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Gardaí are appealing for information following yesterday's shooting in west Dublin.

A man in his 20s was shot a number of times in the incident at Briarwood.

He remains in a critical condition in hospital this morning.

A car was discovered on fire near the scene of the shooting, and both scenes were sealed off for technical examinations.

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The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's top civil servant will be grilled by TDs and senators later on the cost overruns at the National Children's Hospital.

Secretary General Robert Watt will be before the Finance Committee to discuss his department's role in the spiraling costs at the facility.

Recent figures from the Health Minister put it at €1.7 billion.

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Chinese tech firm Huawei is suing the American government for restricting its business in the country.

A new law bans US federal agencies and their contractors from using its equipment and services, over fears the firm's technology could be used by the Chinese government for spying.

Several other countries and companies have also stopped using the company's products, despite it denying the claims.

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An increase in the minimum wage in 2016 reduced inequality between high and low earners.

The rate was raised from €8.65 to €9.15 an hour that year.

A new ESRI study shows that cut the pay gap by 8%.

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Dublin Bus management is to meet with UCD's Student Union later in a bid to end a row over the use of its bus stops.

A number of buses have failed to stop on the N11 at the university after 10pm in recent weeks, due to reports of anti-social behaviour.

In a statement, Dublin Bus said while they appreciated the 'inconvenience' caused, the 'safety' of drivers was of 'paramount importance'.

Students have called on the company not to tarnish them all with the one brush.


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