Top four things you need to know – Friday September 17th

Two men have been charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

She was shot dead during riots in Derry’s Creggan area in April of2019.

The killing took place on April 18 2019.

These two men – aged 21 and 33 – have been charged possession of a gun and bullets, intent to danger life, riot, as well as possession of petrol bombs and the throwing of petrol bombs.

The 33-year-old is also charged with robbery offences.


The hosting of the 2024 America’s Cup in Cork isn’t dead in the water just quite yet.

The organisers have extended the selection process in order to allow short listed venues more time to work through the details


One of Ireland’s largest teachers unions says it is too soon to change the rules for children who are close contacts of a confirmed Covid 19 case.

Yesterday NPHET indicated the current requirement for children to be tested and to restrict their movements may cease at the end of this month.

At present over 10,000 children are absent from Irish schools after being designated close contacts.


The President Michael D Higgins will meet the Pope in Rome today, while the DUP is calling for answer on why he won’t attend a church service commemorating the centenary of Northern Ireland and partition.

A mass is being held in Armagh next month by the main religious leaders with the UK’s Queen to attend, but the President has said he’s not in a position to attend.


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