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Man, 40s, dies after single car crash in Co Kerry

A man has died following a single car crash in Co Kerry last night. The man, aged in his 40s, died after the vehicle he was driving overturned on the road at Aulaneduff in Abbeydorney at around 9.15pm. His body, which remains at the scene, will be removed to the …

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Rise in Covid cases to ‘increase pressure on hospitals’

An increase in influenza and Covid-19 cases will lead to increased pressure on hospitals and the wider health service in the coming weeks, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has warned. The Health Service Executive (HSE) said there has been a rise in the number of people with respiratory illnesses attending …

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Turbulence for tourism despite travel’s rebound

On paper, at least, 2023 was a very good for the travel industry. Almost 17.8m people arrived in to Irish air and sea ports between January and October – an increase on the numbers seen in the same, pre-pandemic period of 2019. That has boosted the coffers of airlines like …

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22 months of suffering for Ukrainian children

In a row of brightly dressed young children taking part in a ballroom dancing contest in Lviv in western Ukraine, Roman Oleksiv is instantly recognisable. The eight-year-old wears blue compressive coverings over his head, face and hands for his burns. On 14 July 2022, he was waiting to see a …

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Young boxing champion punches high for 2024

Ireland’s newly-crowned World Junior Boxing Champion is aiming to give 2024 her best shot yet. Siofra Lawless, 16, from Greystones in Co Wicklow won gold in the World Junior Boxing Championship in Armenia in early December. Only a few days later, Siofra Lawless returned to a hero’s welcome from her …

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Need for failures of migrant strategy to be addressed

As 2023 comes to a close, there has been evidence of our struggle as a society to deal with the significant issue of migrants seeking refuge. New arrivals sleeping rough on streets or in tents while seeking refuge and protection, is evidence of those failures. Equally, protests in towns and …

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Russia’s biggest air attack of war kills 31 in Ukraine

Russia unleashed its biggest air attack of the war on Ukraine on Friday, killing 31 civilians, wounding more than 160 others and hitting cities and infrastructure across the country, officials said. NATO member Poland said a Russian missile appeared to have flown into its airspace for some 40km before returning …

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Sam Bankman-Fried will not face a second trial in US

US prosecutors said they do not plan to conduct a second trial against Sam Bankman-Fried, who was convicted last month of stealing from customers of his now-bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange. In a letter filed in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors said the “strong public interest” in a prompt resolution of …

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Israel continues Gaza assault after nearly 200 killed

Fierce Israeli tank fire and aerial bombing struck Khan Younis in Gaza on Friday night, residents said, after nearly 200 people were reported killed in 24 hours in Israel’s campaign against Hamas militants. The sound of shooting indicated fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters in Khan Younis, some residents …

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A gentle Sligo man whose cruel killing remains unsolved

On 6 May 1998, 83-year-old Eddie Fitzmaurice was found dead having been bound, gagged and beaten in a bedroom above his drapery shop in Bellaghy, Co Sligo. No one has ever been charged in connection with his death despite an extensive and still-ongoing garda investigation. Here, North West Correspondent Eileen …

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