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President Michael D Higgins has sent his best wishes for St Patrick's Day to the people of Ireland, the Irish diaspora, and all those around the world celebrating Ireland's patron saint.

In his St Patrick's Day message, the President called for links to be forged with the descendants of Ireland's emigrants and stronger bonds with present day migrants.

The Government has announced a review of parking charges at hospitals around the country.
The Health Minister Simon Harris says he wants to establish clear national guidelines on the issue.
It follows ongoing complaints that people with seriously ill relatives are being hit with excessive parking fees while visiting loved ones.
Spokesperson for the Irish Cancer Society, Donal Buggy, has welcomed the decision.
He said: "Car parking charges are one of the things that are within our control in the health system and it would be very welcome to have national standards, national guidelines to inform policy for hospitals.

Opposition leaders are demanding clarity from the Taoiseach over his decision to contact planners in Clare County Council following a phone call from Donald Trump.
Mr Varadkar said that when he was Tourism Minister he got a call from Mr Trump, asking about proposals to build a wind farm near Doonbeg, where the billionaire owns a golf resort.
The Taoiseach says he has talked before about the matter, and that ministers often make enquiries about planning matters.


Today there will be scattered showers with some sunny spells. Top temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees in light to moderate southeast breezes increasing moderate to fresh later.