Thursday 19 July 2018

While you were sleeping - all the headlines you may have missed

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This morning's front page from the Irish Independent reports 'Property tax and water bills merger on table in talks' as a potential compromise to open the door to a minority government government deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

'Hutch gang hunt Garda mole' is the splash story from The Herald as the criminal group are desperately trying to identify a "rat in the camp" who has been feeding information to gardai.

Read more: Hutch gang hunts for garda mole after series of raids

The Irish Examiner's front page political piece reads 'Martin confident of breaching talks impasse' as the paper reports that the FF leader is confident of a major breakthrough on government formation as his party goes into serious talks with Fine Gael.

'Fine Gael to continue negotiations with Fianna Fáil today' is the story from The Irish Times this morning.

Read more: Property tax and water bills merger on table in talks

Fears for the life of a cage fighter knocked out by an Irish MMA star is the story reported by the Irish Daily Star on their front page this morning. 'MMA star battles for life' is the headline as Portuguese fihter Joao Carvalho was rushed to hospital after going head-to-head with Charlie Ward.

The Irish Daily Mail lead with the tale that 'Irish water to buy 500,000 new water meters' as the company reportedly is to order the meters today at a cost of up to €88m - even though the utility abolition is central to government formation talks.

'Let me out too' reads the front page of The Irish Sun as the paper reports that Peru two mule Melissa Reid is praying to be let out of prison.

Howard Marks, the former drugs smuggler known as Mr Nice, has died, it has been reported.

The 70-year-old announced he had inoperable bowel cancer last year.

Read more: Mr Nice: Former international drug smuggler Howard Marks dies aged 70

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams has cancelled a performance in Mississippi, citing the state's new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

The cancelled show was due to take place on Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

Read more: Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show over new anti-gay laws

And finally, new footage has been released from the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, who stars as Newt Scamander in the film, introduced the new trailer at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

Read more: Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne unveils footage of Harry Potter spin-off movie

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