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Today’s News

As Ireland reopens, what does this week's Covid-19 data tell us?

Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate has dropped by 27% in the past 14 days.

Yesterday’s News

Explainer: Why is Ireland looking for observer status at the Arctic Council?

Cabinet has agreed that Ireland should apply for observer status at the Arctic Council.

From The42 Flores scores stunning consolation goal but Molde too strong for Dundalk Report

Flores scores stunning consolation goal but Molde too strong for Dundalk

The League of Ireland side were comprehensively beaten in tonight’s Europa League fixture in Norway.

Namibia is planning to sell 170 live elephants because of drought and conflict

The government had been criticised for shooting elephants to control overpopulation.

Trailer Watch: Which film will you watch this weekend? Movies This post contains a poll

Trailer Watch: Which film will you watch this weekend?

Here are a few options for weekend watching.

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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

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

Your evening longread: What you need to know about how your brain works

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

From The42 As it happened: Molde v Dundalk, Europa League Liveblog

As it happened: Molde v Dundalk, Europa League

Molde faced Dundalk as the Lilywhites took part in their penultimate Europa League game this season.

Dance schools can facilitate individual dance training, minister says

Members from the performing arts sector of Ireland held a silent, socially distanced protest outside Leinster House today over the continued closure of businesses.

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US tightens travel rules for Chinese Communist Party members

Previously, some visas were issued that permitted unlimited entries and could remain valid for as long as 10 years.

Man accused of attempted abduction of eight-year-old girl in supermarket sent for trial

It was alleged the accused approached the girl while her mother had her back turned.

Ryanair orders 75 Boeing 737 Max planes to add to fleet

The aircraft will be delivered between 2021 and 2024.

Four dead after large explosion at UK wastewater plant

A fifth person was also hurt in the blast but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Swedish mother no longer suspected of holding son captive for decades

Reports said the man could barely walk, had almost no teeth and limited speech ability.

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Baby bison born in Fota to be named by local school students

The baby bison, who has yet to be named, was born on 25 October.

Coronavirus: Daily case number 'likely underreported' as six deaths and 183 cases confirmed

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that widespread Covid-19 immunity in Ireland could be possible by next September.

From The42 The All-Ireland hurling winner with three sons chasing football glory in Tipperary colours The Kennedys

The All-Ireland hurling winner with three sons chasing football glory in Tipperary colours

John Kennedy lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 1989 and 1991. His sons Colman, Jack and Conal are part of the Tipperary squad that face Mayo on Sunday.

Sinn Féin says Leo Varadkar's claims about 'racist and homophobic' online supporters are 'without foundation'

Louise O’Reilly says Varadkar is seeking to distract attention from government policy.

HSE says it's 'realistic' to expect Ireland will begin vaccination programme in early days of January

CEO Paul Reid said it will still be “some time” before a vaccine is our main line of defence against the virus.

Media challenge reporting restrictions after man accused of murdering woman and two children

The accused faced his second hearing today at Cloverhill District Court.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Controversial Brexit legislation set to return with trade talks on a knife edge

Negotiations continue to reach a UK-European Union trade deal by the end of the month.

New anti-fascist alliance to stand 'Le Chéile' against rise of far-right in Ireland

The alliance has already been campaigning under the slogan of #DiversityNotDivision.

Full Covid-19 testing and tracing will be provided during the Christmas period

The Covid facilities will have to be fully resourced over the holidays, says the HSE.

Newgrange to livestream solstice sunrise

The neolithic tomb is closed to visitors this winter solstice.

Workers in high-risk environments like meat factories could be one of the first groups to get the vaccine

Government will decide on who should get the Covid-19 vaccine first next week.

Gardaí to get access to suspects' phones as part of plan to tackle white-collar crime and corruption

A review had also recommended that the Ethics Acts be strengthened to address instances where breaches come to light after Oireachtas members have left office.

Fear and anxiety about Covid-19 is ‘overwhelming’ among the public

An Oireachtas committee has heard that fear of infection has heightened anxiety among doctors’ patients.

Public will not be refunded if concerts in 2021 are rescheduled, Varadkar warns

The Tánaiste said it may be “some time yet” before mass gatherings are allowed.

From The42 Sexton returns from injury as O'Sullivan is lined up for debut Opportunity

Sexton returns from injury as O'Sullivan is lined up for debut

Uncapped Eric O’Sullivan has been named on the bench by Andy Farrell for the Scotland match on Saturday

Bank of Ireland warns customers not to fall for investment scams

The bank issued a fraud alert today following an increase in reports of incidence of investment fraud.

Eleven deaths and 456 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

The first Covid-19 vaccines in Northern Ireland are expected to start next week.

‘Good chance’ of Brexit trade deal in coming days, Coveney says

Simon Coveney met European leaders in Paris today.

NAMA miscalculation caused €10 million loss to taxpayers

The Committee of Public Accounts has found that several errors by NAMA in the sale of its Project Nantes loans potentially lost taxpayers up to €29 million.

UK minister says Britain is receiving vaccine before others because it is a 'better country'

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the UK has the ‘best medical regulator’.

New 24-hour bus service to launch in Dublin next weekend

The 39a will run every half hour between 11.30pm and 5am.

Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January

The report will be published on the week of 11 January, Minister Roderic O’Gorman has confirmed.

'Bitterly cold' weather expected as wind and snow warnings are issued

Six counties will be affected by the warnings.

Salvation Army homeless hostel for minors in Dublin city centre to shut down next year

Lefroy House is based on Eden Quay in Dublin City Centre and is run by the Salvation Army.

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