BULLETIN: Christmas leave for hospital staff to go ahead; Yellow wind and rain warnings in effect this morning

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BULLETIN: Christmas leave for hospital staff to go ahead; Yellow wind and rain warnings in effect this morning

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IRELAND: Health Minister Simon Harris is coming under mounting pressure to audit the number of rogue doctors in the health system amid fears that patients are being needlessly put at risk by unqualified medics.

IRELAND: Two Status Yellow wind and rain warnings are coming into effect for most parts of the country later this morning.

IRELAND: The HSE is not expected to ban doctors and nurses from taking time off over Christmas when it finalises its winter plan today.

IRELAND: The British Prime Minister Theresa May is being accused of breaking her promise to ensure Northern Ireland is not divided from the rest of the UK after Brexit.

WORLD: One was a veteran police officer who did not hesitate to run toward danger. Another was an art student who worked with children at her church. They were among a dozen people killed in a shooting at a country music bar in southern California.

WORLD: A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored, an independent expert said.

BUSINESS: Banking in Ireland is not competitive and a “quasi-monopoly” operates in the country, the head of the ECB, Mario Draghi has said.

SPORT: Joe Schmidt believes the next two matches will hand Ireland a clear World Cup 2019 yardstick.

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SHOWBIZ: Ashton Kutcher called for urgent gun reform as he revealed his birthday party was held at the same bar where 12 people were shot and killed in the latest gun massacre to scar the US.

FEATURES: Celebrating community spirit Dubbed the Oscars of the community sector, this year’s Pride of Place ceremony takes place on Leeside for the first time with over 800 entrants vying for glory.

VIRAL: A huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban neighbourhood in Florida for months has been captured, authorities said.

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