BULLETIN: Peter Casey stands by Traveller comments and all the updates from the presidential debate

Here's your morning bulletin.

BULLETIN: Peter Casey stands by Traveller comments and all the updates from the presidential debate

Here's your morning bulletin.

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IRELAND: The first televised presidential debate featuring all six candidates was held last night.

Peter Casey faced calls to withdraw from the race yesterday morning after he said Travellers are people camping on someone else’s land, but he stood by his comments last night, referencing an ongoing dispute over housing between Travellers and local authority in Tipperary.

Read our full updates from the debate here.

For all our presidential election coverage, click here.

IRELAND: The Tánaiste has warned that contingency plans being developed for a hard Brexit are “not a pretty picture” and would pose significant problems for Ireland.

Meanwhile, Theresa May has told EU leaders that “courage, trust and leadership” will be needed on both sides to achieve a Brexit deal.

IRELAND: Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe should be paid massive damages following the State apology given to him yesterday, it has been claimed.

IRELAND: Rita O’Driscoll, who is charged with the murder of her partner, has asked that she not be moved while in custody, claiming she feels safe in Limerick Prison.

IRELAND: All-Star hurler Cathal Barrett has been found guilty of assaulting a barman during an early-hours incident after he had been drinking following a club match last year.

BUSINESS: Eir has announced the creation of 750 new jobs based in Sligo, Cork and Limerick.

WORLD: The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East “have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate”.

SPECIAL REPORT: Last year, at age 31, Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. Next in line to the throne, attention has intensified following the disappearance, and suspected murder, of a journalist. It follows a brutal crackdown in the kingdom, despite PR coups, writes Jon Gambrell.

ANALYSIS: Not all women in their late 30s will be as lucky as Meghan Markle and get pregnant, writes Victoria White.

SPORT: Over the course of eight years and more than a century of appearances for his home province, Simon Zebo quickly realised European rugby was “everything” at Munster. Sadly for the 28-year-old, he was always the bridesmaid when it came to the Champions Cup, losing four semi-finals with the men from Thomond Park.

Could Racing be the ones to help break his European curse? Zebo thinks so.

SPORT: He’s not exactly tormented by his decision, yet Kerry great Tomás Ó Sé has admitted he retired too early from the inter-county game in 2013.

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FEATURES: Four female entrepreneurs share the secret of their success to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day, which aims to help women in business to take their ideas global, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

CULTURE: Ten films to see at Cork Film Festival.

FEATURES: The devastating consequences of alienation for children: Children are far less likely to have psychological issues if the separating parents promote a healthy relationship, writes Richard Hogan.

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