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1. WE are all in mourning today as we remember the genius of Robin Williams. The 63-year-old actor took his own life at his Californian home last night.


2. BRENDAN Gleeson has told an American radio show that he was molested by a Christian Brother when he was a child.

Yeah, it’s odd. I remember a particular Christian Brother dropped the hand on me at one point. And it wasn’t very traumatic and it wasn’t at all sustained – it was just one of these things where something odd happened.

3. IN more sad news, a priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia has died in Madrid, Spain. The death toll from the vicious virus has now exceeded 1,000 and the WHO has backed the use of experimental drugs to tackle the outbreak.

Spain Ebola An ambulance transporting Miguel Pajares to Madrid last week. Source: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP/PA Images

4. THE trial of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa is due to start in Egypt today. He is accused of being part of a terrorist organisation after he took part in a protest led by the Muslim Brotherhood against the ousting of Mohamed Morsi as president.

Free Ibrahim Halawa Protests Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

5. A 78-year-old woman has become the 123rd person to die on Irish roads this year. The two-vehicle collision happened in Malahide yesterday. 

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PastedImage-30552 A section of the Coast Road in Malahide, Co Dublin. Source: Google Street View

6. THE IMF has told Ireland it can repay loans earlier than planned without any financial penalty. That could be good news, but it may not be entirely possible.


7. AN Australian newspaper has upset Irish people living in the area again. This time with a cartoon created after 150 Irish nurses were hired in Western Australia.


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