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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
# Evening Fix
# Evening Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

10 minutes ago 369 Views 0 Comments

Your round-up of what made the headlines today.

Storm Barra: 13,000 without power and 10,000 facing water supply issues amid clean-up operation
# Clean Up
# Clean Up

Storm Barra: 13,000 without power and 10,000 facing water supply issues amid clean-up operation

Updated 37 minutes ago 29,150 Views 5 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.
Police will not investigate ‘rule-breaking No 10 Christmas party’ for now
# Last Christmas
# Last Christmas

Police will not investigate ‘rule-breaking No 10 Christmas party’ for now

Updated 39 minutes ago 47,838 Views 50 Comments

Allegra Stratton, who was the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman, resigned as a Government adviser.

Portsmouth boss allays concerns over Manchester City recall for 'incredible' Gavin Bazunu
# Danny's Boy
From The42
# Danny's Boy

Portsmouth boss allays concerns over Manchester City recall for 'incredible' Gavin Bazunu

Updated 57 minutes ago 15,571 Views 2 Comments

City loaned the 19-year-old goalkeeper to Pompey in July.

Ulster Bank customers will be given six months notice to close their accounts
# Withdrawal
# Withdrawal

Ulster Bank customers will be given six months notice to close their accounts

1 hour ago 6,631 Views 4 Comments

The bank’s CEO said today that none of its 88 branches will close during the first half of next year.

Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers
# Extension To Powers
# Extension To Powers

Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers

1 hour ago 4,386 Views 14 Comments

A number of politicians have said they are not prepared to sign off on giving ‘wide ranging powers’ to the health minister.

Finnish PM caught going to nightclub after Covid exposure
# Night Fever
# Night Fever

Finnish PM caught going to nightclub after Covid exposure

1 hour ago 28,303 Views 15 Comments

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto had tested positive for coronavirus.

Have you seen Rhianna? Appeal for information on missing 15-year-old girl
# Missing
# Missing

Have you seen Rhianna? Appeal for information on missing 15-year-old girl

2 hours ago 9,669 Views 0 Comments

Rhianna O’Brien has been missing from Dundalk, Co Louth since Thursday 2 December.

New restrictions announced in England in bid to tackle Omicron variant
# Plan B
# Plan B

New restrictions announced in England in bid to tackle Omicron variant

2 hours ago 22,131 Views 16 Comments

Boris Johnson said it’s clear the new strain is ‘growing much faster’ than Delta.

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

3 hours ago 10,263 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

3 hours ago 5,294 Views 20 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

3 hours ago 30,306 Views 25 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

3 hours ago 8,513 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 3 hours ago 19,091 Views 3 Comments

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

3 hours ago 35,905 Views 57 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

4 hours ago 10,745 Views 42 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 4 hours ago 20,998 Views 17 Comments

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

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

4 hours ago 23,773 Views 23 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 4 hours ago 10,862 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 4 hours ago 26,720 Views 76 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.
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

5 hours ago 8,583 Views 9 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

5 hours ago 5,840 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

6 hours ago 16,800 Views 59 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 6 hours ago 69,537 Views 75 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?

6 hours ago 11,403 Views 9 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

6 hours ago 22,410 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

7 hours ago 16,212 Views 61 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 7 hours ago 100,628 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 7 hours ago 42,343 Views 220 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

8 hours ago 14,090 Views 42 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 8 hours ago 30,231 Views 24 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 9 hours ago 29,319 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?

11 hours ago 23,544 Views 27 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

11 hours ago 18,982 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 12 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

13 hours ago 26,231 Views 6 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

13 hours ago 14,890 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

14 hours ago 20,999 Views 33 Comments

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

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