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Today’s News

The 8 at 8: Friday

Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.

Major explosion at chemical plant kills 47, injures 600 in eastern China

The explosion was so powerful it knocked down factory buildings and shattered the windows of surrounding homes.

Opinion: 'I’m thinking of you' and 9 other things it's OK to say to a family going through cancer

On Daffodil Day, Sarah Geraghty examines her own experiences to provide a useful guide of what not to say to a family hit by a diagnosis – and some suggestions on what to offer instead.

'Our thoughts are with their families: Teenagers who died at Tyrone disco to be laid to rest

Police have again appealed for anyone with information about the tragic incident to come forward.

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Seven Dublin Bus routes diverted as road closed after 'serious incident' in Drumcondra

Motorists have been urged to avoid the area if possible.

'Broken hearted but not broken': New Zealanders unite in two-minute silence for mosque victims

A mass funeral was held for 26 of the victims of last week’s attack, including the youngest victim – three-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim.

Opinion: Can Irish media users identify trustworthy news sources?

A recent Irish survey found that social media users are among the most media-savvy consumers of news, writes Niamh Kirk.

Monaghan mechanic (55) found guilty of IRA membership at Special Criminal Court

James Joseph Cassidy will be sentenced on 29 April.

HSE conference to discuss pregnant women's use of epilepsy drug that is being compared to thalidomide

Epilim’s use by pregnant women has been restricted in recent years.

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Every day's a spa day: Relax in the outdoor hot tub at this €1.1m Wicklow mansion

Expect some not-so-subtle election promises as Fine Gaelers land in Wexford

‘Let’s take Ireland forward together’ is the theme of the Fine Gael’s National Spring conference, which kicks off today in Wexford.

British MP unable to go home because of death threats over Brexit

Several MPs have raised concerns following severe criticism from Prime Minister Theresa May.

Waiting for clarity: Trust crumbles and tension builds in final Brexit days

The absurdity of the Brexit process continues, as patience from all sides is put under strain.

Yesterday’s News

Over 2 million people sign petition on Parliament website to revoke Article 50

The petition says a “second Brexit referendum may not happen – so vote now”.

EU agrees to delay Brexit until 22 May if Withdrawal Deal passes next week

The European Council came to the agreement following lengthy discussions in Brussels.

Gardaí renew appeal for 15-year-old girl missing since 7 March

Nadine Walsh is described as 5’4″, of slim build with brown hair and brown eyes.

Adoptive mother arrested after allegedly starving and pepper spraying child YouTube stars

The Fantastic Adventures channel had more than 700,000 followers and 240 million views.

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Google search for 'body decomposition' carried out on computer found in Patrick Quirke home, trial hears

Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby Ryan.

From The42 Police find weapons and class A drugs as 50 PSG fans denied entry to Chelsea women's game Unsavoury Scenes

Police find weapons and class A drugs as 50 PSG fans denied entry to Chelsea women's game

One fan has been arrested in connection with the incidents.

'My baby boy is gone forever': Man jailed for life for murdering fellow drug dealer

Rihards Lavickis (26) had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

Works underway to repair significant burst on water main in Dundalk

The burst happened on a combined storm and sewage main on Quay Street.

Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? Trailer This post contains a poll

Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend?

What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you.

Hutch family member jailed for breaking into Revenue offices and assaulting man

Judge Greally imposed a four year sentence and suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions.

'Dr Evil' tattooist jailed for 40 months for carrying out tongue splitting and ear removal

Brendan McCarthy (50) carried out the body modifications at his Dr Evil studio between 2012 and 2015.

From The42 Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Gibraltar? Have Your Say

Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Gibraltar?

We assess who could get the nod for Mick McCarthy’s first game back in charge.

Trump says the US will recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory

Israel occupied the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Broadcasting watchdog rejects complaints of bias during Eighth Amendment referendum TV debates

The three complaints were made about shows broadcast on Virgin Media Television.

Two men arrested after firearm and drugs worth €320,000 seized during house search

The search was carried out in East Galway earlier today.

Facebook admits its staff had access to millions of users' passwords

It said the passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Have you seen Stephen? Gardaí appeal for information on missing 16-year-old

Stephen Furey was last seen in Galway City on Thursday 14 March.

From The42 'Up the Ra' - Declan Rice apologises after pro-IRA Instagram comments surface Social Media

'Up the Ra' - Declan Rice apologises after pro-IRA Instagram comments surface

The recently-declared England midfielder admits his remarks from 2015 were ‘naive’.

'Our job is to get them answers': Police urge witnesses of Tyrone disco crush to come forward

Three teenagers died in the incident on St Patrick’s Day.

From The42 FAI offers to bring forward John Delaney's Oireachtas hearing Development

FAI offers to bring forward John Delaney's Oireachtas hearing

The association’s chief executive is likely to come under scrutiny, after it emerged he gave a €100,000 loan to the association in 2017.

Backbenchers warn May 'will have to accept her share of responsibility' if any harm comes to MPs

Some MPs have issued grave warnings after May went on the offensive last night.

Little Green Cars reach the 'end of the road' as band announce break-up

“There has been no terrible calamity, no heartless betrayal and no punches thrown,” the band said.

Plan to open Direct Provision centre in Leitrim scrapped

The Department of Justice said the decision is not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel.

Varadkar warns against 'rolling cliff edge' as leaders meet for crunch summit

Varadkar repeated his assertion that the EU needs to cut the UK some slack on an extension.

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