IrelandMorning Briefing

Your morning briefing: First-time buyers borrowing surges; US bombs targets in Syria; and staff shortages delay new flood forecasting system

EU calls for ‘humanitarian pause in Gaza; Whale body-slams windsurfer at Sydney beach; what next for Web Summit; and Sonia O’Sullivan on running the Dublin Marathon

US carries out airstrikes on Iran-linked sites in Syria

The United States has carried out airstrikes on facilities in Syria used by Iran and its allies in the region.

The Pentagon said that the strikes were in response to “a series of ongoing and mostly unsuccessful attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups” that began on October 17th.

US officials said the airstrikes had hit weapons and ammunition storage facilities, writes Washington Correspondent Martin Wall.

Israel-Hamas conflict

The best from Opinion

Top News Stories

Pages from The Irish Times edition of October 20th, 1953 covering the opening of Busáras

News from around the World

The Big Read

  • Web Summit faces up to an uncertain future without its founder: This year’s Web Summit may still be a little over two weeks away, yet already it is shaping up to be a very different event from any other. The Lisbon event will be the first without cofounder Paddy Cosgrave at the helm since the first Dublin event in 2009, when 400 people crowded into a room to hear bloggers and journalists discuss the impact of the internet on the media and politics, writes Ciara O’Brien.

Today’s Business

Top Sports news

Martyn Turner

Martyn Turner Cartoon

Friday Movie Quiz

Letters to the Editor

Israel-Hamas conflict


Sir, – Given the high cost in terms of the loss of innocent lives in Gaza, Israel must ask itself is the bombardment and siege of Gaza the only solution?

It is not desirable for the inevitable hatred and desire for revenge arising from the heinous October 7th attacks to cloud the logic behind any solution to the current crisis. A simple thought experiment may help in this regard.

Setting aside the absurdities inherent in such thought experiments, imagine that every person in Gaza that is not a threat to Israel, the innocent civilians, are replaced by people that are also not a threat to Israel, that is Israeli citizens. Now if the bombardment and siege of Gaza is killing Israeli citizens in place of Palestinians would they also be unavoidable collateral damage or could there be an alternative solution to Israeli security?

– Yours, etc, VINCENT O’BRIEN, Moorepark, Co Meath.

Video & Podcast Highlights

Review of the day

Why not try one of our Crosswords & Puzzles?

Like this?

Get the best content direct to your inbox by signing up to one of our newsletters