BULLETIN: Man who abducted and raped Spanish student gets 14 years; Man critical after stabbing in Kildare

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BULLETIN: Man who abducted and raped Spanish student gets 14 years; Man critical after stabbing in Kildare

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IRELAND: A 25-year-old man who abducted a teenage Spanish student from Dublin city centre and raped her repeatedly over a 21-hour period has been jailed for 14 years.

IRELAND: A man is critical in hospital after a stabbing that took place in Athy, Co Kildare in the early hours of this morning.

IRELAND: Commission to begin investigating child sex abuse allegations against Bill Kenneally next week.

VIEWS: The justice minister claims he wants to sit down with Maurice McCabe and discuss his legacy. It’s all a far cry from the government line just a few years ago, writes Michael Clifford.

WORLD: Google employees around the world are to walk out of their offices on Thursday in protest at claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and systemic racism at the tech giant, which “go all the way to the top”.

FARMING: In 2017, a total of 32,990 acres of farmland sold in Ireland, for €161.1m, according to the Central Statistics Office.

BUSINESS: ILC Dover has announced its expansion with a new facility in Blarney, Co Cork which is set to create 70 jobs over two years.

SPORT: The Football Association of Ireland and the Irish Football Association have revealed their intention to submit a joint bid to host the UEFA Under-21 Championship in 2023 in a historic announcement.

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