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Today’s News

Leaving Cert: Polymetrika was paid €91,500 above agreed cost for work after daily rate kicked in at end of contract

To date, €163,000 has been paid to Polymetrika for the calculated grades system.

Your evening longread: Inside eBay's 'cockroach cult'

It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

Judge didn't know of second function room behind partition: What Seamus Woulfe said about Golfgate dinner

The full report into the Supreme Court judge’s attendance at the event was released today.

From The42 LIVE: Dundalk v KI Klaksvík, Europa League qualifier Liveblog

LIVE: Dundalk v KI Klaksvík, Europa League qualifier

Dundalk face KI Klaksvík, with a place in the group stages up for grabs.

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Ireland to resettle 50 people from fire-ravaged Greek refugee camp

Justice Minister Helen McEntee said today that Ireland will welcome refugee families from Greece under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

Daily vitamin D and no takeaways - New healthy eating advice for young children

Three mothers told TheJournal.ie about their struggles with establishing healthy diets for their children.

Ryanair threatens winter closure of Cork and Shannon bases if EU travel policy not adopted

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar previously said he was concerned by how well smaller airports could bounce back after Covid-19.

NPHET recommends further nationwide visitor restrictions as it notes concern over 'disease severity'

New Covid-19 cases were confirmed in every county today, with 442 new cases.

Derry and Strabane put under new Covid-19 restrictions

Northern Ireland’s north west region has one of the highest infection levels in the UK.

There was another 'unparliamentary language' incident in the Dáil today Most Unparliamentary This post contains videos

There was another 'unparliamentary language' incident in the Dáil today

Peadar Tóibín TD made the comments as TDs were debating the government’s Living with Covid-19 plan.

Coronavirus: 442 new cases and four deaths as cases confirmed in every county

The number of confirmed cases is the highest since 26 April.

From The42 Man United to face PSG, Liverpool get Ajax in Champions League draw Pot Luck

Man United to face PSG, Liverpool get Ajax in Champions League draw

Meanwhile, it’s Ronaldo v Messi, as Barcelona face Juventus.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five stories, five minutes, five o’clock…

Taoiseach says UK under ‘no illusions’ about opposition to Brexit Bill

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Ireland supported the EU’s legal action against the UK Government.

Risk of local flooding on Sunday with wet weekend ahead

Met Éireann has forecast a rainy weekend, but with temperature highs up of 15 degrees Celsius.

From The42 Despite the many controversies, Connolly was the most gifted footballer of his generation We Hardly Knew Ye

Despite the many controversies, Connolly was the most gifted footballer of his generation

Dublin’s answer to Ciaran McDonald and Maurice Fitzgerald announced his inter-county retirement aged 33.

Former RTÉ producer Kieran Creaven charged with 17 child sex offences

He was arrested at his home this morning.

From The42 Champion jockey Oisin Murphy vows to clear his name after testing positive for cocaine Drugs

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy vows to clear his name after testing positive for cocaine

The Irish rider was informed of the results in August, but insists he’s innocent.

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error

The controversy was described as a “shambles” in the Dáil today.

Irish Pharmacy Union welcomes ability to give flu vaccine off-site

Pharmacists will be able to give people the flu jab outside the pharmacy premises.

Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’

Professor Gary Murphy explains how the cooling-off period for politicians turned lobbyists is ‘limited and contentious’.

Hong Kong police arrest 60 for protesting on Chinese holiday

A heavy police presence outnumbered protesters at the scene.

One couple, 30 cases: Here's what the statistics tell us about where Ireland is right now with Covid-19

Examples of how socialising with a number of groups led to large outbreaks of Covid-19 were outlined last night.

Dr Tony Holohan to return to his role as chief medical officer next week Cmo

Dr Tony Holohan to return to his role as chief medical officer next week

Dr Holohan had stepped away from the role in July to spend time with his family and help care for his wife.

Christy Kinahan Senior 'faces extradition from Dubai' if he fails to appear in Spanish court

A Spanish official has said an international arrest warrant will be issued if he fails to appear at his passport fraud trial.

Voices of sexual crime survivors and far-right investigation: Latest news from Noteworthy

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'People are devastated': St John of God to hand over services to HSE due to 'underfunding crisis'

SJOG currently provides intellectual disability and mental health services to over 8,000 people.

Brexit: European Commission begins legal action against UK over Internal Market Bill

The Bill threatens to overwrites parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, which the UK government admitted was a breach of international law.

Some students affected by Leaving Cert grade errors may have to defer college course, Foley says

It’s understood 800 to 900 students may have lost out on a college place due to the situation.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Black people at almost twice the risk of Covid death, London study finds

The disparity is partly due to long-standing socio-economic inequalities and a high number of people working in health and social care.

Poll: Will you make use of the Stay and Spend Scheme? Hospitality This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you make use of the Stay and Spend Scheme?

The scheme will see an individual be able to claim up to €125 back in tax credits.

From The42 'I have a few knives in my back that I want to take away' - Dundalk on cusp of shock Europa League qualification Preview

'I have a few knives in my back that I want to take away' - Dundalk on cusp of shock Europa League qualification

Dundalk face KI of Faroe Islands in Dublin tonight, with the winner progressing to the group stages of the Europa League.

Taoiseach to 'share assessment of Brexit' with European leaders today

Micheál Martin has said the government is preparing its latest Budget on the basis of a no-deal Brexit.

Irish journalist: I spent the last five years covering Hong Kong, but then my visa was declined

Irish journalist Aaron Mc Nicholas has returned from the territory and here, he documents the daily challenges faced by journalists and other activists in a politically tense Hong Kong.

Stay and Spend: The scheme to claim tax credits back on food and accommodation spending begins today

The scheme will last through the Christmas period and is due to expire at the end of April 2021.

Biden blasts Trump as 'embarrassment' for failing to denounce white supremacist groups

Meanwhile, the Commission on Presidential Debates will impose new measures to help moderators “maintain order” in future debates.

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