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Today’s News

Teen died due to ingestion of ecstasy and morphine at Indiependence music festival

The 19-year-old became ill at the festival and died three days later in hospital.

LIVE: The 33rd Dáil sits for the first time today... but we're unlikely to get a new Taoiseach

First on the agenda is the election of a new Ceann Comhairle.

ISPCA 'shocked and appalled' after video emerges of high-speed sulky race on N7

In the video, two horse-and-carts are flanked to the front and rear by a cordon of cars and vans travelling at high speed.

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Risk of snow and flooding in some areas as Status Yellow rainfall warning issued

Met Éireann issued the warning for four counties this morning.

Two killed after passenger train derails near Melbourne

The train came off its tracks near the town of Wallan, around 45km north of Melbourne.

Suspect device left outside home of uncle of Sinn Féin MP John Finucane

Martin Finucane is the brother of murdered solicitor Pat.

Police probe far-right terror connection after nine killed in shootings in Germany

Nine people were killed and five wounded in the shootings in Hanau.

Two Diamond Princess passengers die as Britain announces repatriation flight

Both passengers, who were in their 80s, were taken off the ship last week and were being treated in hospital.

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Gardaí warn of banking scam targeting social media users

The most recent fraud involves customers of a banking institution being targeted via advertisements on Facebook.

Two men arrested in connection with Keane Mulready-Woods murder

The 17-year-old was killed and his body dismembered last month.

Poll: Who should TDs elect as taoiseach today? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who should TDs elect as taoiseach today?

The 33rd Dáil will meet today to try to elect a taoiseach.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

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

Greta Thunberg ‘using award money to create sustainability foundation’

The teenage climate activist was one of four recipients of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award.

Tusla 'accidentally disclosed' contact and location information of mother and child victim to alleged abuser

This and other data breaches are outlined in the Data Protection Commission’s annual report.

Corbyn accuses Johnson of showing 'true colours' by staying away as 106 areas at risk of flooding in UK Flooding This post contains videos

Corbyn accuses Johnson of showing 'true colours' by staying away as 106 areas at risk of flooding in UK

There are six severe warnings indicating lives are in danger in communities near the Welsh border.

Teenage girl dies after single-vehicle crash in Cork

The driver and a second passenger, both males in their teens, received serious injuries.

Michael Bloomberg attacked on all fronts during fiery Democratic debate

The former New York mayor was forced to defend his record on race and gender as well as his personal wealth.

Cork man who overcame years of heroin addiction graduating with criminology Masters

James Leonard shared his story of addiction on The Tommy Tiernan Show last month.

Opinion: All hail The Dice Man, the High King of Grafton Street

On the 25th anniversary of the passing of Thom McGinty, Robert O’Byrne and Trevor White pay tribute to one of Dublin’s best-loved characters.

These two politicians want the job of keeping order in the next Dáil Dáil Rows This post contains videos

These two politicians want the job of keeping order in the next Dáil

The Ceann Comhairle will be tasked with sorting out rows in the Dáil, and there’s been a few.

'Absolute disgrace': RTÉ Gold listeners wrote to Dee Forbes expressing 'devastation' over station closure

That’s according to records released by RTÉ’s Freedom of Information unit.

From The42 'Paul is here to observe, share his experience and try to connect with the boys' Paulie

'Paul is here to observe, share his experience and try to connect with the boys'

Ireland have welcomed Paul O’Connell and former team manager Mick Kearney back into their set-up.

The 33rd Dáil is meeting today for the first time - here's how it will play out

A new Ceann Comhairle is expected to be elected today – but we’re unlikely to see a new Taoiseach.

Yesterday’s News

Dutch farmers bring tractors into city in protest over planned emissions policy

The demonstration comes a day before a debate in parliament on how to rein in emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide.

Tributes paid to rapper Pop Smoke (20) who was shot at his California home

He was due to play a string of shows in the UK in April.

Lib Dems leave Irish MEP Barry Andrews a 'generous' goodbye gift

The party’s 16 MEPs left the EU Parliament on a sweet note.

Infertile cancer patient gives birth after having her eggs frozen, new study reveals

A baby boy was born to a 34-year-old French woman who had been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer.

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Quiz: A very, very hard quiz about Father Ted's obscure supporting characters

It’s like two completely different sheep.

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

On the eve of the 33rd Dáil assembling, there were a lot of talks about talks…

Anne Enright: 'Pre-Trump, if you had a problem it was your problem. That's another head-wreck'

The author speaks to us as she publishes her latest novel, Actress.

Parts of the UK preparing for a month's worth of rain over the next 24 hours

A status yellow rainfall is also in place for some parts of Ireland.

It took absolutely ages to form a government in 2016. Here's what happened

It took 70 days last time out. Could it take as long this time?

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Donald Trump offered pardon to Julian Assange if he denied Russia link to email leak, UK court told

Trump would only pardon Assange if he said Russia was not involved in the leak of Democratic National Committee emails, the court heard.

Three Wall Street Journal reporters expelled from China over article headline

The United States protested what it called an affront to press freedom, one day after it tightened rules on Chinese media organisations.

Fr Ray Kelly considered leaving Dancing with the Stars after abusive threats

Kelly said he reported the incident to gardaí.

Micheál Martin announces FF negotiating team, but says coalition with SF 'not the right thing to do'

Martin says he has written to Mary Lou McDonald explaining why Fianna Fáil won’t go into coalition with Sinn Féin.

'Megxit' divorce deal revealed and departure date set at 31 March

Harry and Meghan will remain as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex but their “Sussex Royal” branding is being reviewed.

'I'm out' - McIlroy opposed to joining breakaway Premier Golf League

The world number one is not interested in competing in the proposed new tour.

New exhibition shines a light on struggle between IRA and British forces in Monaghan

The Monaghan War of Independence files include more than 500 pages of first-hand accounts from Monaghan IRA veterans

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