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UN Security Council to vote on Ghouta ceasfire


The UN Security Council has delayed a vote on demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to today at 1700 GMT after hours of negotiations failed to yield agreement with Russia, diplomats said.


US considers appointing envoy to Northern Ireland


The US Government is considering appointing a special envoy to Northern Ireland

Friday, Feb 23


Massacre in Eastern Ghouta must stop now, says EU


The EU has called for an immediate ceasefire and aid deliveries in the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta after more than 400 civilians were killed there.

Further €1m interim payment for brain-damaged girl


The High Court has approved a further €1m interim payment in the case of an 11-year-old girl who was brain damaged after a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition in her mother in the days before her birth.


Former Trump aide pleads guilty in Russia probe


A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the…

Gardaí investigating death of man in Donegal


Gardaí are investigating the death of a 71-year-old man at a house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.


UK ideas on post-Brexit ties are 'pure illusion' - Tusk


European Council President Donald Tusk dismissed as "pure illusion" the ideas floated by Britain so far on what sort of relationship it would want with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Defamation jury to resume deliberations next week


The jury in a defamation case taken by former Sinn Féin councillor and IRA member Nicky Kehoe against RTÉ will resume deliberations on Monday.


Labour MP to put forward same-sex marriage bill for NI


A proposed Westminster law for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland will be introduced at the end of March.


US to open embassy in Jerusalem in May


The United States is expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of US policy and is bound to trouble US allies who have already objected.

'Beast from the east' cold snap on way to Ireland


Freezing air from Russia is to grip Ireland in what is set to be the coldest late February in years.

Lynn loses High Court challenge


Former solicitor Michael Lynn has lost a High Court challenge that could have affected his imminent extradition from Brazil.


Teenagers 'could have died' from extreme drinking


An emergency medicine specialist has said two teenagers had the potential to die at a teenage disco in West Cork due to extreme alcohol intoxication.

Parents: 105 girls missing after Boko Haram attack


More than 100 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, parents said today.

Teachers criticise religion opt-out plan


Religion teachers have criticised as "misleading" and "negative" a circular from the Department of Education which instructs State schools to make religion an optional and not a compulsory subject for students.

Drumm described CB officials as 'shower of clowns'


The trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has heard details of telephone calls in which he described the Financial Regulator as "Freddy Fly" and Central Bank officials as a "shower of clowns".

Trump suggests officer at Florida school was a 'coward'


US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on the character of an armed deputy who failed to intervene during last week's school shooting in Florida, saying he froze or was a "coward".

US to impose 'largest-ever' sanctions against N Korea


US President Donald Trump has said the United States would impose the "largest-ever" package of sanctions on North Korea, intensifying pressure on the reclusive country to give up its nuclear and missile programmes.


Driving ban for speeding, driving wrong way on M4


A motorist who drove for 80km along the M4 motorway at speeds of up to 200km/h later had to be subdued by a garda using a taser Trim Circuit Court has heard.

May to make key Brexit speech next Friday


Britain's health minister has said the cabinet has agreed on a Brexit policy which will see Britain matching European Union rules in certain industries while having "the right to choose to diverge" from them in others.

Man sentenced in Trim for gun and ammunition possession


A man has been sentenced to three years in prison for possession of two assault rifles and more than 700 rounds of handgun ammunition in Co Meath two years ago.

Ulster Bank to sell up to 7,000 loans in arrears


Ulster Bank has confirmed that it is preparing for a potential sale of some mortgages that are in arrears and was setting aside €68m.


Ikea recalls marshmallows over mice infestation


Ikea has issued a recall on packets of marshmallows after mice were found at a production plant.

Belfast rape trial hears details of police interviews


A Belfast court has been hearing details of interviews given by Irish and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson when in police custody in 2016.


NI abortion laws violate women's rights, UN body says


The UK violates women's rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a report by a UN committee has found.


Australian Deputy PM Joyce stepping down over affair


Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has said he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.

Increased co-operation between educators in north west


The President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology has said that a new alliance between education providers on both sides of the border will mitigate the impact of Brexit.

Foster says DUP unaware of money for legacy inquests


DUP leader Arlene Foster has said it would be "astonishing" if the British government granted funding for legacy inquests without an overall agreement.


Cars, cash seized in searches targeting Kinahan figure


Cars, cash, jewellery and documentation have been seized as part of a garda operation targeting one of the Kinahan crime gang's key figures in Dublin.

Theresa May to set out 'way forward' on Brexit


British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out "the way forward" for Brexit next week after a meeting with top aides.