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Up to 300 Irish on hajj as hundreds die from extreme heat

Up to 300 people from Ireland have performed the hajj pilgrimage in which hundreds of pilgrims have died due to extreme heat in Saudi Arabia. The figures were provided by Chairperson of the Irish Muslim Council, who warned people not to undertake the pilgrimage without registering because unregistered pilgrims are …

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Ten children returned from Russian-held areas, Kyiv says

Ten Ukrainian children and their families have been returned to territory under the control of Ukraine’s forces after living under Russian occupation, Kyiv has said. Ukraine has accused Russia of abducting almost 20,000 children from parts of the east and south of Ukraine, while many more have found themselves living …

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Soldier avoids jail term after admitting assault on woman

A serving soldier who beat a woman unconscious in a random street attack, and boasted about it on social media, has walked free from court after being given a fully suspended sentence which the victim described as “not justice”. Cathal Crotty, 22, of Parkroe Heights, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare, had initially …

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Ian McKellen due back on stage in July after fall

Ian McKellen’s understudy will perform in the play Player Kings for its final London dates while he recuperates following a fall from the stage on Monday. The veteran screen and stage actor, 85, was performing at the Noel Coward Theatre when he lost his footing in a fight scene and …

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Sunak faces call for election date betting probe

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing calls to launch an inquiry after a member of his security detail was arrested for allegedly betting on the timing of the general election. London’s Metropolitan Police said it was told by the gambling commission that a close protection officer was being investigated …

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Principals at ‘breaking point’ over resources

Primary school principals are at “breaking point” due to inadequate resources, Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has claimed. She told the Dáil that seven out of ten schools are running a deficit, with electricity costs after increasing by 35% and insurance by 19%,. The Cork South West deputy said the …

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Court allows Kneecap to challenge UK govt funding block

Belfast rap group Kneecap has secured High Court permission to challenge the UK government’s decision to block them from receiving a £15,000 funding award. The Irish language hip-hop trio were granted leave to seek a judicial review into claims that denying the grant unlawfully discriminates against them on grounds of …

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Sudan one of world’s ‘worst crises’ in decades: MSF

The ongoing civil war in Sudan has provoked one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises in decades, the international chief of Médecins Sans Frontières has said. War has raged for more than a year between the regular military under army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces …

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5,500 to receive Irish citizenship at ceremony in Dublin

The Taoiseach has congratulated more than 5,500 people who are receiving Irish citizenship in Dublin. Simon Harris addressed the country’s newest citizens by saying that it “no greater privilege to honour each and every one of you”. The Taoiseach noted the pride and joy in the room, adding “I sincerely …

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