roads, Wexford Lotto player becomes Christmas millionaire

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IRELAND: Last year was also the safest year on Irish roads since road deaths were first recorded in 1959, according to the latest Road Safety Authority statistics.

IRELAND: Somebody in Wexford has had a dream start to the New Year scooping €1m in the National Lottery's Christmas Millionaire Raffle.

IRELAND:  More than 1,400 on-duty gardaí have been assaulted over the past six years - an average of 14 a month.

WORLD: Pope Francis has advised people to jettison life's "useless baggage" in 2018, avoiding the "banality of consumerism" and "empty chatter".

WORLD: "The entire area of the US mainland is within our nuclear strike range," said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today.

WORLD: A witness has shared a photograph of the moment an engine fire started in an old Land Rover that destroyed around 1,400 vehicles in a car park near Liverpool's Echo Arena yesterday.

BUSINESS: The Guinness Storehouse retained its position as the country's number one international visitor attraction after attracting over 1.7 million visitors last year.

SPORT: Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool is the "perfect match" for him after his world record move from Southampton was officially completed.

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SHOWBIZ: All 10 series of the classic sitcom Friend is now available on the Netflix streaming service in Ireland.

SHOWBIZ:  Mariah Carey paused her New Year’s Eve performance in New York last night, saying  it was “a disaster” that she was not provided with tea.

FEATURE: This man decided up drinking for a whole month. Here are the nine things he learned.

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