Five stories you might have missed from the weekend

Five stories you might have missed from the weekend


The UK Prime Minister has apologised for failing to meet his do-or-die pledge to take the UK out of the EU on Halloween night.

Boris Johnson told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday show that he is “deeply, deeply disappointed” that the UK is still in the EU – despite his insistence that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” that request an extension to the process from the EU.

“It is a matter of deep regret,” he said.

Boris Johnson Brexit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the steps of No 10 Downing Street on the day the MPs debate and vote on his motion for a general election on 12 December 2019. The UK will not leave the European Union on 31 October 2019 as the leaders of the European Union have granted an extension for Brexit until 31 January 2020. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Katie Taylor has become a two-weight world champion after taking home the WBO Super Lightweight belt last night.

The Bray woman is only the third Irish fighter to hold belts in two weights – following in the footsteps of Carl Frampton and Steve Collins.

Her win over Christina Linardatou at the Manchester Arena takes her record as a professional fighter to 15-0.

The Taoiseach has warned that Ireland “cannot tolerate” illegal immigration and insisted the State is increasing security at points of entry.

Leo Varadkar was speaking amid controversy over protests against a planned asylum seeker centre on Achill Island.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he said illegal immigrants from Georgia and Albania were a “big driver” behind a rise in the number of asylum seekers in the country.

election Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media at Government Buildings in Dublin | Image: Leah Farrell/

The overcrowding crisis in the psychiatric unit at Waterford University Hospital is common in health services right across the country, according to the Irish Medical Organisation.

It comes after images emerged of patients sleeping on the floor of the unit as well as in chairs.

The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said there were 54 patients in the 44 bed unit earlier in the week and warned that ongoing overcrowding is causing “intolerable distress” for patients and staff.

At least four people have been injured after a knife attacker reportedly targeted pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Local media said one of the men had his ear partially bitten off.

They said the attacker appeared to target protesters at the Cityplaza mall in the Tai Koo district.


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