Wednesday 13 December 2017

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Here are the six stories you need to know about this morning.

1. Fair Deal care

Thousands of older people will have to contribute more to the cost of their nursing home care according to Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch.

'Elderly to pay more for Fair Deal care' writes The Irish Times as it reports the minister warning that the scheme, which funds long-term nursing home care for more than 22,000 people, is "unsustainable in its present form".

2. Junior Cert dispute

The Irish Independent leads with the story that a peaceful end to the long-running row over Junior Cert reform rests on new proposals to split the plan in two.

With the headline 'Junior Cert peace plan sees exam split in two', the paper reports that a confidential document is being put to teacher union leaders today with the message from the mediator that it represents the basis for an "honourable settlement".

3. Teen dies in playground injury

A teenage boy has died after he was critically injured during a school playground incident.

The Herald report that 13-year-old Oisin McGrath was a pupil at St Michael's College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and was hurt while playing football during his lunchbreak on Monday afternoon.

4. Optician attacked with knife

The Irish Daily Star write that an optician came "within an inch" of losing an eye when he was stabbed during a frenzied knife attack.

'He punched me... and slashed me in the face and neck' said the popular businessman from Killester.

5. Willie Walsh outlines possible Aer Lingus route proposals

Would-be Aer Lingus takeover boss Willie Walsh flatly refused to extend guarantees on routes between Dublin, Cork and Shannon to London beyond five years, if his bid for the airline is successful.

'Walsh refuses to raise five-year slot vow, reports the Irish Examiner, as the IAG boss pledges to reverse decline in traffic at Cork Airport.

6. Ukraine negotiations

'Peace deal in Ukraine war' write The Irish Sun as a new ceasefire has been hailed as the best hope for a political solution to Ukraine's war.

Marathon overnight talks hammered out terms for a fresh truce between Government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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