The top four things you need to know – Monday August 15th

Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a 48 year old who was attending a stag party in Athlone over the weekend.

The pair were brought before a special late night sitting of Mullingar District Court.

48 year old Paul ‘Babs’ Connolly from Edenderry in Co. Offaly was at a stag party in Athlone when he was assaulted on Church Street in the town in the early hours of Saturday morning.


Two large data centres in Dublin have been given the go-ahead, despite objections from environmental groups.

Amazon have been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council for the construction of the buildings in Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park.


The Gardai will have a new look from today.

Members of the Force will carry out their duties from now on in a more casual style of uniform.

The new look, during the 100th anniversary year of the founding of the Force, is only the third time a formal change of uniform has taken place.


A status orange thunderstorm is in effect for Cork and the rest of Munster up until 4pm

Heavy rain and and hail is expected in places, while there is a risk of spot flooding where heavy downpours occur


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