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Police charge 31-year-old man with murder of west Belfast woman Hollie Thompson
A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Hollie Thomson from the Greenan area in west Belfast. He is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Police arrested the man a day earlier following the “sudden death” of Thomson on Sunday morning at a property in west Belfast.
Irish share of EU energy windfall levies to be used for ‘direct support’
Ireland’s share of European Union levies on windfall revenues currently flowing to energy companies would be used to provide “direct support” to citizens and businesses under Government plans to be unveiled at the budget later this month. The Coalition party leaders and senior Ministers held discussions on Tuesday night about the cost-of-living package, but the emerging plan would see any revenues taken from energy companies channelled into an expansion of the energy credit introduced for households earlier this year.Speaking at the Fianna Fáil think-in on Tuesday in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath said the Government would cap the revenues of energy companies, tax their windfall profits and give all of the proceeds to households and businesses affected by rising electricity and fuel prices.
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Patreon to close Dublin office, three years after opening
San Francisco-based tech company Patreon has announced that it is closing its Dublin office, just three years after opening in the capital. Patreon, which is a membership platform that helps entertainers sell their work to subscribers online, is also set to close its Berlin office. This will result in the loss of 80 jobs, about 17% of the company’s staff. Speaking in 2019 following the announcement of Patreon’s expansion into Dublin, Patreon’s then-Chief People’s Officer described the establishment of the company’s European headquarters in Dublin as “an exciting milestone”.
William and Harry to walk behind Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall
Prince William and Prince Harry will walk together behind the Queen’s coffin in a procession in London on Wednesday. The brothers, along with the King, will follow the coffin on foot from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the Queen will lie in state. The procession will leave the palace at 14:22 BST and is expected to arrive at Westminster Hall at 15:00 BST. A service lasting about 20 minutes will then be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The King’s three siblings – Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward – will also walk in the procession.
Cloudy this morning with some mist and fog patches and some drizzle over parts of Ulster, some sunny spells in some southern parts. A largely dry day will follow for most with variable cloud, though a few light showers will continue to affect the north coast. Highest temperatures of 14°C to 18°C in mostly moderate northwest breezes. Tonight will be dry in most areas, apart from the odd light shower near the north and west coast. There will be a good deal of cloud but with some clear spells in southern parts. Some mist or fog patches are possible too. Light northwest winds, and lowest temperatures of 7°C to 11°C.