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Dublin: 19 °C Thursday 31 July, 2014

Today’s News

European court rules against Irish murderers fighting life sentences

The ruling relates to a case brought forward by two men serving life sentences for murder.

‘We hope courageous Anthony Lyons victim feels she has got justice’

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said it broadly welcomes the re-sentencing of Lyons today.

Watch: Flanagan addresses Seanad, as politicians return to debate Gaza

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is to address the upper chamber this afternoon, as members return from their holidays to discuss the crises in Gaza and in Ukraine.

Book of condolence for Gaza victims to be opened tomorrow in Dublin

Lord Mayor Christy Burke repeated his call for negotiations to end the violence.

Here’s how much you’ll be expected to pay for water

The Commission for Energy Regulation today published details and confirmed that the government will cover costs of water use for children.

From Business ETC Facebook’s latest app is offering developing countries free access to Wikipedia and Google Free Internet

Facebook’s latest app is offering developing countries free access to Wikipedia and Google

Mobile users in Zambia will be the first ones to use Internet.org’s new app, which provides them with free basic access to internet services through their phone.

From The Daily Edge 12 things men will never understand about wearing high heels Well Heeled

Opinion: Neither people can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians

Israeli peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan calls on the international community to help end settlement expansion and bring peace to the region.

Lunchtime Fix: 5 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.

Former MEP throws his hat in the ring for Dublin South West by-election

Paul Murphy says a victory would send a “message of resistance”.

From Business ETC The Central Bank sent €10 million to Berehaven Credit Union depositors last night Payback

The Central Bank sent €10 million to Berehaven Credit Union depositors last night

That’s 85% of members of the liquidated credit union.

Work on Kilkenny bridge resumes – while protesters are nearby on river

Protesters are pictured in canoes near where construction appears to have resumed.

Sierra Leone declares “Stay At Home Day” in bid to curb ebola

An American doctor who contracted the disease is said to have made a slight recovery.

From Business ETC SME book club: What the tourism industry can learn about sustaining itself Overbooked

SME book club: What the tourism industry can learn about sustaining itself

Each month, as part of TheJournal.ie’s dedicated coverage of the SME sector, we’ll be reviewing a business book that makes a difference.

From Business ETC More than €2.5 billion cash held by Ireland could be reinvested in economy – but it isn’t Cash Funds

More than €2.5 billion cash held by Ireland could be reinvested in economy – but it isn’t

The assets are part of the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) discretionary portfolio.

Childhood asthma rates linked to black smoke in Galway

A study has suggested that a drop in black smoke levels in the mid-nineties improved overall air quality and helped reduce hospital admissions for asthma.

From Business ETC Argentina burns bondholders for the second time in 13 years Buenos Angry

Argentina burns bondholders for the second time in 13 years

The country’s Finance Minister hit out at what he called “vulture funds”.

‘Enjoy your community service’: Judge gives former Anglo execs maximum 240 hours

The pair appeared at the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

Ballymun Shopping Centre is going to be demolished soon

There are currently no plans for a replacement facility.

The US House of Representatives voted to sue Obama

The house claims the US President overstepped his powers with the Obamacare reform bill.

Anthony Lyons to spend 18 months in prison

Lyons had been found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in Dublin in 2010.

Desperate search for survivors after landslide kills 23

There are fears the death toll could reach 150 – eight have been pulled alive from the mud but 23 have perished.

Poll: Do you pay into a private pension scheme? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you pay into a private pension scheme?

A large number of people have abandoned their plans – are any of you paying for private pensions?

Woman arrested over heroin seizure is released

A man is still in custody after also being arrested.

From Business ETC Games and box-office movies help Sony post surprise profit On The Up

Games and box-office movies help Sony post surprise profit

Despite posting a net profit of €194 million this quarter, Sony still expects to make a full-year loss.

Former Anglo executives to be sentenced today

The two were found guilty in April, but sentencing was adjourned to assess their suitability for community service.

Israel to investigate shelling of UN school

The school was shelled yesterday, with 16 people who had been sheltering there killed.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

It’s Thursday – and here’s all that you need to know as you start your day.

From The Daily Edge The PSNI is handing out free flip flops to women walking home in high heels Heel Yes

Sinn Féin strategist: We’re nowhere near ready to go into government

One of the party’s senior economic advisors says there is an “urgent need” for Sinn Féin map out the detail of its vision for the country.

Opinion: Proposed transgender laws are good news for lawyers – not couples

Ireland proposes making trans people in existing marriages divorce as a pre-condition for recognition in their new gender.

From The Score What is CrossFit and is it worth the money? Fitness

What is CrossFit and is it worth the money?

The latest exercise craze is pricey but gets results. Here’s what it entails.

‘Miracle’ Gaza baby born to dead mother is said to have died

The hospital has not confirmed the baby’s death,

Post mortem to be carried out on man found shot dead in Meath

The man was known to gardaí and was a suspect in the murder of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.

Fancy a cuppa? Dublin council are opening tearooms in a park near you

Tea rooms are opening in Harold’s Cross Park, St Patrick’s Park and in Herbert Park.

Seanad called on to have ‘meaningful’ impact with its Gaza debate today

The senators will also debate the crisis in Ukraine – although some members of the Seanad are on holidays.

President Higgins to attend WWI commemorations in Belgium

The president will travel to Belgium for World War One commemoration ceremonies in Liege and Mons in Belgium on Sunday.

Medical workers in scrubs to protest at ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin

The medical workers want the Irish Government to condemn attacks on medical workers, hospitals and ambulances in Gaza.

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