MORNING BULLETIN: Terror link probe in deadly Dundalk spree; Coastal counties on flood alert as yellow warning expanded

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MORNING BULLETIN: Terror link probe in deadly Dundalk spree; Coastal counties on flood alert as yellow warning expanded

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IRELAND: Technical examinations are being conducted on two mobile phones and at an abandoned housein a bid to determine the motivation behind a knife rampage by an Egyptian teenager in Dundalk that left a young Japanese man dead and two Irish men injured.

IRELAND: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee have announced they are to  travel to Budapest this morning to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

IRELAND: A relative of Gerry "The Monk" Hutch is recovering this morning following a stabbing incident in Dublin last night.

IRELAND: Coastal counties are bracing themselves for more flooding this morning in the wake of storm Eleanor.

BUSINESS: The Government took in over €50.7bn in tax revenue in 2017 — nearly €3bn, or 6%, more than in 2016, despite income tax and Vat receipts falling short of targets, writes Geoff Percival.

VIEWS: Christmas is about houses. More specifically, my Christmas is about my home. How welcoming it is, how full of lovely smells, how clean and bright, how well decorated.

SPORT: Playing for Ireland in the 2019 Rugby World Cup and winning trophies with Munster were the chief reasons why CJ Stander inked a new deal with the IRFU and turned down lucrative offers to continue his career abroad.

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FEATURES: New Year, new you, right? But what if I told you that most of the resolutions you will make this year are designed to fail so that you can achieve the self-fulfilling prophecy that you are just too weak to be able to accomplish it in the first place?

ARTS: London-Irish director Martin McDonagh and leading actress Frances McDormand have been tipped for Oscar success with their new film, writes Helen Barlow.

SHOWBIZ: Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett will be the president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, the organisers have announced.

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