Here are today’s top headlines.
Stephen Donnelly didn’t share warnings from his officials about new alcohol laws
A new law allowing longer hours for pubs and nightclubs will lead to an increase in alcohol-related illnesses and put pressure on an already strained health service, the health ministry has warned.
Husband charged with raping unconscious wife with household items acquitted of four counts
The jury in the Central Criminal Court trial returned four acquittals after nearly eight hours of deliberation on Friday. They were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 11 counts. When the majority judgment was handed down, the men bowed and the women left the courtroom before the verdict was handed down. Some jurors were in tears.
“For millions of years I never thought Savita would die.”
Ten years later, Savita Halappanavar’s friends remember a special person who spread so much love through compassion, dance and a warm smile.
‘Even the Grinch didn’t ban this beloved Christmas tradition’ – backlash against live crib ban
For nearly 30 years, members of the Sherlock family have brought animals to specially set up stables outside the Mansion House in Dublin for live animal cribs. But mayor and Green Party councilor Caroline Conroy said the decision to remove live animals from nativity cribs could not be reversed.
Virus ‘triple demic’ looms as hospitals face busy weekend
Ireland could be at risk of a ‘triple infection’ that cripples hospitals with a possible surge in Covid-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Disappointed by the healthcare system, Lindsey Bennett was a warrior who fought to the end to spend more time with her kids
Paying tribute to Lindsay Bennett, 34, who appeared on last year’s Late Late Show to talk about the devastating prognosis of cervical cancer.
“Brain tumor during lockdown inspired me to pursue my dreams”
Diagnosed with a brain tumor during lockdown, Dublin’s mother has revealed how her illness taught her to seize the day and fulfill her 15-year ambition to record a song.
Kyiv mayor says people risk freezing to death as temperatures plummet to -20C
Vitali Klitschko said Ukrainians would freeze to death this winter if the West did not urgently send blankets and generators.
Jerry Lee Lewis dies at 87: Rock’n’roll wildman’s music career survived marriage scandal with cousin (13)
Jerry Lee Lewis, the out-of-control rock and roll pioneer whose ferocious talent, energy and ego collided on defining records like The Great Ball of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, has died at the age of 87.
Appeal payment for 3,500 medical staff for Covid bonus of €3,500
Nearly 3,500 health workers have appealed the government’s payment of the €1,000 Covid certification bonus.
‘I’ve run every Dublin marathon’: It’s been a long run for race veteran Mary Nolan Hickey, but she shows no signs of slowing down at 70
Mary Nolan Hickey will run her 42nd consecutive Dublin Marathon tomorrow at age 70.
“A few lives have been lost. We used the Census time capsule to record miscarriages,” said the senator, speaking of overwhelming losses at Christmas.
Erin McGrehan is haunted by “guilt and anger” when she has a miscarriage, and says women who suffer such losses should receive more compassion and better treatment.
Elon Musk hijacked Twitter – then some users started testing Chaos
Hours after Elon Musk took control of Twitter, reactions on the platform ranged from triumph to despair.