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Colombian guerrillas free Liverpool striker Luis Diaz's kidnapped father
Luis Manuel Diaz was kidnapped 12 days ago.
Sabina Higgins receiving treatment for breast cancer
She underwent a “successful procedure” on Wednesday.
Varadkar on Braverman's NI 'hate march' comments: 'I'm not exactly sure what was meant'
Braverman said reports that organisers of an upcoming protest were linked to Hamas was “disturbingly reminiscent of Ulster”.
Veteran Spanish politician taken to hospital in Madrid after being shot in the street
Alejandro Vidal-Quadras was hit in the face on a central street in the Spanish capital.
Fierce combat rages in Gaza City amid growing calls for ceasefire
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the “catastrophic” situation.
Ombudsman hits out at politicians suing journalists in wake of Sinn Féin TD's suit against Irish Times
Politicians who choose to sue rather than complain to her office should ask if it’s in the public interest, Ombudsman says.
Decision to throw out €13bn Apple tax case must be revisited, advisor to European court says
“It has always been, and remains, Ireland’s position that that the correct amount of Irish tax was paid,” Michael McGrath said.
Failure to observe humanitarian law 'can’t be inconsequential', Varadkar tells conference on Gaza
The Palestinian Prime Minister is also in attendance and said: ‘How many Palestinians have to be killed before the war stops?’
Ireland 'needs to be ready' for increase in fentanyl use amid expected heroin shortage
Concerns have also been raised about xylazine, a powerful sedative typically used in animal surgeries.
Ceann Comhairle refuses Israeli ambassador request to show graphic footage of Hamas attack to politicians
The Ceann Comhairle said the screening would be inappropriate.
RTÉ offers Kelly-Forbes note to PAC provided it is not published or discussed in public session
It is understood that a number of PAC members are in favour of seeking powers of compellability.
Dáil votes to restrict advertising of vaping products and ban the sale to under 18s
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says he wants to have the law in place ‘as soon as possible’.
Politicians suing newspapers and reporters 'designed to make journalists afraid' - Taoiseach
Varadkar says there are other ways to get redress and corrections such as going to the Press Council.
EU executive recommends opening formal membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the move as the “right step” for Europe.
Martin hopes China beef exports can resume in 'matter of months' after pause over Atypical BSE case
BSE, commonly called Mad Cow Disease, comes in two forms, Classical BSE and Atypical BSE.
The West Bank: 'Settlers have been pointing guns at Palestinians, telling them to stay inside'
Journalist Hannah McCarthy meets one community from Susiya as settler violence uproots Palestinian communities across the West Bank.
Israeli Embassy shows graphic footage of 7 October attacks at screening for Irish media
The screening took place as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again rejected calls for a ceasefire.
Jon Boutcher, who led the 'Stakeknife' probe, appointed as next Chief Constable of the PSNI
The Northern Irish Policing Board confirmed the appointment of Boutcher this evening.
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Drew Harris acknowledges discontent within Garda ranks at Oireachtas justice committee
Harris insisted he does not dodge or deny the concerns shared by gardaí around the morale of the force.
Revised law allowing night clubs open later going to Cabinet this month with summer 2024 target
The law allowing the consumption of alcohol in outdoor seating areas has been extended to 31 May 2024.
Pfizer to cut 100 jobs at Newbridge plant as it scales down Covid-19 vaccine production
Workers’ union Siptu has requested to meet with the plant’s management in an attempt to save some, or all, jobs.
Portuguese Prime Minister resigns following corruption probe
PM Antonio Costa submitted his resignation to the Portuguese head of state this afternoon.
'We can't wait for Europe to get its act together': Taoiseach told Ireland must take action on Israel
A number of TDs urged Varadkar to follow up Ireland’s condemnation with strong actions.
'This isn't a war on phones': Norma Foley outlines new smartphone policy for primary schools
Labour’s education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said the policy was a “distraction” from the teacher shortage in schools.
Ó Broin says Sinn Féin's u-turn on Israeli ambassador due to situation getting 'worse and worse'
He rejected that the move was due to pressure from People Before Profit or Sinn Féin party activists.
'Very traumatised' refugees not getting mental health support, experts warn
A lack of training and garda vetting is impacting refugees and other vulnerable groups, the Oireachtas mental health committee has heard.
Tánaiste asks China to use influence on Russia to end Ukraine invasion
Micheál Martin also doubled down on comments he gave some months ago which were critical of China.
Details of a fodder support scheme for farmers impacted by flooding to be signed off today
The scheme is specifically for farmers on the Shannon Callows and comes after the Minister previously said there would be no such support.
'Have some humanity': Emily Hand's father begs Hamas to release her and other children
The eight-year-old Irish-Israeli girl was initially feared dead, but it has since emerged she may still be alive.
Varadkar doesn't regret Israel 'revenge' remark amid attempts to get Irish citizens out of Gaza
The Taoiseach said the Government is doing its best to get around 40 Irish citizens out of Gaza.
Human trafficking victims to be protected from deportation under new plans
Dedicated accommodation for victims of trafficking will also be established.
In-laws of Scottish First Minister back in Scotland after being granted permission to flee Gaza
Elizabeth and Maged El-Nakla, from Dundee, were trapped in the territory after visiting family before the conflict erupted.
Sinn Féin support drops and approval for Govt parties increases post-Budget, opinion poll shows
The Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks carried out the opinion poll.
Poll: Which party would you vote for if there was a general election tomorrow?
The Tánaiste has said the three coalition parties right now could get enough votes to form the next government.
Tough balancing act for Martin's China trip after strongly critical speech earlier this year
Micheál Martin is tasked with building diplomatic relations while not abandoning any of political statements he made five months ago.
Govt accused of 'lack of policy coherence' as Varadkar and ministers seek to expand beef exports
The Taoiseach and three government ministers have been in South Korea this week to promote Irish beef and trade.
Housing ‘defining challenge of our time’ as Martin claims 100,000 homes delivered by Govt so far
The Tánaiste’s speech closed an energetic and optimistic Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis in Dublin.
Covid inquiry terms of reference to be ready 'soon enough', says minister
The Department of the Taoiseach is currently working on the plans.
Housing minister to meet European Commission next month over delays in Airbnb crackdown
The plan to bring 12,000 short-term let properties back into long-term use is delayed due a decision by the EU Commission.