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Today’s News

Your evening longread: The bizarre plot to capture the Venezuelan president

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

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan did not call Peter Tatchell a 'green legend and tireless LGBT campaigner'

A false tweet from the Green Party leader claims he said he was “excited to meet” Tatchell two years ago.

Opinion: 'Lebanon needs help - or the consequences for the Middle East don't bear thinking about'

Yesterday’s explosion made a desperate situation worse, writes Bríd Kennedy of Concern.

From The42 Fixture details confirmed for Ireland's remaining Six Nations games Fill The Diary

Fixture details confirmed for Ireland's remaining Six Nations games

Ireland will face Italy on 24 October and France at 8pm on 31 October.


Port officials under house arrest after explosion in Lebanon’s capital

At least 100 people died and thousands were injured in the blast which caused damage over a large area of Beirut.

The Explainer: Why is Ireland delaying the reopening of pubs again?

Why was the decision made, and what sort of risks were being balanced? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s podcast.

Fresh Stardust inquests confirmed to take place in Dublin Castle early next year

A dedicated website in relation to the new inquests has now been set up with the pre-inquest hearing due to commence in September.

24 more pubs found to be in potential breach of Covid-19 restrictions

Gardaí said there has been “widespread compliance by licenced premises” to regulations.

'The lads who sold out on Ireland': How Zig and Zag's RTÉ exit caused a stir in the 1990s

We take a look at the good, bad and the bizarre of Ireland’s TV past every Wednesday in The Tube.

Coronavirus: No deaths and 50 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest Covid-19 figures were released by the Department of Health today.

Man (23) charged with murder of Patrycja Wyrebek in Newry

Patrycja died at her home in Drumalane Park, Newry on Sunday morning.

Second Norwegian cruise ship reports Covid-19 case

Norway has already placed restrictions on cruise ships docking in its ports over Covid-19 concerns.

Donald Trump suggests he could accept Republican nomination from White House

Use of the presidential residence for such a partisan event would break with tradition.

Explainer: How Beirut explosions came at 'worst time possible' for a country in a 'dire situation'

Prior to the devastating blasts, Lebanon was already dealing with its worst economic recession in decades.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Caroline Flack let down, hounded and feared end of career, inquest hears

Flack’s mother Chris and twin sister Jody told the inquest they had been concerned for Flack in the weeks leading up to her trial.

Exchequer deficit of €7.4 billion in July as tax revenues fell by 18.6%

The deterioration of €8.3 billion in Ireland’s Exchequer was largely driven by increases in expenditure in response to Covid-19.

Former solicitors appear in court charged with conspiracy to commit fraud

Lyndsey Clarke and Keith Flynn have been remanded on bail until 2 September.

Unemployment rate - including those on PUP - stands at 16.7% CSO

Unemployment rate - including those on PUP - stands at 16.7%

Just over 41% of people in the labour force aged between 15 and 24 were unemployed in July.

From The42 'Sean means so much to them, they feel they need to share their story' The Royal Leader

'Sean means so much to them, they feel they need to share their story'

The director of a new documentary on Meath great Sean Boylan was our guest on the Warriors podcast this week.

Testing capacity must be able to meet demand when flu season arrives, finds Covid committee report

Due to the overlap in symptoms between flu and Covid-19, testing capacity must be able to meet demand, finds report.

'People just want to burst into tears': Beirut blast sends shockwaves through Lebanon

A large area of the Lebanese capital sits under rubble today following the blast less than 48 hours ago.

New clusters in meat plants, direct provision centres and among Traveller community

There is also concern about a shift in the location of cases away from the greater Dublin region.

From The42 Quinn and Owens insist there is no 'Visionary Group' takeover of the FAI Reform

Quinn and Owens insist there is no 'Visionary Group' takeover of the FAI

The FAI are facing a crucial vote on reforms later this month to escape insolvency, but some members claim the Association is losing its ‘sovereignty’.

'He was Ireland's Martin Luther King': Derry and Ireland say goodbye to John Hume RIP

'He was Ireland's Martin Luther King': Derry and Ireland say goodbye to John Hume

“Make no mistake about it – there are people alive today who would not be alive had it not been for John’s vision and his work.”

In pictures: The aftermath of the massive Beirut explosions

The scale of the destruction was such that the city has been left resembling the scene of an earthquake.

Tribute: John Hume said setting up the first credit union in Northern Ireland was 'the thing I'm proudest of'

John Hume saw how people from a working class background were locked out of borrowing from banks, writes Gerry Thompson.

Lockdown restrictions to be reimposed on Aberdeen after coronavirus cluster

All indoor and outdoor hospitality has been told to close by 5pm today.

Duchess of Sussex wins bid to keep friends’ identities secret

She is suing Associated Newspapers over an article which reproduced parts of a handwritten letter sent to her father in August 2018.

Donnelly expects 'very little need' to police wearing of face coverings

Face masks will become mandatory in all shops and retail centres from Monday.

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Troy Parrott lands FAI's International Goal of the Year for this strike against Sweden

Louise Quinn has been named Women’s Player of the Year.

Bank of Ireland plans to cut 1,400 jobs from its workforce

It comes after the bank posted a pre-tax loss of €669 million in its half-year results this morning.

Trump says US generals 'feel' Beirut explosion was an 'attack', despite no evidence

Lebanese officials say they have not determined the cause of the explosion.

Department of Foreign Affairs fielding 'a number of calls' from Irish citizens following Beirut blast

Irish peacekeeping troops are also stationed in Lebanon but have all been accounted for and are ‘safe’.

'We're in tears': Derry's people on what John Hume meant to the city

The city is in mourning ahead of the funeral of John Hume today.

Suspected teenage mastermind behind Twitter hack pleads not guilty in Florida court

A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked including those of Kanye West, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama.

Gardaí launch appeal to trace owners as 10 suspected stolen dogs recovered

The dogs were seized following a search of a property in Co Limerick.

Ammonium nitrate: What is the chemical that has been blamed for the Beirut blast?

Prime Minister Hassan Diab has said 2,750 tonnes of the agricultural fertiliser had blown up.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Health Minister says there is 'international evidence' that reopening the pubs would see cases increase

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has also said there is not guarantee that pubs will reopen this year.

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