BULLETIN: Government accused of 'playing chicken' with soldiers' lives; Pope blamed for drop in Dublin Zoo visitors

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BULLETIN: Government accused of 'playing chicken' with soldiers' lives; Pope blamed for drop in Dublin Zoo visitors

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IRELAND: The Government has been accused of “playing chicken” with soldiers’ lives after it emerged it has yet to resolve dozens of compensation claims which could potentially cost the State millions of euro — six months after a commitment in the High Court to do so.

IRELAND: Dublin Zoo has blamed Pope Francis for causing a drop of almost 100,000 in visitor numbers this year.

IRELAND: People are being urged to make sure all the alcohol is out of their system before they drive today.

IRELAND: Childline received more than two contacts a minute on average during Christmas Day, according to the help-line’s providers, who said calls to the service were up almost a quarter compared to the same day last year.

WORLD: Rescuers have been searching through the night for a British cruise ship entertainer who went overboard on Christmas Day.

VIEWS: The world is experiencing an epoch-making rebalancing that is not just economic but also geopolitical, writes former UK prime minister Gordon Brown.

BUSINESS: Business books of the year: Lies, deception, murder, greed and rugby keep pages turning

SPORT: A tale of two rugby superstars: Winning the Six Nations has never been a viable proposition for Sergio Parisse, let alone a Grand Slam. In his first full year of Test rugby, James Ryan achieved both.

SPORT: Terrace Talk: Caution is not a dirty word in Liverpool

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CULTURE: Boy is back in the Old Town: Documentary looks behind the scenes of Phil Lynott's classic solo tune.

VIRAL: Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has told of his heartache as he celebrated his first Christmas since the death of his young son.

FEATURE: A special Christmas story by Cork author Billy O’Callaghan. His novel, ‘My Coney Island Baby’, is published by Jonathan Cape and will be available in all good bookstores on January 17. Read an extract here.

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