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Defence Force members’ pay, a Fine Gael resignation and the Tory Party Conference – here’s your morning news fix.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #PAY AND CONDITIONS: Defence Forces should be allowed to join up with a union, a report has said. Media reports this morning say that some soldiers work over 100 hours a week, meaning it’s likely some are paid under the minimum wage.

2. #PETER FITZPATRICK: Fine Gael TD for Louth Peter Fitzpatrick resigned from the party last night – reducing the government’s slim majority.

3. #TORY CONFERENCE: DUP leader Arlene Foster told the Daily Telegraph that the Good Friday Agreement can be altered, and that the agreement isn’t “sacrosanct”.  

4. #BREXIT TALKS: Theresa May is reportedly prepared to limit the UK’s ability to make trade deals outside the EU in order to end a deadlock over the Northern Ireland backstop, according to the Times.

5. #SUPREME COURT: A former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh has contradicted his claims and said that the US Supreme Court nominee was an habitual heavy drinker.

6. #CELINE’S LAW: Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is to amend a bill that aims to stop people convicted of murder or manslaughter benefiting from their crimes.

7. #INDONESIAN TSUNAMI: The bodies of dozens of students have been pulled from their landslide-swamped church in Sulawesi, officials have said.

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8. #SECTARIAN: Four out of five PSNI recruits are Protestant, a deputy chief constable has said according to the Irish News.

9. #INQUIRY: The Child and Family Agency Tusla has a 1980s file on Bill Kenneally, one of his abuse survivors has said.

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