Michael Staines
Michael Staines

07.33 10 Oct 2019


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The Taoiseach is travelling to England today to discuss the ongoing Brexit deadlock with the UK Prime Minister.

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson will meet with their teams in Cheshire as hopes for a deal ahead of next week’s EU Summit fade.

The UK Government continues to insist it can no longer support the Irish border backstop; however, it has yet to bring forward alternative solutions that fulfil its objectives.

Earlier this week, Downing Street accused the EU of making a deal “essentially impossible.”

Yesterday, the chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned that the two sides were not in position to reach a deal.

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The US President has called on Turkey to carry out its invasion of Northern Syria in a “soft manner.”

The Turkish military launched the invasion yesterday after Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of the area.

It is targeting the Kurdish fighters that helped the US-led alliance defeat Islamic State in the region.

Military sources say they have hit more than 180 targets in air raids and ground assaults. Observers say at least seven civilians have been killed.

Turkey has labelled the Kurds ‘terrorists’ and claims it is trying to create a “safe zone” on its border with Syria.

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A number of Rugby World Cup matches have been cancelled as the Super Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan.

Organisers have confirmed that Saturday’s games featuring England and France as well as New Zealand and Italy are off.

The storm is forecast to be one of the strongest to hit the area in years and is expected to make hit the Tokyo area this weekend.

Sunday's matches are being kept under review, with the Ireland-Samoa game is still due to go ahead.

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Nearly 250 children have been waiting at least two years to see a speech and language therapist.

According to new HSE figures, 381 children in parts of Dublin, Kildare and west Wicklow have been waiting for at least 12 months.

Some 151 children in Cork and Kerry have been waiting for more than a year for an initial assessment.

Barnardos CEO Suzanne Connolly said the delays can have a serious impact on a child’s long-term development.

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One-in-six young people regularly witness their parents misusing alcohol.

Alcohol Action Ireland and Mental Health Ireland is calling for a more “joined up approach” to tackling the effects of alcohol on mental health.

Research shows that people with a serious mental illness are three times more likely to become alcohol dependant.

AAI chief executive Sheila Gilheany says this can have an impact across generations – with around 200,000 young people living with alcohol-dependent adults.


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