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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C
# spying claims
Suspected Chinese spy balloon over US will be 'taken care of', says Biden
Biden was initially wanted the surveillance balloon to be blown out of the sky, but was advised this could be hazardous to people on the ground.
# Breeding
Gardaí seize six dogs in Sligo in joint operation with ISPCA
A German Shepard Malamute, four American Staffordshire Terriers and one mixed-breed dog are now in the care of the ISPCA.
# Dublin Airport
Ryanair calls for government intervention as flights diverted from Dublin due to drones
Flights were also diverted yesterday for a short time due to a drone sighting.
# Ukraine
Bacik says that lack of information from government on asylum seekers is helping far-right
The Dublin Bay South TD has stated that a ‘NPHET-style’ public information campaign should be launched to combat disinformation.
5 great things to do in Dublin to make the most of the February Bank Holiday
5 great things to do in Dublin to make the most of the February Bank Holiday
Not sure what to do this weekend? We’ve teamed up with Absolut Vodka to bring you some bank holiday ideas.
# war effort
Western allies pledge precision rockets and missile systems to help Ukrainian war effort
Kyiv is also asking for fighter jets.
# Job Done
Farrell's Ireland get Six Nations tilt rolling with bonus-point win in Cardiff
The visitors played some stunning rugby in the first half but had a wobble after the break.
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
Healthcare services failing island communities
Future of island fishers on a knife edge
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# freezing cold
Temperatures to drop as low as -51 degrees Celsius as US and Canada experience 'Arctic blast'
Frostbite to exposed skin can occur within five minutes in such conditions.
# Derailed
Residents evacuated as train derailment causes large fire in Ohio
The train was carrying a variety of freight from Madison, Illinois, to Conway, Pennsylvania, rail operator Norfolk Southern said.
# Perth
Shark kills teenage girl in Western Australia
The girl was pulled from the water but pronounced dead at the scene after efforts to revive her failed.
# sport ireland campus
Planning permission granted for Ireland's first indoor velodrome
The facility will include 12 badminton courts and the new headquarters for Cycling Ireland and Badminton Ireland.
# Refugees
Minister asks sports bodies to help provide refugee accommodation during 'time of extreme need'
Sports Minister Catherine Martin has written to over 70 sporting bodies and organisations to seek assistance.
# partnership
A very Irish love story behind Hull's Premier League ambitions
Music, GAA and childhood sweetheart form bedrock of Sean McLoughlin’s rise under guidance of Liam Rosenior.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you going away this Bank Holiday weekend?
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# Explainer
Explainer: What is the difference between ‘economic migrants’, ‘refugees’ and 'asylum-seekers'?
False claims about asylum seekers often use terms in confusing and contradictory ways
# memphis
Sixth officer fired after beating death of Tyre Nichols
Five Memphis officers have already been fired and charged with second-degree murder in Mr Nichols’ death.
# operation tara
Organised crime gardaí seize €700k of cocaine in Dublin
A man in his 30s was also arrested.
# impasse
Nobody really to blame for Taylor's Croke Park night falling through
Sometimes, things don’t work out. It’s just a pity that we had gotten our hopes up.
# cleared
Jury clears Musk of wrongdoing related to 2018 Tesla tweets
The trial pitted Tesla investors represented in a class-action lawsuit against Mr Musk.
# Opening Day
Gatland's return gives Wales bounce but Ireland are deserved favourites
Andy Farrell’s men will be targetting a Six Nations title and it all starts in Cardiff this afternoon.
Recipes: Pastry chef Shane Smith has some seasonal dishes for you to try
If baked cheese and tasty biscuits work for you, you’ve come to the right place.
# Trucking for Creeslough
Truck run organised by one of the first responders to Creeslough tragedy taking place today
It’s being organised by Colin Kilpatrick, who was one of the first people on the scene the day of the explosion.
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# troops abroad
Lebanon troops on what the military needs: 'Pay could be better - we're months away from home'
The coming week marks the first anniversary of the Commission on the Defences Forces report.
3rd February 2023
# eurovision 2023
Eurosong result: Dublin band Wild Youth to represent Ireland at Eurovision
The song contest will take place in Liverpool on 13 May.
# Reach For the Stars
Jupiter has just broken the record for most moons in the solar system
It’s taken out Saturn.
# Up and Running
Ireland U20s get Six Nations campaign off to winning start after 10-try thriller in Wales
Richie Murphy’s side played some brilliant attacking rugby at Colwyn Bay.
The #StandStrong movement for Women's Aid needs your help this bank holiday
The #StandStrong movement for Women's Aid needs your help this bank holiday
Here’s how you can get involved and show solidarity with women subjected to domestic abuse.
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
# eurovision 2023
Hearing from the six artists hoping to end Ireland's 25 years of Eurovision hurt
Tonight’s Eurosong will decide Ireland’s Eurovision 2023 contestant.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# No replay
Glen withdraw appeal against Kilmacud's All-Ireland club final win
The club have stated they “do not believe the conditions exist for a replay to be contested.”
# Air Traffic
Flights briefly diverted from Dublin Airport due to drone activity
The affected flights included arrivals from London, Alicante, Glasgow and Malaga.
# Transfer
KBC closes major deal with Bank of Ireland ahead of Irish market exit
Bank of Ireland is acquiring substantially all of KBC Bank Ireland’s performing loan assets and deposits.
Opinion: Enough talk - we need to decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use
Criminologist Dr Ian Marder proposes a paradigm shift away from criminalising drug use and towards a health-led approach.
# Inquest
Date set for inquest into death of Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas
The inquest will be held on 12 April.
# ethics probe
Labour submits ethics complaint against former junior minister Damien English
Damien English resigned as a junior minister in January.
# Monkey Business
Man who stole two monkeys from Dallas Zoo arrested after visiting city aquarium
The two missing monkeys were discovered in an abandoned home 25 kilometres away.
# food recall
Check the labels: More batches of raw chicken recalled over Salmonella risk
The recall was issued by the FSAI earlier today.
# Test
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# Belfast
Martin 'very anxious' that power sharing institutions are restored as quickly as possible
The Tánaiste says the meetings with the parties in Northern Ireland were ‘constructive’.
# Tune in
Here's your essential TV sport guide for this Bank Holiday weekend
Plenty to get stuck into over the next few days.