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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C
# FSAI
Live rodent in kitchen among reasons for closures as food safety body issues four orders
Two closure orders and two prohibition orders were made in January 2023.
# Death Toll
Hopes fade for rescuing survivors as Turkey-Syria quake death toll reaches 17,500
It comes after the president of Turkey acknowledged ‘shortcomings’ in his country’s response.
# Irish Coast Guard
British officials launch probe after Irish Coast Guard helicopter's emergency landing in Derry
It is understood that the incident on Sunday involved the Sligo based rescue helicopter.
THE MORNING LEAD
EU parliament greets Zelenskyy with cheers as Ukrainian president wraps up European tour
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to attend his first EU summit since he was re-appointed in December.
# Sky Ireland
Sky Ireland to raise prices for TV and broadband customers due to 'significant' costs increase
Monthly bills will rise by 5.1% or €4.51 on average.
# Courts
Paul Murphy takes Sipo to High Court over decision not to investigate Varadkar over contract leak
Murphy’s initial application for judicial review was filed yesterday.
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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# Stormont
Stormont formation deadline pushed to 2024 to avoid 'unhelpful' election in the coming weeks
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said it will allow time and space for parties to work together to return to government’.
# taking a chance
'I did something I was scared of, and I am grateful for it' - Damien Duff
The former Ireland international looks ahead to a new season with Shelbourne.
# redacted lives
Get tickets for Redacted Lives: In Conversation, a live panel discussion on mother and baby homes
A live event to further explore the stories told in the Redacted Lives podcast.
# Back in the fold
What did the Mahon Tribunal find against Bertie Ahern, and what's happened since then?
The former Taoiseach has rejoined Fianna Fáil – but what led to his resignation in the first place?
# Turkey
Search and rescue dogs from Co Down prepare for deployment in Turkey to help in disaster zone
Ryan Gray, of the K9 Search and Rescue charity, said they have been preparing since hearing news of the earthquakes on Monday.
# State of the Union
Waterford man thanks Joe Biden for strengthening family's 'resolve' after White House greeting
Maurice Barron’s daughter Ava was left with a tiny chance of survival from cancer, but the disease is now in remission.
# Bertie Ahern
Taoiseach softens stance on Bertie Ahern after comparing him to John Gilligan in 2008
Varadkar had made the comments during a Dáil session in 2008.
Voices
Paul Murphy: Anti-refugee protests a far cry from grassroots 'no to water charges' campaigns
‘You’d have to have your head in the sand not to notice that Ireland’s emerging far-right is playing a crucial role here,’ writes the Dublin TD.
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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# Your Say
Poll: Have you taken out a loan in the last 12 months?
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# Tech Issues
Twitter outage results in many users being unable to tweet or follow accounts
Users first noticed the problem when they tried to send tweets and received a message saying they had reached their ‘tweet limit’.
# Personal Loans
People are taking on more debt for weddings, cars, and holidays as drawdowns up by 14%
Home improvement loans surpassed car loans in value for the first time in 2022.
# battle of the bots
Mistake in ad for Google's new artificial intelligence bot causes share price to tank
It is estimated the mistake wiped $100 billion from Google’s value.
# Le Capitaine
'I went in all guns blazing... I should have tried to make friends first'
Johnny Sexton believes his two-year stint in France made him a better player in the long run.
# Duncan Stewart
RTÉ pays tribute to Duncan Stewart as final episode of Eco Eye to air
The show has covered climate change and sustainability for the past 21 years.
# Execution
Texas executes man who admitted murders but said trial was tainted by racial bias
He admitted to shooting three teenagers dead 25 years ago.
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# Spying
China has conducted spy balloon programme for years, says Pentagon
Antony Blinken said the US has briefed dozens of countries on the programme, which officials said has been active over five continents.
# an coimisiún toghcháin
New Electoral Commission formally established with Supreme Court judge as chairperson
One of the commission’s responsibilities will be reviewing Dáil Éireann and European Parliament constituencies and local electoral area boundaries.
Yesterday
8th February 2023
# IT breach
MTU Cork confirms hackers have encrypted university data and demanded a ransom
The university said it is planning for a “phased and managed return” to teaching and learning from Monday.
The university suffered the cyber attack over the weekend.
# surprise visit
Zelensky arrives in Paris on first visit since Russian invasion
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
# Gardaí
Gardaí appeal for information ahead of anniversary of murdered man Andrew Allen
Andrew was 24 when he was shot dead at his home in Buncrana in 2012.
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# disney dismay
Disney lays off 7,000 as streaming subscribers decline
The layoffs follow similar moves by US tech giants such as Meta and Google.
# All Square
Jadon Sancho earns Man Utd a point as managerless Leeds let two-goal lead slip
Sancho equalised after Marcus Rashford had pulled one back for the hosts.
# Fascism
Greek MPs block jailed neo-Nazi from leading a new party in election
Kasidiaris was among several top Golden Dawn members who were handed heavy prison sentences in relation to the murder of an anti-fascist rapper.
# Miriam Burns
Man (50s) released without charge following arrest in connection to death of woman last year
The body of Miriam Burns was discovered at her home in Ardshanavooley, Killarney, on the afternoon of 15 August, 2022.
# 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.
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.
# Rescue Effort
Erdogan admits 'shortcomings' as Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll tops 12,000
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
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
# evening fix
Here's what happened today: Wednesday
Your roundup of what made the headlines today.
# Space
New planet ring system discovered in our Solar System
The ring system is around a newly discovered dwarf planet, named Quaoar, which is around half the size of Pluto and orbits the Sun beyond Neptune.
# Baltic Sea
White House rejects report that US was behind Nord Stream pipeline sabotage
Investigations by Swedish, Danish and German authorities have not pinned the blame on any one country or actor.
# Possible XV
Doubts over Sheehan and Murray as Ireland get set to name team
Andy Farrell had looked likely to name an unchanged XV but there are a couple of doubts.
# 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.
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.