Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

21.44 23 Aug 2019


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France joins Ireland in threat to block Mercosur trade deal over Amazon wildfires

France has joined Ireland in warning that it will oppose the Mercosur trade deal unless Brazil takes action to stop the fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has warned that there have been over 74,000 fires detected in the country so far this year - an 84% rise on last year and the most since records began.

Brazil today suggested it may use its army to help fight the fires.

Emergency talks on the crisis are expected at the G7 summit in France this weekend.

22-year-old Irish man dies following suspected fall in New York

New York File photo of NYPD car. Picture by: Sergi Reboredo/SIPA USA/PA Images

A Longford man has died in New York following a suspected fall.

The 22-year-old man - named by local police as Ciaran O'Boyle - was discovered unconscious on a footpath in the Gates Avenue area of Brooklyn at around 11:40pm on Tuesday night.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Calls for department to explain 'strongly-worded' letter to CervicalCheck campaigner

There are calls on the Department of Health to explain how it treated a CervicalCheck patient advocate.

A letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan to Lorraine Walsh on March 13th accused her of making "defamatory and untrue" statements on Twitter and to the media when she criticised the management of the CervicalCheck crisis.

The details of the correspondence emerged today, following a parliamentary question and subsequent Freedom of Information request by Labour's Alan Kelly.

Dublin's Fruit and Vegetable Market closes its doors

Dublin's Victorian Fruit And Vegetable Market | Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Dublin's Fruit and Vegetable Market closed today after 127 years.

The site near Smithfield is being re-developed - a process which could take over two years.

The Victorian building opened in 1892 as a place for wholesalers to sell their fruit and vegetables.

Electric car users will soon face fees for public charging points

Electric car users will soon have to pay to use the ESB public charging network.

The company said it will announce details of the new charges sometime in September.

The ESB runs nearly 1,100 charging points all around the island of Ireland.

Main image: Wildfires consume an area near Porto Velho, Brazil, Friday. Picture by: Victor R. Caivano/AP/Press Association Images

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