Video: Calls for the Russian ambassador to be expelled, man arrested over fatal assault

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Calls for expulsion of the Russian ambassador to Ireland

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan has described images on Russian State television of a simulated nuclear attack on the UK and Ireland as "shocking" and "unacceptable".

The Green Party leader said Irish diplomats in Moscow would respond, but also expressed concern that May 9th, the anniversary of the end of World War 2, could lead to a “step-up” in “warmongering” by Russia.


Fianna Fáil European Parliament MEP Billy Kelleher said the Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov should be called in to meet the Government.

Mr Kelleher told RTÉ Radio's Today with Claire Byrne show that Mr Filatov should be sent back to Russia with "a note in his pocket" and "should be left in no doubt about our displeasure".

Concern over ownership of new National Maternity Hospital

The Cabinet is looking to establish independent ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The plan would see the Religious Sisters of Charity transfer the land to an independent entity.


The Minister for Health has said it would be clinically independent, however, opposition politicians still have concerns.

Social Democrats leader Róisín Shortall raised questions about whether the board will allow procedures like terminations.

Arrest after man fatally assaulted in Kilkenny city

Gardaí have made an arrest after a man in his 40s was fatally assaulted in Kilkenny city this afternoon.

Gardaí attended the scene of the incident on Hebron Road at approximately 12.45pm.

The man in his 40s was discovered with serious injuries. He was taken to St Luke’s General Hospital, where he later died.

Gardaí arrested another man, aged in his late 20s, at the scene of the assault. He was taken to Kilkenny Garda station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

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