February 20: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Baftas: Condon and Keoghan among the winners on successful night for the Irish
Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan were among the winners on a proud night for Irish cinema at the Bafta awards on Sunday. The Banshees of Inisherin, which starred Condon and Keoghan, won four awards in all, including best original screenplay. Colin Farrell, Daryl McCormack and Paul Mescal missed out in the best actor category, with the award instead going to Austin Butler, who starred in the biopic film Elvis. Condon said that winning the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Banshees was “really surreal”. Speaking about how she was feeling from the Bafta winner’s room, Condon (40), said: “Oh my God, the whole thing was just this blackout weird moment. “All I remember is looking and seeing all the boys looking at me like, ‘get up’. It was just it was really surreal.”
Nicola Bulley: Missing woman’s partner says family in ‘agony’ after body found
Nicola Bulley’s partner has spoken of his family’s pain after a body was found in the river near where she disappeared three weeks ago. Paul Ansell wrote that he had “no words right now, just agony”, in a statement he shared with Sky News. Ms Bulley disappeared while walking her dog in St Michael’s on Wyre in Lancashire, sparking a major search. On Sunday, Lancashire Police said they “sadly recovered a body” from the water after being called to the River Wyre. A statement said formal identification had not yet been carried out “so we are unable to say” if it was her at the time. The death is currently being treated as “unexplained” and officers have begun the process of identifying the body. But Lancashire Police also said Ms Bulley’s family “have been informed of developments and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult of times”.
Cost-of-living package: €200 electricity credit ‘unlikely’ as Pinergy becomes first retailer to cut prices
The Government is scrambling to temper public expectations about the scale of cost-of-living measures being announced on Tuesday. Ministers have said the package on offer will be significantly less than the measures announced in the budget and The Irish Times understands that it may not reach €1 billion. There is to be a focus on targeted supports – particularly for social welfare recipients – and the prospect of a new €200 electricity credit for all households is seen as very unlikely. Ministers are meeting to finalise the package as electricity supplier Pinergy becomes the first energy provider in Ireland to announce a reduction in its electricity prices since 2020.
The Irish Times
Cork bishop murdered in Los Angeles was ‘a joyful man’
The Cork bishop murdered in Los Angeles was “a joyful man, a cheery man, a man with a great Irish brogue and a joke always on his lips ready to go”, according to a priest of his local parish. Bishop David O’Connell from Brooklodge in Glanmire was shot in his home in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, at around 1pm local time (9pm GMT) on Saturday. The 69-year-old well-known auxiliary bishop was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff of Los Angeles County has promised that his department is “committed to arresting those responsible” for the murder of Cork-born Bishop David O’Connell. Robert Luna tweeted last night after his department announced that the investigation into the fatal shooting of the 69-year-old Bishop at his home at lunchtime on Saturday was a murder probe.
The Irish Examiner
At least 36 dead from flooding and landslides in Brazil during weekend
Flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Brazil claimed at least 36 lives this weekend in southeast Sao Paulo state, authorities have said. TV and social media footage from the town of Sao Sebastiao showed entire neighborhoods under water, debris from hillside houses swept away by oozing earth, flooded highways and cars destroyed by fallen trees, among other damage. At least 35 people died in Sao Sebastiao, the state government said. A girl was also killed in the town of Ubatuba, news reports said. “Unfortunately, we are going to have many more deaths,” the state civil defense chief, Henguel Pereira, told the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. Another 228 people were left homeless and 338 were evacuated in the coastal region north of the city of Sao Paulo, the state government said earlier, as rescue crews raced to help those hit by the storm. The authorities did not give a figure for how many people were missing or injured.
EU in ‘solution mode’ on Northern Ireland Protocol deal, says Martin
The Tánaiste has said that “challenging” negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol are continuing, and the EU is in solution mode to try to solve the issues in the interests of Northern Ireland. Speaking in Brussels, where he is attending a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, Micheál Martin said while some parties may seek further information, there has been huge engagement, which is to be welcomed. While it was thought a deal could be forthcoming today, sources indicate that will not now happen. Mr Martin said there was no slowing in negotiations, and that very good progress had built up. It comes as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to brief his cabinet early this week on the state of play in negotiations between the UK and EU on the protocol as speculation continues that a deal could be imminent.
Britain’s King Charles ‘vows not to leave Prince Andrew homeless’ as duke voices eviction fears
King Charles III will not leave his brother Prince Andrew “homeless”, a royal source has been quoted as saying, amid reports that the duke fears being forced out of the Royal Lodge in Windsor. Andrew, 63, has reportedly been telling friends that he might have to move out of the 98-acre estate by September if the King cuts his royal allowance, a move that would leave him struggling to cover the cost of maintenance.
Mostly cloudy today, with patchy light rain and drizzle. The best of the limited sunny spells will be in the east and southeast. Relatively mild for the time of year with highest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees, however the moderate to fresh and occasionally gusty southwest winds will take the edge off those temperatures. Mostly cloudy but mainly dry tonight with just a few patches of light rain or drizzle about. Some limited clearer intervals occurring too. Lows of 5 to 8 degrees in light to moderate southwest winds, fresh to strong near western and northwestern coasts.