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Dublin: 10 °C Saturday 23 February, 2019

Lunchtime Fix: 7 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. It’s a blame-game over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, with Ukraine and Russia both pointing the finger at each other over the tragedy. Ukraine rebels have guaranteed investigators ‘safe access’ to the crash site. Meanwhile, this incredible radar image has emerged:

2. A woman has been arrested over the discovery of a man’s body in a house in Rathfarnham, Dublin, yesterday. A post-mortem is expected on the man’s body today.

Rathfarnham death. Garda forensics at Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

3. Over 80 per cent of Ireland’s over-50s are overweight, a new study says. The sobering research shows that Irish men are on par with Americans when it comes to obesity.


4. Margaretta D’Arcy is to be released from prison today. The anti-war activist had refused to sign a bond saying she would act lawfully and stay out of unauthorised zones in Shannon Airport.

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5. Frank Flannery has said that the Public Accounts Committe had a ‘feral’ attitude towards him. He also alleged that the PAC had acted “outside the law” by attempting to get him and Angela Kerins to appear before them. Permission was declined for this two days ago.

File photo: Frank Flannery and PAC Frank Flannery is unimpressed Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

6. Silvio Berlusconi has had his conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute overturned. The former Italian Premier has also been acquitted of charges of abuse of power.

7. The thunder is STILL rolling (sorry)… The Garth Brooks debacle will be brought up again today when Dublin city Chief Executive Owen Keegan appears before an Oireachtas Committee at 2pm.


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