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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C
# Reach For the Stars
Jupiter has just broken the record for most moons in the solar system
It’s taken out Saturn.
# Up and Running
Ireland U20s get Six Nations campaign off to winning start after 10-try thriller in Wales
Richie Murphy’s side played some brilliant attacking rugby at Colwyn Bay.
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
# eurovision 2023
Hearing from the six artists hoping to end Ireland's 25 years of Eurovision hurt
Tonight’s Eurosong will decide Ireland’s Eurovision 2023 contestant.
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Here’s how you can get involved and show solidarity with women subjected to domestic abuse.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# No replay
Glen withdraw appeal against Kilmacud's All-Ireland club final win
The club have stated they “do not believe the conditions exist for a replay to be contested.”
SPOTLIGHT
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
PODCAST
Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
Healthcare services failing island communities
'ON ITS KNEES'
Future of island fishers on a knife edge
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# Air Traffic
Flights briefly diverted from Dublin Airport due to drone activity
The affected flights included arrivals from London, Alicante, Glasgow and Malaga.
# Transfer
KBC closes major deal with Bank of Ireland ahead of Irish market exit
Bank of Ireland is acquiring substantially all of KBC Bank Ireland’s performing loan assets and deposits.
Voices
Opinion: Enough talk - we need to decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use
Criminologist Dr Ian Marder proposes a paradigm shift away from criminalising drug use and towards a health-led approach.
# Inquest
Date set for inquest into death of Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas
The inquest will be held on 12 April.
# ethics probe
Labour submits ethics complaint against former junior minister Damien English
Damien English resigned as a junior minister in January.
# Monkey Business
Man who stole two monkeys from Dallas Zoo arrested after visiting city aquarium
The two missing monkeys were discovered in an abandoned home 25 kilometres away.
# food recall
Check the labels: More batches of raw chicken recalled over Salmonella risk
The recall was issued by the FSAI earlier today.
SPOTLIGHT
Voices
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
Magic of music
Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
Lisa Kelly
Economics
Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Ciarán Casey
E-scooters
Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths
Anne Marie Kearney
Sultans of Ping
It was a crazy sight to behold – every gig was exciting
Paul McDermott
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# Test
Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz
How closely were you paying attention to the sporting headlines in recent days?
# Belfast
Martin 'very anxious' that power sharing institutions are restored as quickly as possible
The Tánaiste says the meetings with the parties in Northern Ireland were ‘constructive’.
# Tune in
Here's your essential TV sport guide for this Bank Holiday weekend
Plenty to get stuck into over the next few days.
# fined
Planning failure at Derrybrien wind farm reaches total cost to State of €6.2 million
The Derrybrien wind farm, which ceased operations last year, was originally constructed two decades ago.
Voices
John Gibbons: Shell made record profits as the planet burns - welcome to the toxic oil industry
The environmental campaigner questions how a global fossil fuel giant can record its highest profits ever in the shadow of a climate crisis.
# Windor Castle
Man caught in Windsor Castle grounds with crossbow admits trying to harm late Queen Elizabeth
Jaswant Singh Chail pleaded guilty to three charges, including an offence under the Treason Act, during a hearing at the Old Bailey.
# Intelligence
US Secretary of State postpones trip to China after alleged 'spy balloon' discovered
A statement from its Foreign Minister said the airship has limited steering capability and ‘deviated far from its planned course’ due to wind.
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# tech downturn
Senior Intel staff see pay reduced as part of cost-cutting measures
Revenues across the tech industry have dipped significantly in recent months.
# RIP
Fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died aged 88
Rabanne was known for his eccentric clothing designs as well as founding one of the world’s best-known fragrance brands.
# Road Safety
18 lives lost: Highest January death toll on Irish roads in a decade
A total of 156 people died on Irish roads last year.
# Defence Forces
Trooper Shane Kearney discharged from hospital to continue recovery at home
He has been receiving treatment at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital following the attack on UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon in December.
# Charged
Anthony Stokes in court on cocaine and dangerous driving charges
Gardai arrested the 34-year-old on January 6.
# Finglas
Prominent anti-refugee protester charged with incitement to hatred, 'barred' from social media
Graham Carey appeared in court in Dublin this morning and was told to stay away from any locations housing refugees.
# UK Courts
Disgraced paedophile pop star Gary Glitter freed from jail
The glam rock singer was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
# calm before the storm
Kinsella on rugby: Tour life in Portugal
Sunshine, ripping up the script and a Netflix camera crew – a taste of life at Ireland’s Algarve camp.
# accommodation crisis
McGrath: 'Plea for large buildings to house refugees reflects the strain the system is under'
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made an urgent plea to his colleagues for accommodation assistance.
# Public Debt
Ireland has one of the highest per capita debt burdens in the world, around €44,250 per citizen
The burden of public debt for each person in Ireland was around €8,000 higher than the euro area average in 2022.
# Public Art
Bill aims to make it easier to allow for large scale public murals
Eoin Ó Broin’s legislation aims to facilitate ‘good quality public art’, while also including some ‘reasonable’ restrictions.
# Irish Prisons
Irish Penal Reform Trust express 'grave concern' as bed capacity reaches 100% across prison estate
Limerick’s female prison has reached highs of 164% capacity.
# eurosong
Poll: Do you watch the Eurovision?
Let us know.
# Australia
Australia to legalise MDMA and magic mushrooms for medical use
The psychedelic substances will soon be used in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress.
# Guilty
Tennis player Nick Kyrgios pleads guilty to assaulting former girlfriend
An Australian magistrate dismissed the common assault charge against the tennis star.
# greyhound racing ireland
Dogs found dumped in Kildare bog likely suffered 'traumatic injuries'
Tests and post mortems have thrown renewed spotlight on the greyhound racing industry.
# Public order policing
Public order: how gardaí are responding to current waves of protests
In recent years, the garda organisation has made efforts to formalise and professionalise their methods in protest management.
Protesters focused their ire on Finglas Garda Station this week.
Protest groups contain some people with criminal connections, according to sources.