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Pharmacists to be allowed dispense some medicines, including the pill, without GP prescription
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will bring the proposal before Cabinet this morning to help alleviate pressure on GPs.
Budget 2024: What exactly can we expect in next week's package?
All will be revealed this day next week.
2nd October 2023
Three men due to appear in court tomorrow over cargo ship cocaine seizure
Gardaí said the seizure was the largest in the history of the state.
Lightning strike hits UK food waste recycling plant, creating a huge 'fireball'
A digester tank was struck by the lightning at around 7.20pm, causing the gases within the tank to ignite.
Donald Trump condemns ‘disgraceful’ fraud New York trial amid misstated wealth allegations
The former president is accused of deceiving banks, insurers and others for years in financial statements.
Pope Francis signals openness to blessing same-sex unions in response to conservative cardinals
Five conservative cardinals had challenged Pope Francis to affirm Church teaching on gay people, women’s ordination, the authority of the pope and other issues.
The hunt for the MV Matthew
A dramatic, multi-agency operation on the high seas netted Ireland’s largest-ever drug haul
Army rangers fast-roped onto the ship and diverted it to port
The cocaine is worth €157m. On the streets it could have fetched far more
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UN Security Council approves multi-national force to stabilise Haiti after year of pleas
A breakthrough in plans came in July, when Kenya volunteered to lead the force and send 1,000 personnel.
Woman repeatedly tried to take her life within hours of being discharged from hospital, inquest hears
An inquest heard Linda Kennedy (56) of Co Meath was found dead in her home just hours after being discharged from Drogheda Department of Psychiatry.
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your roundup of what made the headlines today.
Over 3,000 people conferred with Irish citizenship at ceremonies in Dublin
Ireland’s newest citizens come from 131 countries across the globe and are living across the 32 counties of Ireland.
RTÉ to close Aertel service next week
Aertel was formally launched in 1987 and will close on Thursday, 12 October.
Jeffrey Donaldson says he will not ‘bow to threats’ amid warning of loyalist protests
In response to a letter sent by loyalist activist Jamie Bryson, the DUP leader said his party would not be intimidated over any return to Stormont.
72-year-old Cork man jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing three of his nieces
Imposing sentence, Mr Justice Hunt said the man was a ‘voracious sexual predator, masquerading as a kindly uncle’.
Tánaiste warns Russia will try to ‘freeze' Ukraine this winter by bombing energy infrastructure
Micheál Martin said ‘people are conscious of what happened last year’, when Russia was accused of a campaign to weaponise the coming winter cold.
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Explainer: Why are Irish criminal barristers going on strike for the first time ever?
The Bar of Ireland is leading a withdrawal of services for the first time ever, but some barrister’s feel it isn’t going far enoug
Tánaiste defends Dáil round of applause for Azerbaijani delegation
So far over 100,000 ethnic Armenians have fled the Nagorno-Karabakh region out of a population of 120,000.
Accountant given €5 million debt write-off in exchange for paying around €15,000
Two other cases before the High Court today involved €3.5 million in debts.
Spanish nightclub hit by fire which killed 13, with two still missing, was ordered shut in 2022
All of the people who were reported missing after the fire have been accounted for, local officials have said.
Trial of man accused of murdering Ashling Murphy to begin in two weeks
Jozef Puska, 32, is charged with murdering the young schoolteacher in Co Offaly last year.
Third man appears in court after being charged over MV Matthew cargo ship drug seizure
He was remanded in custody to appear again at Wexford District Court via videolink on 9 October.
Tánaiste in Kyiv on wavering US support for Ukraine: 'Elections will always create challenges'
Martin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy met today in the Ukrainian capital.
Micheál Martin is in Kyiv for the first-ever full meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers outside of the EU.
Martin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the Ukrainian capital.
Zelenskyy told the EU ministers that Ukraine's victor "directly depends on our cooperation".
Tánaiste reaffirms Ireland's support for Ukraine and lays roses for fallen soldiers in Kyiv
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Work has begun on turning Adolf Hitler’s birthplace in Austria into a police station
The aim of the project is to deter people who glorify the Nazi leader from visiting the site.
Excise duty on vapes likely to be rolled out by Government, but implementation will take time
Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to ban the sale of vaping products to under 18s.
Second police force investigating allegations of stalking and harassment against Russell Brand
Thames Valley Police is looking again at previous allegations of stalking and harassment against the comedian.
Vote of no-confidence in Drew Harris was not solely down to rosters dispute, GRA says
GRA president Brendan O’Connor said the organisation had seen a “deterioration” in the relationship with the Commissioner in recent years.
Nobel Prize for medicine awarded to scientists behind Covid-19 mRNA vaccines
Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman’s discoveries enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines.
Man who shot at Monk's brother before trying to murder another man given 22-year sentence
Michael Carroll was sentenced at the non-jury Special Criminal Court today.
'Astonishing and admirably raw': International reviews praise U2's opening nights in Las Vegas
Over the weekend U2 played two shows at the futuristic venue and reviews of the “spectacle” are now in.
'Make Britain grow again': Liz Truss takes up Trump trademark at Tory conference
“Make Britain grow again” is almost identical to the slogan of former US President Donald Trump.
What would you like to see in Budget 2024? We want to hear your stories
The Budget is set to be unveiled next week.
Poll: Will you get a Covid-19 booster vaccine this autumn/winter?
The HSE launched its autumn winter vaccination programme today.
Gardaí investigating theft of live-streaming camera from St Ann's Church, Dawson Street
The camera is said to have been taken during the main service on Sunday.
HSE's autumn winter flu and Covid-19 vaccination programme gets underway today
The Covid-19 autumn winter booster vaccine is recommended for people aged 50 and over. The flu vaccine is recommended for people aged 65 and over.
Tánaiste reaffirms Ireland's support for Ukraine and lays roses for fallen soldiers in Kyiv
The gathering of all of the EU’s foreign ministers is the first timeit’s meeting beyond its borders,
Martin was previously in Kyiv as Taoiseach in July 2022.
An Tánaiste will meetin with members of the Irish community living and working in the city.
Live Aid stage musical 'not a tribute', says Geldof
“There isn’t a person dressed up as Freddie wearing a crap moustache.”
Appeal for witnesses made one year on from fatal shooting of Sean Fox at Belfast social club
Fox was murdered at around 2.55pm on Sunday, 2 October 2022 at the Donegal Celtic Sports and Social Club on the Suffolk Road.
Bus Éireann services not running in Limerick this morning due to 'unofficial' industrial action
Bus Éireann said it is “continuing to make every effort to resolve this situation and would like to apologise to affected customers”.
Pro-Russia ex-PM leads party to win in Slovakia’s parliamentary elections
The election was a test for the small European country’s support for neighbouring Ukraine in its war with Russia.