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Today’s News

Olaf Scholz vows 'new beginning' for Germany as Angela Merkel exits
# New German Government
# New German Government

Olaf Scholz vows 'new beginning' for Germany as Angela Merkel exits

Updated 18 minutes ago 6,647 Views 8 Comments

Merkel had served as chancellor for 16 years

Joe Biden warns Putin of 'unprecedented sanctions' if Russia invades Ukraine
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Joe Biden warns Putin of 'unprecedented sanctions' if Russia invades Ukraine

26 minutes ago 1,171 Views 5 Comments

The US President spoke to his Russian counterpart for two hours by video link yesterday.

100 passengers at Dublin Airport caught without negative Covid tests since Sunday
# Travel Rules
# Travel Rules

100 passengers at Dublin Airport caught without negative Covid tests since Sunday

33 minutes ago 8,686 Views 7 Comments

At least 10% of arrivals had been checked, with 100% of passengers on some flights.

Current Garda emergency roster set to be extended until March 2022
# Gardaí
# Gardaí

Current Garda emergency roster set to be extended until March 2022

43 minutes ago 2,491 Views 1 Comment

The decision to extend the emergency roster was welcomed by the Garda Representative Association

India defence chief among 13 dead in helicopter crash
# Bipin Rawat
# Bipin Rawat

India defence chief among 13 dead in helicopter crash

Updated 1 hour ago 15,165 Views 1 Comment

Bipin Rawat was India’s first chief of defence staff, a position that the government established in 2019, and was seen as close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Coronavirus: 4,152 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 81 deaths notified in the past week
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,152 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 81 deaths notified in the past week

1 hour ago 21,721 Views 45 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

What we know about the Covid-19 booster vaccine roll-out so far
# Booster Programme
# Booster Programme

What we know about the Covid-19 booster vaccine roll-out so far

1 hour ago 5,978 Views 19 Comments

Over a million booster vaccines have been administered so far in the rollout

Mercedes F1 team end controversial sponsorship deal with Kingspan
# Cutting Ties
From The42
# Cutting Ties

Mercedes F1 team end controversial sponsorship deal with Kingspan

Updated 1 hour ago 13,422 Views 13 Comments

In a joint statement they said it was ‘not appropriate’ for the partnership to continue.

Storm Barra: 20,000 without power and 48,000 facing water supply issues amid clean-up operation
# Clean Up
# Clean Up

Storm Barra: 20,000 without power and 48,000 facing water supply issues amid clean-up operation

Updated 1 hour ago 24,392 Views 4 Comments
  • Further high winds last night left thousands of homes, farms and businesses without power and water.
  • Some people may remain without power into tomorrow.
  • Six Boil Water Notices are currently in effect in various parts of the country.
RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan to leave Washington for new role as Work and Technology Correspondent
# Rte News
# Rte News

RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan to leave Washington for new role as Work and Technology Correspondent

1 hour ago 12,918 Views 16 Comments

O’Donovan takes over the new post in February, which was created after the retirement of Ingrid Miley in June

'Critical gaps' between government's climate plans and what it's actually doing - report
# Actions And Words
# Actions And Words

'Critical gaps' between government's climate plans and what it's actually doing - report

Updated 1 hour ago 9,724 Views 19 Comments

The Climate Change Advisory Council is concerned about missed targets and delayed measures inhibiting efforts to fight the climate crisis.

Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved

Updated 1 hour ago 24,717 Views 70 Comments
  • An independent chair to lead a review into abortion laws has not yet been named.
  • The terms of reference for the review have been criticised for being too narrow.
  • The minister said today there has been a "significant reduction" in people travelling to the UK for terminations.
Johnson 'furious' at No 10 Christmas party reports – as adviser resigns over leaked video
# Last Christmas
# Last Christmas

Johnson 'furious' at No 10 Christmas party reports – as adviser resigns over leaked video

Updated 2 hours ago 40,620 Views 45 Comments

The UK Government is still officially denying that a gathering took place in No 10 while London was in Tier 3 restrictions.

Homeless man charged with setting fire to Christmas tree at Fox News HQ
# Arson
# Arson

Homeless man charged with setting fire to Christmas tree at Fox News HQ

2 hours ago 5,478 Views 8 Comments

Fox News host Shannon Bream announced the fire to viewers as firefighters were working to put it out.

Minister announces €50 million boost for live entertainment with extra €3 million for pantos
# Catherine Martin
# Catherine Martin

Minister announces €50 million boost for live entertainment with extra €3 million for pantos

3 hours ago 4,321 Views 8 Comments

Leo Varadkar said a decision will be made today or tomorrow on a support scheme for businesses affected by new restrictions.

Decision to approve controversial Galway City Ring Road 'bizarre', Green Party senator says
# Ring Road
# Ring Road

Decision to approve controversial Galway City Ring Road 'bizarre', Green Party senator says

3 hours ago 12,170 Views 50 Comments
  • Chronic traffic congestion in Galway has been an issue for years.
  • For more than two decades, a bypass around the city centre has been a large part of the discussion around solutions.
  • An Bórd Pleanála last night approved plans for a Galway City Ring Road route around the north of the city.
Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'
# Storm Barra
# Storm Barra

Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'

Updated 3 hours ago 63,615 Views 74 Comments

Schools are closed in 12 counties today.

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?
# Wham
# Wham

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?

3 hours ago 8,948 Views 7 Comments

A look at why Boris Johnson has launched an investigation into a “cheese and wine” gathering at Number 10.

Munster confirm positive Covid cases among group who returned to Ireland
# Pandemic
From The42
# Pandemic

Munster confirm positive Covid cases among group who returned to Ireland

4 hours ago 18,774 Views 9 Comments

Some of the players and staff who arrived back from South Africa have since tested positive.

Booster shots will be offered to people over 50 from tomorrow
# Vaccine Programme
# Vaccine Programme

Booster shots will be offered to people over 50 from tomorrow

4 hours ago 13,863 Views 60 Comments

Over one million booster doses have been administered in Ireland.

RTÉ colleagues pay tribute as Marty Morrissey's mother Peggy dies in Co Clare crash
# Peggy Morrissey
# Peggy Morrissey

RTÉ colleagues pay tribute as Marty Morrissey's mother Peggy dies in Co Clare crash

Updated 5 hours ago 94,370 Views 27 Comments

Peggy Morrissey passed away following a collision yesterday.

NIAC recommends all children aged 5 to 11 should be offered Covid vaccine
# Vaccine Programme
# Vaccine Programme

NIAC recommends all children aged 5 to 11 should be offered Covid vaccine

Updated 5 hours ago 40,533 Views 209 Comments
  • The dose recommended is lower than for children aged 12 and older.
  • NIAC recommended children with underlying conditions should receive a vaccine in parallel with cohorts currently being boosted.
  • All children 5-11 to be offered vaccine in parallel with boosters for under-40s.
RTÉ has been losing listeners to commercial stations but Radio 1 is still top dog
# JNLR
# JNLR

RTÉ has been losing listeners to commercial stations but Radio 1 is still top dog

5 hours ago 12,193 Views 38 Comments

Today FM and Newstalk see strong gains across their entire week-day schedule.

Initial data on Omicron 'doesn't indicate it is more severe', WHO's Dr Mike Ryan says
# Omicron
# Omicron

Initial data on Omicron 'doesn't indicate it is more severe', WHO's Dr Mike Ryan says

Updated 5 hours ago 28,243 Views 23 Comments

Pfizer said today its vaccine is “still effective” against the Omicron variant after three doses.

Tadhg Furlong named in World Rugby's Dream Team of the Year
# Top Of His Class
From The42
# Top Of His Class

Tadhg Furlong named in World Rugby's Dream Team of the Year

Updated 6 hours ago 25,731 Views 13 Comments

The tighthead is the sole Irish player selected in the team, which includes five Springboks and three All Blacks.

Poll: Are you doing your Christmas shopping online or in person?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you doing your Christmas shopping online or in person?

8 hours ago 22,107 Views 25 Comments

Of course, Christmas is about more than just shopping and presents – nudge nudge, wink wink.

Man (40s) dies after crash in Co Tipperary
# R499
# R499

Man (40s) dies after crash in Co Tipperary

9 hours ago 17,851 Views 1 Comment

The man, a pedestrian in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

As it happened: Schools closed in 12 counties and transport disrupted as Storm Barra moves north
Live 10 hours ago

As it happened: Schools closed in 12 counties and transport disrupted as Storm Barra moves north

  • Storm Barra is making its way across the north west, leaving thousands without power.
  • Schools in 12 counties are to remain closed today - Dublin was added to the list late last night.
  • Local authorities in counties with no Status Orange warnings have begun clearing trees from the roads.
Amazon server outage hits thousands of Disney+ and Netflix customers
# Frozen Out
# Frozen Out

Amazon server outage hits thousands of Disney+ and Netflix customers

10 hours ago 25,486 Views 5 Comments

The e-commerce giant said it has “identified the root cause and are actively working towards recovery.”

Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

10 hours ago 14,332 Views 65 Comments

The country joins the US in the boycott, over concerns around China’s human rights record.

Dublin Lord Mayor to tell Housing Minister that HAP scheme should include a deposit for tenants
# Housing Assistance Payment
# Housing Assistance Payment

Dublin Lord Mayor to tell Housing Minister that HAP scheme should include a deposit for tenants

11 hours ago 20,224 Views 33 Comments

Alison Gilliland said funding an initial deposit could be key to keeping many people out of homeless services.

Strong relationships with parents, peers and teachers 'key to child and adolescent wellbeing'
# Growing Up
# Growing Up

Strong relationships with parents, peers and teachers 'key to child and adolescent wellbeing'

12 hours ago 12,549 Views 8 Comments

The latest in the Growing Up In Ireland research is published today.

Yesterday’s News

Boris Johnson urged to ‘come clean’ after aides were filmed joking about No 10 Christmas party
# UK
# UK

Boris Johnson urged to ‘come clean’ after aides were filmed joking about No 10 Christmas party

19 hours ago 38,345 Views 35 Comments

Downing Street has repeatedly denied reports staff had a Christmas party during 2020’s coronavirus lockdown.

Biden and Putin square off for two-hour call as Ukraine tensions mount
# Rising Tensions
# Rising Tensions

Biden and Putin square off for two-hour call as Ukraine tensions mount

19 hours ago 17,341 Views 24 Comments

Putin came into the meeting seeking guarantees from Biden that the Nato military alliance will never expand to include Ukraine.

Storm Barra: Schools in Dublin and 11 other counties advised to remain closed
# Dúnta
# Dúnta

Storm Barra: Schools in Dublin and 11 other counties advised to remain closed

20 hours ago 252,595 Views 95 Comments
  • This includes counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Wexford.
  • The advice to close also applies to third-level facilities in the affected counties.
  • If an individual school in other areas is deemed by school boards to be affected by the storm they can decide to close.
Salah scores 20th goal as Liverpool earn historic win and dump AC Milan out of Champions League
# Star
From The42
# Star

Salah scores 20th goal as Liverpool earn historic win and dump AC Milan out of Champions League

20 hours ago 28,425 Views 33 Comments

The Reds became the first-ever English side to win all six of their group games.

Proposed N6 Galway City Ring Road approved by An Bord Pleanála
# Ring Road
# Ring Road

Proposed N6 Galway City Ring Road approved by An Bord Pleanála

20 hours ago 41,392 Views 34 Comments

It’s hoped the road will reduce traffic congestion and improve journey times in and around Galway city.

As it happened: Power outages, flooding and now a Dublin orange warning as Storm Barra hits
Live 20 hours ago

As it happened: Power outages, flooding and now a Dublin orange warning as Storm Barra hits

  • Schools will be closed again tomorrow in 11 counties
  • Some 38,000 homes and businesses around the country remain without power
  • A status red warning is in place in Co Clare
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