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Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 22 March, 2018

Today’s News

Dáil votes to abolish Strategic Communications Unit Scu

Dáil votes to abolish Strategic Communications Unit

A total of 85 TDs voted in favour of the motion.

Man who exploited young girls ordered not to take part in computer programming course

Matthew Horan was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years with the final two-and-a-half suspended.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

GAA club could lose pitch for up to six years due to Metrolink works

In total, the National Transport Authority reckons that 100 properties will be affected.


Rory Harrison's barrister says he's 'not a weasel' but a 'decent guy' in closing arguments

Harrison’s barrister’s address to the jury earlier today marked the final stage of the trial ahead of Judge Patricia Smyth’s charge.

Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the Russia probe has stepped down

John Dowd said he “loves the president” and wished him well.

From The42 'There needs to be a minimum standard on pitch facilities for an international game' Mud Bath

'There needs to be a minimum standard on pitch facilities for an international game'

We spoke to England international Rachael Burford about some of the key issues in women’s rugby.

Complaint from Communicorp over Irish Times article on George Hook controversy rejected

It was judged that the Irish Times publication of a right to reply from Newstalk was “sufficient remedial action”.

Declan Ganley WILL be joined as a co-defendant in Denis O'Brien's action against Red Flag Consulting

The decision by Justice Miriam O’Regan comes after a two-day hearing on the subject last week.

10 beautiful architectural details around Dublin you may not have noticed

Pro-choice campaigners say they will 'of course' accept result of referendum

Campaign group Together For Yes was launched in Dublin today.

Investigation launched into fire at apartment block in Waterford

No one was present in the premises at the time of the fire.

Jury begins deliberations in case of man accused of murdering infant son

The jury began deliberating at 11.40am this morning.

The 'Metro North' is now the MetroLink - here's what it'll look like

There will be a total of 15 new Metro stations as part of the €3-billion development.

'I was devastated': Former reporter on RTÉ ending her freelance contract on age grounds

RTÉ has been ordered by the Workplace Relations Commission to pay Valerie Cox €50,000.

'We don't have anything else... Everything's gone': Entire homes destroyed in Ballymun fire

Residents and guests were left picking up the pieces after a huge blaze ripped through a Dublin building.

Even PTSB customers who are meeting revised loan terms will have mortgages sold to vulture funds

Executives blamed the European regulator for the classification of these loans as non-performing.

Regency trial adjourned for three months over investigation into death of lead investigator

Senior prosecuting counsel Sean Gillane SC told the court today that “considerable progress” had been made in the enquiry.

Swedish journalist 'was strangled or had her throat cut' on submarine

Kim Wall was on the submarine belonging to Danish inventor Peter Madsen.

Shane Ross says he had nothing to do with €150,000 grant for private school in his constituency

He said he signed off on the decision without observations or comment.

From The42 'He's someone who could potentially come back and coach the All Blacks' Succession Plan

'He's someone who could potentially come back and coach the All Blacks'

Joe Schmidt’s plans after 2019 remain uncertain but the All Blacks have been following his success with interest.

'It could have saved my life': HSE launches information campaign on the HPV vaccine

The vaccine’s uptake rates have risen to 67% since the first phase of the campaign was launched in August last year.

Evelyn Cusack to take over top role of Head of Forecasting in Met Éireann

The role has been left vacant since Gerald Fleming retired back in December.

At least six dead and several seriously injured following explosion at Czech chemical plant

The incident happened in the northern town of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou.

Mother arrested in US after video of infant smoking cigar goes viral online

The Raleigh Police Department has said that the child is now safe.

Irish flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike over pay

Severe weather in the east of the US is also causing disruption for Irish passengers this morning.

'Young people should stay away from politics': Senator criticised for comments as voting age bill blocked

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield reintroduced the bill to the committee stage of the Seanad yesterday.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what’s happening on this Thursday morning.

'This is not a Grenfell Tower type of fire': Investigations to begin after Dublin block blaze

The fire broke out on the 13th floor of the building last night; around 200 people were evacuated and rehoused.

TD says Revenue is fining homeowners who were approved for Help-to-Buy scheme 'in error'

Michael Moynihan said people are being asked to pay more than €100,000 to Revenue.

Poll: Should politicians be sanctioned for voting against their party? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should politicians be sanctioned for voting against their party?

Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan was suspended from the party after she voted against Eighth Amendment legislation yesterday.

This weekend's forecast is looking mostly nice and sunny - but it's still going to be cold

Before the weekend, temperatures will drop below freezing on Friday night.

From The42 'He tells it as it is and there’s no bullshit with him' - Tipp's O'Riordan aims for AFL breakthrough Sydney Swans
Dashcam footage released of Uber self-driving car fatally hitting pedestrian Investigation This post contains videos

Dashcam footage released of Uber self-driving car fatally hitting pedestrian

Police have said the SUV is unlikely to be found at fault because it may not have had time to stop.

'A very challenged young man': Texas bomber left video confession on phone before he died

The video details the weapons he used but fails to outline a motive for the attacks.

An Irishman in Brexit Britain: 'The atmosphere has changed since the vote'

It’s a subtle thing rather than something drastic, like when a relationship with a partner slowly deteriorates over time, writes Peter Flanagan.

Top animators from Netflix, Amazon and Disney heading to Dingle to find future talent

This is the sixth year of the animation festival in Dingle.

Hundreds of Dublin residents without power and water 'for up to 7 days' due to basement fire

Gardaí are investigating the fire, which has started in the basement of the Rialto block on Monday evening.

'Almost impossible' to estimate how sustainable economy growth is, says ESRI

The ESRI has called for a new method of calculating national accounts to tell if the economy is at risk of overheating.

'Out of reach': A month after landmark court ruling, no asylum seeker has applied for work permit here

Critics say the barriers that remain in place act as a deterrent for asylum seekers to get an employment permit.

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