Michael Staines
Michael Staines

22.11 3 Oct 2019


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EU voices “grave concerns” over UK Brexit plans

The European Parliament has warned that it has “grave concerns” over the UKs latest Brexit proposals for the Irish border and warned that they “do not match even remotely” what was previously agreed.

It comes after the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned that they “fall short in a number of ways” and the Tánaiste said that if they are the UKs final offer, “there will be no deal.”

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Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier briefed the Brexit Steering Group (BSG) on the proposals last night.

In a statement this afternoon the group warned that the plans in their current form “do not represent a basis for an agreement” and noted that there are three “fundamental problems” with them.

Storm Lorenzo – Status Orange warning comes into force

A Status Orange wind warning has comes into effect along the west coast of the country.

Officials are warning that gusts of up to 130km/h pose a danger to property in Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

Storm defence measures have been put in place across the country throughout the day.

Met Éireann said the Storm Lorenzo has “moved north-north-eastward parallel to the west coast of Ireland this afternoon as forecasted” and is likely to turn east in the coming hours “whilst weakening.”

Belfast court finds NI abortion law breaches human rights

Northern Ireland's strict abortion law breaches human rights, a High Court in Belfast has ruled.

The case was taken by 29-year-old Sarah Ewart, who was refused a termination in 2013.

She had to travel to a London clinic to end her pregnancy after doctors said her baby had a fatal defect, and would die in the womb or shortly after birth.

Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan, who heard the case in Belfast, said: "In my view her personal testimony is compelling."

Three police officers among four killed in Paris attack

Three police officers were among four people killed by a fellow employee in a knife attack at the force's headquarters in Paris this afternoon

The 45-year-old attacker, who was said to have worked for the police for 20 years, was shot dead at the scene.

The incident occurred at about 1pm local time (11am Irish time) at the large police building located just across from Notre Dame Cathedral.

Initial reports stated four police officers were killed, but it has since been confirmed one victim was an administrator.

Three-in-ten know someone experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’

Almost three in 10 Irish adults know someone who is living with housing exclusion, or who has done so in the past 12 months.

That is according to research published by the Simon Communities of Ireland.

In a national omnibus survey, awareness of someone living temporarily with another household is highest among those aged under-25 and living in Leinster.

In the 18-24 year old age group, 46% of survey respondents said they were aware of someone living without a regular address.


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