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Postmortem due after baby girl killed in dog attack

A postmortem examination is due to be carried out today on the body of a baby girl, killed by a dog in Clashmore, Co Waterford on Monday.

The three-month-old, Mia O'Connell was in bed when the dog went upstairs at approximately 2am and attacked her.

Emergency services attended the scene, treating her injuries before taking her by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Following a forensic examination by the Garda Technical Bureau, a file will now be sent to the coroners' court and an inquest will follow. The incident is currently being investigated by gardaí in Dungarvan.

Mia's death has been described as a terrible tragedy by local priest Fr Milo Guiry, who added: "Every support will be offered to them. It is terrible, terrible news.”

Students preparing for Leaving Cert

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The dreaded time of year for students around the country has rolled around once again, joined by the traditional bout of good weather that lets us all know the Leaving Certificate exams are about the get underway.

After last year's cancellation caused by Covid-19, this year's Leaving Certs were given the option to choose between 'SEC accredited grades' and sitting the written exams.

News websites hit by outage

Multiple websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, the New York Times and Bloomberg News were down across the globe earlier this morning.

The BBC, Guardian and UK government websites were also reported to have gone down.

When attempting to access the websites, an 'Error 503 Service Unavailable' message was instead appearing.

Other websites affected included the online discussion platform Reddit, the Evening Standard in the UK and French newspaper Le Monde.

The Irish Times website was also temporarily down for a short time this morning, but it is not yet known if it was related to the same issue as the other websites.

Fairview assault

One man has been arrested following an assault in Dublin on Monday night.

Gardaí are investigating the incident which took place at Fairview Strand, Dublin 3 at approximately 11pm.

Following reports of an assault by a group, gardaí attended the scene where a man in his 60s was found unconscious.

The man was taken to the Mater Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Another man, aged in his 20s, was arrested at the scene.

He is currently being held at Clontarf Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Gardaí said the investigation is ongoing.

In-person driver theory tests resume

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) says it hopes to clear the backlog in driver theory tests by September.

More than 120,000 people are currently waiting to take the test after centres closed due to the pandemic.

However, today marks the reopening of those centres for in-person theory tests, in line with the easing of restrictions.

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