BULLETIN: Brexit raising tensions, warns Bertie Ahern; Donohoe accepts 'something went very wrong' over hospital spend

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BULLETIN: Brexit raising tensions, warns Bertie Ahern; Donohoe accepts 'something went very wrong' over hospital spend

Here's your lunchtime bulletin.

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IRELAND: Brexit has “raised tensions” on the island of Ireland and “complicated” progress towards a lasting peace, Bertie Ahern has told British MPs.

IRELAND: It is "inevitable" that some women who are now waiting up to six months for CervicalCheck results will have abnormal smears, the head of the HSE's Women and Infants Health Programme has warned.

IRELAND: Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has acknowledged that “something went very wrong” with the tendering process for the National Children’s Hospital.

Meanwhile, The head of the Construction Industry Federation, Tom Parlon, claims it is “very wrong” for the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to say that contractors are at fault for the escalating cost of the National Children’s Hospital.

IRELAND: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said that around 3,200 gardaí associated with the failure to prosecute juvenile offenders are still serving.

WORLD: Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has rejected suggestions that the British Government has ruled out a no-deal Brexit.

VIEW: Jimmy Woulfe recalls the unlikely friendship that sprung up between Nora Bennis and a convicted murderer in the US which saw him become an Irish-speaking, GAA-loving, Catholic.

SPORT: Manchester United could be facing disciplinary action after a bottle was thrown at Angel Di Maria at Old Trafford last night.

BUSINESS: Ireland has experienced the largest reduction in industrial production when compared to other European Union countries, new data shows.

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SHOWBIZ: Louise McSharry has taken to Twitter to warn followers about a fake Facebook advertisement using her photo to promote weight loss.

LIFESTYLE: Leave the crowded restaurants behind and make Valentine’s night a cosy, intimate affair with Ed Power’s selection of the best romantic movies available right now.

VIRAL: Dogs Trust Ireland have removed all photographs of dogs looking for their forever homes from its website today to highlight that a dog is #NotJustAPrettyFace.

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