Wednesday 23 October 2019

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Five stories you need to know:

  • France has launched new air strikes on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, days after deadly attacks in Paris linked to the group. The strikes early on Tuesday destroyed a command post and training camp, military spokesman Colonel Gilles Jaron said. France carried out sweeping raids on Raqqa on Sunday night and French President Francois Hollande is calling for strengthened international action against IS after the co-ordinated attacks around Paris on Friday night which killed at least 129 people.

Paris Terror Attacks: France conducts second night of airstrikes on Islamic State
  • An Irish woman whose boyfriend was shot in the Paris terrorist attacks has told how they "played dead" while people around them were being massacred, the Irish Independent reports. Katie Healy from Blackrock, Co Louth and her boyfriend David Nolan from Millstreet, Co Cork were attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert in the Bataclan theatre when three gunmen opened fire and detonated suicide bombs, killing 89 people. Mr Nolan heroically protected Ms Healy during the shooting. He was shot in the leg and is being treated in hospital, where he remains in a stable condition after undergoing surgery.
  • Ireland's top Islamic State terror suspect successfully fought off a deportation order on the grounds that he has an Irish-born son. The middle-aged man, who first came to this country as a refugee more than a decade ago, is the leader of a small Irish-based network providing logistical support for Isil fighters travelling to Iraq. The "businessman", who lives in Dublin, was issued with a ministerial deportation order a number of years ago as a result of his connections to Islamic terror groups, Paul Williams reports in today’s Irish Independent.
  • The Irish Daily Mail reports that a core group of ten Irish-based jihadis are being “thoroughly profiled” to determine if they provided any logistical or financial support to the terror attacks in Paris. These Muslim extremists – most of whom are not Irish born – are effectively on an Irish “watch list” because of their strong links to international terror groups, mainly ISIS and Al Qaeda.
  • Martin O'Neill has admitted he never allowed himself to dream of taking the Republic of Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals until it became a reality. The 63-year-old celebrated two years in his job by steering the Republic past Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 on aggregate as a tense play-off drew to a conclusion in Dublin on Monday evening. But O'Neill said: "I never once dared to dream about getting to France, never once because of the group that we were involved in, so that was special. The night was special as well.
  • RTE has received a number of complaints following an interview with Pamela Anderson on the Ray D’Arcy Show on Saturday night, the Irish Examiner reports. Comments made by Mr D’Arcy during the interview led to accusations online that he presenter was “sexist” in his attitude to Mr Anderson. To date there have been nine formal complaints, RTE told the Irish Examiner. 

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