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If you're due to use the Red Line Luas this morning, it might be worth considering an alternative mode of transport.

According to the tram operator's social media feed, the Luas has experienced technical difficulties on the route which serves the city centre.

Following numerous updates, the latest post, which was uplaoded 20 minutes ago, confirms that the Red Line Luas is running from Tallaght/ Saggart to Smithfield only.

Tram operators have assured customers that tickets will be accepted on Dublin Bus.

Customers have wasted no time communicating their displeasure with the lack of communication in the wake of the technical disruption.

"My luas ticket was rejected to be used on the Dublin bus, awful system that you have, and I want my money back, wrote one member of the public.

"Are you making announcements at the other stops? I had to tell someone who was visually impaired! No announcements and unable to see sign," highlighted another.

The Green Line service is operating normally.



Last week, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, informed her party that she is making it a criminal offence to photograph or film up a woman’s skirt without her express consent.

According to The Irish Times, the move will coincide with the expansion of the definition of ‘revenge porn’ and seeks to deal more effectively with an act known as ‘upskirting’ in addition to the publication of voyeuristic material.

Commenting on the legislative change, an Tánaiste said: “It is important that we ensure our laws can deal effectively with phenomena such as so-called revenge pornography and the publication of voyeuristic material without consent, as recommended by the Law Reform Commission’s report.”

The new legislation will also see the creation of other criminal offences which ‘fall short of the intentional and egregious activity covered by the first offence, and covers the non-consensual taking and distribution of intimate images by any means of communication where this causes harm to that person but without any necessary intent to cause harm.’

The move comes after a report published last September highlighted shortcomings within Irish legislation to protect against revenge porn.

It is understood that the new and extended offences will carry the maximum penalties of a class A fine – currently a fine not exceeding €5,000, and/or up to 12 months’ imprisonment –  and on conviction on indictment an unlimited fine and/or up to seven years’ imprisonment.

Reinforcing the importance of the new legislation, Ms Fitzgerald said: “These acts can cause serious and lasting harm, particularly to young people.”

The final Bill is due to be published shortly.



At this stage we know better than to expect prolonged periods of sunshine in this country, and yet any reports that suggest we're in for bad weather always tend to come as a bit of a blow, right?

Considering this, we're feeling fairly blue over the two weather warnings issued by Met Éireann this week.

According to their Twitter account, the country is in for periods of heavy and widespread rain with strong winds and extensive mist.


"The rain will be heavy at times, especially across southern counties and will be accompanied by hill and coastal mist," read their official forecast.

Further to this pretty grim assessment, forecasters have issued a yellow and orange weather warning.

But the one silver lining (if you look really, really hard) is that, thankfully, temperatures aren't set to dip too low, with highs between 15 and 19 degrees.



The remains of Alan Hawe, a primary school deputy principal, who murdered his wife and three children last year, has been exhumed from the family grave in the town of Castlerahan, Co Cavan.

Following a request for the exhumation in March, Mr Hawe's remains were removed from the small graveyard beside St Mary's Church and will be taken to Glasnevin Crematorium today.

The decision to bury Mr Hawe alongside the woman and three children he murdered, before taking his own life last August, sparked heated discussion in Ireland at the time.

At first light, undertakers, in the presence of Gardaí, HSE staff and Cavan County Council officials, removed the remains following his family's decision to separate him from his four family members.

Under the terms of the licence the body must be reburied or cremated within 48 hours.



Gardaí in Dublin have appealed to the public to come forward with any information they may have pertaining to an incident in Swords which led to the death of a 34-year-old man this week.

It has been confirmed that Chris Fitzgerald has died in hospital this week after suffering serious head injuries following an assault at the weekend.

It has been established that the victim was discovered in the vicinity of the Wright Venue at approximately 03.40 on Sunday and subsequently rushed to Beaumont Hospital.

Reports assert that Mr Fitzgerald will be removed to the City Mortuary where a post mortem examination will take place.

It is understood that a man in his 30s was arrested yesterday and taken to Swords Garda Station for questioning where he can be held for up to 24 hours.

A Garda statement read: "Gardaí are continuing to detain and question a man in his 30s under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Swords Garda Station as part of the investigation."

Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information and have asked members of the public to come forward specifically if they witnessed an altercation between two men outside the popular nightclub between 3,00 and 3.30.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01-6664700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111



Ticket touting has been a source of considerable discontent in Ireland for decades.

Whether it's for a sporting fixture or music event, the sale of overpriced tickets on the secondary market sparks much heated discussion.

However, it looks like moves are being made to make it a criminal offence following submissions to a public consultation this week.

According to emerging reports, the GAA and the FAI have expressed support for the introduction of legislation which will seek to regulate ticket resale on the secondary market.

Commenting on the proposed legislation, the GAA said: "The current legislation in no way reflects the technological developments of recent decades."

"Touting in its various forms should be classified as a criminal activity with appropriate penalties in place, whether this be on the street, online or private trading of tickets above face value or fraudulent tickets online sites."

Ticketmaster, however, has railed against the idea, stating that the potential move will not yield the desired results.

Confirming their stance on the matter, they said: "Any legislation in Ireland will simply achieve the same effect as seen elsewhere; resale will not cease, it will go offshore and underground – out of the reach of the consumer protection authorities."

The submissions were received by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, with Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor asserting that the 'widest possible debate' must be undertaken before a decision is drawn on the matter.