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Man charged over alleged attempt to remove Palestine flag

A man who was arrested after he scaled the railings at Leinster House in an alleged attempt to remove the Palestinian flag has been granted bail, but ordered to stay away from all government buildings. The incident occurred shortly before 6pm yesterday at the Merrion Square side of the complex. …

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Justice Minister defends immigration checks on the border

The Minister for Justice has defended immigration checks by gardaí on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Minister Helen McEntee was speaking at the launch of the new Legal Aid Board centre in Ballymun, where she was asked about the checks. The minister said protection of …

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Asylum seeker housing system ‘collapsed’

People in Ireland would not have tolerated a situation where significant numbers of people had to live on the streets until a few months ago, “when when the IPAS project and our entire system for dealing with asylum seekers collapsed,” Focus Ireland said. The homeless charity’s Director of Policy and …

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Children’s sketches of gladiators found in Pompeii

Archaeologists in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii near the city of Naples have uncovered charcoal sketches drawn by children as young as six years old, depicting possibly violent fights they may have witnessed. The sketches of gladiator stick figures were discovered during excavations in recent months in Pompeii, a …

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Dáil suspended after row between minister and PBP TDs

The Dáil was suspended this morning after heated exchanges between Minister of State Seán Fleming and People Before Profit TDs Paul Murphy and Bríd Smith. During a debate on a PBP motion on neutrality and the triple lock, Minister Fleming pointed towards the PBP members and said: “I have listened …

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Malta to recognise Palestine when ‘circumstances right’

Malta has said it will recognise the State of Palestine “when such recognition can make a positive contribution, and when the circumstances are right”. It follows Ireland yesterday formally recognising the State of Palestine in what Taoiseach Simon Harris said was “an act of powerful, political and symbolic value”. The …

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Belgian police raid home of European Parliament employee

Belgian police have raided the home of a European Parliament employee in connection with alleged Russian interference into the European elections. The employee’s offices were also searched in the Parliament buildings in both Brussels and Strasbourg. In a statement, the Belgian federal public prosecutor’s office said the searches were part …

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Excise duty hikes on fuel kept under review

Excise duty hikes on petrol and diesel planned for August will be kept under review, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil today. The Government had intended to fully restore the excise duty rates in August, which would result in an increase of four cent on petrol and three cent on …

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Street fighting and Israeli bombardment rock Rafah

Street fighting and Israeli bombardment rocked Gaza’s far-southern Rafah, Palestinian residents and officials said, a day after Israeli tanks rolled into the centre of the city near the Egyptian border. The army pushed on with its mission to defeat Hamas in the war raging since 7 October, despite a global …

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Bank of Ireland raises its one and two year deposit rates

Bank of Ireland has today announced two new fixed-term deposit accounts with higher rates and flexible features and with no limit on the savings balance and interest paid on the full balance. There is also no requirement to have a Bank of Ireland current account, and no fees or subscriptions …

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