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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 9 July, 2020

Today’s News

Plans for €15 million floating pool on River Liffey near white-water rafting facility in Dublin city centre

It stems from interest by councillors and the public when the controversial white-water rafting facility was announced.

From The42 This year's European Cup finals will no longer take place in Marseille New Venue

This year's European Cup finals will no longer take place in Marseille

EPCR is now looking for a new venue or venues for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup deciders.

Meghan Markle applies to High Court to prevent naming of five friends who defended her in media

The Duchess of Sussex’s friends spoke anonymously to People magazine in the US to defend her over ‘bullying behaviour’ by the British tabloid press.

€66,000 cash and two encrypted phones seized by Criminal Assets Bureau in Dublin

The operation was described as a “significant development” in an ongoing investigation.

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Johnny Depp faces third day of questioning in libel claim against The Sun

The 57-year-old is suing over a 2018 article in the tabloid which labelled him a “wife beater”.

Irish hotel room bookings are at about 25% - last year they were at 90%

The Irish Hotels Federation says action needs to be taken.

Poll: Have you turned the heating on this week? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you turned the heating on this week?

With plenty of cold and wet weather, have you been tempted to switch on the heating?

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Drier weather on the horizon for the weekend as wet weather eclipses usual July totals Cloud Nine This post contains videos

Drier weather on the horizon for the weekend as wet weather eclipses usual July totals

Met Éireann says today will remain cloudy with patchy drizzle and sunny spells.

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Texas resumes executions after months-long shutdown due to Covid-19

Billy Joe Wardlow, convicted for murder, was given the lethal injection yesterday evening.

Treatment for problem use of cocaine has tripled since 2013

Cocaine has risen from the third to second most common problem drug between 2013 and 2019.

From The42 John Egan a strong contender for Irish player of the season - and it could be about to get even better Talking Point

John Egan a strong contender for Irish player of the season - and it could be about to get even better

The Sheffield United centre-back has been a key figure amid a remarkable season for the club.

Second night of clashes in Serbian capital as crowds protest government handling of pandemic

The Serbian president has said planned weekend lockdown measures are likely to be scrapped.

Gardaí identify 26 pubs potentially in breach of health regulations after weekend crackdown

Gardaí say a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in each of these cases.

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Glee actor Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned, at California lake

The 33-year-old was on holiday with her young son on Lake Piru.

Professor Ruairí Brugha: We must close the pubs again - our health workers deserve better

Ruairí Brugha says the scenes from Dublin city centre last weekend show how dangerously close we are to the second wave of Covid-19 unless drastic action is taken.

George Floyd said he couldn't breathe more than 20 times, transcripts show

Transcripts from the police officers’ body cameras, filed in court this week, show that George Floyd’s last words were “I can’t breathe.”

Paschal Donohoe's bid for president of the group of Euro finance ministers to be decided today

Donohoe faces opposition from finance ministers in Spain and Luxembourg for the Eurogroup presidency.

Hunger linked to Covid-19 could cause 12,000 deaths a day by the end of the year, Oxfam says

Oxfam said millions are in danger of dying from hunger on a planet that produces more than enough food for everyone.

Mother and Baby Homes Investigation costs top €12 million amid calls for a national archive of records

The Commission’s long-awaited final report has been delayed again for another four months due to Covid-19.

Covid-19 puts brakes on expansion of 24-hour bus services in Dublin city

The National Transport Authority has said additional PSO funding will be needed this year to continue delivering the existing level of services.

Yesterday’s News

Harvard and MIT file legal action over new Trump administration rule on international student visas

Trump is pushing universities and schools to fully open when the new academic year starts in September.

One person dies after crane collapses in London

The crane collapsed on a site where flats were being constructed.

From The42 Liverpool close in on Premier League record points tally History Makers

Liverpool close in on Premier League record points tally

The Reds were too good for an error-prone Brighton tonight.

Less than half of people in Ireland have confidence in justice system, CSO figures show

The Central Statistics Office published the results of its most recent Crime and Victimisation survey today.

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Ireland's Covid-19 tracker app reaches 1 million users

For the app to be effective, it needs to be downloaded by at least 60% of the population.

Quiz: How well do you know these famous drummers?

And a one, and a two and a one, two, three, four.

'My comments were clumsy': Drugs minister sorry for RTÉ cocaine comments

Frank Feighan had said people in RTÉ were ‘snorting cocaine all over the place’.

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s what made the headlines today…

Micheál Martin attempts to smooth over discontent within the party over ministerial snubs

Micheál Martin said he understood why some members were upset.

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People urged to check lottery tickets after someone wins €1m in Daily Million draw

The winning numbers from the Daily Million Draw today were: 03, 05, 10, 11, 24, 39 and bonus number 09

Firearms and suspected cocaine seized after being found at wasteland in Co Laois

A search was carried out in the area at 1pm today as part of an intelligence led operation.

From The42 Ireland's John Egan scores again as Sheffield United boost European hopes Drama This post contains videos

Ireland's John Egan scores again as Sheffield United boost European hopes

The last-minute winner dealt a blow to Wolves’ Champions League ambitions.

Your evening longread: A conversation with Kanye about Trump, Biden and why he wants to run for the presidency

It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

Four arrested over murder of Willie Maughan and Ana Varslavane in 2015

A criminal linked to the Drogheda feud is suspected of ordering the murders.

From The42 As it happened: Brighton v Liverpool, Premier League Liveblog

As it happened: Brighton v Liverpool, Premier League

Brighton faced Liverpool, as they sought to ensure their Premier League safety.

US tops 3 million Covid-19 cases as Trump pushes for schools to reopen

The virus is surging in several southern hotspots including Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Arizona.

The first gay kiss in a TV drama and other stories: How Ros na Rún broke boundaries in 1990s Ireland

We take a look at the good, bad and the bizarre of Ireland’s TV past every Wednesday in The Tube.

Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty accuses banks of ‘profiteering from pandemic’

Since March, nearly 80,000 mortgage-holders impacted by the pandemic have taken payment breaks.

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