The top four things you need to know – Friday November 18

The free school meals scheme cannot be allowed to slip as the cost of living crisis becomes more severe.

That’s according to Cork TD Donnchadh O Laoghaire, who says the scheme is vitally important to vulnerable families across the county.

Raising the issue in the Dáil this week, the Sinn Féin TD spoke about a Cork primary school losing the provider of it’s school meal programme.

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The city’s Christmas lights were switched on last night.

There were no gathered crowds to witness the switching-on at Patrick Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, Tuckey Street and Grand Parade after the Council dedided not to hold an event due to health and safety concerns.

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Twitter’s offices – including in Ireland – are to remain closed until next week – with thousands of staff thought to have rejected new boss Elon Musk’s ultimatum.

He asked workers to sign up to ‘long hours at high intensity’ or leave.

Tweets and message board comments suggest large numbers have opted to go, with the hashtag RIP Twitter now trending on the platform.

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address Ireland’s third-level sector today.

Students at colleges will learn how Russia’s illegal invasion has impacted Ukraine and its citizens.

President Zelenskyy will speak to them by video-link.


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