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The PSC is back in the headlines today. Here’s more on that and the rest of the morning’s news.

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1. #PSC: There is no lawful basis for a person to be required to get a Public Services Card for anything other than social welfare payments and benefits, a landmark investigation has found.

2. #WRONG TURN: The Data Protection Commissioner has said it is “misleading” for the State to continue to suggest that a PSC makes it more convenient for drivers’ to apply for and renew their licences.

3. #NÓRA QUOIRIN: The Deputy leader of Malaysia has met with the family of Nóra Quoirin and with the police who investigated her disappearance. 

4. #THE KOREAS: Unidentified projectiles have been fired by North Korea as Kim Jong Un called the South’s calls for diplomatic talks “foolish”.

5. #WATERED DOWN MESSAGE: Pacific leaders criticised Australia for undermining a joint message on global warming, accusing the country of not doing enough. 

6. #OUT OF OFFICE: Laws to allow for the right to disconnect, which gives workers the legal standing to avoid work emails outside working hours, will be considered by government.

7. #WAS IT FOR THIS: An Post has been granted permission to hang advertising banners on the outside of the GPO, sparking criticism from some who say it will undermine the character of the protected structure.

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8. #BUY BUY BUY: US President Donald Trump, one of the world’s most-famous property developers, says he wants the US to buy the world’s biggest island, Greenland, from Denmark.

9. #WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS: How does the weather look for the weekend? At the moment, half the country is blanketed with heavy rain this morning and it’s looking like a very unsettled weekend is to follow.

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