BULLETIN: Life term for horrific death; Side issues loom over G20 summit

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BULLETIN: Life term for horrific death; Side issues loom over G20 summit

Here's your morning bulletin.


IRELAND: More than 3,200 persons in receipt of welfare benefits have been overpaid by a minimum of €30,000 and still owe €179m back to the State, it emerged yesterday.

IRELAND: Cathal O’Sullivan has been jailed for life for beating his girlfriend to death in a horrific ordeal of violence that left her with 125 wounds including a fatal head injury and a fractured jaw.

IRELAND: Legislation to allow for the commencement of abortion services will face more debate after it failed to clear the Dáil despite three days of discussion.

IRELAND: A 39-year-old civil servant, who fractured his wrist when he hit a punch ball on a “boxing machine” in a Dublin pub, has been awarded €30,000 damages against Flannery’s sports bar in Camden St.

WORLD: World leaders have arrived in the Argentine capital for the G20 summit of the globe’s largest economies as issues such as a trade war between the United States and China and the conflict over Ukraine threatened to overshadow the gathering.

ANALYSIS: Alienating traditional US partners while wooing Putin and the Saudis, Donald Trump is facing another difficult G20 summit this weekend, writes David A Andelman.

ANALYSIS: It’s not easy being Mary Lou McDonald at the moment. The Sinn Féin leader must be looking to the Christmas break with some degree of longing as a time not just for relaxation, but also some much-needed reflection, writes Alison O'Connor.

BUSINESS: Revenues at the Cork arm of soft-drink giant PepsiCo decreased by 16% with lower volumes of Pepsi cola concentrate shipped out of the region last year.

SPORT: The GAA’s new Director General Tom Ryan disputes claims of 'disconnect' with GAA grassroots.

SPORT: New Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has given a no nonsense glimpse into what Irish fans have in store in the next couple of years.


SHOWBIZ: Roll up, roll up! Ryan Tubridy will be the ringmaster tonight when the Late Late Toy Show presents its take on the musical The Greatest Showman.

HEALTH: Robots are playing a greater role in Irish hospitals, delivering precision operations, with minimal blood loss and shorter recovery times for patients, says Áilín Quinlan.

FEATURES: Read Ask Audrey's weekly column: How could you possibly love someone from the midlands?

CULTURE: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison is about to release his 40th album, writes Richard Purden.

FEATURES: Children can be taught how to manage anxiety — and it can even pre-empt mental health issues in later life, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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