BULLETIN: Nicola Collins' family shocked by killer's assault record; Call to counter 'perfect storm' hitting main streets

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BULLETIN: Nicola Collins' family shocked by killer's assault record; Call to counter 'perfect storm' hitting main streets

Here's your lunchtime bulletin.

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IRELAND: The sister of murder victim Nicola Collins has revealed how her family were shocked to learn that another woman had previously been assaulted by the man convicted of her murder.

IRELAND: A Latvian who was charged with murder despite telling gardaí that his partner fell down the stairs has been acquitted of her murder by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

IRELAND: An Amsterdam-style coffee shop in Waterford City has been given approval to reopen.

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: First it was Club 92, now another iconic Dublin club has announced it is closing down.

BUSINESS: Call to action to restrict out-of-town shops amid "perfect storm" hitting main streets.

WORLD: A no-deal Brexit would not be a disaster, British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has insisted.

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.

SPORT: The International Olympic Committee has stopped planning for the boxing tournament at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, in a potentially huge blow to Ireland's Olympic medal hopes.

SPORT: Joe Schmidt has moved the goalposts like Roy Keane did, writes Ronan O'Gara in his weekly column.

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.

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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.

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.

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

CULTURE: Happyalone have come from a galaxy far far away, via Cork, to achieve major success, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

TECHNOW: Noel Campion says the latest model of the Apple Watch Series 4 is by far the best performer in the series.

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

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.

EXAMVIRAL: The results are in - here's Ireland's favourite Christmas treat!

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