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Twitter must block Putin’s propaganda – MEP Kelly

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Ireland South MEP, Sean Kelly, is calling for a major social media platform to "immediately suspend" the Russian UK Embassy’s online account.

“I am calling on Twitter to immediately suspend the Russian UK Embassy’s Twitter account, and any other accounts linked to the Russian Federation and used as disinformation platforms for war criminal Putin,” Seán Kelly MEP said today (Monday) in lambasting recent tweets by the embassy.

“Putin is directing the intentional slaughter of innocent civilians, from young children to the very elderly, on a daily basis. The Russian Embassy in the UK, in particular, has been denying these war crimes, despite substantiated reports of these most heinous atrocities, and continues to spread lies and Putin’s propaganda. How long will Twitter facilitate the perpetrator’s propaganda being spouted by accounts hosted on its platform?

“I am urging the EU to urgently re-evaluate its recent ban on Russian propaganda in light of the Russian Federation’s use of social media to publish false information."

He says he supports the ban on Russian propaganda channels such as Sputnik and RT channels, but that the same rules need to apply to social media where a great deal of people get their news and information from.

MEP Kelly pointed to recent tweets by the Russian embassy in the UK, which attempt to falsely lay blame on the Ukrainian side and hit out at our free and independent media for so-called “Russiaphobia”.

“Russia’s attack on Ukraine is an illegal, unprovoked and vicious attack on a sovereign country - it is important that the truth is heard loud and clear,”Kelly underlined.

Mr Kelly pointed out the Russian Federation's restriction or banning of most major social media platforms in the country. He further denounced the move to effectively end media freedom in Russia with a new law that enables the authorities to jail journalists or those who publish what is deemed to be "false" news about the invasion or actions of the Russian armed forces for up to 15 years.

The Fine Gael MEP recently voted in favour of a European Parliament report on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE), which lays the foundations for collective EU efforts to tackle foreign interference.

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Ireland’s oldest citizen has Killarney connections

Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week. Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections. The previous record […]

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Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week.

Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections.

The previous record was held by 107-year-old Nancy Stewart who died on September 10 2021.

Although born in Belfast, Máirín went to school in the Mercy Convent. Her father was a customs and excise officer and the family moved around a lot eventually coming to Killarney after spells in County Down and Dublin.

Her mother came from the Rathmore area and her father was from Newmarket in County Cork.

She attended the Mercy Convent and has, in previous interviews, recalled growing up on the shores of Lough Lein.

“Neighbours who had three children were given the job of taking me to school,” she said. “They were annoyed because the children were going to school for two or three years but I was put in to the same class as them – my mother had taught me.”

In 2021 she featured in the book ‘Independence Memories: A People’s Portrait of the Early Days of the Irish Nation’, sharing stories of being kept in school in Killarney during an attack on the RIC barracks down the road.

In 1924 she started a degree in science and a diploma in education at University College Cork, before working in the pathology lab in University College Cork’s Department of Medicine for 16 years.

last year she recalled her story on the podcast: ‘Living History – Irish Life and Lore’.

During the broadcast she talked about her parents’ membership of the Gaelic League in 1910; the Spanish Flu in Ireland in 1918; The Black and Tans in Killarney in 1921; the early days of the new Free State; Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932, visiting the Basket Islands in 1929; and working in the UCC medical laboratory from 1932 until 1948.

This week President Michael D. Higgins hosted an afternoon tea event to celebrate the important role that a variety of people have and can play in different communities and Máirín was among the guests of honour.

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Philip is running over 100kms for Cancer charity

Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday. Phillip has already […]

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Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday.

Phillip has already completed four half marathons at various locations around Killarney – all in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group – or the Cancer Bus as it popularly called.

This is the second time that Phillip has run four half marathon and an official race for the charity.

Back in 2021 he finished with 5km Run Killarney event but his finishing race this time around is over eight times the distance at 42kms.

“We are delighted with Philip’s continued fundraising support but also with his awareness raising for the charity,” Breda Dyland, Service Manager Kerry Cancer Support Trust.

“We are getting busier all the time and still get no statutory funding so are dependent on fundraisers like Philip’s to keep us on the road. We have just put our new wheelchair accessible bus on the Cork route so Philip’s funding will be going towards the operation of this vehicle.”

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