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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C
# Nursing Homes
Legal strategy pursued by Govt on nursing home fees was 'sound' and 'appropriate', says AG
The Health Minister and Social Protection Minister will revert in three months with the next steps.
# Siobhan Kearney
Family of murdered Siobhán Kearney express concern that 'remorseless' killer is eligible for parole
Mother-of-one Siobhán was killed by husband Brian Kearney at their home on 28 February, 2006.
# 3olympia
Green light for revamp of 3Olympia facade as owners back down on some planned changes
A large art deco arch no longer forms part of the proposal and LED screens are to be also omitted.
# Rescue Effort
Earthquake death toll passes 6,200 as countries pledge support for Turkey and Syria
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks.
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks
The earthquake struck early yesterday, bringing down thousands of buildings
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 affected provinces
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
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# nicola bulley
UK police investigating 500 lines of inquiry in search for missing woman Nicola Bulley
45-year-old Nicola Bulley of Inskip, Lancashire, went missing on 27 January in nearby St Michael’s on Wyre.
# Dublin Airport
Gardaí conducting full investigation into drone disruption at Dublin Airport
Illegal drone activity at the airfield once again brought operations to a halt.
SPOTLIGHT
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
PODCAST
Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
Healthcare services failing island communities
'ON ITS KNEES'
Future of island fishers on a knife edge
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# Tayto
Top Tory Tom Tugendhat performs U-turn after tripping up over Tayto tweet
Minister of State Tom Tugendhat referred to Tayto preferences as “an ecumenical matter”.
# Court
Man armed with knife burgled home of woman he met through Tinder
The man put a knife to the woman’s neck and stole her phone, money, cards and passport.
# fly on the wall
Bono will be among guests attending Biden's State of the Union address tonight
The State of the Union is an annual address delivered by the US President to Congress.
# Charged
Man remanded in custody over alleged theft from Hugo Boss store on Grafton Street
The man is accused of causing €51,000 worth of criminal damage to the retailer’s door and windows and the theft of property valued at €31,204.
# Mortgages
Government-backed mortgage offers are set to get bigger from March
Houses valued up to €360,000 in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin, Dublin City, Fingal, Wicklow and Kildare will soon be eligible for the loan.
# Probe
Irish trainer Elliott set for disciplinary hearing after Zanahiyr positive test at Cheltenham
Zanahiyr finished third in the 2022 Champion Hurdle but subsequently tested positive for a banned substance.
# France
French strikes hit trains and schools as a million protesters push back on pension age increase
An unpopular pension reform would increase the retirement age.
SPOTLIGHT
Voices
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
Magic of music
Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
Lisa Kelly
Economics
Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Ciarán Casey
E-scooters
Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths
Anne Marie Kearney
Sultans of Ping
It was a crazy sight to behold – every gig was exciting
Paul McDermott
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# Courts
Man who kicked pregnant ex-partner in stomach and threatened to 'rip' baby out is jailed
Dean Paget (34) pleaded guilty to attempting to murder his former partner Lisa Ward.
# Netflix
X-Files star Gillian Anderson to play Emily Maitlis in Prince Andrew drama
Prince Andrew was interviewed by presenter Emily Maitlis over his relationship with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in November 2019.
# diff
Dublin International Film Festival launches packed programme including Jane Seymour and Paul Mescal
Emily Watson and Aidan Gillen will also take part in this year’s Festival.
# pauline mclynn
Pauline McLynn says death of both her parents from stroke has inspired her to spread awareness
Pauline is supporting the Irish Heart Foundation’s stroke awareness campaign.
# sipo reform
Report recommends fixed fines for politicians who breach ethics rules
The report was published by the Department of Public Expenditure today.
# Public Transport
Bus passenger numbers on public transport network return to pre-pandemic levels
In November 2022, Bus Eireann carried 3.5 million passengers, surpassing comparable figures from 2019.
# David Carrick
Met Police officer jailed for life for crimes including 24 counts of rape
David Carrick has been handed down a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years.
# Wikipedia
Pakistan PM Shahbaz Sharif orders lifting of country’s ban on Wikipedia
The country’s media regulator had blocked the website last week over fears it hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
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# West Bank
Israeli troops kill teenager in West Bank raid, according to Palestinian Health ministry
The Israeli army said troops had ‘responded with live fire towards an armed suspect who fired at them’.
# good news
Former Newcastle footballer Atsu pulled alive from earthquake rubble in Turkey
The Ghana international is currently playing with Hatayspor.
# Online Safety
30% of children told they can go online 'whenever they want', survey finds
One school who spoke to the charity had an incident where an older child sent sexual images into a snapchat group with younger kids in it.
# AI
Poll: How do you feel about new AI technology?
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# Tighthead
'I'll be settling in Galway post-rugby... it's a beautiful place'
Finlay Bealham is moving to the next level with Ireland and enjoying life off the pitch.
# Profits
BP profits more than double to €26 billion on runaway gas prices due to Ukraine war
The business pledged to up its spending by billions on both green and polluting energy.
# UN
United Nations chief fears world is heading toward a wider war
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said experts who surveyed the state of the world in 2023 set the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight.
# Cabinet
Attorney General due to deliver report to Cabinet on State’s strategy on nursing home charges
The report is expected to be published afterwards.
# Waiting Lists
Fears over colon cancer waiting lists as doctors face 'race against time' to diagnose patients
The Irish Cancer Society has warned that almost over a third of patients are not receiving the procedure within the necessary timeframe.
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6th February 2023
# Les Bleus
'If we don't sort it out, we'll ship 15, 20 or even 30 points in Ireland'
Shaun Edwards wasn’t happy with France’s performance in Rome yesterday.
# St Brigid
Quiz: How much do you know about St Brigid?
The first St Brigid’s Day bank holiday was held today.
# Rescue Effort
Ex-Newcastle winger Atsu 'in earthquake debris' - Vice-president of Turkish club
The 31-year-old, now playing with Hatayspor, was said to be missing after team-mates had reportedly been pulled from rubble.
# Earthquake
Rescue efforts continuing in Turkey and Syria following large earthquakes as death toll rises
Ireland, the US, the EU and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The first quake was centred about 96km from the Syrian border outside the city of Gaziantep.
Ireland, the United States, the European Union and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The Embassy of Ireland in Turkey has said Irish citizens who are in the affected area and need urgent consular assistance can make contact.
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
# statement
Meath GAA public relations member 'accepts responsibility' over offensive tweet
The public relations team member in question is no longer part of the team following an investigation into the matter.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Bank Holiday Monday
Here’s your roundup of what made the headlines today.
# China
White House says US has no intention of returning recovered balloon debris to China
It comes after Beijing confirmed earlier that a similar balloon spotted flying over Latin America is Chinese.
# IT breach
MTU Cork campuses to close for two days due to 'significant IT breach'
All of the university’s Cork campuses will be closed on 7 and 8 February.