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Lower prices as supermarkets battle it out in run up to Xmas

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Plus, season’s greetings to the Galway taxi driver who lent a customer cash

Members of the Mandate trade union and Dunnes Stores workers pictured outside the Labour Court in October 2014. They are seeking more secure working hours and earmings for all workers in the company. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Staff threaten industrial action over working conditions at major retailer

Letters on their way to Santa in the North Pole

An Post snowed under sorting North Pole replies to 140,000 Santa letters

A woman  uses an automated teller machine at a branch of Sberbank in Stavropol on Monday. The Russian central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate to 17 per cent. Photograph: Bloomberg

Someone with a €300,000 mortgage would see monthly repayments rise by €2,700

Aisling Jones: arranging car hire in advance kept transport costs to about €30 a person for the week, including petrol. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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