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European dismay at UK 'chaos and confusion' over Brexit

A confidential report from the Department of Foreign Affairs, seen by RTÉ News, quotes senior EU figures as being alarmed by "chaos in the Conservative government", with British ministers and civil servants unable to agree a coherent policy on Brexit.

Army on standby to assist Mountmellick flood residents

Fire and emergency services staff from throughout the midlands have been brought into Mountmellick in Co Laois to help deal with widespread flooding in the area.

Ombudsman wants Magdalene scheme re-examined

The Department of Justice and the Ombudsman are at odds over the administration of a scheme designed to compensate women who were admitted to or worked in institutions and Magdalene laundries.

Tánaiste faces further McCabe questions

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald faces further questions in the Dáil today about her handling of the garda whisleblower controversy when she was Minister for Justice.

Tenants and landlords given guidelines on rent rules

Landlords and tenants seeking clarity on whether properties are exempt from caps on rent increases in designated Rent Pressure Zones will be able to look to new guidelines from the Residential Tenancies Board.

Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm

People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain, according to scientists.

Saudi-led coalition to lift blockade on UN aid to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has said the airport in the capital Sanaa and a key Red Sea port, Hudaydah, will re-open to United Nations aid shipments today.

Coffee given a clean bill of health

People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain, according to scientists.

Up to 1,000 people affected by heavy floods in Laois

Up to 1,000 people in Mountmellick, Co Laois have been affected by heavy floods after three rivers burst their banks due to heavy rain.

McCabe email was found by Department two weeks ago

The email at the centre of the political controversy surrounding the Tánaiste was found by the Department of Justice a fortnight ago.

Varadkar says Ireland determined to hold firm on border

Ireland is determined to hold firm on the demand for matching customs rules on both sides of the border after Brexit, the Taoiseach has said.

'People have spoken' according to Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has told a cheering crowd in Harare that the country was entering a new stage of democracy.

Tánaiste says AG has reaffirmed her position over email

The Tánaiste has told the Seanad that she has received fresh legal advice from the Attorney General which reaffirms that she could not intervene in the legal strategy of the former garda commissioner at the O'Higgins Commission.

Woman tells court Tinder date was 'like a monster'

A woman has told a court that a man she met through Tinder was like a "monster" when he attacked her in his car.

Search for missing submarine in 'critical phase'

The search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic for a week has reached a "critical phase" as the 44 crew on board could be running low on oxygen, a navy spokesman said.

Buncrana inquest told driver was over drink-drive limit

The inquest into the death of Sean McGrotty, who died in the Buncrana pier tragedy last year, has heard that he had a blood alcohol level of 159mg.

30 homes evacuated in Laois as river bursts banks

Two housing estates in a Co Laois town have been evacuated by emergency services after a local river burst its banks due to heavy rain.

Committee told medical prognosis can be wrong

A representative of a group of parents that received poor prenatal diagnoses for their babies has told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment that medical prognosis can be wrong.

Mladic given life imprisonment for Bosnian genocide

A UN tribunal convicted former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for orchestrating massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's war and sentenced him to life in prison.

McCabe email should have raised alarm bells - Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the email sent to the Tánaiste regarding the legal strategy of the former garda commissioner in the Maurice McCabe case was "damning" and should have raised alarm bells.

184 people recorded sleeping rough in Dublin

The highest number of rough sleepers in Dublin was recorded on 7 November, with 184 people found on the streets that night.

Cavan woman named Ireland's Carer of the Year

A woman who provides round-the-clock care for both her parents has been named Ireland's Carer of the Year.

US labels Rohingya operations as 'ethnic cleansing'

The United States has for the first time described Myanmar's military operation against the Rohingya population as "ethnic cleansing" and is to consider targeted sanctions against those responsible.

New lines of inquiry into conservationist's death

New lines of inquiry are being pursued in the investigation into the death of a 64-year-old man following an appeal on RTÉ's Crimecall.

Harris calls behaviour of some consultants 'immoral'

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described the behaviour of the hospital consultants exposed in last night's RTÉ Investigates programme as "immoral, brazen and unfair".

Trump pardons Drumstick the turkey

US President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named Drumstick yesterday, while jokingly vowing not to overturn similar Obama-era acts of presidential forgiveness.

Data Protection Commissioner to examine Uber breach

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has said it is examining the circumstances of the Uber breach in terms of how it could impact individuals in Ireland.

'No reconciliation' in Bosnia, says retired Irish colonel

A retired Irish Army Colonel who gave evidence in the trial of Serbian General Ratko Mladic in The Hague has said there are fears that the hatred seen in Serbia in the 90s could "resurrect itself."

DPP decides not to appeal Tom Humphries sentence

The Director of Public Prosecutions has not appealed the leniency of the two-and-a-half-year sentence given to former sports journalist, Tom Humphries, for grooming and sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Almost 8,500 waiting for cataract surgery

Nearly 8,500 people across Ireland are waiting for cataract surgery, according to figures obtained by RTÉ News.

Dramatic video shows North Korean defector's escape

Dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier's defection shows him racing across the border under fire from former comrades, and then being hauled to safety by South Korean troops.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to be sworn in on Friday

Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is expected to be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, will return home today, a ruling party ZANU-PF official said.

No credible answers from UK over NI border - Coveney

The UK is failing to offer credible answers to the "hard questions" Ireland and the EU are asking about the fate of the border post-Brexit, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.

Inquest begins into Buncrana pier tragedy

The inquest into one of country's worst drowning tragedies, in which five members of a Derry family lost their lives, opens in Buncrana, Co Donegal today.

Verdict due in Ratko Mladic genocide trial

The UN tribunal on war crimes in the former Yugoslavia will today hand down its verdict in the genocide trial of Ratko Mladic.

Spot flooding and road closures after heavy rain

Warnings have been issued to road users about surface water in many areas following heavy overnight rain.

1970s star David Cassidy dies aged 67

American actor and musician David Cassidy, who shot to fame in the 1970s US musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, has died aged 67.

Disney animation chief on leave over 'unwanted hugs'

Disney animation chief John Lasseter has said he is taking a six-month leave of absence after acknowledging in an internal memo making staff feel "disrespected or uncomfortable" with unwanted hugs.

Uber failed to disclose 2016 hack affecting 57m users

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach last year that exposed the data of 57 million users of the lift-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer has said.

Thousands flee rumbling Bali volcano

Thousands of people living in the shadow of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia's resort island of Bali have fled their homes, as fears grow that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

European court to hear Berlusconi appeal

Lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi will today argue to the European Court of Human Rights against his ban on holding public office, hoping for a green light that will allow him to run in Italy's election early next year.

New School of Public Health launched at UCC

University College Cork has launched a new School of Public Health to help improve the health of the general population through research, education, and disease prevention.

Haass: Stormont crisis could bring push for Irish unity

A former US diplomat who chaired previous political negotiations in Northern Ireland has predicted the current power-sharing impasse could bring a push for Irish unity.

Buncrana pier tragedy inquest to open today

Inquest into one of country's worst drowning tragedies, in which five members of a Derry family lost their lives, opens in Buncrana, Co Donegal today.

Haass hopes NI impasse won't lead to return to violence

A former US diplomat who chaired previous political negotiations in Northern Ireland has predicted the current power-sharing impasse could bring a push for Irish unity.

Ratko Mladic Srebrenica genocide verdict due

The UN tribunal on war crimes in former Yugoslavia will today hand down its verdict in the genocide trial of Ratko Mladic.

Uber failed to disclose 2016 hack that affected 57m

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the lift-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer has said.

Tánaiste outlines timeline in relation to McCabe email

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has told the Dáil that she was told by her department last Thursday that they had located an email in relation to the legal strategy of the former garda commissioner, which was sent to her on 15 May 2015.

Taoiseach proposes recall of intergovernmental body

The Irish and British governments should use an intergovernmental peace process body to plot a way forward for Northern Ireland if devolution is not restored, the Taoiseach has said.

Proposals outlined for asylum seekers accessing work

The Minister for Justice has outlined plans for asylum seekers to be allowed to work if they meet certain criteria.