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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 21 February, 2019

Today’s News

Flights diverted as Dublin Airport shut down for 30 minutes due to drone sighting

Two flights were diverted to Belfast and one to Shannon during that period.

Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrested by police in Chicago

Chicago police said on Twitter this morning that Smollett has now been taken into custody.

British MP Christopher Davies charged over alleged false expenses claims

Davies is now due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 22 March.

From The42 Rory McIlroy confirms he will miss 2019 Irish Open Absence

Rory McIlroy confirms he will miss 2019 Irish Open

The 29-year-old denied he was discrediting the event by not participating in it.

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Secretary General Robert Watt accused of 'playing games' with Oireachtas committees

Calls have been made by a number of committees for Watt to appear before them to outline DEPR’s role in the children’s hospital project.

'We won't leave Dublin without him': Family of missing Jón Jónsson arrive in Ireland to step up search

Jón Jónsson was last seen near his Dublin hotel at 11am on 9 February.

Three men arrested after cocaine and cannabis herb worth around €250k seized

A number of searches were carried out in the Enniskerry, Tallaght and Ballymun areas yesterday.

These 12 schools now have a patron but do not have permanent school buildings

The patronage of the schools was recommended by the New Schools Establishment Group.

'She is not a US citizen': Trump requests block on US-born woman who joined IS from returning

The US generally grants citizenship to everyone born on its soil; Hoda Muthana was born in the US and raised in Alabama.

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48 hours in Galway: An insider guide to the very best of the city's buzzing food scene

Appeal for witnesses after man sustains stab wounds in Limerick city

The injured man was found by emergency services at Fr Russell Road near the Oakfield estate around 1am.

World's biggest Nutella factory temporarily shut down over 'quality issue'

The factory produces 600,000 pots of Nutella a day.

Moscow native appointed to promote Irish language in south Kerry Gaeltacht

Dr Victor Bayda said that being appointed to the role was “a privilege and an honour”.

'Up to 400' global landmarks will be donning the green on St. Patrick's Day this year

This year’s Global Greening is the biggest edition yet of the initiative.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s the news as you start your day.

'A horrific ordeal': Masked men with pitchforks and metal poles rob Tyrone home

There were three occupants in the house at the time of the attack.

US police foil plot by Coast Guard officer to kill top Democrats and prominent media figures

Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested by police last Friday on gun and drug charges.

Poll: Should employers be banned from keeping workers tips? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should employers be banned from keeping workers tips?

Yesterday, a bill to give workers a legal right to their tips passed Committee stage with all-party support.

'Costs will rise': UK and Irish retail groups warn of 'devastating' no-deal consequences

Tariffs that would be imposed in a no-deal Brexit scenario would result in an increase in costs for Irish shoppers.

From The42 'I'm an Irish citizen now... I felt I had been accepted a long time ago' Citizen Roux

'I'm an Irish citizen now... I felt I had been accepted a long time ago'

Connacht lock Quinn Roux and his wife, Rentus, love life in Galway.

Opinion: It is time to ban employers from keeping workers tips

‘A pattern began to emerge: the more sophisticated the operation the more sophisticated the method of syphoning the tips’, writes James Larkin.

At least 70 people killed in major apartment fire in Bangladesh

The blaze broke out in a historic part of the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.

10 local authorities failed to draw down funding for Traveller accommodation last year

Of €12 million allocated to local authorities in 2018, only €6.2 million was drawn down.

'If he's not on a plane now, he's a silly man': Gardaí fear return of Hutch/Kinahan violence

Patrick Hutch walked free from court yesterday morning.

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board boss 'co-operating' with gardaí after Naas office raid

The raid followed on from the publication of the C&AG audit of the financial statements of the organisation.

Survivors call for 'zero tolerance' towards Catholic Church sex abuse as four-day Vatican summit gets underway

180 participants, including the presidents of 113 bishop conferences from around the world, are expected to travel to Rome.

'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions

Laws prohibiting the advertising of alcohol within 200 metres of schools will come into effect later this year.

Yesterday’s News

Jussie Smollett named as suspect in criminal investigation for filing a false police report

Detectives were this evening presenting evidence before a Grand Jury in Chicago, a police spokesperson said.

Samsung launches new folding smartphone but it'll cost you over €1,700

Former deputy principal jailed for 18 months for possessing and distributing child abuse images

Brian Fitzgerald (49) of Golf Links Road, Youghal, Co Cork pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Wisconsin school ends cheerleading awards for best breasts and bum

You just can’t be at that nonsense.

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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Family wins big in Euromillions, Patrick Hutch released and Simon Harris survives no confidence vote – It’s The Fix.

From The42 Sean O'Shea's haul of 0-7 helps UCC deliver first Sigerson Cup title since 2014 Champs

Sean O'Shea's haul of 0-7 helps UCC deliver first Sigerson Cup title since 2014

2017 champions St Mary’s fell by four points in Portlaoise.

Community service for mugger caught hiding in bushes by gardaí using thermal imaging

The muggers took the victim’s phone and wallet containing €110 in cash.

Judge jails 48-year-old homeless man who called priest a 'motherf**ker'

The man had pleaded guilty to a public order charge arising from the incident.

From The42 ‘I’ve been asked many times how I kept calm, but I don't think anything could prepare you for that’ Holding Your Nerve This post contains videos

‘I’ve been asked many times how I kept calm, but I don't think anything could prepare you for that’

Ireland U17 manager Colin O’Brien looks ahead to this summer’s European Championships and reflects on last year’s penalty controversy against Holland.

How I Spend My Money: A chartered surveyor on €50,000 splitting her week between Dublin and her partner's home out west

She is studying part-time in the capital and long-term wants to move closer to home.

Gardaí arrest 23 people in crackdown on prolific shoplifters

The arrests happened over two days earlier this month.

Simon Harris survives motion of no confidence, as Fianna Fáil abstains

The Sinn Féin motion was tabled in response to the controversy surrounding the increasing costs of constructing the National Children’s Hospital.

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