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A helicopter flies over a building where the suspects of a shooting at a Paris newspaper office were holed up (AP)

A helicopter flies over a building where the suspects of a shooting at a Paris newspaper office were holed up (AP)

A helicopter flies over a building where the suspects of a shooting at a Paris newspaper office were holed up (AP)

Here are the top seven stories you need to know about today

'Europe's wake-up call on terror threat' is the headline in today's Irish Independent. Niall O'Connor and Fionnan Sheahan report on how top level discussions are taking place between intelligence agencies - including gardai with responsibility for state security - who are liaising with CIA, Interpol and other international agencies.

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Defence Minister Simon Coveney, shaking hands with Cpl Pierce Foley, and accompanied by Brigadier General Kieran Brennan, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade, before the troops are deployed to Sierra Leone.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney, shaking hands with Cpl Pierce Foley, and accompanied by Brigadier General Kieran Brennan, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade, before the troops are deployed to Sierra Leone.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney, shaking hands with Cpl Pierce Foley, and accompanied by Brigadier General Kieran Brennan, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade, before the troops are deployed to Sierra Leone.

The Paris massacre dominates all the front pages today with the Irish Examiner's reporting how 'killings spark EU security fears' and the Irish Times headline 'France mourns as manhunt intensifies' under a picture of police officers hunting the suspects.

The Athy crash which claimed the lives of four young women on Tuesday night also features on the front page. Nicola Anderson reports on tributes paid to the four young victims - Ashling Middleton, Niamh Doyle, Chermaine Carroll and Gemma Nolan - by their former classmates and secondary school principal Clare Ryan at St Leo's College in Carlow where the girls attended school. 'A cloud hangs over Carlow - heavy, grey and heartbreaking' is the headline.

Increased demand for an anti-cholesterol drug has thrown a lifeline to some 136 Pfizer workers who will retain their jobs until the end of this year, reports the Examiner this morning.

The newspaper reports how Pfizer had announced plans in 2013 to close the Little Island plant in Cork.

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Pupils from St. Leo's College, Carlow (where the four women went to school) pictured at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow this afternoon where a memorial was held for the four young women who died in a car crash on the N78 near Athy on Tuesday night

Pupils from St. Leo's College, Carlow (where the four women went to school) pictured at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow this afternoon where a memorial was held for the four young women who died in a car crash on the N78 near Athy on Tuesday night

Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The memorial service took place today in Carlow Cathedral, main picture, for the four victims of the Athy road accident, from left, Niamh Doyle, Aisling Middleton, Gemma Nolan and Chermaine Carroll

The memorial service took place today in Carlow Cathedral, main picture, for the four victims of the Athy road accident, from left, Niamh Doyle, Aisling Middleton, Gemma Nolan and Chermaine Carroll

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Pupils from St. Leo's College, Carlow (where the four women went to school) pictured at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow this afternoon where a memorial was held for the four young women who died in a car crash on the N78 near Athy on Tuesday night

However, greater competition and increased demand for the drug has ensured jobs until the end of this year.

Minister Simon Coveney stated his belief that the ban on blasphemy should be removed from the Irish Constitution, reports the Irish Daily Mail.

The agriculture minister spoke out a number of senior Muslim clerics hit out at cartoons that parody the prophet Muhammed intentionally, the paper said.

A Dublin mum escaped serious harm when a gunman fired three shots at her close range, the Herald reports today.

Crime Correspondent Ken Foy reports that the 47-year-old woman was confronted by a lone gunman on a bicycle at her front door.

He fired three shots at her front door at the Belcamp Grove estate n the Priorswood area of North Dublin on Tuesday night.

The Irish Daily Sun reports on how Tesco Ireland is slashing prices and letting go of 90 night staff in a bid to stay on top of the Irish shops.

Another 270 employees are to move to day-time shifts.

Their position is under threat from Lidl and Aldi, who together have 16.2pc of the market share.

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