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Ryanair's cancelled flights; Micheál Martin on Garda management; and tributes paid to Harry Dean Stanton

Ryanair publishes list of cancelled flights

Irish airline Ryanair has published a list of cancelled flights, after it announced it is to cancel up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks.

It says this is due to several factors, including a backlog of holiday leave to pilots and cabin crew.

The company says it is moving its holiday year from the current system of April to March to a calendar year of January to December from January 2018.

Martin: Time to take politics out of Garda management

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The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said politics has to be taken out of An Garda Síochána.

His comments come after former Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan announced her decision to retire last weekend.

U2 cancel US show due to safety concerns

Irish rockers U2 and British singer Ed Sheeran have cancelled scheduled concerts in the US city of St Louis.

It comes amid security concerns after police there said they could not provide protection for the audience.

In a statement, U2 said: "We have been informed by the St Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size."

'Alien' actor Harry Dean Stanton dies aged 91

In this 2008 file photo, Harry Dean Stanton arrives at a celebration for actress Marion Cotillard in West Hollywood | Image: Chris Pizzello/AP/Press Association Images

US character actor Harry Dean Stanton has died at the age of 91.

Famous for his scruffy looks, mumbling speaking style and deadpan demeanour, Stanton was often cast in eccentric, oddball roles, but achieved fame for memorable roles in 'The Godfather Part II', 'Alien', 'Cool Hand Luke', 'Repo Man' and 'Paris, Texas'.

He appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows and had recently reached a new audience in the reboot of classic 90s TV hit, 'Twin Peaks', whose director David Lynch, a longtime collaborator, led the tributes.

Ireland's credit rating upgraded amid 'positive' outlook

Credit rating agency Moody's has upgraded Ireland's rating to A2.

Irish senior unsecured bond, programme ratings and commercial paper ratings were also upgraded.

The outlook on the ratings was also changed to 'stable' from 'positive'.