Michael Staines
Michael Staines

06.40 24 May 2019


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Polls will open across the country at 7am this morning.

Voters have until 10pm this evening to cast their votes in the local and European elections – as well as the referendum on divorce.

People in Cork, Waterford and Limerick can also vote on whether to introduce a directly elected mayor.

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Exit polls should give some indication of the outcome this evening – with the official count to get underway tomorrow morning.

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There is widespread speculation that the UK Prime Minister will today announce a timeline for her departure.

Theresa May has been under increasing pressure in recent days after her latest proposals on Brexit were greeted with anger by sections of her own party.

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, resigned from Cabinet on Wednesday saying she no longer believed Mrs May’s Brexit plan could deliver on the result of the referendum.

She will meet the leader of her backbench MPs Graham Brady today with an announcement expected after.

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More than 1,100 animals were seized by the ISCPA last year.

The animal welfare charity also achieved 18 successful prosecutions after carrying out 3,500 investigations into animal cruelty.

The figures are included in the charity's 2018 Inspectorate Report which is being published in Cork this morning.

ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling said animal cruelty happens in every corner of the country and called on the public to report it if they see it.

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A 12-year-old boy and two 17-year-olds have been arrested following what has been described as a night of 'orchestrated' rioting in Derry.

Police were responding to reports of a suspect device outside a polling station in the Moss Park area of the city last night.

Five petrol bombs were thrown at officers as they attended the scene.

The PSNI has since recovered six petrol bombs from the area, along with 20 paint bombs and two crates of empty bottles.

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SpaceX has successfully launched the first batch of satellites for its much-heralded Starlink internet service.

CEO Elon Musk has promised that the multi-Billion dollar satellite network will be capable of providing reliable and affordable broadband to every corner of the globe.

The company plans to deploy 12,000 internet satellites into orbit by the mid-2020s.

The first batch of 60 satellites was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida this morning before being released into orbit as planned.


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