Friday 15 December 2017

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

'Text message row scuppers FG-FF talks' is the front page story from the Irish Independent this morning as talks between acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin reached unprecedented levels of farce.

The Herald leads with exclusive photos of crime boss John Gilligan's return to Dublin. The paper reports that the pint-sized crimelord was socialising with family and friends on a visit to a pub in the capital.

Read More: Gilligan returns to city and goes on a booze-up

The Irish Examiner also leads with talks between Kenny and Martin. They reveal that the Independents are set to come under mounting pressure over the coming days to decide who they will support to form a government.

'Election pledges at risk from 'spending time bomb' is the lead in The Irish Times which says the next government will immediately face a number of unforseen spending pressures which will threaten the viability of election promises.

Meanwhile The Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Sun, Irish Daily Star and Irish Daily Mail all lead with the death of Irishman Keith Collins (53) in Australia. The Star has the headline 'First Date from Hell' while The Mirror leads with 'Captured -Moment man is arrested after Irish granddad knifed to death on first date'.

Read More: 'Amazing man who was so full of life' - Tributes paid to Irish dad stabbed on first date in Sydney

In world news  North Korea fired a missile into the sea off its east coast earlier today. The projectile was fired from a region near the North's east coast, a South Korean military official said by telephone.

Read More: North Korea fires missile into sea hours after international warning

And Brussels airport said it would partially reopen for passenger flights on this evening after its closure following the March 22 bomb attacks. Casting doubt on those plans however, airport police warned of a planned strike on Sunday in protest over what they said were lax security measures planned by authorities.

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