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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 16 December, 2018

Today’s News

The Irish For: The word deteach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire

As one of the first human inventions fire is often used as a metaphor for human civilisation and its downsides, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Gardaí renew appeal for witnesses to fatal collision in Cork after man released without charge

A pedestrian in his 40s was struck by a car early on Saturday morning.

New poll shows Fine Gael remains the most popular party in the country

The latest Sunday Independent newspaper/Kantar Millward Brown poll shows Fine Gael is down by two points to 32%.

France's 'yellow vest' protests lose momentum on decisive weekend

An estimated 66,000 people took to the streets across France yesterday.

Roasties with the mosties: 3 delicious ways to upgrade your Christmas potatoes

Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creatively, study finds

Creativity requires humans to break away from more common and easily reached ideas.

Christmas Day session, Olympic dreams and becoming female role models

Irish hockey star Nicci Daly wants to help inspire the next generation of female athletes.

Zinke resigns as Trump's interior secretary amid numerous probes

In his resignation letter, Zinke said there had been “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him.

A junior minister tried citing a 25-year-old policy to spare tourism firms some pain from VAT hikes

But the appeal to his Fine Gael colleague, Paschal Donohoe, doesn’t appear to have paid off.

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Woman awarded €2k in discrimination case after shop worker told her 'you are only a lesbian' WRC

Woman awarded €2k in discrimination case after shop worker told her 'you are only a lesbian'

The woman claimed the employee also asked her to come outside to fight.

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill

The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.

From The42 Imperious Taylor lights up Wahlstrom and Madison Square Garden with career-best display Dazzling Display

Imperious Taylor lights up Wahlstrom and Madison Square Garden with career-best display

Taylor dazzled under the MSG lights as she earned a shutout victory over her former rival.

Taoiseach's department has spent nearly €500k on video production since Varadkar took office

Videos produced for the Project Ireland 2040 plan cost just under €150,000 alone.

Ultra-modern Foxrock mansion with its own jacuzzi for €2.5m

Yesterday’s News

From The42 Johnny Sexton named RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year SOTY

Johnny Sexton named RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year

He was integral to a record-breaking year for Leinster, as well as Ireland’s unprecedented success – including a Grand Slam and home victory over the All Blacks.

'We're not getting justice': Shane Tuohey's family kept in the dark in inquiry into his death

The 23-year-old man’s body was recovered from the River Brosna in 2002. His family believes he was murdered.

Ireland in a Snapshot: Inside our crumbling former asylums, the walls whisper 'forgive me'

Magnificent 19th-century buildings housed the homeless, misfits and the mentally ill. They are shameful relics of the past but we should not forget their story, writes Donal Moloney.

Quiz: Can you guess what the Government minister is doing here?

Zany photocalls have produced some great pictures of ministers over the years.


Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Baby found on Dublin beach, Storm Deirdre and another departure for Trump.

Status Orange: Storm Deirdre hits with 110 km/h winds and 'downpours of rain'

The storm is currently tracking northeast over Ireland.

Government wants building of old age retirement villages to begin by November 2019

A recent PAC report said it is not clear that the cost of care in public nursing homes is providing value for money to the taxpayer.

From The42 Sexton on song as Leinster hit their straps to blitz Bath at the Aviva Champions Cup

Sexton on song as Leinster hit their straps to blitz Bath at the Aviva

Leo Cullen’s side produced a much-improved performance to run in six tries at the Aviva Stadium.

Nurses are the victims in 70% of assaults in Irish hospitals

Figures from the HSE show how frequently nursing staff are assaulted.

How many food businesses received closure orders last month? It's the week in numbers

Plus: The sanctions that landlords could face if they breach rent caps

Donald Trump is losing another member of his administration

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will quit at the end of the year.

Appeal for mother to come forward as 'partially buried' body of baby found on Dublin beach

The discovery was made shortly after 10am this morning.

Gardaí stop unlicensed taxi in Dublin as part of pre-Christmas campaign

Gardaí have also commented the annual December drink driving enforcement operation.

Jacob brothers, creators of the cream cracker, to be honoured in Waterford

Waterford Civic Trust will unveil a plaque at 12 noon on 3 O’Connell Street this Monday.

Huge backdraft filmed by onlookers as New York Irish bar destroyed by fire Queens This post contains videos

Archaeologists unearth 4,400-year-old tomb of Egyptian high priest

The tomb belongs to “Wahtye”, a high priest who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare.

From the Garden: Every cloud has a silver lining and bogland proved useful this summer

Bogland is usually not the best place to grow things, but it came in handy this summer for growing squash during the drought, writes Michael Kelly.

Jeremy Hunt insists a 'version' of May's deal can get through parliament if EU make assurances

May had postponed the House of Commons vote on her deal after forecasts predicted it had no chance of being approved.

Palestinians slam Australia's move to recognise west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

A contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved.

Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish church independent from Russia

Ukrainian authorities hope it will be a further step out of Russia’s orbit.

Eleven dead and 93 hospitalised after eating 'toxic' rice at Indian temple

The rice had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance, officials said.

Drug addiction in Ireland still a 'dirty secret', GAA star Philly McMahon says Decriminalisation This post contains videos

Drug addiction in Ireland still a 'dirty secret', GAA star Philly McMahon says

McMahon lost his brother John to a drug overdose in 2012.

A team at NUI Galway reckon they've cracked 'Darwin's Dilemma'

The great naturalist could not explain an apparent gap in animal evolution.

Man (40s) dies after being struck by car in Cork city

Gardaí are now investigating the collision which occurred this morning.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s what’s happening today.

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