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Britain has left the European Union.

There were celebrations last night in parts of the UK as they ended their 47-year membership of the bloc.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is preparing for 'bumps in the road' as far as Brexit is concerned - but insists it will be a success.

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Sinn Féin has overtaken Fine Gael to become the second most popular party, according to a new opinion poll.

A survey of a 1,000 voters was carried out by The Times Ireland and Panelbase between January 24th and 30th.

It has Fianna Fáil in the lead on 23%, followed by Sinn Féin in second on 21% and Fine Gael trailing on 19%.

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A Status Yellow wind warning is in effect in western coastal counties this morning.

Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare will see gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour for a time today.

The alert will stay in place until midday.

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The US has ramped up its response to the coronavirus epidemic.

It is refusing entry to any foreign national who has been to China within the 14-day incubation period.

The number of confirmed deaths from the virus has increased to 259, after a further 45 were reported in China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

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The minimum wage officially rises to €10.10 an hour from today.

It's an increase of 30 cent that came from a recommendation of the Low Pay Commission which was made in October last year - but was then delayed due to Brexit.

The Government has said it is a way to support working families.

Main image: The Big Ben Clock shows 11 p.m. in London last night after Britain officially left the European Union. Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua

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