The top four things you need to know – Thursday February 3rd

A controversial live-fire exercise by the Russian navy is expected to begin off Ireland today.

However the exact location’s unknown, after Russia agreed to move it into international waters, following complaints by fishermen and the government.


Extended opening hours for pubs and nightclubs would help the recovery of the hospitality sector following the pandemic.

That’s the view of the General Manager of Reardens in the city John Styles after night life campaigners renewed their calls for nightclubs to be allowed to serve until 3:30am.


A cross-community group of Troubles victims will meet with the Taoiseach in Dublin later seeking support against the UK government’s proposed amnesty for legacy killings.

The British government claims its plan to block investigations into crimes committed by security forces or paramilitaries would help with reconciliation.


The government’s looking at new ways of reducing cost pressures on households across the country.

Last night, the Taoiseach told his Fianna Fail parliamentary party “a range of measures” are being considered to help with rising costs.

It’s understood an increase in the €100 electricity credit and relief for social welfare recipients are being examined.


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