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Fiche Bliain ag Fás: Fiche bliain de Ghaelcholáiste Chéitinn i gCluain Meala

REÁCHTÁIL halla na scoile i nGaelcholáiste Chéitinn, An Meal, Cluain Meala, oíche an-speisialta chun cloch mhíle shuntasach i bhfás agus i bhforbairt leanúnach na scoile a chomóradh. An bhliain acadúil seo, 2023/2024, tiocfaidh an mheánscoil Ghaeilge atá i gcroílár an oideachais i gClu...

A look at Sheffield United’s recent record following Paul Heckingbottom’s exit

Sheffield United have sacked manager Paul Heckingbottom after a 5-0 thumping against fellow strugglers Burnley left them with the second-fewest points ever at this stage of a Premier League season. It is the first managerial departure of an unusually quiet top-flight season on that front and here, t...

Grand Theft Auto: Controversy surrounds the popular gaming series

Grand Theft Auto VI has been confirmed as the next instalment in the hugely popular video game series, ending years of speculation about the franchise. Publisher Rockstar Games confirmed the game would be released in 2025 as it revealed the first trailer for the title, which also confirmed the serie...

Truck convoys damaging Laois village street

Trucks transporting gravel and stone are contributing to damage to the road surface that Laois County Council will have to fix, according to Laois councillor. Cllr John King, Fine Gael, made the claim and appeal when he met with officials in County Hall. He tabled a motion calling on the local autho...

Laois workers have the longest commute in Ireland as employment jumps

Laois workers face the longest average commutes for work of their counterparts in an other county according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office. That's what's revealed in the latest set of data from the the Central Statistics Office from Census 2022 which focuses on Employment, Occupat...

Hospital beds occupied by delayed discharges hit highest level since February

The average number of beds occupied by patients who were delayed from leaving hospital has reached its highest point since February, figures show. Public Health Scotland (PHS) data published for the month of October shows 1,831 beds were occupied each day on average by patients would were able to le...

Afghan, Iranian and Turkish nationals most common small boat arrivals this year

Turkish nationals are now one of the most common groups of people arriving in the UK on small boats, accounting for around one in nine so far in 2023. Albanians represent 3% of this year’s figure, compared with 28% last year, according to new provisional data from the Home Office. Afghans account ...

Armed police search for man after 29-year-old woman stabbed in village

Armed police are searching for a male suspect after a 29-year-old woman was stabbed in a village in South Wales. Police said officers responded to an incident in Moy Road, Aberfan, at around 9.10am on Tuesday. The woman was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for treatment. Schools ...

Double child benefit will be paid to almost 22,000 Tipperary families today

Over 600,000 families in Ireland will receive double Child Benefit payments today (December 5), including almost 22,000 Tipperary families.  The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, confirmed 650,000 families will receive the payments to help with the cost of living crisis.  It me...

Double child benefit will be paid to over 22,000 Donegal families today

Over 600,000 families in Ireland will receive double Child Benefit payments today (December 5), including over 22,000 Donegal families.  The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, confirmed 650,000 families will receive the payments to help with the cost of living crisis.  It means ...

Fans mourn death of railway station cat and internet sensation Felix

The death of a railway station cat with hundreds of thousands of social media followers has sparked an outpouring of grief. Felix, who was given the title of senior pest controller at Huddersfield station, West Yorkshire, was “more than a cat”, operator TransPennine Express (TPE) said. She shot ...

Who are the guests for this week's Graham Norton Show on BBC? Guest line-up revealed

The guests have been revealed for this week's Graham Norton Show on BBC One. On Friday night's show, Graham will be joined on the couch by Ricky Gervais, Jamie Oliver and Julianne Moore, with music from Olivia Dean. Join us next week for guests including Julianne Moore, @RickyGervais, @JamieOlive...

Numerous alleged domestic violence cases struck out in Kildare court

A number of in-camera (in private) domestic violence cases were stuck out at Naas District Court on Thursday, November 23 last. For the majority of these cases, either the alleged injured party did not turn up to the court, or the prosecuting garda did not turn up, and in at least two cases, none of...

Time for ‘warm words’ on education over, says Labour as Scottish rankings slip

The time for “warm words” from the Scottish Government is over, Labour said as the country slipped down international education rankings. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings from...

Norwegian government makes deal over deep sea mining in Arctic Ocean

Norway’s minority centre-left government and two large opposition parties have made a deal to open the Arctic Ocean up to seabed mineral exploration – despite warnings by environmental groups that it would threaten the biodiversity of the vulnerable ecosystems in the area. Officials said in June...

A look at Sheffield United’s recent record following Paul Heckingbottom’s exit

Sheffield United have sacked manager Paul Heckingbottom after a 5-0 thumping against fellow strugglers Burnley left them with the second-fewest points ever at this stage of a Premier League season. It is the first managerial departure of an unusually quiet top-flight season on that front and here, t...

Infected blood compensation has led to ‘segregation of suffering’

The Government’s handling of compensation for victims of the infected blood scandal has led to a “segregation of suffering”, it has been claimed. Justine Gordon-Smith, whose father died after being infected with hepatitis C, said victims’ families feel “discriminated” against due to the ...

Initial £2m investment sparked climate loss and damage debate, claims Yousaf

An initial Scottish Government investment of £2 million to counter loss and damage sparked by climate change “ignited a debate” which led to a 650 million US dollar (£515 million) fund, Humza Yousaf has said. World leaders announced on the first day of the Cop28 climate summit in Dubai that th...

City watchdog clamps down on ‘poor quality’ credit ratings

The City regulator has moved to clamp down on credit rating agencies sharing patchy information with lenders, which it said can lead to people being “cut out” of the credit market or taking on debts they cannot afford. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said changes were needed to make sure p...

CBI appoints former Serco boss Rupert Soames as new president

The grandson of Sir Winston Churchill will become the next president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) after a turbulent year for the business group which has the ear of the country’s top political leaders. Rupert Soames, a long-time chief executive who has led major companies, is exp...