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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?

10 minutes ago 745 Views 0 Comments

A look at why the Met Police and Number 10 have launched investigations into a “cheese and wine” gathering in Boris Johnson’s official residence last Christmas.

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

38 minutes ago 4,475 Views 4 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

51 minutes ago 5,742 Views 29 Comments

Over one million booster doses have been administered in Ireland.

Schools closed as a 'precautionary measure' in areas with orange weather warning, says Varadkar
# Storm Barra
# Storm Barra

Schools closed as a 'precautionary measure' in areas with orange weather warning, says Varadkar

Updated 1 hour ago 46,690 Views 64 Comments

Schools are closed in 12 counties today.

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 1 hour ago 81,901 Views 23 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 1 hour ago 35,011 Views 191 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

1 hour ago 7,566 Views 20 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 2 hours ago 24,091 Views 21 Comments

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

Six Boil Water Notices in effect as Storm Barra leaves almost 60,000 people without power
# Power Cuts
# Power Cuts

Six Boil Water Notices in effect as Storm Barra leaves almost 60,000 people without power

Updated 2 hours ago 18,869 Views 2 Comments

ESB Networks repair teams are working hard to restore power but some customers may have no electricity until tomorrow.

Johnson 'furious' at No 10 Christmas party reports - but insists gathering may not have happened
# Last Christmas
# Last Christmas

Johnson 'furious' at No 10 Christmas party reports - but insists gathering may not have happened

Updated 2 hours ago 27,407 Views 35 Comments

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

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 2 hours ago 18,590 Views 9 Comments

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

Indian air force helicopter crashes with top military chief on board
# Bipin Rawat
# Bipin Rawat

Indian air force helicopter crashes with top military chief on board

3 hours ago 9,979 Views 0 Comments

Television images showed the helicopter carrying chief of defence staff Bipin Rawat in flames.

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 3 hours ago 20,974 Views 50 Comments

The Health Minister has been answering questions in the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Olaf Scholz voted in to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor
# New German Government
# New German Government

Olaf Scholz voted in to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor

5 hours ago 5,178 Views 8 Comments

Merkel had served as chancellor for 16 years

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?

5 hours ago 19,001 Views 24 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

5 hours ago 15,877 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 6 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

7 hours ago 24,069 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

7 hours ago 13,284 Views 61 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

8 hours ago 18,805 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'

9 hours ago 11,821 Views 8 Comments

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

'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

14 hours ago 8,054 Views 17 Comments
  • The Climate Change Advisory Council is concerned about missed targets and delayed measures inhibiting efforts to fight the climate crisis, Lauren Boland reports.
  • There are "critical gaps" between the climate policies that the government has endorsed and the actions that it is taking in practice.
  • In a new report, the council warns that delays in reducing emissions now could require deeper and more expensive cuts further down the line.

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

16 hours ago 37,704 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

16 hours ago 16,668 Views 20 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

16 hours ago 250,695 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

16 hours ago 27,780 Views 32 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

17 hours ago 40,278 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 17 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
ESB warn some customers to be left without electricity overnight as 38,000 remain without power
# Power Cuts
# Power Cuts

ESB warn some customers to be left without electricity overnight as 38,000 remain without power

Updated 17 hours ago 114,839 Views 68 Comments

Most parts of the country are experiencing strong and gusty winds.

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

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

18 hours ago 8,272 Views 0 Comments

Your round-up of what made the headlines today.

US experts say early indications showing Omicron not as serious as Delta
# Promising News
# Promising News

US experts say early indications showing Omicron not as serious as Delta

18 hours ago 30,805 Views 38 Comments

Dr Fauci said the Biden administration is considering lifting travel restrictions.

Munster to register 22 new players for Champions Cup squad
# Turning To Youth
From The42
# Turning To Youth

Munster to register 22 new players for Champions Cup squad

18 hours ago 35,632 Views 19 Comments

All 22 players put forward for registration are under the age of 21.

Man (70s) dies in Galway crash
# Kiltartan
# Kiltartan

Man (70s) dies in Galway crash

18 hours ago 21,993 Views 2 Comments

The incident happened at around 3.35pm today.

Player Ratings: Give us your rating of these rainy day films
# Rainy Day Movies
# Rainy Day Movies

Player Ratings: Give us your rating of these rainy day films

19 hours ago 23,331 Views 34 Comments

What do you reckon?

Debunk: How did Omicron get to Australia if no one is allowed in or out?
# Debunk
# Debunk

Debunk: How did Omicron get to Australia if no one is allowed in or out?

19 hours ago 39,466 Views 0 Comments

Hint: They are. The variant was first detected from passengers arriving in Australia from abroad.

Suspect in killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi arrested in France
# Jamal Khashoggi
# Jamal Khashoggi

Suspect in killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi arrested in France

20 hours ago 12,826 Views 10 Comments

French radio RTL said the Saudi suspect was arrested at Charles de Galle airport near Paris as he was trying to board a flight to Riyadh.

Storm Barra: How transport has been impacted today across the country
# Travel
# Travel

Storm Barra: How transport has been impacted today across the country

Updated 20 hours ago 47,182 Views 9 Comments

Counties in Ireland are currently under either Status Red, Orange or Yellow weather warnings.

The Remote: And Just Like That, an Olivia Colman murder mystery and Simon Cowell's new talent show
# The Remote
# The Remote

The Remote: And Just Like That, an Olivia Colman murder mystery and Simon Cowell's new talent show

20 hours ago 18,350 Views 4 Comments

Here are some TV highlights for the week ahead.

Doctor who worked in seven Irish hospitals failed to reveal that he had been struck off in UK
# Courts
# Courts

Doctor who worked in seven Irish hospitals failed to reveal that he had been struck off in UK

20 hours ago 68,574 Views 0 Comments

Dr Ragheb Nouman is accused of providing information which he knew was untrue in his application form to register as a doctor in Ireland.

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