Saturday 21 April 2018

While you were sleeping - all the stories you may have missed overnight

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'We'll end up like Greece if SF, motley crew take power' is the headline on the front page of the Irish Independent this morning as Jobs Minister Richard Bruton warned voters of the damage to jobs if a "motley crew" of parties and Independents is elected to power.

The Irish Times reports that major changes are to be made to a long-running investigation into a series of deaths at Portlaoise hospital with the line 'HSE seeks to reconstitute inquiry into baby deaths at Portlaoise'.

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'Drinking water for 400,000 people is contaminated' is the front page piece from the Irish Examiner as the paper reports that Irish Water has refused to directly inform those affected.  

The Irish Sun leads with 'Face the facts' as the paper's Red C poll reveals that Fine gael has slipped to a new low of just 26pc of voter support.

Health Minister Leo Minister has been caught up in a dramatic robbery at his local Spar and it is this story that covers the front page of The Herad which runs with the headline 'Leo's armed robbery shock'. 

Read more: Health Minister Leo Varadkar caught up in dramatic armed robbery while canvassing

'Leo gets caught up in a gun raid' is the lead piece from the Irish Daily Mail which also covers the incident in the west Dublin store yesterday evening.

The Irish Daily Star reports that Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has fled Ireland, just days before his brother Eddie is due to be buried. 'Monk flees' is the line as the paper reports that the former criminal left the country on Sunday afternoon.

Read more: How crime lord Daniel Kinahan used four cleaning companies to build an empire

In world news, Donald Trump will not become US president because the voters realise it is a serious job, Barack Obama said.

Mr Obama contrasted the reality of being president with the rhetoric on the campaign trail, saying doing the job is not like hosting a reality show or a talk show.

Read more: Donald Trump will not become US president - Barack Obama

China has positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island, Taiwan said.

Its ministry of national defence said it had "grasped that Communist China had deployed" an unspecified number of missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel group.

The island is claimed also by Taiwan and Vietnam and is watched closely by Washington.

Read more: China deploys missiles on disputed South China Sea island - Taiwan

Bill Cosby has lost an attempt to have sexual assault charges against him thrown out and the criminal case appears to be heading towards an evidence hearing.

In a ruling on Tuesday, the judge who refused to dismiss the case earlier this month denied Cosby's appeal against that decision.

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