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Dublin: 4 °C Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Today’s News

'I felt totally lost': Department in u-turn over decision to deny Venezuelan man a Public Services Card

He was denied a PSC as a result of having an expired passport due to Venezuela’s printing shortage crisis.

Yesterday’s News

KFC stores across the UK were closed today because of a chicken shortage

The company blamed ‘teething problems’ with a new distributor.

Last night's Room to Improve with Daniel O'Donnell was RTÉ's most watched programme of the year

It was the most watched episode of the show in its history.

Bertie Ahern says he's been 'talking to Simon Coveney' about the ongoing Stormont talks

Ahern also questioned Micheál Martin’s criticism of the government.

Hiqa publishes terms of reference into investigation prompted by the death of pregnant woman

Thawley (34) died at the Dublin hospital on 8 May 2016 during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.

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From The42 'I want to be the best player in the league... I've seen stuff written about me and it only helps' Corner Boy

'I want to be the best player in the league... I've seen stuff written about me and it only helps'

Kieran Sadlier has been tipped as one of the stars of the 2018 season, and he’s made a positive start.

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Regency Hotel trial adjourned, Varadkar meets Sinn Féin over the North and Barry Bennell sentenced – It’s the Fix.

Florida shooting suspect appears in court as his lawyers seek to avoid the death penalty

His lawyers have said he will plead guilty if prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty.

Sinn Féin says direct rule is 'off the table' as Varadkar speaks by phone to Theresa May

An Taoiseach met this evening with the Sinn Féin leadership in Dublin.

From The42 Controversial sacking of manager by email leads to Kerry county board resignations Ladies Football

Controversial sacking of manager by email leads to Kerry county board resignations

After appealing his dismissal, Jonathan Griffin took charge of the minor ladies yesterday.

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A British paedophile who blackmailed someone into raping a toddler has been jailed for 32 years

Matthew Falder used encrypted email addresses and was caught by an international taskforce.

Woman who pleaded guilty to having a gun at Connolly train station walks free after sentencing

Nikita Murtagh was sentenced to three years in jail backdated and with the remainder suspended.

Three billboards erected outside small Galway village in honour of Martin McDonagh

McDonagh’s father grew up in Lettermullan in the Gaeltacht region of Galway.

Garda who suffered PTSD after he was attacked by four men awarded €15,000 in compensation

One of the men also threatened to kill him with an iron bar.

Graham Dwyer's case against the State argues his phone data should not have been collected

Dwyer was convicted of the 2012 murder of Elaine O’Hara.

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Luas says it has fixed the broken real-time displays at all of its stops

The issue is one of a number that have been identified since the Luas Cross City was introduced.

White House: Donald Trump supports move to strengthen gun background checks

Trump has come under intensifying pressure to act after 17 people were killed last week.

Power restored after outages affect thousands in Dublin city centre

ESB Networks has been dealing with the issue.

From The42 'Devil incarnate' football coach Barry Bennell sentenced to 30 years for child sex abuse Guilty

'Devil incarnate' football coach Barry Bennell sentenced to 30 years for child sex abuse

The 64-year-old was found guilty on 50 counts.

He was the frontrunner, but now Ireland has withdrawn Philip Lane as a candidate for top ECB job

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he didn’t want the candidacy of Lane to be a “source of disagreement”.

'It's been a nightmare': Parents of 5-year-old who drowned in Ballymena make plea for information

The parents of Kayden Fleck called him and his twin brother “the two musketeers”.

Great Ormond Street may keep donations from scandal-hit Presidents Club dinner

The Presidents Club closed down after reports of inappropriate behaviour at the male-only event in January.

Poll: Do film awards influence your choice of movie? Lunch Crunch This post contains a poll

Poll: Do film awards influence your choice of movie?

Give it to us straight. Be honest.

From The42 Schmidt calls up Scannell, Cooney and Ringrose to Ireland's Six Nations squad Fresh Faces

Schmidt calls up Scannell, Cooney and Ringrose to Ireland's Six Nations squad

Meanwhile, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson and James Ryan are progressing on the injury front.

'Porno' charges dropped by Cambodia against 9 tourists - one British man faces trial

The tourists’ lawyer said the Briton was held because he was accused of renting the villa and organising the pool party.

Regency trial adjourned, case material presents 'unprecedented conundrums'

The legal team for Patrick Hutch (25) will be applying that the trial be “adjourned outright”.

Taxi drivers threaten protest over proposed College Green plaza

The various taxi driver associations have grouped together to say that the damage the plaza will do to their business has not been taken into consideration by Dublin City Council.

Disciplinary action at Waterford council after €1.4 million spent on vans without senior management approval

A departmental audit described the events as a “complex and serious breakdown internal control”.

From The42 'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics Romance

'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics

It has been hailed by some as a landmark moment in Games history and the footage went viral on social media.

'It's not fair': Fianna Fáil poised to block PTSB loan sale to 'unregulated' vulture funds

The bank, which is 75% owned by the State, plans to sell off a loan book worth €4 billion.

The iconic Waltons music shop on Dublin's George's Street has closed down

The retail business will now operate exclusively from its Blanchardstown branch.

Man presents himself to gardaí after man (24) injured in hit-and-run

Gardaí are examining a vehicle after the man presented himself last night.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.

Poll: Are you making efforts to reduce how much plastics you buy? Plastics This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you making efforts to reduce how much plastics you buy?

A new Irish study has found that most deepwater fish in the north-west Atlantic have ingested plastic particles arising from pollution.

From The42 Smiling James Lowe a natural entertainer on and off the field Star Of The Show

Smiling James Lowe a natural entertainer on and off the field

“The way I relax is just to think about where you come from, what you’ve achieved so far, what you play for, who makes you happy, what makes you happy.”

Australian politician in hot water for posting photo with gun in wake of Florida mass shooting

George Christensen, a conservative politician, posted the photo in a dig at Australian environmentalists. He says the photo had nothing to do with last week’s Florida shooting.

Students who opt-out of religion classes should be taught another subject

Richard Bruton said the new guidelines would mean children who don’t study religion “will no longer be sitting at the back of the class”.

Most deepwater fish have ingested microplastics, new Irish study finds

It’s one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish around the globe.

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