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Today’s News

Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral

Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.

From The42 Irish Player Ratings: Whelan and McGoldrick star in feel-good Irish win against Georgia Out Of Ten

Irish Player Ratings: Whelan and McGoldrick star in feel-good Irish win against Georgia

Hand out your own ratings too, as Ireland add a fine performance to a crucial win at the Aviva Stadium.

Chicago police chief and mayor hit out as actor Jussie Smollett cleared of all criminal charges

Smollett’s lawyers released a statement today confirming the charges had been dropped.

MPs to debate reversing Brexit next Monday, after 5.7m people sign petition

The British government responded to the petition by saying that revoking Article 50 would “undermine our democracy”.

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From The42 Conor Hourihane's ace ensures a happy homecoming for Mick McCarthy Report

Conor Hourihane's ace ensures a happy homecoming for Mick McCarthy

A free-kick from the Aston Villa midfielder was enough to see off Georgia tonight in Dublin.

Two brothers appear in court charged with rape of teenage girl

The two were arrested at Mayorstone Garda Station in Limerick this morning.

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

The Metrolink, charges dropped against Jussie Smollett, and new controversial copyright reforms.

MEPs vote in controversial laws that places copyright responsibility on Google and YouTube

Intense lobbying was done by tech giants like Google, which profits hugely from the advertising generated alongside the content it hosts.

From The42 Tennis balls rain down on the Aviva Stadium in anti-FAI protest Unimpressed This post contains videos

Tennis balls rain down on the Aviva Stadium in anti-FAI protest

The incident took place in the 33rd minute, just before Conor Hourihane gave Ireland the lead.

Government announces wording of amendments for the divorce referendum

Through primary legislation the government would introduce, you would have to live apart for two years before getting a divorce.

'I got a new life because of their loved one': Organ recipients tell their stories as Organ Donor Awareness Week launches Gift Of Life This post contains videos

'I got a new life because of their loved one': Organ recipients tell their stories as Organ Donor Awareness Week launches

The launched was attended by Ambassador Ray D’Arcy and Minister for Health Simon Harris.

'A downright lie': Patrick Quirke denies demanding money from Mary Lowry, court hears

Quirke said Lowry did give him a €20,000 loan, but denied receiving a cheque for €50,000, a trial heard today.

Irish trucks can keep accessing the continent through the landbridge after a hard Brexit

The Taoiseach said today no one knows what will happen in a no-deal scenario.

Meet Ann Devine - the Irish mammy to beat all Irish mammies Colm O'regan This post contains videos

Meet Ann Devine - the Irish mammy to beat all Irish mammies

We talked live to Colm O’Regan about his debut novel, Ann Devine: Ready For Her Closeup.

From The42 Glenn Whelan returns and Matt Doherty drops out as McCarthy names Irish team to face Georgia Team News

Glenn Whelan returns and Matt Doherty drops out as McCarthy names Irish team to face Georgia

Sean Maguire is also benched, with Shane Duffy passed fit to start.

Teenager arrested after 3-year-old injured in hit-and-run incident in Cork

Gardaí investigating the incident said they had arrested the teenage boy today.

Man sentenced to minimum 9 years in prison for murder of Syrian national

Callin Wilson (20), currently of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the murder of Hazem Ahmed Ghreir.

Taoiseach says no one can condone Lisa Smith's actions, but that she has an innocent child

He repeated what he said earlier this month, stating that a security assessment will be carried on the Dundalk woman.

NTA confirms new Metrolink route will terminate at Charlemont stop

The proposed route to Sandyford would have meant prolonged disruption to the Luas line.

Families of Stardust fire victims meet with Europe commissioner about new inquiry

Witnesses have claimed that the fire broke out in a completely different part of the nightclub than previous tribunals stated.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Revenue seizes €35,000 worth of cigarettes and pipe tobacco from cargo vessel

Brands such as L&M, ASOS and NAKHLA were seized.

GAA club will not lose pitch after revised Metrolink plans but soccer club will be affected

Na Fianna’s home pitch at Mobhi Road will be left alone but Home Farm FC will see some disruption.

From The42 Carbery commits long-term future to Munster after signing contract extension Pen To Paper

Carbery commits long-term future to Munster after signing contract extension

The out-half joined the southern province from Leinster at the start of this season.

Nasa scraps first ever all-women spacewalk due to lack of available spacesuits to fit them

Nasa said it does its best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes, but that a person’s body may change when they’re in orbit.

Sammy Wilson says DUP won't vote for Theresa May's deal, and would prefer an extension

In an opinion piece for the Telegraph, Wilson wrote that May’s deal was ” toxic”, “flawed” and “damaging”.

MEPs vote to scrap daylight savings - Ireland now has 12 months to say if it'll follow suit

The clocks are set to go forward this weekend, but that could be scrapped altogether in the future.

Residents stage protest at Direct Provision centre in Cork Clonakilty Lodge This post contains videos

Residents stage protest at Direct Provision centre in Cork

They are unhappy they did not get to meet Minister David Stanton when he visited the centre yesterday.

From The42 O'Connell confirms Stade Francais departure after one season Au Revoir

O'Connell confirms Stade Francais departure after one season

The former Ireland second row says he does not plan to join another club next season amid links to Toulon.

McDonald says Commonwealth debate should happen in the context of a conversation about Irish reunification

Her comments come after the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson said Ireland should join the Commonwealth.

PSNI refers its handling of Tyrone disco crush to Ombudsman

The PSNI has said the first officers at the scene “withdrew to await further police support”.

Mother of newborn baby found dead in Cork maternity hospital

An investigation is underway and the cause of death is currently unknown.

Sipo finds against two councillors over contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act

Sipo today published two separate reports following investigation hearings.

Seven in 10 people don't support John Delaney's continued involvement with the FAI

Irish football fans are reported to be planning protests during tonight’s game against Georgia.

Poll: Should the four-year time period for divorce be reduced? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the four-year time period for divorce be reduced?

Under the current system, married couples need to have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years.

Fines totalling more than €126k in court crackdown on M50 toll dodgers

The penalties yesterday ranged from €2,500 to €15,000.

Explainer: Indicative votes ahead as MPs 'take back control' - but will it make a difference to Brexit?

Theresa May wanted a meaningful vote this week, but instead has a series of indicative votes instead.

'Unwanted, unexpected and unsolicited': Boxer kisses reporter on lips during interview

Kubrat Pulev said he did it because he was “so elated” about his victory – the reporter said it was “embarrassing and strange”.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.

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