BULLETIN: Flanagan orders investigation into allegations of surveillance in prisons; WW1 sculpture vandalised in Dublin

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BULLETIN: Flanagan orders investigation into allegations of surveillance in prisons; WW1 sculpture vandalised in Dublin

Here's your lunchtime bulletin.

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IRELAND: The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has sought an investigation into allegations surrounding surveillance in prisons. Mr Flanagan was responding to the claims detailed in today's Irish Examiner which said that there was "covert surveillance" on the nation's prisons.

IRELAND: A World War One sculpture in Dublin's St Stephen's Green has been vandalised with red paint.

IRELAND: Broadcaster George Hook has announced his retirement from his role at Newstalk after 16 years with the station.

WORLD: The political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU has been "agreed at negotiators' level and agreed in principle at political level", European Council president Donald Tusk has said.

WORLD: President Donald Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia has exposed a foreign policy rift in the Republican Party, as some of his colleagues warn that not punishing the kingdom for its role in killing a US-based columnist will have dangerous consequences.

BUSINESS: A new Aldi "Project Fresh" store is to create 20 jobs in Youghal, Co Cork.

SPORT: Johnny Sexton has praised Joe Schmidt for the “unbelievable mark” he has made on Irish rugby and is certain he will continue to do so if he decides to stay as head coach beyond next year’s World Cup. Elsewhere, Eir Sport and RTÉ have announced that all Ireland's 2019 Rugby World Cup matches will be shown live by both broadcasters.

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LIFESTYLE: Florence Welch is counting down to her tenth anniversary as a pop star. Ed Power reviews her show at the 3Arena in Dublin.

SHOWBIZ: David Gray has announced that he's set to return to Cork as part of the 2019 Live at the Marquee line-up.

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