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Foreign ministers meet in Brussels over Ukraine

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney joined foreign ministers from the European Union, the UK, US and Canada in Brussels to show support for Ukraine.

He said the ministers would not be signing off on a new raft of sanctions, though further measures will be agreed later.

“I think it’s really about sending a very clear message to the world that we in the European Union and our other partners are really disgusted and outraged by what we continue to see day after day in Ukraine, and Russia’s actions, which clearly are a breach of international law,” Mr Coveney said.

He said he does not “think there’s any credible arguments now that war crimes aren’t being committed on a daily basis”, saying civilians and civilian areas had been targeted.

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More than one million people flee Ukraine

As more than one million people have fled Ukraine over the last week, Ireland could take in up to 20,000 refugees as Russia continues to attack the country.

On Thursday, Russia and Ukraine negotiators agreed to the need for humanitarian corridors to help civilians escape and to deliver medicines and food to the areas where fighting was the fiercest.

Earlier this week, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it was “hard to be definitive”, but that it was possible that Ireland could take in “multiples of 20,000” refugees displaced by the war.

Amid the escalating crisis, Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon has called for a registration portal to be established for Irish people who want to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.

ATM cross-Border gang sentencing

Three Monaghan brothers who were part of a destructive ATM cross-Border gang that stole an "eye-watering" amount of money have received combined jail sentences of 19-and-a-half years at the Special Criminal Court.

The three had all pleaded guilty to being part of a gang that used stolen diggers, trailers and jeeps to rip ATMs out of the walls of premises in counties Cavan, Meath and Monaghan between 2018 and 2019.

The gang was eventually foiled in August 2019 when specialist Gardaí pounced on the attempted theft of an ATM in Virginia, Co Cavan, by ramming a stolen jeep the gang were using.

Analog Devices to create 250 jobs in Co Limerick

Analog Devices Inc (ADI) has announced a major €100 million investment in its Co Limerick facility over the next three years.

The company, which is a global semiconductor manufacturer, is making the investment in ADI Catalyst, which is a 100,000 sq ft custom-built facility at its campus in the Raheen Business Park.

The expansion is set to create 250 jobs in the Irish market by 2025 as part of the company's European expansion.

The new roles will focus on the development of software-enabled solutions and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as sustainable energy, automotive electrification, and next generation connectivity.

One of the current Catalyst projects is focused on supporting healthcare’s migration from a mass market approach to one of customised treatment and therapies.

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