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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C
# montreal
Two children killed after 'deliberate' bus crash into Montreal daycare centre
The driver, a 51-year-old man, was arrested for homicide and dangerous driving.
# surprise visit
Zelenskyy to meet EU leaders tomorrow after surprise visit to UK
The Ukrainian president has urged the UK and Western allies to provide ‘wings for freedom’ by supplying his air force with advanced jets.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed UK parliament this afternoon
Zelenskyy then travelled to Buckingham Palace for his audience with the King
The UK has also announced new sanctions targeting those who have helped Russian president Vladimir Putin build his personal wealth
Voices
Opinion: Attorney General's nursing home fees report largely side-steps the actual criticisms
Máiréad Enright of the University of Birmingham examines the Attorney General’s recent report on refunds on illegal nursing home charges.
# Tallaght
Man hospitalised with serious injuries following collision between e-bike and lorry
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
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# Rescue Effort
Children pulled from rubble as Turkey-Syria quake death toll tops 11,700
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake.
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake
The death toll is expected to continue to rise
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged "shortcomings" in his government's response to the earthquake
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
# Bertie Ahern
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern rejoins Fianna Fáil after more than 10 years
Ahern resigned from Fianna Fáil in 2012 after the Mahon Tribunal.
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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Getting to Know: Irish dairy farmers share their stories of sustainability
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Dairy farmer Niall Moore from Co. Waterford describes his life on the farm and the efforts being made by the Irish dairy sector to be more sustainable.
# TG4
TG4 confirms its documentary on Creeslough tragedy will air tonight as planned
The father of one of the ten victims has questioned the timing of the documentary, which is due to air tonight.
# Drugs
Revenue seize MDMA tablets worth over €300,000 in Athlone
A parcel of MDMA weighing 5 kg was found with an address in Kildare written on it.
# IT breach
MTU Cork to stay closed this week amid suspicions it was targeted at weekend to maximise impact
The university said it is planning for a “phased and managed return” to teaching and learning from Monday.
# Courts
Urantsetseg Tserendorj murder: Sentencing of teen delayed due to 'yawning gap' in legislation
The judge said the Children Act does not deal with young offenders such as the accused in this case.
# Worry
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
The coach of Turkish club Hatayspor said on Wednesday the Ghana midfielder is yet to be found.
# Earthquake
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
The death toll from the quake has above 11,700 this afternoon.
# Courts
Human trafficking and prostitution trial of two Brazilian women collapses
The judge said that the case could not proceed due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ but will begin before a new jury later in the month.
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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# chat gpt
Microsoft and Google go head-to-head with new products aimed at winning AI tech battle
The two Silicon Valley titans are rushing into the space after the ChatGPT bot caught the imagination of web users around the world.
# anti-racism
Varadkar condemns racism 'of any form' in the Dáil amid anti-refugee protests
The Government plans to unveil an action plan against racism in March.
# Update
Conway out for another 3-4 months while Snyman steps up training with Munster
The Ireland wing underwent knee surgery last week and could miss the rest of Munster’s campaign.
# New Zealand
Enough cocaine to 'service New Zealand for 30 years' found floating in Pacific Ocean
The cocaine is thought to have been dropped there by an international drug-smuggling syndicate.
# Donetsk
International team blames Putin for supplying missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17
The announcement comes after a Dutch court convicted two Russians and a Ukrainian rebel for their roles in shooting down the Boeing 777 almost ten years ago.
# Lia Fáil
‘Mindless’ and ‘ugly’ vandalism of 5,000-year-old Hill of Tara standing stone condemned
The Lia Fáil standing stone was damaged some time between Monday evening and yesterday morning.
# what's the french for yerra
Ntamack inspired by Sexton ahead of showdown with 'comfortable favourites' Ireland
‘Rankings are temporary things,’ said the French out-half. ‘Who is number one in a World Cup year is the one that lifts the trophy.’
# food poverty
1 in 5 parents haven't had enough food for their children, according to survey
A survey on food poverty by Barnardos showed an increase in food poverty, compared with their previous survey.
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# rossa fanning
Attorney General: 'Weakness' in State's stance on disability allowance payments
He said that this policy was a “reasonable one” with a “rational basis”.
# Miriam Burns
Man (50s) arrested in connection to the death of a woman in Co Kerry last August
The body of Miriam Burns was discovered at her home in Ardshanavooley, Killarney, on the afternoon of 15 August, 2022.
# Syria
Newborn baby in Syria rescued after mother gives birth while buried in earthquake debris
The girl was found under rubble with her umbilical cord still connected to her mother.
# Disruption
Dublin Airport chief calls for 'draconian' prison sentences for flying drones over airfields
The current maximum sentence in Ireland is seven years, but it’s a life sentence in the UK.
# Brexit
UK Supreme Court challenge on lawfulness of Northern Ireland protocol is dismissed
The appellants argued that the legislation passed at Westminster to give effect to the Withdrawal Agreement conflicts with the 1800 Acts of Union.
# State of the Union
Biden claps back to heckles from Republicans during State of the Union address
Mr Biden ignored the bitter divisions between Republicans and Democrats and his own low standing with the public.
# anne o'rorke
Irish woman in Turkey in race to get supplies to earthquake victims in rebel-held Syrian region
Anne O’Rorke runs a non-profit working with Syrian refugees, and is trying to get medical supplies to Idlib.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you ever pray?
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# met police
Victims of serial rapist David Carrick say he was 'a beast' and 'evil'
The 48-year-old was handed 36 life sentences and will serve a minimum term of 32 years.
# ross exposure
'There's no point in me worrying about lack of experience' - Byrne quickly finding feet with Ireland
The 27-year-old believes his winning kick against Australia was a bigger turning point for the media than it was for him or Andy Farrell.
# Church of England
Church of England considering alternatives to calling God ‘he’
Any potential alterations would mark a departure from traditional Jewish and Christian teachings dating back millennia.
# Wexford
Gardaí renew appeal on 25th anniversary of disappearance and murder of Fiona Sinnott
Fiona was last seen after leaving Butler’s Pub in Broadway, Co Wexford, on 8 February 1998.
# The Muff Liquor Company
Laura Whitmore rapped by UK regulator for TikTok and Instagram posts about Irish gin
The ads for The Muff Liquor Company, seen in July, featured Whitmore drinking alcohol while dancing.
# Assaults
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
# Recovered
US navy releases first pictures of Chinese spy balloon recovery
The US navy has used underwater drones, warships and inflatable vessels to gather all of the pieces.
# Limerick
Crack cocaine 'hit Limerick city like snow', drug users say
A dedicated addiction team has been formed to tackle crack cocaine use in the mid-west region.
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# Stone of Destiny
Gardaí investigate graffiti on famous Hill of Tara standing stone
The Lia Fáil standing stone was damaged some time between yesterday evening and this morning.