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Storm Brian aftermath: Country in for a 'changeable and unsettled week ahead'


It is set to be another unsettled week following the nationwide devastation ex-Hurricane and Storm Brian left in their wake.

Caitlin McBride: I never thought I'd say this, but this is an incredible time to be a woman

In an interview earlier this year, Miriam O’Callaghan said it was a "great time to be a woman in Ireland" and I scoffed.

Malta government offers 'unprecedented' €1m reward for information on journalist's murder


Malta's government on Saturday offered an "unprecedented" one million euro reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb.

Construction workers discover secret basement in Josef Fritzl's guesthouse

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Builders have discovered a secret basement in Josef Fritzl’s guesthouse almost a decade after he was jailed for keeping his daughter captive.

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Zimbabwean President Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill ambassador after outcry

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a WHO goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following an outrage among donors and rights groups at his appointment.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition back to power following national elections - exit polls


Japanese voters have returned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition to power in national elections, exit polls suggest.


Woman (23) arrested as baby dies after fall from sixth-floor window

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A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-month-old baby died following a fall from a sixth-floor window.


US-allied forces capture Syria's largest oil field from terror group Isis


US-allied forces have captured Syria's largest oil field from the Islamic State group.

African rhino injures poacher in rare reversal of fortunes


A rhino turned the tables on a suspected poacher in Namibia, charging and injuring the man while he was allegedly tracking it.


Murder investigation launched after woman (51) discovered in back garden

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Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of 51-year-old Anne O’Neill in the Finaghy area of Belfast on Saturday morning.

Spain hopes Catalans disregard instruction from their regional leaders - minister

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Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said on Sunday he hoped that people in Catalonia would disregard any instruction from the regional leadership if Spain moves to suspend the region's autonomy.


Independent.ie's Jason Kennedy awarded Journalist of the Year at GALAS

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Independent.ie's Jason Kennedy won Journalist of the Year at the 8th annual GALAS, Ireland's LGBT+ awards.


Trump intends to use his own money to help with Russia legal bills - says White House official

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US president Donald Trump intends to spend at least 430,000 US dollars (£326,000) of his own money to help pay the legal bills of staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a…

'Cover sewage with cement... hide the bunkbeds' - Major slum landlord operation uncovered

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A group of people running slum-like houses in Dublin are removing bunkbeds, partitions and items of furniture before inspections in an attempt to deceive council staff, Independent.ie has learned.


'The winds are fairly gusty again, but we have not stood down' - ESB crews continue to restore power to thousands

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Strong winds and rain will continue to hit coastal parts of the country today in the wake of Atlantic Storm Brian which swept across the country yesterday.

Spain lays down the law


The Spanish prime minister sparked off a torrent of opposition yesterday after he outlined plans to remove Catalonia's leaders and take control of the separatist region.

Italy's richest regions go to the ballot box in attempt to curb power of Rome


For centuries, it was an independent kingdom ruled by a fierce tribe of warriors who swept across the Alps from central Europe.

Nursing home asked watchdog chairman to 'pull bad review'


The chairman of the health watchdog claimed a private nursing home asked him to stop an inspection report from being published on the website of the regulatory body.

The story behind a poignant Hurricane Ophelia photograph that made front-page news this week

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It is perhaps the iconic picture of Storm Ophelia. Of massive waves attacking the South Kerry coastline. Of three men standing unmoved as the force of the one-time hurricane rages in from the southern seas to batter our exposed island.…


Irish Rail forced to close line following 'incident' on track

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Irish Rail has suspended services on the Bray to Lansdowne Road line in Dublin due to an incident.

Saturday, Oct 21

Firefighters saw skull and bones in car where dead men lay burning - murder trial hears

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Firefighters giving evidence in a double murder trial have described seeing skulls and a ribcage in a burning car they were hosing more than five years ago.

How this everyday aspect of daily life is causing many young men to struggle in bedroom

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Growing numbers of young men who must sit in front of work computers every day are developing difficulties in their pelvis which can lead to problems in the bedroom, a conference was told yesterday.

WATCH: Take a sneak peek at Ireland's most luxurious cinema

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Beds, table service, and a cocktail bar will be some of the luxurious additions to the cinematic experience at the newly refurbished Stella Cinema in Rathmines.

Storm Brian: Everything you need to know today as the Atlantic 'weather bomb' causes travel disruption and flooding

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Storm Brian has arrived and is battering the country with high winds and heavy rain, less than a week after ex-hurricane Ophelia wreaked havoc. Here is everything you need to know.

Friday, Oct 20

Storm Brian: Atlantic 'weather bomb' moves across the country causing flooding and travel disruption

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Storm Brian is set to cause travel chaos around the country with a number of rail and ferry routes cancelled and flooding reported on roads across the country.

Watch: Video shows how Storm Brian will progress as winds of up to 130kph expected

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Less than a week after historic Storm Ophelia Ireland is bracing for Storm Brian with four separate weather warnings in place ahead of the 'weather bomb'.

Galizia joins long list of female journalists killed in the line of duty


As news emerged that a female investigative journalist had been killed in a car bomb on Malta, the shock waves were felt across a continent.

Rail chaos looms as talks aimed at averting Bank Holiday strike break down

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Talks between Iarnród Éireann and trade unions at the Workplace Relations Commission have concluded this evening without agreement.

Thursday, Oct 19

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warns EU and UK not to 'sleepwalk towards a cliff edge' on Brexit

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned the EU and UK not to "sleepwalk towards a cliff edge" on Brexit.

Spain threatens Catalonia with direct rule from Madrid


Spain's central government threatened on Thursday to suspend Catalonia's autonomy after the region's leader said it could go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid continued its "repression".

Comment: President Higgins hugging a koala? It’s what the nation needs right now

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Hello Possums! I’m currently Down Under as part of Michael D Higgins’ Australian State Visit.

Ryanair email 'begs' former pilots to return

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Ryanair is writing to former pilots "begging" them to return to the embattled airline.

Wednesday, Oct 18

'Wangiri' phone scam sweeping across Ireland is 'unprecedented' say operators

Tens of thousands of scam mobile phone calls are sweeping across Ireland in an “unprecedented” surge, according to Ireland’s operators.

Electricity lines, fallen trees and fog causing commuter chaos, as rail passengers also face 40 minute delays

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Fallen electricity lines, trees blocking roads and fog are causing commuter chaos this morning.

New weather warning issued as homes could be left without power until Saturday

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'Storm Brian' could hamper efforts to restore power to 119,000 customers and water to 48,000, ESB revealed this morning.

Man charged with manslaughter after mum (23) killed in road crash


Detectives investigating a fatal road crash have charged a man with manslaughter.

Tuesday, Oct 17

'My daughter was just inches away' - Family's narrow escape from death after Storm Ophelia slams school roof into garden

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A family spoke of their narrow escape from death after a giant piece of a school roof was hurled 100m by Storm Ophelia and crashed into their back garden.

Hundreds of thousands without power, massive clean-up commences - it's the latest from Storm Ophelia aftermath

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Our reporters will bring live updates throughout the day. How did Ophelia affect you? Send your comments and pictures to contact@independent.ie

Ophelia recovery operation: Tens of thousands still without electricity and water nationwide

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Ten of thousands of people are still without electricity or water following devastation caused by Storm Ophelia.

Sean Hughes 1965-2017: Hughes was true trailblazer who paved the way for Irish comedians

While the country may have been understandably preoccupied with Hurricane Ophelia yesterday, the news that Sean Hughes has died at the age of 51 came as a shocking blow to Irish comedy fans.