Top four things you need to know – Friday April 15th
Vigils are to take place across the country today in memory of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee, who were both murdered in Sligo this week.
Yesterday evening 22-year-old Yousef Palani appeared in court charged with the murder of the two men and the assault of a third in Sligo.
Vigils, organised by the LBGTQ+ community, are being held in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Belfast and many other provincial locations this evening.
Russia’s defence ministry says its warship Moskva has sunk – maintaining that it was badly damaged by a fire on board.
But Ukrainian forces claim to have hit the vessel – the flagship of Moscow’s Black Sea fleet – with missiles.
The West hasn’t confirmed either way but the Pentagon says the sinking if a massive blow to Moscow’s naval capacities in the Black Sea.
Two thirds of people are in favour of retaining Ireland’s neutrality.
Senior members of Government including the Taoiseach and Defence Minister Simon Coveney have all recently said that there should now be a debate on the issue in light of the war in Ukraine.
Water temperatures can still be extremely cold this time of year.
That’s according to the RNLI who say wearing a bright swim cap, a flotation device and a wetsuit are of vital importance when swimming in the sea.
The Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland are collectively warning people to be careful when near the coast or on the sea this bank holiday weekend.