The top four things you need to know – Friday May 20th

The Minister for Foreign Affairs will meet with the British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on the margins of a Council of Europe meeting in Turin today.

The two will discuss the current impasse around the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Separately the Taoiseach will meet party leaders in the North where discussions will focus on the formation of the Stormont Executive and the functioning of the Assembly.


Mary Lou McDonald says she believes there could be a united Ireland within ten years.

Sinn Fein became the largest party in Northern Ireland at the recent election and is poised to nominate Michelle O’Neil as first minister if and when power-sharing is restored.


A Cork retailer say he took the decision to stop selling a popular chocolate bar in response to a surge in visible drug use.

Denis Whelton who runs a Centra store in Denroche’s Cross has stopped stocking Cadbury’s Animal Bar’s because the foil wrapping was being used by addicts to smoke heroin. He’s also outlawed tinfoil wrappings at his deli counter. 


A group representing hotel owners estimates there are 9-thousand jobs vacancies in the sector.

The Irish Hotels Federation is encouraging people to consider a career in hospitality sector as Failte Ireland looks to attract new staff to the tourism industry.


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