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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C
# Tornadoes
Death toll rises to at least 25 in Mississippi after devastating tornadoes
Mississippi is preparing for more turbulent weather today, including damaging winds and hail.
# Nuclear Weapons
Russia is holding Belarus 'as a nuclear hostage', Ukraine says
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday announced the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons to ally Belarus.
# Drowning
29 people dead after boats capsize during migrant crossings off Tunisia
The coastguard said it had recovered the bodies of 29 migrants after three boats capsized.
# Guess who's back
Stephen Cluxton returns to Dublin senior football panel
Stephen Cluxton is on the bench for Dublin’s Division 2 meeting with Louth on Sunday.
# partnership
Colum Eastwood rules out SDLP merger with Irish Labour Party
Irish Labour leader Ivana Bacik described the SDLP as a “sister party”.
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
Housing crisis
We could improve our planning law – instead the public is being excluded
Alison Hough & Gavin Elliott
Viktor Orban
Ireland can remain a leader on LGBTQI+ rights if it stands up to Hungary
Fiona O'Loughlin
Chat GPT
As educators, we must step up our game in the face of this technology
Dr James McDermott, Prof Michael Madden & Dr Iain MacLaren
Online hate
Following the music awards, I received a wave of online abuse
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Interest rate on some State Savings products to rise for first time in almost 16 years
This follows six interest rate hits by the European Central Bank since last summer.
Fianna Fáil and Greens support drops but Fine Gael sees small gain in latest Red C poll
The ending of the eviction ban on 31 March has been at the forefront of politics in recent weeks.
# wrap up warm
Frosty conditions on the way in some areas with temperatures to drop to -2 degrees tonight
Met Éireann says temperatures just above freezing in much of Munster and Connacht will prevent any frost development there.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland keep the biannual clock changes?
Daylight saving time has begun today.
# tusla
Tusla contacted social media platforms several times last year over online abuse towards staff
Tusla also said it was developing a new Violence, Harassment and Aggression Strategy to help its staff.
# 7 great reads
Sitdown Sunday: What it's like to be a Premier League referee
Settle down in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads.
Analysis: We know of 'shrinkflation' but what role is 'greedflation' playing in our economy?
Economist Victor Duggan wonders if it is a profit-price spiral that is driving inflation.
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# spring forward
In case you forgot: The clocks went forward by an hour last night
It’s that time again… hopefully you remembered to change the clocks
# Trump
'Not a crime': Trump dismisses New York probe during Texas presidential campaign rally
He is bracing for possible charges over a hush-money payout just days before the 2016 election, to a porn star alleging a sexual encounter.
# eviction stories
The end of the eviction ban: 'My kids ask me where are we going to live - and I have no idea'
Thousands of households are facing eviction, here are some of their stories.
25th March 2023
# suftum
Ulster come from behind to beat Bulls and secure home URC quarter-final
Tom Stewart’s hat-trick helped the northern province to a bonus-point win.
# Brian Cox
Quiz: Cox on Cox - who said it, Brian Cox or Brian Cox?
Two Cox for the price of one.
# Treaty On Top
Limerick power past Tipperary and into hurling league final
John Kiely’s side will face Cork or Kilkenny in the decider where, on this form, they will be heavy favourites.
Lidl's Easter Toy's from Monday 27th March
Discover the range of toys available nationwide in Lidl.
Opinion: 'Having a therapist who understands your race, sexuality and gender is important'
Niamh Jimenez says there is a lack of diversity in the therapy setting and outlines why that matters.
# Rugby
Munster slip behind in top-four race as Glasgow secure memorable URC win at Thomond Park
The hosts trailed 28-0 at the break.
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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
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Your roundup of what made the headlines.
# tough day
Inexperienced Ireland suffer chastening defeat to Wales in Six Nations rugby opener
The Welsh physically dominated Ireland in a bonus-point victory in Cardiff.
# Housing Crisis
Labour leader Ivana Bacik calls for ‘structural revolution’ in housing provision
Speaking to delegates in Cork, Bacik said Labour wants to deliver a million homes in 10 years.
# french protests
New violent clashes rock France in protest against construction of water reservoirs
It’s the latest in a series of violent standoffs as social tensions erupt nationwide.
# New Ross
Major fire at New Ross furniture premises brought under control
Pictures from the scene showed a large fire in the area, with smoke billowing from building.
# Syria
At least 19 killed in US strikes on Iran-linked groups in Syria after deadly drone attack
The Syrian government, closely allied with Iran, accused the US of lying about the targets of its air strikes to justify its ‘act of aggression’.
# Nuclear Weapons
Putin says Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in neighbouring Belarus
Putin said the move is not ‘unusual’ and that ‘the United States has been doing this for decades’.
# Defence Forces
Women of Honour group to meet with Tánaiste despite 'concerns' about 'pointless' review
The Women of Honour group said they have only agreed to attend ‘out of courtesy’.
# spring forward
Don't forget! The clocks are going forward by an hour tonight
The times, they are a-changin’.
# Catholic Church
Pope Francis extends 2019 sex abuse law to cover lay leaders
A letter, directly sent by the pontiff, also said that vulnerable adults could be victims of predator priests
# now they're sucking diesel
Caolin Blade inspires Connacht to bonus-point win over Edinburgh in United Rugby Championship
The stand-in skipper was on fire as Andy Friend’s men made a huge push towards a URC playoff spot.
# Ferbane
Woman in her 70s dies after road traffic collision in Co Offaly
The woman was taken Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore, where she died from her injuries.
# bakhmut
Ukraine says seven-month battle for Bakhmut is ‘stabilising’
The battle for Bakhmut, where Russian forces have closed in on three sides, is the longest clash of the war.
Wales v Ireland, Women's Six Nations
Kick-off at Cardiff Arms Park is at 2:15.
# data concern
London City Hall bans TikTok on devices over security concerns
The Greater London Authority (GLA) said the rule was implemented as it takes information security “extremely seriously”.
# United States
Two dead among 15 migrants found "suffocating" in a train in Texas
The US Border Patrol stopped the train after receiving an anonymous tip off.
# European Space Agency
Large asteroid to safely zoom between Earth and Moon this evening in once-in-a-decade event
Small asteroids fly past every day, but one of this size coming so close to Earth only happens around once every 10 years.
# Mullingar
Man arrested and Garda injured after demonstration at asylum seeker accommodation
At around 9pm last night, a number of protestors blocked an entrance to Columb Barracks in Mullingar.