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Northern Ireland fire crews received over 200 emergency calls last night on the first night of celebrations for the Twelfth of July. However, according to The Irish Times, Eleventh Night saw a 12.5% decrease in the number of bonfire incidents compared to 2021.
A teenage boy who was rushed to hospital after getting into difficulty while swimming at a popular Dublin beach has died in hospital. Gardaí said the boy got into difficulty while swimming at Burrow Beach in Sutton, north Co Dublin, at around 7.30pm yesterday evening. Both Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene and the boy was taken to Beaumont Hospital and later to CHI at Temple Street where he passed away from his injuries.
Government will agree to a decision to maintain but overhaul TV licence fees in the country, with cabinet expected to eschew a recommendation for a new fee to be collected by the Revenue Commissioners. A technical working group will be established to examine reforms, which sources say will involve a new funding model, building on the existing revenue stream from the direct sale of TV licences.
Nasa has released the clearest-ever photo of galaxies in deep space courtesy of the James Webb Space Telescope. The stunning shot, released in a White House briefing by President Joe Biden, is overflowing with thousands of galaxies and features some of the faintest objects observed, colourised in blue, orange and white tones.
Japan is in mourning as the funeral for assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe takes place at the Zojoji temple in Tokyo this morning. Abe was shot dead at close range last week while delivering a campaign speech in the city of Nara, mere days ahead of upcoming upper house elections. The funeral rites have been reserved for just friends, family and close associates of the deceased, but long lines of people, some dressed in black, have gathered outside to pay their respects to t country’s longest-serving prime minister.