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Varadkar reassures unionist over Brexit

The Taoiseach is reassuring unionists in Northern Ireland that the proposed new Brexit deal will not undermine the integrity of the UK.

The new Brexit Withdrawal Agreement will be debated at a special sitting of the House of Commons tomorrow.

It was approved by the European council yesterday following marathon talks between the European Union and United Kingdom in Brussels.

It remains unclear whether the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have the numbers to get it through the House – with the Democratic Unionist Party insisting they will not support it.

Half-a-million protest in Catalonia

Spanish police have fired rubber bullets and smoke grenades at protesters as mass demonstrations continued in Catalonia.

Half-a-million people joined protests against the jailing of nine leaders of Catalonia's separatist movement over their roles in the push for independence in 2017.

The Spanish Supreme Court handed the leaders sentences of between nine and 13 years in prison for the charge of sedition.

The protests were largely peaceful; however police have clashed with masked demonstrators threw rocks, bottles, eggs and paint at them.

Harris calls for hate crime legislation

It would be "useful" if the Government introduced new hate crime laws, the Garda Commissioner has told Newstalk.

It comes after a man was violently attacked by a group of teenagers in a suspected homophobic attack in north Dublin.

Marc Power says he was lured to a carpark in Coolock on Tuesday night through a fake profile on the dating app Grindr.

In a social media post detailing the attack, Mr Power said the teenagers "were trying to hit me on the head with hammers.”

Man jailed for sexually abusing brother over ten years

A man has been jailed for eight years for abusing his younger brother in Cork over a 10-year period.

The judge said the man, who cannot be named to protect his brother's identity, violated his trust in the cruelest of ways.

The abuse began in January 1988 when the now 45-year-old man was 14.

His brother was 10, and the court heard it happened regularly over the 10 years that followed.

Astronauts complete first all-female spacewalk

History has been made in space, as two women have completed the first spacewalk together.

US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir ventured into the vacuum of space to replace a failed power controller on the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday.

Although it was the 221st spacewalk performed in support of space station assembly, it was the first to be conducted entirely by women.

It was also the first spacewalk for Astronaut Meir - she became the 15th woman to spacewalk.


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