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The 9 at 9 Tensions persist at Eurovision. Independent EU candidates most popular among voters and Israel continues striking Gaza – it’s your morning roundup.


GOOD MORNING. Here’s all the news you need to know as you start your day.


1. Tensions over Israel’s presence at the Eurovision Song Contest were clear last night as performers from the ten acts who qualified from the second semi-final answered questions from reporters at the post-show press conference. 


2. Independent candidates have overtaken Sinn Féin as the most popular choice for voters ahead of next month’s European Parliament elections, according to a new opinion poll.

No truce

3. Israel launched fresh strikes in the Gaza Strip today after negotiators pursuing a long-stalled truce agreement left talks in Cairo without having secured a deal.


4. The housing market is currently inhibiting Ireland’s competitiveness performance and undermines potential improvements in sustainable growth and well-being, according to the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council.


5. A Brazilian horse nicknamed Caramelo by social media users who garnered national attention after a television news helicopter filmed him stranded on a rooftop in southern Brazil has been rescued.

Same but different

6. Irish people consider Denmark to be the EU country most like Ireland, according to a new poll.


7. Japan’s fisheries agency has proposed expanding commercial whaling along the country’s coast to fin whales, a larger species than the three currently permitted.

Court Appearance 

8. A man in his 20s arrested will appear at Listowel District Court this morning after being charged with robbery and assault on the Port Road, Killarney.

Grand Canal

9. A new encampment on Grand Canal has begun this morning, less than 24 hours after around 100 tents were removed.

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