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1. #NYE: Celebrations are set to take place throughout the country, and the world, as people usher in 2013. The biggest event in the country will be in Dublin, where a concert is set to keep revellers entertained until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Three other occasions are also being marked today at an event at Dublin Castle – Ireland’s seventh Presidency of the EU, the 40 year anniversary of its membership to the EU and the European “Year of Citizens”.
2. #CLINTON: Hillary Clinton has been admitted to hospital in the US with a suspected blood clot. The US Secretary of State, who is due to step down from the position before President Obama starts his second term as president, had earlier this month fainted as a result of dehydration, sustaining a concussion in the process.
3. #MISSING: Gardaí are looking into the disappearance of €12,000 of IT equipment from Leinster House, according to the Irish Independent. The equipment, which includes computers, was found to be missing after last year’s general election, which took place in February of 2011.
4. #ROADS: A 26-year-old female who was seriously injured in a road traffic accident in Cobh, Co Cork on Saturday died from her injuries early this morning. Separately, the two-year-old boy who was injured last week in Northern Ireland when a car rolled over him has also died from his injuries.
5. #DUTY FREE: Shannon Airport has today become independent of the Dublin Airport Authority and with it, lost access to future monies generated from Aer Rianta International, which operate Duty Free shops worldwide. Today’s move also sees the airport freed from €100 million worth of debt.
6. #FISCAL CLIFF: Talks are continuing in America in an attempt to prevent to country from falling off the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’. Unless agreement can be reached between Democrats and Republicans, billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts are due to come into effect from tomorrow.
7. #MCGUINNESS: The Deputy First Minister of Nothern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, has formally resigned as MP. In a move which had been planned for months, the decision was taken in order to maintain his parties line to end “double jobbing”.
8. #ACCIDENT: The 16-year-old son of celebrity chef Derry Clarke is in a critical condition in hospital following a freak accident in which a car he was working on fell on him, the Irish Daily Mail reports. The incident is believed to have happened last Thursday.
9. #SHOOTING: The man who was being questioned by Gardaí in relation to the fatal shooting of Christopher Warren at the weekend has been released without charge. Warren, who was dropped off at St James’s Hospital, later died of his injuries.
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