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IRELAND

Varadkar pledges income tax cuts if re-elected as Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar has kickstarted Fine Gael's election campaign by pledging to cut income tax more if returned as Taoiseach, as he attacked the opposition for boom and bust economics of the past.

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Heroin worth over €2m seized at Dublin Airport

Two people have been arrested after heroin worth an estimated €2.1m was seized at Dublin Airport yesterday.

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Harris says election likely unless Fianna Fáil extend Confidence and Supply deal

Health Minister Simon Harris has joined the chorus of Fine Gael ministers who have threatened a general election unless Fianna Fáil sign up to a deal to extend the life of the minority government.

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UUP: Fine Gael having a 'poke in the eye of unionists' with Brexit remarks

Unionists visited the Fine Gael Ard Fheis this weekend and told ministers in a debate on the North that a bad deal would be “catastrophic” for all concerned.

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My focus is on Brexit, not an election, Leo Varadkar says

Simon Coveney had earlier insisted Fine Gael is ‘election ready’ and is not taking a extended confidence-and-supply deal for granted.

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WORLD

One dead and more than 100 injured in French fuel tax protests

Tear gas was used by police officers in Paris as protesters tried to make their way to the presidential palace.

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Trump says written responses go to Mueller team next week

The president has insisted the answers to the Russia probe special counsel will be his, and not those of his lawyers.

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Prime Minister has my confidence amid Brexit criticism – Scottish Secretary

The Scottish Secretary said Theresa May had shown strength of character in the week she unveiled the draft agreement.

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Climate change activists block London bridges with sit-down protests

The Extinction Rebellion demonstrators said the UK could face starvation without a change in policy.

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Supporters and opponents clash over ‘racist’ Dutch character Black Pete

White people often daub their faces with black paint when they dress up to portray the helper of the Dutch version of Santa Claus.

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BUSINESS

Sainbury’s starts selling edible insects

BBQ flavoured roasted crickets are going to be on shelves in 250 of the company’s stores.

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Shortage of homes could save UK from market crash

Anyone fearing a Brexit- induced house-market crash in the UK would do well to remember one simple fact: The country isn’t even close to keeping up with demand for new homes.

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Brexit Deal Chaos: North business in show of unity to back May’s deal

Business groups in the North and the Republic have combined in an unprecedented show of support for the Brexit deal following a week of political chaos in Westminster that sunk the pound and rattled Irish and British shares.

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Bank union opposes branch closures

The head of the Financial Services Union (FSU) said it will oppose any further branch closures across Ireland as a survey by leading consumer affairs publication Which showed “at least” 2,961 branches were shut in Britain in the past four years.

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OPINION

The bitter lesson of the Californian fires

A firefighter in California. Firefighting is getting more and more expensive as fires get more destructive.

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Joyce Fegan: Social media is now a socially accepted addiction

No one is in denial. We are all well aware the effects an hour spent scanning the perfectly presented lives of others has on our mood $1.

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Comics hero Stan Lee leaves behind a storied legacy

The ‘Spider-Man’ creator lived through one of the weirder market bubbles back in the ‘90s, and missed out on the real Marvel boom in later years, writes $1.

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When America lost the war in Vietnam

America is the only country to use nuclear weapons against another nation. During the Vietnam debacle, it almost recklessly returned to the war chest, writes $1.

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