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    # alpine resort
    Five dead after avalanches in Austria and Switzerland
    One victim was a 17-year-old New Zealander who was skiing when the avalanche struck.
    # 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.
    5 great things to do in Dublin to make the most of the February Bank Holiday
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    # 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.
    # war effort
    Western allies pledge precision rockets and missile systems to help Ukrainian war effort
    Kyiv is also asking for fighter jets.
    SPOTLIGHT
    Island Nation
    Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
    PODCAST
    Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
    HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
    'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
    'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
    Healthcare services failing island communities
    'ON ITS KNEES'
    Future of island fishers on a knife edge
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    # 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.
    # 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?
    Let us know.
    SPOTLIGHT
    Voices
    A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
    Magic of music
    Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
    Lisa Kelly
    Economics
    Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
    Ciarán Casey
    E-scooters
    Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths
    Anne Marie Kearney
    Sultans of Ping
    It was a crazy sight to behold – every gig was exciting
    Paul McDermott
    Listen Now
    The Explainer helping make sense of challenging news stories every single week.
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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.
    Voices
    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.
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    # 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.
    # 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.
    # 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
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    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.
    Voices
    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
    Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz
    How closely were you paying attention to the sporting headlines in recent days?
    # 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’.
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