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MPs in the House of Commons will tonight vote on alternative proposals to Theresa May's Brexit plan.

They're set to vote on a range of options - likely to include proposals such as a customs union, a no deal exit, revoking Article 50 or even a second referendum.

MPs took control of today's agenda in a bid to see if any option could receive the support of a majority in the Commons.

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The funeral of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan will take place later today in Co Clare.

The 26-year-old passed away in hospital last Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

President Michael D Higgins and Health Minister Simon Harris were among those who paid tribute to her work in raising awareness of the HPV vaccine.

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The rate of growth in the Irish economy is set to slow down in 2020, new figures suggest.

The country is likely to see growth next year fall back to 3.2% compared to 3.8% in 2019.

Research from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) suggests those figures could drastically change due to the impact and uncertainly surrounding Brexit.

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A scheme being launched today will allow up to 62 towns around the country compete for new tourism funding of €15 million from Fáilte Ireland.

The money will be made available through local authorities, who can nominate two towns in their area which have the potential to become so-called 'destination towns'.

The towns involved will be eligible for cash of between €250,000 to €500,000.

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Three trade unions will come together later to launch a new plan to encourage debate and discussion on local government services ahead of May's local elections.

The unions - Fórsa, SIPTU and CONNECT - are also publishing a report on the future of local government.

Main image: House of parliament in Westminster. Picture by: Frank Augstein/AP/Press Association Images

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