Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.22 10 Jan 2020


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The Stormont Assembly is being recalled today after being out of operation for three years.

The British and Irish governments tabled a draft agreement on Thursday night to return to powersharing after lengthy talks.

It includes provisions for the Irish language and Ulster-Scots tradition.

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World leaders say they believe an Iranian missile shot down a plane near Tehran, killing 176 people.

Canada, the US and UK say it may have been an accident, but Iran has described the claims as "illogical rumours."

Their missile strikes on a US airbase in Iraq were prompted by America's assassination of a top Iranian general.

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Communications Minister Richard Bruton has published the draft scheme of a new online safety law.

It means online services will have to comply with binding safety codes made by an Online Safety Commissioner, who will have the powers to sanction companies for non-compliance.

The Online Safety Commissioner will be part of a new Media Commission, which will replace the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

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The Taoiseach and the Fianna Fáil leader have agreed to meet again next week amid speculation an early general election is likely.

Talks between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin on Thursday night were described as 'constructive' by both sides.

The two leaders discussed proposed legislation that could be passed in the next Dáil session.

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Some 162 Gardaí were forced to miss at least a day's work last year after being seriously assaulted on duty.

While 52 officers had lay-offs of at least a month because of their injuries, with seven missing six months or more.

And 19 Gardaí sustained bone fractures and one officer got serious multiple injuries, according to Freedom of Information figures.


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