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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C
# Brexit
Supreme Court challenge on lawfulness of Northern Ireland protocol is dismissed
The appellants argued that the legislation passed at Westminster to give effect to the Withdrawal Agreement conflicts with the 1800 Acts of Union.
# State of the Union
Biden claps back to heckles from Republicans during State of the Union address
Mr Biden ignored the bitter divisions between Republicans and Democrats and his own low standing with the public.
# surprise visit
Zelenskyy to visit UK today as Sunak promises Ukraine extra military aid
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will meet Rishi Sunak and address The UK Parliament.
# anne o'rorke
Irish woman in Turkey in race to get supplies to earthquake victims in rebel-held Syrian region
Anne O’Rorke runs a non-profit working with Syrian refugees, and is trying to get medical supplies to Idlib.
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# Your Say
Poll: Do you ever pray?
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SPOTLIGHT
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
PODCAST
Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
Healthcare services failing island communities
'ON ITS KNEES'
Future of island fishers on a knife edge
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# met police
Victims of serial rapist David Carrick say he was 'a beast' and 'evil'
The 48-year-old was handed 36 life sentences and will serve a minimum term of 32 years.
# ross exposure
'There's no point in me worrying about lack of experience' - Byrne quickly finding feet with Ireland
The 27-year-old believes his winning kick against Australia was a bigger turning point for the media than it was for him or Andy Farrell.
# Church of England
Church of England considering alternatives to calling God ‘he’
Any potential alterations would mark a departure from traditional Jewish and Christian teachings dating back millennia.
# Wexford
Gardaí renew appeal on 25th anniversary of disappearance and murder of Fiona Sinnott
Fiona was last seen after leaving Butler’s Pub in Broadway, Co Wexford, on 8 February 1998.
# The Muff Liquor Company
Laura Whitmore rapped by UK regulator for TikTok and Instagram posts about Irish gin
The ads for The Muff Liquor Company, seen in July, featured Whitmore drinking alcohol while dancing.
# Assaults
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
# Recovered
US navy releases first pictures of Chinese spy balloon recovery
The US navy has used underwater drones, warships and inflatable vessels to gather all of the pieces.
# Death Toll
Children pulled from rubble as Turkey-Syria quake death toll tops 8,300
It is feared that the current death toll could double.
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake.
Dozens of nations have pledged support.
In 1999, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake killed more than 17,000 in the same region.
SPOTLIGHT
Voices
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
Magic of music
Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
Lisa Kelly
Economics
Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Ciarán Casey
E-scooters
Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths
Anne Marie Kearney
Sultans of Ping
It was a crazy sight to behold – every gig was exciting
Paul McDermott
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# food poverty
1 in 5 parents haven't had enough food for their children, according to survey
A survey on food poverty by Barnardos showed an increase in food poverty, compared with their previous survey.
# Limerick
Crack cocaine 'hit Limerick city like snow', drug users say
A dedicated addiction team has been formed to tackle crack cocaine use in the mid-west region.
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# Stone of Destiny
Gardaí investigate graffiti on famous Hill of Tara standing stone
The Lia Fáil standing stone was damaged some time between yesterday evening and this morning.
# Ukraine
Three EU members to provide Ukraine with 100 refurbished battle tanks
Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands are shipping the tanks to help Ukraine “withstand Russian aggression”.
# Dublin Airport
Ministers meet aviation officials and gardaí over repeated drone disruption at Dublin Airport
Illegal drone activity at the airfield once again brought operations to a halt yesterday.
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# inequality
UK study finds minority defendants ‘more likely to be charged than white British people’
Carribean suspects were 12% more likely than white British suspects to be charged for a comparable crime.
# fail to prepare...
'On the way out of the elevator Paulie just said: 'You ready, kid?''
Ireland prop Dave Kilcoyne on his late call up in Cardiff and recovering from “the worst injury I’ve ever had.”
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# basil fawlty
John Cleese to star in Fawlty Towers reboot with his daughter
The return will feature Fawlty teaming up with his long-lost daughter, played by Cleese’s own daughter Camilla, to run a hotel.
# redacted lives
Get tickets for Redacted Lives: In Conversation, a live panel discussion on mother and baby homes
A live event to further explore the stories told in the Redacted Lives podcast.
# drug trafficking
EU warned that organised crime is 'as big a threat' as terrorism
The EU’s home affairs commissioner gave the warning today at a major drug smuggling hub.
# Creeslough tragedy
Family of two Creeslough victims asks TG4 to postpone documentary
The TG4 programme about the rescue response to the tragedy is due to air tomorrow.
# Advantage
'We think we're fitter' - Lowe says Ireland have the tools to topple France
James Lowe feels Ireland’s fitness levels could prove key at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Voices
Opinion: The Bell - the almost-forgotten Irish literary journal that 'took on the sacred cows'
Phyllis Boumans writes about why the literary journal The Bell was so important to Irish writing.
# Rescue Effort
Earthquake death toll passes 7,300 as countries pledge support for Turkey and Syria
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks.
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks
The earthquake struck early yesterday, bringing down thousands of buildings
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 affected provinces
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
# Job Cuts
Video conferencing company Zoom cuts staff by 15%
Zoom Video Communications chief executive Eric Yuan is also taking a 98% cut in salary this year.
# Caught early
MTU Cork campuses remain closed over IT breach at weekend
MTU campuses in Kerry are not affected.
# Natalie McNally
Two men arrested over Natalie McNally murder no longer considered suspects
Natalie McNally was stabbed at her home in Lurgan on the night of 18 December.
# Castlerea
Garda tells murder trial of attempts to perform CPR on Garda Colm Horkan after shooting
Garda Helen Gillen recounted how she saw two men “grappling” before one stumbled backwards after being been shot.
# Nursing Homes
Legal strategy pursued by Govt on nursing home fees was 'sound' and 'appropriate', says AG
The Health Minister and Social Protection Minister will revert in three months with the next steps.
# Siobhan Kearney
Family of murdered Siobhán Kearney express concern that 'remorseless' killer is eligible for parole
Mother-of-one Siobhán was killed by husband Brian Kearney at their home on 28 February, 2006.
# 3olympia
Green light for revamp of 3Olympia facade as owners back down on some planned changes
A large art deco arch no longer forms part of the proposal and LED screens are to be also omitted.
# nicola bulley
UK police investigating 500 lines of inquiry in search for missing woman Nicola Bulley
45-year-old Nicola Bulley of Inskip, Lancashire, went missing on 27 January in nearby St Michael’s on Wyre.
# Tayto
Top Tory Tom Tugendhat performs U-turn after tripping up over Tayto tweet
Minister of State Tom Tugendhat referred to Tayto preferences as “an ecumenical matter”.
# Court
Man armed with knife burgled home of woman he met through Tinder
The man put a knife to the woman’s neck and stole her phone, money, cards and passport.