February 10: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Six people rescued from rubble
Six people — all relatives — have been rescued from a collapsed building in Turkey after spending 101 hours beneath the rubble following the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 20,000 people. It is said that they were helped to survive by huddling together in a small pocket left within the collapsed structure.
A growing number of new TikTok accounts are spreading anti-migrant misinformation among Irish users, with some videos viewed over 1 million times. One such video shows a man face alongside untrue allegations that he had sexually assaulted people at a Dublin children’s hospital, and he was later brutally attacked. The attack was also filmed and shared on TikTok.
Man due in court over Irishman’s death in Australia
Police in New South Wales are investigating the death of an Irish man in his late 30s named Damian Conlon, whose body was found at a house in rural Australia yesterday. The victim, originally from Sligo, had a gunshot wound and was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene. The house was sealed off, a firearm was seized and a 57-year-old man was arrested. He is due to appear in court today.
Ireland’s rail network
A review of Ireland’s rail network is set to recommend reopening a number of regional lines, including some that had been earmarked for greenways and long-dormant lines in the west and southeast. The review proposes reviving a disused rail line in Co Wexford, potentially connecting Dublin, Rosslare and Waterford. In the west, a line linking the towns of Athenry in Galway and Claremorris in Mayo will also return to use, and a line between Letterkenny and Derry would need to be built from scratch.
Goal loses at least 26 staff in Turkey and Syria earthquake
Aid agency Goal has announced that 26 members of its staff have died in Turkey and Syria. Mary Van Lieshout, the charity’s deputy CEO, has spoken of efforts to determine the fate of other staff working in the region hit by two earthquakes earlier this week. Micheál Martin has expressed his condolences to staff at the aid agency.