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Fairytale of New York: How a lifelong punk wrote the seminal Irish Christmas song
A report by
Carl Kinsella
More than three decades on, a campaign is under way to get the song back to the top of the charts.
Yesterday
30th November 2023
Man and woman, both 40s, arrested over shop robbery in Dun Laoghaire last week
Staff were threated with a knife before a sum of cash was taken during the course of the incident.
'One of music’s greatest lyricists': Tributes paid to 'genius' Shane MacGowan
The 65-year-old frontman of The Pogues passed away early this morning.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are kids being locked out from jailed parents?
Investigative reporter Alice Chambers and former prison governor John Lonergan tell Susan Daly about how some children are struggling to get access to their loved ones in prison.
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Israel and Hamas agree to a day-long extension to ceasefire as eight more hostages are released
The extension was agreed minutes before the original agreement was due to expire.
Hamas has freed 102 hostages over the last week while Israel has freed 210 Palestinian prisoners.
Hamas claimed last night that Israel initially refused to extend the truce.
Mediators and negotiators struck the deal this morning, minutes before the ceasefire was due to end.
Two dead and eight injured after shooting in Jerusalem
Hamas hands over released hostages to Red Cross in Gaza
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
SPOTLIGHT
Dublin Riots
Crowds attacked gardaí and looted shops amid widespread rioting in the capital
What we know
How a mob in the capital turned to looting, arson and calls to kill
justice committee
Commissioner says he cares about job 'too much' to consider resigning
Dublin city
Increased garda presence planned 'up to and beyond Christmas'
I didn’t recognise the Dublin I witnessed last week – it was terrifying
Aoife Barry
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How seeking treatment for cold fingers led to a lung cancer diagnosis for one Dublin woman
The Marie Keating Foundation is calling on the Government to support the development of a lung cancer screening programme.
FF cllr at centre of controversy over 'shot in head' comments says they were not about rioters
The party earlier said it would ‘engage’ with the councillor in question.
Tony Duffin: Shane MacGowan was more than a Fairytale…
Following the passing of Shane MacGowan, Tony Duffin reflects on the impact of Shane’s work on him in London during the 1980’s.
Verdict of death by misadventure returned at Caitriona Lucas inquest
Ms Lucas (41) died after the inflatable boat she was crewing on capsized during a search for a missing man in September 2016.
Stardust survivor heard youth claim he knew who started the fire, inquest hears
Mr Keogh said that he tried to open an exit door but failed, and then lay down on the floor beside a girl and put his coat over himself.
Man accused of wielding a knife in a supermarket appears before Dublin District Court
The man accused of wielding a knife and threatening a security guard claims it happened over a request to ‘frisk’ a person.
Dublin’s Simon Community launches ‘urgent’ appeal for donations amid cold snap
A Status Yellow warning for low temperatures is in place for much of the country.
Russia bans 'international LGBT movement' for 'extremism'
Human Rights Watch said the decision was “jeopardising all forms of LGBTQ rights activism” while the UN deplored the move.
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SPOTLIGHT
Christmas is coming
Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy this selection of articles and quizzes
Behind the tinsel
'It's like no other radio station I've ever been on': Inside Christmas FM
Christmas spirits
Heartwarming ad for Enniskillen pub gains millions of views
Jolabokaflod – a look at Iceland's Christmas books tradition
Darach Ó Séaghdha
Quizzmas time
Quiz: Where are these famous Christmas markets?
Barrister for Kyle Hayes asks jury to return verdict that will 'give him back his life'
The Limerick hurler’s barrister told the jury: ‘Take back this chalice of torture from his lips, and return him the bosom of his family.’
Eamon Ryan: 'If we crack energy, we can crack climate'
The Minister for Transport, Climate, Environment & Communications says polluters need to pay up.
Developer takes legal action over vacant properties allegedly being used for music gigs and raves
The plaintiff claims part of its property is being used as a venue for events including music gigs, raves, Irish language classes, and a herbal workshop.
Fair City to be scaled back to three episodes a week as RTÉ outlines €10m in cuts for 2024
An initial voluntary exit programme will aim to see 40 staff members leave the broadcaster.
Drivers urged to slow down this Christmas as minister says no family wants to get that knock on the door
There has been a rise in road deaths, with 171 losing their lives so far this year.
Tathony House served fresh eviction notices after landlord withdraws appeal against RTB ruling
Last year nearly 100 people were served eviction notices, which the RTB ruled invalid.
Dominic Cummings ‘malign actor’ who created culture of fear, Matt Hancock tells UK Covid inquiry
The former British health secretary Matt Hancock painted Boris Johnson’s ex-chief adviser as a ‘malign actor’ who undermined the UK’s pandemic response.
SPOTLIGHT
Voices
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
I didn’t recognise the Dublin I witnessed – it was terrifying
Aoife Barry
Enough of the Minister and Commissioner's magical thinking around law and order
John O'Brien
It's time gardaí got some real support in tackling antisocial behaviour
Stephen Moore
How do we help children make sense of the horrors of yesterday?
Dr Sara O’Byrne
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McEntee seeks meeting with X over posts that 'fuelled' Dublin riots
The Justice Minister said that X did not engage with gardaí on the day when contacted to take down “vile” posts .
Garda investigation after masked man playing Irish rebel songs threatens Ukrainian refugees
A number of people are seen asking the man to leave the area, but he refuses to go and continues to shout at the premises.
Tara Mines owner ‘ambition’ is to re-open by the middle of next year
Tara Mines in Co Meath closed in July, resulting in 650 workers being temporarily laid off.
Gardaí put safety measures in place for man wrongly connected to school attack by Gript website
The Garda Press Office has said they were not contacted by the website before it published the article.
Government approves €95 million in funding for greyhound and horse racing industries
Opposition TDs and an advocacy group claimed the funding is a “waste” of public funds.
Ceann Comhairle: 'No compelling need to intervene' after Sinn Féin TD used photo of man in Dáil
Seán Ó Fearghaíl also said he would prefer words like “scumbags” were not used in the Dáil.
Millions pledged to new climate damage fund amid warning 2023 to break 'cacophony' of weather records
A long-awaited loss and damage fund has been officially signed off at COP28 in Dubai.
Former British chancellor Alistair Darling dies aged 70
The long-serving MP died after spending time in hospital being treated for cancer.
Low temperature/ice warning issued for whole country as temperatures to drop below -3 degrees
The warning will kick in at 5pm today and will remain in place until midday tomorrow.
Woman given two life sentences for murder of her two children in Westmeath car fire last year
Lynn Egar was charged with the murders of Thelma (5) and Michael Dennany (2) on 9 September 2022.
Proposal to stop publishing candidate's home addresses on ballots voted down by government
Labour Party leader Ivana Bacik said the matter was a “critical issue”.
Pogues frontman and songwriter Shane MacGowan has died aged 65
The influential musician, songwriter and singer was best known as the lead singer of the Pogues.
The singer died in the early hours of this morning surrounded by his wife and family
President Higgins said his songs "connected Irish people all over the globe to their culture"
'One of music’s greatest lyricists': Tributes paid to 'genius' Shane MacGowan
Peter McVerry Trust to receive €4 million this week in first tranche of emergency Govt funding
It was confirmed on Tuesday that the Government is to provide up to €15 million in funding to the charity.
Indian man charged with plotting to assassinate Sikh separatist leader on US soil
Nikhil Gupta, who lives in India, was arrested by authorities in the Czech Republic under US extradition orders.
Local authorities provided just 44 units of Traveller housing in three years, Committee to hear
The Irish Traveller Movement will appear before an Oireachtas committee this morning to discuss Traveller accommodation.
‘Children don’t deserve this’: Visiting an imprisoned parent is ‘traumatising’
Gruelling travel, harsh security and restricted interaction with parents make prison visits extremely tough for children.
Children go through metal detectors, drug swabs, pat down searches and sniffer dogs
Noteworthy analysis finds more than 60% of visiting slots are during normal secondary school hours
There are ‘not enough staff’ to enable visits families are entitled to
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are kids being locked out from jailed parents?
‘A long way from normal’: Families say visits to prison still restricted post-pandemic
Poll: Are you planning to go to a festival next year?
Some music festivals have already announced their dates for next year.