BULLETIN: Liadh Ní Riada explains presidential debate comment; Brexit 'more likely than ever before'

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BULLETIN: Liadh Ní Riada explains presidential debate comment; Brexit 'more likely than ever before'

Here's your lunchtime bulletin.

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IRELAND: Presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada has spoken about her "below the belt" comment to Joan Freeman in last night's debate.

IRELAND: President Michael D Higgins and Sean Gallagher have come in for heavy criticism from the four other presidential candidates for not taking part in last night's first televised debate.

IRELAND: European Council president Donald Tusk has warned the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit is “more likely than ever before” amid growing fears there may be no solution to the Irish border standoff.

IRELAND: The case of Emma MhicMhathúna, who died of cancer nine days ago, was raised in the High Court today. A house has still not been purchased for the MhicMhathúna children.

IRELAND: Motorists on the M50 in Dublin will soon be encouraged to drive slower to move faster with changing speed limits.

ANALYSIS: What price Frances Fitzgerald’s ‘vindication’? The former justice minister had to resign for many reasons — just not because she failed to stop a challenge to Maurice McCabe’s motivation in 2015, writes Michael Clifford.

ANALYSIS: US midterm elections: The dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour.

WORLD: US senator Elizabeth Warren has suggested President Donald Trump’s comment about personally administering a DNA test to her to prove her Native American heritage is “creepy”.

BUSINESS: Credit unions are the top Irish brands for customer experience even as their bank rivals failed to make the top 50, while Ryanair and the social media giants such as Facebook slumped in the rankings, according to a major survey measuring how Irish shoppers were treated by companies.

SPORT: Philosophy now: Martin O’Neill is under pressure to deliver a belief system, writes Larry Ryan.

SPORT: Kerry’s Darran O'Sullivan has announced his retirement from inter-county football. He becomes the latest player from the Kingdom to call an end to his career after Donnchadh Walsh, Kieran Donaghy and Anthony Maher in recent weeks.

SPORT: Munster coach Johann van Graan has acknowledged the strong South African influence at Gloucester, his side’s next European opponents, not least the presence of former Munster player Gerbrandt Grobler.

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EXAMVIRAL: A heckler forced Claire Byrne's Presidential debate off-air and here's what people had to say.

SHOWBIZ: Ant McPartlin and his estranged wife Lisa have been granted a divorce in under 30 seconds.

CULTURE: George Morrison, the 96-year-old director of the groundbreaking documentary Mise Éire, is being honoured by his hometown of Tramore, writes Marjorie Brennan.

FEATURES: Meet the A-listers of Zeminar 2018: Two Olympic medal winners are among an impressive list of speakers who will address some 16,000 teenagers at next month’s Zeminar, the wellbeing and education movement for Generation Z, writes Clodagh Finn.

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