Video: Wind and rain warning in effect across Ireland; bird flu detected in Cavan

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Weather warning

The west is set to be worst hit as strong winds and heavy rain move across the country today.

A status yellow weather warning came into effect at 4am and will remain in place until 9pm.

Met Éireann is warning of possible damaging gusts with the potential for "waves overtopping along Atlantic coasts".

Bird flu

Poultry farmers have been told they must keep their flocks indoors following a rise in bird flu cases.

The confinement order from Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue will take effect from Monday, November 7th.

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The latest case of bird flu was detected in a dead swan in Co Cavan on Tuesday.

Monaghan death

Gardaí are continuing to investigate the death of a man near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

Officers are trying to establish if the Nigerian asylum seeker was assaulted before his death.

His body was found at the entrance of the M Hotel, which houses asylum seekers, on Tuesday morning.

Stardust inquest

Former Stardust nightclub manager Eamon Butterly has failed in a High Court challenge over a new inquest into the 48 deaths in the 1981 Valentine's night disaster.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan rejected Mr Butterly's claim that the inquest could not make findings of unlawful killing. However, the judge said, this can only be in "appropriate circumstances" and only where no person(s) is identified or identifiable.

Mr Butterly had sought to prevent Dublin City Coroner Myra Cullinane from conducting the inquest in a way in which he believed would make him "a target for a verdict of unlawful killing".

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