Irish News


The 9 at 9: Saturday

EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #TAOISEACH: Leo Varadkar signed off on a plan to give former Taoisigh special supports, including VIP airport facilities, just four months after he took office in 2017. 

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'Live and extremely dangerous': ESB warns people not to take risks with electricity this Christmas

WITH JUST ELEVEN days to go until Christmas Day, ESB Networks is reminding all customers to never take risks with electricity during the festive period. 

People are being warned to never use ESB poles to hang outdoor Christmas lights because the electricity wires overhead are live and ...

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Divers search in polluted waters for bodies of two volcano victims

DIVERS HAVE BEEN working in contaminated waters with near zero visibility attempting to find the bodies of two people killed in the White Island eruption in New Zealand.

Police described the conditions – in which a team of nine divers spent Saturday looking for remains previously seen in ...

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50% of people are planning a more environmentally-friendly Christmas

Want to have a Christmas that doesn’t have a big impact on the environment? We’re here to help with a new series, speaking to experts about how to be as sustainable and green this festive season as you can, no matter your budget. Green Christmas is supported by Volvo, a car ...

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Scottish league footballers appear in court over alleged assault of man in Dublin city centre

TWO SCOTTISH LEAGUE footballers have appeared in court accused of an assault in Dublin city-centre.

Midfielder Liam Callaghan (25) and forward Craig Johnston (24) who play for Scottish League one side Montrose FC players appeared at Dublin District Court.

They are accused of assault ...

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Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office

LEO VARADKAR PERSONALLY signed off on a plan to give former Taoisigh special supports – including VIP airport facilities, increased use of state cars, and the salary of a full-time secretary – just four months after he took office.

Varadkar was told the decision would cost up to ...

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'Racist and anti-Semitic' Belgian festival removed from UNESCO's heritage list

THE UNITED NATIONS Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has withdrawn an annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst from its heritage list over persistent charges of anti-Semitism.

In an unprecedented move, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the ...

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US Supreme Court agrees to hear cases next year over release of Trump's tax returns

THE US SUPREME Court has agreed to hear cases next year over the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records, setting the stage for a ruling during the presidential election campaign.

Trump has been seeking to block access to his tax returns and other financial ...

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'A most wonderful Christmas present': HSE to reimburse cost of new cystic fibrosis treatment

THE FIRST DRUG to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) for around 80% of those with the disease in Ireland has been approved by the HSE. 

The HSE today announced that it has expanded its reimbursement agreement with Vertex Pharmaceuticals. 

As a result, all patients ...

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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.

Demonstrators blocking traffic in Dublin city this evening as they protest against a lack of housing for the homeless Source: Sam Boal via

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a ...

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Jail for young mother who imported more than 1.5 kilos of cocaine into Ireland

A YOUNG MOTHER who imported more than 1.5 kilograms of cocaine into the country inside her body has been jailed for two and a half years.

Hyonaru Moreno, from Brazil, was a “naive mule” who read a prepared statement to customs officers about her planned stay in Ireland upon her arrival ...

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'Extremely distressing': Children's chemotherapy sessions at Crumlin Hospital postponed due to bed shortages

CRUMLIN HOSPITAL HAS said it “sincerely regrets” that a number of children’s chemotherapy sessions have been postponed this month due to a shortage of beds. 

The hospital issued a statement after it emerged today that five patients were affected this month. 

A spokesperson ...

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'Why would my leadership be in any doubt?': Arlene Foster on DUP's election outcome

DUP LEADER ARLENE Foster has denied her leadership is in doubt after the party emerged as Northern Ireland’s biggest casualty in the election. 

The DUP now has 8 MPs, down from 10 MPs in the last election. Sinn Féin stay the same on 7, a result they’ll be happy with. The SDLP now ...

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Knock-on delays expected as rail services resume at Tara Street Station

Updated 22 minutes ago

TRAIN SERVICES ARE back up and running after being suspended through Tara Street Station station in Dublin this evening. 

An Irish Rail spokesperson said the person involved in the incident is now safe. Delays are to be expected as services ...

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Roads reopen and delays expected as housing protest finishes in the centre of Dublin

Updated 17 minutes ago

ROADS HAVE REOPENED but delays are expected blocked after housing protesters blocked off four streets in the centre of Dublin. 

George Street, Cuffe Street, Camden Street and Aungier Street were all blocked to traffic as a result of the ...

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China says it has reached 'phase one' trade deal with the US

CHINA HAS ANNOUNCED a “phase one” trade deal with the United States that includes a progressive rollback of tariffs and the protection of intellectual property rights, but the two sides have yet to sign the agreement.

The announcement came a day after US President Donald Trump ...

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Articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House of Reps committee

A HOUSE OF Representatives committee has approved two articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The abuse of power charge stems from Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president pressuring him to ...

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The 5 at 5: Friday

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.

1. #GETTING IT DONE: Boris Johnson has completed the final formality of his resounding General Election victory – an audience with the Queen to be confirmed as Prime Minister.

2. #BREXIT: ...

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Oscar-nominated star of Do the Right Thing Danny Aiello dies aged 86

DANNY AIELLO, THE blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in Fort Apache, the Bronx, The Godfather, Part II,  Once Upon a Time in America and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, has died aged ...

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Shane Ross to sit down with FAI on Monday after organisation requested meeting with Government

SPORTS MINISTER SHANE Ross today said that he and Brendan Griffin will meet with the FAI to discuss the future of the troubled sports body. 

In a statement this afternoon, Ross said that he will sit down with the FAI but he was disappointed that a new selection of independent directors ...

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Man jailed for murder of infant son found not guilty by reason of insanity following retrial

A MAN WHO spent 16 years in jail for the murder of his infant son has today been found not guilty of the toddler’s murder by reason of insanity after a retrial.

Yusif Ali Abdi was tried before the Central Criminal Court in 2003 for the murder of his son, where a jury rejected his ...

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