Dublin: 9 °C Friday 31 March, 2023

# December

Last year
# Winter
17 dead after days of heavy snow in Japan
Some areas have seen almost a metre of snowfall in 24 hours.
# Winter Weather
Cold snap sees coldest day since 2010 as ice warning remains in place across the country
A status yellow low temperature/ice warning is in place for the entire country.
A status yellow low temperature/ice warning is in place for the entire country.
The cold is to cause hazardous driving conditions across the country today.
Water Safety Ireland is advising people to stay away from ice and frozen waterways during the cold period.
Over 70 flights cancelled at Dublin Airport today after Greater London airport closures
Status Orange alert for most of country as freezing fog to persist into evening
All time
# close contacts
Tracing the start of the Third Wave: Over 3,000 close contact tests from socialising in November and early December
Household settings made up the largest number of close contacts referred for a Day 0 test.
# small turkeys
December saw record-high grocery sales, but less money spent on whole turkeys
Sales of smaller cuts of meat such as turkey rolls and roast pork increased.
# Poll
Poll: Have you done any Christmas shopping in person?
Non-essential retail reopened last week.
# Happy Christmas
Dublin gets its first 24-hour bus services this weekend as the 15 and 41 run all night
“It is no longer the case that city shuts down at 11 or 12 at night,” National Transport Authority CEO Anne Graham said.
# December
Man arrested in connection with Roscommon eviction
The property was repossessed by private security personnel last month.
# December
Almost 700 people arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving this month
In 2017, a total of 812 motorists were caught driving while intoxicated during the month of December.
# lucky lucky lucky
Kylie Minogue has rescheduled her Irish gigs for early December
The singer cancelled her Dublin and Belfast gigs last Sunday due to a throat infection.
# Chaos
11 people you will encounter if you dare to go 'up town' in December
Don’t do it.
# Festive Cheer
The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December
The cost of the Christmas bonus is €219 million.
# high noon
George Hook moves from lunchtime slot to weekend Newstalk show
The new show will begin in December.
# checkups
Fire safety audits to be carried out on 25 schools constructed in the last 20 years
Fire safety in Ireland’s public buildings has been under the microscope in recent months.
# On track
Ding ding ding - the Luas has taken its first trip across O'Connell Bridge
Two Luas trams have made the first journeys on the new Luas Cross City route this morning.
# Investigation
Man in his 20s arrested over sexual assault of teen (18) in Dublin
The alleged incident occurred in the early hours of 18 December.
# sky fire
9 striking photos from this morning's sunrise
Readers sent in their photos capturing the brief, beautiful moment.
Wrapping up warm? No need, it's going to stay mild this weekend
Temperatures will reach as high as 14 degrees in some parts today.
# Back in action
'These two weeks will define our season': O'Brien ready to empty the tank again
After the frustration of being kept away from the Wallabies, the Tullow Tank is revved up and ready to go again.
# cashing in
There's been a surge in people leaving the state for their Christmas shopping
Clothes, alcohol and food & groceries topped the list for those leaving the state for shopping.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it too early for Christmas music?
The decorations are up in the stores but is it too early for festive tunes?
# wettest on record
Met Éireann has been crunching the numbers on our 'highly abnormal' December
Gerald Fleming called it “unprecedented in terms of our memory and records”. And here are the stats to prove it…
# Currency
Have any unwanted Lego? Here's how it can pay for sick children to be cared for
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation plan on selling the Lego to fund care for children with severe to profound disabilities.
# Employment Appeals Tribunal
Woman awarded €17,500 after being dismissed while on maternity leave
The company Samantha Murphy worked for went into receivership while she was off work.
# Sandra Collins
Family of missing Mayo woman renew appeal for her return
Sandra Collins has been missing since December 2000.
# through the roof
Going up: Irish property prices rose by 16.3% in 2014
The rate of increase in Dublin is twice that of the rest of the country however…
# Northern Ireland
Up to 6,500 homes left without water
Workers with NI Water are currently involved in a dispute over pensions.
# what do ya' reckon?
Irish adults are willing to pay €83 for water services
A new survey also shows that almost a quarter have attended a water protest in the past year.
# unwelcome visitors
Christmas burglary crackdown: 26 arrests in Dublin ... in one day
Twelve people have already been charged.
# Adventurous
9 actual advent calendars for grown-ups
‘Tis the season for shots of whiskey.
# Book that Trip
Dates for December back-to-back Champions Cup clashes finally confirmed
Munster host Clermont in Limerick on the 6th, before travelling to France on the 14th.
# Consumer protection
Car salesman convicted for selling 'clocked' car
The National Consumer Agency also issued compliance notices to Ryanair and Aer Lingus for failing to provide an email address on their website.
# Game Over
9 statements you'll utter while staying in and admitting defeat tonight
It’s ok. We’re all in the same boat.
# winter sales
Retailers report busiest St Stephen's Day since start of the recession
One retailer said they had done 50 per cent of last year’s 26 December turnover in the first hour of trading yesterday.
# Emigration
Irish emigrants organise worldwide toast to highlight their right to vote
The We’re Coming Back is campaign says Ireland “completely disenfranchises its emigrants”.
# Arrests
Court for two men over attempted murder of police
The charges follow a number of arrests made in Belfast and Lurgan at the weekend.
# fierce mild
'Tis fierce mild out today
The nation is bewildered.
# it's december
Winter woolies at the ready... It's going to get pretty cold in the next few days
There’ll be wintry showers in some areas, and on Friday daytime temperatures may only reach as high as 3 degrees.
# advent-ure
Which of the 9 types of advent calendar opener are you?
From the Nibbler to the Master Criminal.
# nollaig shona?
13 signs that Christmas has begun in Ireland
Christmas Day is exactly four weeks away.
# festive stash
One in four people are saving all year round for Christmas
New research on spending and saving habits also shows that fewer people plan to use their credit card for festive spending this year.