Video: Gardaí name man killed in Westmeath assault; DUP block Stormont return

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ECB increase interest rates by 0.75%

The European Central Bank (ECB) piled on another interest rate hike aimed at squelching out-of-control inflation.

The 0.75 per cent hike announced on Thursday marks the fastest pace of increase in the euro currency’s history and raising questions about how far the bank intends to go with the threat of recession looming.


Speaking earlier, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the increase could help “contain” house prices in Ireland and bring down inflation.

Gardaí appeal for information on Westmeath fatal assault

Gardaí have named the victim of a fatal assault in Co Westmeath.

Stefan Nivelles Posschier (65) was found dead at a house in Rattin, near Kinnegad, on Tuesday evening.

Gardaí said he was violently assaulted and died as a result of his injuries.


A post-mortem was conducted on Wednesday by the State pathologist at Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore, however, the results are not being released for operational reasons.

Stormont deadlock points to fresh election

The Taoiseach has said there is still time to avoid a fresh election in Northern Ireland.

Micheál Martin urged the DUP to go back into the Northern Ireland Executive as political parties in Northern Ireland met to make a final effort to restore the Assembly.

But the DUP confirmed it will not nominate ministers to the Stormont Executive, paving the way to a new round of elections.


Football Team of the Year unveiled

All-Ireland finalists Kerry and Galway unsurprisingly took the majority of the 15 places up for grabs on the 2022 All-Star Football Team of the Year.

Champions Kerry had seven players named on the side, namely Shane Ryan (goalkeeper), Jason Foley (centre back), Tadhg Morley and Gavin White (wing back), Paudie Clifford (wing forward), Seán O'Shea (centre forward) and David Clifford (corner forward).

Five Galways players also received the nod, as did Derry's Chrissy McKaigue and Conor Glass, with Dublin's Ciarán Kilkenny rounding out the 15.

The All-Star awards will be presented at a ceremony in Dublin on Friday night at which the Hurling Team of the Year will also be announced, as will the Player and Young Player of the Year choices for both codes.

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