BULLETIN: Man pleads guilty to murder of Irene White; Dept of Justice was 'supportive' of Noirín O'Sullivan, tribunal hears

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BULLETIN: Man pleads guilty to murder of Irene White; Dept of Justice was 'supportive' of Noirín O'Sullivan, tribunal hears

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IRELAND: A man has pleaded guilty to murdering Irene White in her county Louth home almost 13 years ago.

IRELAND: A former senior official at the Department of Justice says they were supportive of Noirin O’Sullivan after the publication of the O’Higgins report, because they didn’t want to lose another garda commissioner.

IRELAND: Gardaí refused to give Tusla details of interviews with two children who were allegedly raped, it has emerged.

IRELAND: GAA chiefs in Cork say they are confident that a standoff with City Hall over payments for public lighting upgrades around the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be resolved before the stadium hosts two Ed Sheeran concerts in May.

WORLD: The European Union has said that if US president Donald Trump initiates unfair trade measures against the 28-nation bloc, it would react "swiftly and appropriately".

SPORTS: Joe Schmidt will head into his fifth Six Nations championship as Ireland head coach admitting he has not looked past Saturday’s opening showdown in Paris.

BUSINESS: The UK’s accountancy watchdog is to open an investigation into accountancy giant KPMG over its audits of collapsed construction giant Carillion.

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SHOWBIZ: U2 have announced three Irish dates while Kodaline have announced a Cork and Galway gig.

SHOWBIZ: The Grammys tends to see more outlandish fashion than any other awards show, but last night’s red carpet seemed more subdued than normal. Many stars accessorised their outfits with a white rose, for a particularly sobering reason.

LIFESTYLE: We grilled Rob Hobson, a registered nutritionist and head of Healthspan Nutrition, to find 7 of the best for getting more mental mileage.

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