BULLETIN: Bradley apologises for 'deeply insensitive' comments; Senior civil servant questioned over hospital costs

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BULLETIN: Bradley apologises for 'deeply insensitive' comments; Senior civil servant questioned over hospital costs

Here are all the latest headlines this lunchtime...

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IRELAND: Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has said she is "profoundly sorry" for "deeply insensitive" comments she made yesterday suggesting that deaths caused by soldiers and police during the Troubles were not crimes.

IRELAND: The head of the Department of Public Expenditure has been forced to apologise to a Dáil committee after being heard by the Irish Examiner telling officials before a crunch children's hospital costs grilling its chair "has to control the mob".

IRELAND: Raising the minimum wage closed the hourly pay gap between high and low earners, but had no strong impact on household incomes, according to a new report.

IRELAND: Irish family doctors admit to regularly over-prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory infections, according to a new study.

WORLD: A French court has found top Catholic official Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty of failing to report accusations against an alleged paedophile priest.

BUSINESS: A survey from Eurostat has found that two out of five managers in Ireland are female.

ANALYSIS: A new book paints a picture of rampant homosexuality in the Catholic Church but builds castles on the sands of rumours and innuendo, writes TP O’Mahony.

SPORT: Leading players and referees are split over the last-gasp penalty award which sent Manchester United through to the Champions League quarter-finals.

SPORT: Newport County striker Padraig Amond, Luton Town forward James Collins, and Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers have been handed first call-ups to the Republic of Ireland squad by Mick McCarthy.

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SHOWBIZ: The documentary Leaving Neverland which delves into the accounts of two men who claim that they were abused by Michael Jackson as young boys aired on Channel 4 last night and received mixed reactions.

LIFESTYLE: John Daly recalls the impact on a corner of Co Kerry fifty years ago when Hollywood arrived in the shape of ‘Ryan’s Daughter’.

VIRAL: University College Cork has developed a new campaign for International Women’s Day where women put forward other women to highlight their achievements.

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