Video: Celebrations for Harrington, hospitality clarification, Electric Picnic disappointment

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Harrington going for gold

Kellie Harrington has fought her way into an Olympic final in the Women's Lightweight division.

The Dubliner beat Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee on 3-2 split decision, guaranteeing her a silver medal. The gold-medal fight will take place on Sunday morning, where Harrington will face Brazilian Beatriz Ferreira.

Speaking after the fight, Harrington said: "Regardless of the colour of the medal, obviously it’s a massive achievement...I can’t really believe what’s happening."

The latest updates on all the Irish athletes competing on Day 13 of the Tokyo Games can be found here.

Nadine Lott murder

Daniel Murtagh has been found guilty of the murder of his former partner, Nadine Lott.

Murtagh was said to have beat Ms Lott to the point where she was "completely unrecognisable", leaving her with "extreme and grotesque" injuries from which she never recovered.

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The 12 jurors took five hours and 46 minutes over two days to unanimously reject Murtagh's defence that he was too intoxicated to have formed the intent to murder his ex-girlfriend, with the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment due to be handed down on October 4th.

Hospitality guidelines

An updated roadmap for the easing of restrictions on the hospitality sector will be drawn up by the end of August for implementation in September, according to the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI).

Following meetings between representative groups and the Government on Wednesday, chief executive of the RAI Adrian Cummins said the sector is "moving in the right direction".

The comments come after the Government was forced to clarify restrictions relating to organised outdoor gatherings on Wednesday due to the fallout of an event hosted in the Merrion hotel by former minister Katherine Zappone.

Electric Picnic

Organisers of Electric Picnic have said they are "extremely disappointed" with a decision by Laois County Council to refuse them a licence to hold this year's festival in Stradbally at the end of September.

The event was hope to go ahead with up to 70,000 people in attendance between September 24th-26th with enhanced Covid safety measures in place and entrance restricted to those who are fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

Following the council's decision, the festival's organisers called on the Government to issue reopening guidelines for the live music and events sector, including a gradual reopening from August 16th leading to an end of all restrictions on the sector from September 1st.

Earlier, The Coronas' frontman Danny O'Reilly criticised the 'preferential' treatment received by the GAA, with large crowds permitted to attend the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in the coming weeks, while no plan was in place for the music industry.

Weather warning

A yellow weather warning remains in place for the entire country and is due to last until 10pm on Thursday.

The warning came into effect at 6am, with Met Éireann predicting "thunderstorm activity with the risk of hail". There are also warnings of potential localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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