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15,000 homes and businesses without power in Ireland

An estimated 15,000 homes and businesses are without power in Ireland due to extremely strong wind overnight, ESB Networks has advised.

The affected customers are mostly in Donegal, Cork, Killarney, Galway/Athlone, Tullow and Wexford.

The company advised that further damage and blackouts are likely, and said that conditions are too unsafe for technicians to be deployed at present.

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Light festival dazzles Dublin as Ireland readies for 2015

Dubliners have been counting down to the New Year with a procession of light through the Irish capital.

Street performers have illuminated the streets of Dublin as the city heralds the start of a new year. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Children have also taken part in the light festival on New Year's Eve. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The colourful display journeys from St Stephens Green, through Temple Bar and towards Dublin Castle. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Ireland celebrate a victory over Australia in Dublin last month. Credit: PA

An all-Ireland bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be unveiled today.

Political leaders from the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish government will join senior officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) to outline their ambition to jointly host the sport's showpiece event.

Both administrations have been engaged in a preliminary assessment exercise over the last 10 months to weigh up the feasibility of submitting an official bid.

The all-Ireland bid is expected to be given the go-ahead at an event in Armagh this morning.

More than 15,000 bottles of booze stolen in armed robbery

More than 15,000 bottles of whiskey and gin have been stolen in a violent armed robbery ahead of the Christmas party season.

Detectives are now warning the stolen booze is likely to appear on the black market in the run-up to the holidays.

More than 15,000 bottles of whiskey and gin were stolen in the raid Credit: PA

Two men wielding iron bars targeted an alcohol warehouse at the Parkwest Industrial Estate in west Dublin, forcing workers to open the loading bay doors before tying them up.

They were then joined by three others as they stacked the haul into two 40-foot lorries, before escaping towards the M50 and M7 motorways.

A total of 2,580 six-bottle cases of Jameson whiskey was taken in the raid on November 14, along with an unknown number of Jack Daniels and Bombay Sapphire gin.

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Ireland confirm Henry brain injury

Ireland's Chris Henry during a press conference at Carton House Hotel just before the South Africa game. Credit: PA

Chris Henry suffered 'a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain' on the morning of Ireland's clash with the Springboks, team bosses have confirmed.

Ireland medics initially diagnosed a virus on the morning of the November 8 clash before suspecting a severe migraine, but specialists have since determined the Ulster flanker suffered a more unusual condition.

The 30-year-old missed Ireland's 29-15 Springboks victory and now 'needs further investigation and specialist opinion,' according to an Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) statement.

Chris Henry suffered some weakness on the morning of the South Africa game and a viral illness was suspected, he recovered quickly and the initial diagnosis was of severe migraine.

Further tests however have shown he suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.

He is at home now and is well but needs further investigation and specialist opinion.

– Irish Rugby Football Union statement.
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