In the news today the Taoiseach apologises over ‘sinning priest’ comments he made to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin where he likened him to a sinning Catholic priest in his comments in the Dáil yesterday.

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The chances of another recession in Ireland are 100 per cent, as the country is a small, open economy, highly-indebted, and relying on international investors for 90 per cent of its borrowings, according to the head of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA).

In the markets the nomination of Christine Lagarde as Mario Draghi’s replacement at the helm of the European Central Bank (ECB) was seen positively at the close of trading yesterday.

The former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe has likened the UK’s departure from the EU to the emancipation of slaves, as she became the first Brexit party MEP to speak in the new European parliament.

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