Wednesday 23 January 2019

King SF choice for by-election

Councillor Cathal King has been chosen to represent Sinn Fein in the Dublin South West by-election.

He was selected during a convention in the Plaza Hotel yesterday.

Mr King said Sinn Fein is the only anti-austerity party that can win the seat.

"We know we are in a battle for this seat and we intend to fight tooth and nail to win it," he added.

Obama goes to chef's wedding

President Barack Obama temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots and assumed the role of guest at the wedding of his family's long-time chef and friend.

Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner tied the knot at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant north of New York City.

Mr Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha attended the ceremony and reception.

Red alert for Iceland volcano

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's sub-glacial Bardarbunga volcano yesterday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace.

No volcanic ash has been detected, however, and the Civil Protection Department said all Icelandic airports remained open.

The red warning code meant no flights are allowed in an airspace area of about 40 square nautical miles north of the fissure eruption area, up to an altitude of 6,000 feet.

Macca urges Scots 'no' vote

Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay part of the UK ahead of the country's historic vote on independence.

The music legend made the declaration as the Let's Stay Together campaign sought support on the streets of Liverpool yesterday.

The former Beatle added his name to an open letter to voters which says: "We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you."

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