BULLETIN: No deal Brexit would be costly for Ireland; Leaving Cert grading changes widens gap among students

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BULLETIN: No deal Brexit would be costly for Ireland; Leaving Cert grading changes widens gap among students

Here's your morning bulletin.


IRELAND: A no-deal Brexit could impact the public finances so much this year that key projects will be jeopardised, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has warned his ministerial colleagues.

IRELAND: Garda bosses and the Government need to “get real” and talk to frontline members about contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit and a hard border, say local garda representatives.

IRELAND: Green cards should be given to people driving across the border to confirm they have valid motor insurance in both jurisdictions if a no-deal Brexit hits Ireland.

WORLD: Campaigners in the UK calling for a second referendum to resolve the Brexit deadlock are claiming they have growing support. But how could a second referendum come about?


IRELAND: More students have chosen to attempt higher level subjects in the Leaving Cert since the grading system was revised.

IRELAND: The prison officer who made claims about covert surveillance in the Irish Prison Service has still not been contacted nearly two months after the justice minister ordered an “urgent” inquiry into the matter.

IRELAND: Two senior gynaecologists have warned that women’s lives have been put in danger by Health Minister Simon Harris’ decision to offer free smear tests.

WORLD: The State of the Union speech could become a casualty of the partial US government shutdown after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his January 29 address.

BUSINESS: Around 700 jobs at Aughinish Alumina in Limerick are safe for now after the US senate voted to support the White House in ending sanctions against the plant’s Russian owner.

SPORT: Joe Schmidt has shown there is still a chance to win Test recognition in a World Cup year, his last as Ireland head coach, after naming three uncapped Connacht backs in his squad for the first two rounds of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.

SPORT: Frank Lampard believes the Premier League’s top managers would not behave like Marcelo Bielsa as the spying row between Leeds and Derby rumbled on.


CULTURE:The ‘Bum Bum Belly’ dance may be in the past, but Bernard O’Shea is hitting the road again for a stand-up show with his old pal Karl Spain.

VIRAL: He may be named after one of literature’s most famous lovers, but one lonely frog has spent more than a decade searching for romance.

SHOWBIZ: Paris Jackson has assured fans she is “happy and healthy” amid reports she sought treatment for her mental health.

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