Opening Bell: Markets hit record highs, Clinton says 'fake news' can kill, 100 jobs in Limerick

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Japan's Nikkei index has hit a one-year high - boosted after Wall Street posted a record close overnight.

This was part of a month-long rally since Donald Trump's election victory - markets hope that he will introduce new stimulus measures and tax cuts.

The yen has also weakened against the dollar.

The Nikkei gained 1% in mid-morning trading - the highest level since December 2015.

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A leading global medical technology firm has announced 100 jobs in Limerick.

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) is to invest €21m in a research and development Centre of Excellence in the city.

The investment includes an extensive renovation of the former UniGolf facility in the National Technology Park.

Once completed, it is planned to house more than 200 high-tech positions, including more than 100 existing BD jobs.

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Hillary Clinton has spoken out against the "epidemic" of fake news in one of her first public addresses since losing the US Presidential election.

The former Democratic presidential nominee said the rise of fake news is a "danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly".

Speaking on Capitol Hill at the unveiling of a portrait in honour of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, she called on officials in the public and private sectors to combat the spread of "malicious false propaganda".

Mrs Clinton said: "The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year, it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences.

"This isn't about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk, lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days."

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Most voters don't want public sector pay rises - according to a new poll out today.

The Ipsos/MRBI survey in The Irish Times shows we'd rather see more public servants hired, rather than higher salaries.

We also favour capital spending, ahead of tax cuts or welfare increases.

The poll on carried out on Monday and Tuesday of this week asked 1,200 people across the country to rank their preference of Government spending of additional money.

Just 6% said that boosting public sector pay should be the top priority.

 

Additional reporting by IRN