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Irish Defence Forces personnel have spoken about their involvement in an operation targeting a large cargo ship involved with smuggling arms to warring factions in Libya. A team from the Irish navy and the Air Corps are based in a military base outside Rome as part of Operation Irini – a United Nations Mandated European staffed mission to bring stability to Libya.
The death toll has risen as a result of hurricane Ian, which is currently moving inland from Florida to North and South Carolina. The deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history, at least 10 people have died in the state but officials fear the confirmed toll could rise considerably. A blackout is still affecting some 2.2 million Florida homes and businesses.
Status yellow weather warning
A status yellow rain and wind warning is in place until 2pm for counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo while heavy downpours are expected across the country today. “Heavy rainfall may cause some localised flooding,” Met Éireann said.
Car crashes through gates of Sinn Féin TD’s home
In the early hours of Thursday morning, a car was driven through the gates of Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny’s Leitrim home, narrowly missing the property and crashing into the patio doors of a separate studio space. A man in his 40s was taken to Cavan General Hospital following the incident to be treated for his injuries.
EU habitat directive
The European Commission has warned that Ireland may be referred to the European Court of Justice unless action is taken to halt the cutting of peat within Special Areas of Conservation designated to conserve raised bogs and blanket bogs under the EU’s Habitats Directive.