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Unclear if Russian will retaliate over expulsion of diplomats

It is not yet known whether Moscow will retaliate after diplomats were expelled from the Russian embassy in Ireland.

On Tuesday, the Government ordered four officials to leave. The ambassador was not among them.


Putin's regime has previously retaliated to the expulsion of embassy officials elsewhere.

Workers to get 10 paid sick days from 2026

The Cabinet has approved a new law which will give all workers the right to paid sick leave for the first time.

The Sick Leave Bill 2022 was signed off at a meeting of Government Ministers on Tuesday, with workers due to be entitled to 10 paid sick days per year from 2026 under the new measures.

The scheme is expected to be phased in over a four-year period.


Man arrested in connection with murder of Michaela McAreavey

A former security guard arrested by Mauritius detectives investigating the murder of Michaela McAreavey remains in custody in hospital, his lawyer has said.

The lawyer for Dassen Narayen, who worked at the Legends Hotel where the Co Tyrone teacher was killed in 2011, told the PA news agency his client was handcuffed in his hospital bed when he visited him.

Vikash Teeluckdharry said Narayen was questioned on Tuesday about allegations of theft at the hotel around the time of the murder on the Indian Ocean island. He said his client denied any wrongdoing.

'Significant progress' made in HSE cyberattack investigation

"Significant progress" has been made in the investigation into the cyberattack on the HSE.


Minister for Communications Ossian Smyth was speaking after a similar attack on the Rehab Group.

The disability charity has said some data has been accessed externally from its IT system.

Meanwhile, an Oireachtas committee has heard that the threat of a direct cyberattack against the Irish State remains low despite the war Ukraine.

New 20 cent levy on disposable cups

A 20 cent levy on disposable coffee cups is expected to come in to effect by the fourth quarter of this year according to Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication Ossian Smyth.

The Junior Minister spoke to Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 where he confirmed that the Circular Economy Bill 2021 will lay out the necessary legislative basis for the levy.

The aim is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the 200 million cups that are thrown away each year. The Circular Economy Bill will also involve the harvesting of CCTV footage to detect and deter illegal dumping and littering.

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