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Dublin: 5°C Wednesday 2 December 2020

Today’s News

10 people face trial for sharing pictures or naming two boys convicted of murdering teenage girl

The images and names were shared on social media.

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

Tánaiste says there could be widespread Covid-19 immunity in Ireland by next September

Varadkar said that a communications campaign would be “vital” to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

Your evening longread: The remarkable life of Shirley Temple

We bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.


From The42 IRFU look to 'non-established areas' with project players less likely in future Plans

IRFU look to 'non-established areas' with project players less likely in future

Ireland recently had five players who qualified through resideny in their starting XV.

Health Minister says Covid-19 vaccine should be free as nine freezer trucks arrive in Ireland

The Taoiseach said the low temperature fridges are being stored in Citywest before being distributed around the country.

German city mourns five killed in car attack

A vehicle drove at people in a pedestrian zone in Trier on Tuesday afternoon.

Court quashes planning permission for 660 new dwellings near Battle of the Boyne site

The board had erred by not properly taken into account the effects the proposed development may have on bird species, the court ruled.


First NI Covid-19 vaccinations due to take place next week

Minister Robin Swann said 70% of the population will need to be immune before life fully returns to normal.

From The42 Fury to remain on BBC's Sports Personality of the Year shortlist despite his demand to be removed Nominated

Fury to remain on BBC's Sports Personality of the Year shortlist despite his demand to be removed

The world heavyweight champion has called on his fans not to vote, saying: ‘I have no need for verification’.

Boris Johnson remains ‘optimistic’ of post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels

Michel Barnier has briefed EU ambassadors on the negotiations amid little signs of progress as time runs out.

2020 among the world’s hottest years as climate crisis continues

Met Éireann says Ireland’s weather so far this year indicates “further evidence of climate change”.

Coronavirus: Five deaths and 270 new cases confirmed in Ireland

231 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU.


Taoiseach: 'There's nothing I would like better right now than a pint in a rural pub in the west of Ireland'

Rural TDs criticised the Taoiseach for keeping ‘wet’ pubs closed.

'Only those who have endured it know the unhappiness': Families mark National Missing Persons Day

There are 813 open missing persons cases in Ireland.

Donnelly says UK and EU 'only a few weeks apart' on vaccine approval

The vaccine has been authorised by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) for emergency use.

Brian Stanley apologises for IRA tweets: We need to talk about the past in a way that doesn't deepen division

  • Stanley repeated his apology for his tweet about two IRA attacks on the British Army.
  • The PAC chairman told his colleagues he was sorry for the position he had put them in.
From The42 Uefa slap Dundalk with €50k fine for 'shadow coaching' by manager Giovagnoli Punishment

Uefa slap Dundalk with €50k fine for 'shadow coaching' by manager Giovagnoli

Uefa also banned Filippo Giovagnoli from sitting in the technical area.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Balloons left outside Leinster House to represent the 56 people who have died in homeless services in Dublin this year

A review is being carried out into the increase in the deaths of people accessing homeless services.

The Den's Christmas Special and Fungie's disappearance - Highlights from RTÉ's festive schedule

We may be spending a bit more time with our screens this Christmas.

Phoenix Park deer caused 'undue stress' by increase in visitors during pandemic

Instead of feeding the deer, the staff of the Phoenix Park have set up a number of post boxes for children to drop off their letters to Rudolf.

Gardaí identify 28 people suspected of involvement in Pandemic Unemployment Payment fraud

Gardaí seized documentation during a planned raid.

Taoiseach says it's 'not satisfactory' that trans healthcare report hasn't been published

The National Trans Healthcare Steering Committee has raised concerns about the status of the report.

Dún Laoghaire RNLI rescue two divers in late-night search operation

Dún Laoghaire Lifeboat Station’s Inishore lifeboat was launched from Bullock Harbour shortly after 11pm.

'There's a couple of 90-year-olds who rang me, they were in tears. They never thought they'd see the day'

Tipperary boss David Power on the joy of their Munster final win and building on it as they take on Mayo next Sunday.

High-profile sexual harassment case in China reaches trial, six years after alleged incident

Zhou Xiaoxuan has accused state TV host Zhu Jun of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2014.

Ryanair suffers 82% drop in passenger numbers in November

The airline carried just two million passengers last month.

AIB to cut 1,500 jobs and merge branches in bid to save costs

The bank said it aims to achieve over 10% reduction in costs by 2023.

Covid-19: How does the new Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine work?

News of the vaccine’s approval has been celebrated as a landmark moment in the fight against Covid-19.

Over 91,000 have received €350 Covid-19 Illness Benefit weekly payment so far, with big drop in November

If a worker is told to self-isolate or diagnosed with virus, they can apply for the Enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €350 per week.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Poll: Will you be giving to charity this Christmas? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you be giving to charity this Christmas?

Many people make a donation to a particular cause around this time of year.

Explainer: How has a Covid-19 vaccine been approved so quickly in the UK?

The UK has formally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19.

Iconic Puerto Rico telescope collapses just weeks after being declared unsafe

The telescope’s receiver platform fell 140 metres onto the radio dish below it yesterday.

US officials investigating 'bribery scheme' involving donations in return for presidential pardons

The scheme was allegedly directed at unnamed ‘senior White House officials’.

UK formally approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19

The UK has become the first western country to licence a vaccine against he virus.

From The42 'Do I think I can get to the World Cup? I think I can' - Sexton keen to push on Longevity

'Do I think I can get to the World Cup? I think I can' - Sexton keen to push on

The out-half will be 37 when the tournament in France rolls around.

US captain of scuba dive boat charged with manslaughter over deaths of 34 people last year

The boat sank off the California coast after bursting into flames last year.

My week in wellness: A 27-year-old software engineer who plans his workouts with 'military precision'

This week’s diary writer made some big lifestyle changes during the most recent lockdown, and now runs almost daily.

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