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# Top Gear
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff to ‘leave Top Gear’ after being involved in an accident last year
Filming of the latest Top Gear series has been halted as a result.
# Baby John
Two people arrested on suspicion of murder over 1984 Kerry Babies case
The major development in the investigation was announced by gardaí tonight.
A man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s were arrested yesterday.
It's related to the discovery of the body of a male infant known as Baby John in 1984.
In 2018, a formal apology was offered to Joanne Hayes who had wrongly been accused of being the mother of the murdered baby.
'The Kerry Babies Tribunal laid bare the virulent misogyny at the heart of a patriarchal Irish State'
Kerry babies: Joanne Hayes hopes 'ordeal finally behind us' as judge says tribunal findings were unfounded and inaccurate
# Decade of Centenaries
Government publishes programme of events for final year of Decade of Centenaries
The Department of the Taoiseach is developing a programme for a formal ceremony remembering everyone who lost their lives in the Civil War.
# Paris
France protests: Over 450 arrested in one day and King Charles III's visit cancelled amid unrest
More than 1 million people demonstrated across France against the unpopular plan.
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# appeal
Investigation into disappearance of Annie McCarrick 30 years ago upgraded to murder inquiry
Annie McCarrick, originally from the US, went missing from Dublin in March 1993.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever donated for Daffodil Day?
The Irish Cancer Society is fundraising today for its annual Daffodil Day.
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Bertie Ahern honoured by UUP leader at event marking 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement
At an event in Dublin last night, Bertie Ahern in turn praised UUP Doug Beattie for his ‘wisdom and calmness’ during tough times.
# FSPO Complaints
Bank issues €120,000 settlement after placing woman's house for sale without her knowledge
The Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO) today published its overview of complaints that it received last year.
# Civil War
US kills eight in Syria in retaliation for drone strike
A drone attack had killed one American contractor and wounded five US service personnel in Syria.
# Northern Ireland
Windsor Framework to be formally signed-off after success in House of Commons vote
The new post-Brexit deal for Northern Ireland will be approved today at an official meeting in London.
Opinion: We could improve our planning law - instead the public is being excluded
The draft Planning and Development Bill 2022 is a solution in search of a problem, say Alison Hough and Gavin Elliott.
# Elaine O'Hara
Judgment due in Graham Dwyer murder case appeal
It comes after Dwyer won a case in Europe about the mobile data retention practices used in the case against him.
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# The Job
The Irish diaspora and minority groups here to be key focus of new garda recruitment drive
The Government has set a target of 15,000 gardaí.
# ESRI study
Majority of working asylum seekers are in low-skilled jobs and others struggle to find work
Since 2018,12,000 applications have been granted for asylum seekers to work.
# Agri Business
Govt transfers €150m in Brexit funding to post-Covid fund, to be spent in part on retrofitting
The Taoiseach said the Government “would have liked” to spend the money on businesses and the agricultural sector, but that it faced obstacles in doing so.
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# Ukraine
Zelenskyy pleads for jets and missiles after visit to frontline in Kherson
Zelenskyy said local authorities were restoring electricity in a village in the southern region still partly controlled by Russia.
# Tyrone
Three people arrested over attempted murder of police in Strabane last year released
The incident occurred in the Mount Carmel Heights area of Strabane in November 2022.
# shock closure
Siptu to raise millions paid out in dividends by Cartamundi's Ireland site in job losses talks
The company is to close its Waterford factory where 234 people are employed.
"I am a better version of me thanks to this programme" - Returning to University gave Muríosa a boost professionally and personally
Atlantic Technological University is the perfect place for those looking to advance their career.
# World Health Organisation
Eight new cases of Marburg disease confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, WHO says
There are two known current outbreaks of Marburg on the African continent.
# Clashes
Violence erupts as thousands protest across France over Macron pension reform
The country’s interior minister said 123 members of the security forces had been injured and at least 80 people arrested.
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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
# Court
Schoolgirl raped in Kerry by two teenagers developed eating disorder after attack, court hears
The attack in the early hours of the night of July 26, 2020 in an isolated area near a Co Kerry town.
# News Fix
Here's what happened today: Thursday
Your roundup of what made the headlines.
# decision
World Athletics says transgender women no longer allowed to compete in female events
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said the organisation had consulted with various stakeholders about the issue.
# sara baume
Cork writer nominated for prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize
The novel Seven Steeples follows a young couple who relocate to the countryside with their dogs for a life of solitude.
# Courts
Security guard gives evidence in trial of men accused of rape in car park
The offences are alleged to have occurred on 20 December 2017 at a hotel car park in the Leinster area.
# Northern Ireland
'No renegotiating' Windsor Framework, Heaton-Harris warns DUP
The UK’s Northern Ireland Secretary has said the new post-Brexit arrangements for the North are a done deal.
# Social Media
TikTok chief faces off with US lawmakers as ban looms
Tiktok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is under immense pressure across Western countries.
# eviction ban
'Stop the BS': Verona Murphy excoriates govt housing policy after voting against coalition
Becoming emotional while speaking during Leaders’ Questions, Murphy particularly criticised the Government on planning.
# Inquest
Motorcycle rider William Dunlop died after 'blast of oil and smoke' from bike, inquest hears
Dunlop was killed in the crash which occurred during a practice run for the Skerries 100 races on 7 July, 2018.
# not easy being green
Suspension of Neasa Hourigan is a 'sad reflection' on Green Party, councillors say
One councillor said the party “need to realise they are walking on fairly dicey territory” by issuing such sanctions.
# US Courts
Gwyneth Paltrow ski crash caused man to lose his love of life, US court told
The actress is being sued for crashing into a man who alleges she caused him severe brain injuries.
# baldoyle
An Bord Pleanála refuses planning permission for over 1,000 north Dublin apartments
Planning permission for 173 residential units for a site near the Co Meath border was also refused.
# leith
Seven remain in hospital after ship tip accident at Scottish drydock
Seven people remain still in hospital today after a ship toppled in a Scottish dry dock yesterday.
# Job Cuts
Accenture to axe 19,000 jobs worldwide, including 400 in Ireland
The consulting firm employs over 6,500 people in Ireland.
# Courts
Darragh Lyons jailed for Ballyfermot attack that left Alanna Quinn Idris blinded in one eye
Alanna Quinn Idris said her life as she knew it “came to an abrupt end” on the night of the attack.
# fair deal scheme
Changes allowing nursing home residents to keep rent could see older people 'forced to move out'
‘It is not unknown for Sage Advocacy to have to support a client who has found that the locks on their home have been changed while they were in hospital or in a nursing home for a temporary period.’
# Epic
Study on children with disabilities living in State care calls for improved inter-agency action
The first of its kind study found ‘inconsistent coordination amongst state agencies, and a lack of awareness on disabilities within the care system’.