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    Morning Ireland Thursday 18 December 2014

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    Deaths in Kildysert

    Cathy Halloran, Mid West Correspondent, reports on the deaths of a South African couple in Kildysert, Co Clare
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    Six-year-old girl seriously hurt in hit-and-run

    Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, reports on a hit and run incident in Coolock, Dublin, in which a 6 year-old girl was seriously injured
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    Doctors seek legal advice over pregnant woman, clinically dead

    Shane Phelan, Public Affairs Editor with the Irish Independent, reports on the case of a young Midlands woman who is 17 weeks pregnant but is clinically dead
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    Was Health Minister aware of tragic pregnancy case when he gave Dáil speech?

    David Davin-Power, Political Correspondent, reports views around Leinster House are that Minister Leo Varadkar must have been aware of the case from the HSE when he made his Dáil speech on Tuesday night
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    A moment in history: diplomatic relations to be restored between US and Cuba

    Sergio Bustos, Politics Editor of the Miami Herald, reports on reaction to the announcement of a major policy shift in US Cuba relations
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    Cuba-US policy change described as 'great news'

    Simon McGuinness, National Coordinator of Cuba Support Group Ireland, welcomes the landmark development in US Cuba relations
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    Pakistani PM promises 'day of reckoning'

    Jon Boone, journalist with the Guardian, discusses aftermath of the school massacre in Pakistan
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    Legal action may follow closing of penalty points loophole

    Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, discusses government actions to deal with a loophole in relation to penalty points
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    Staff at UK airports threaten Christmas strike

    Simon Calder, London Independent Travel Editor, discusses the potential for chaos at British Airports next week
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    Homelessness moves from 'crisis into emergency'

    Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities, says there has been a 41% increase in the demand for their services compared to last year
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    Film release cancelled over security concerns

    Steve Futterman, CBS News West Coast Correspondent, reports on the decision to cancel the release of 'The Interview' after hacker threats
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