Michael Staines
Michael Staines

07.01 25 Oct 2019


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EU ambassadors are this morning discussing the UKs request for another Brexit extension.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will push for a general election if the delay is granted.

He has insisted MPs will still have time to pass the revised Brexit Withdrawal Agreement before his December 12th election date.

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He told opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn that, if he wins, he will ratify the deal and, if he loses, the Labour Party will be free to move the process forward as it sees fit.

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The Chinese embassy has sent a team to Essex after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck container on Wednesday.

Police have begun removing the bodies to a nearby hospital for postmortem examinations.

It is believed the 31 men and eight women who were found dead in the trailer were Chinese; however, the country’s ambassador to the UK said it is too early to confirm their nationalities.

Police are continuing to question a 25-year-old man from County Armagh on suspicion of murder.

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The company that operates Ireland’s speed cameras has said it will minimise disruption caused by a strike over the Bank Holiday weekend.

More than half of GoSafe's speed vans will be off the road for 72 hours from 9am tomorrow morning.

The dispute centres on working conditions and union recognition – with workers warning that they can be stuck in their vans for 11 straight hours per shift.

GoSafe said safety cameras will be working this weekend despite the strike – insisting it “moved early” to minimise disruption.

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Around 600,000 people in Dublin, Kildare and Meath are being warned to continue boiling their water before drinking it this morning.

A boil water notice has been in place since Tuesday evening after a fault at the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant allowed untreated water into the system.

Authorities carried out an audit of the plant yesterday and will examine the results today.

Results of a second round of water sample tests are also due today after results earlier this week were found to be ‘satisfactory.’

 

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Nearly 50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in the US State of California as a wildfire continues to rage near LA.

Around 500 fire fighters have been battling the blaze since yesterday.

Dry weather and high winds have seen the fire burn through around 5,000 acres of land.

The LA County Fire Department said around 10,000 buildings are currently under threat.


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