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03rd Nov 2021

School Run News: Madeleine McCann’s parents feel hopeful after Cleo Smith rescue

Kat O'Connor

The top stories of the morning.

World: Madeleine McCann’s parents feel hopeful after Cleo Smith rescue

Madeleine McCann’s parents said they feel hopeful after Cleo Smith was found alive and well.

Cleo Smith was rescued by police in Western Australia in the early hours of November 3rd.

4-year-old Cleo had been missing for 18 days.

The McCann’s daughter Madeleine has been missing for over 14 years.

“Kidnapped children can be found, this case is proof and gives Kate and Gerry and all those other families of missing people hope,” a source told The Sun.

“They never stop hoping for that happy and positive news,” they added.

3-year-old Madeleine has been missing since May 2007.

Cleo Smith

At Home: Gardaí investigating alleged sexual assault in Dublin park

Gardaí in Dublin are investigating an alleged sexual assault in a Dublin park.

The attack reportedly took place in Donaghmede Park in Coolock on October 31st.

The park was closed off to the public.

A spokesperson for the Gardaí told The Irish Mirror, “Gardaí are investigating reports of an alleged serious incident that occurred in Coolock on 31st October 2021. No arrests have been made.”

Investigations are ongoing.

Childcare worker jailed after she stole €80,000 from charity-run creche in Dublin

A former childcare worker has been jailed after stealing €80,000 from a charity creche that supports single mothers.

Avril O’Brien was sentenced to 3 years in prison with the final 18 months suspended.

O’Brien, from Tallaght, worked as the office manager at the charity-run creche between 2013 and 2016.

She confessed to stealing the money, which she used for home renovations and family holidays to Florida.

Sr Teresa McCullagh, who hired O’Brien, said she felt completely betrayed when she discovered what she had done.

Celebrity: Tom Parker reveals his brain tumour is stable and under control

The Wanted’s Tom Parker has confirmed his brain tumour is stable and under control.

The Glad You Came singer shared the joyous news on Instagram, “I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as I tell you. We’ve got my brain tumour under control. We had the results from my latest scan…and I’m delighted to say it is STABLE.”

The dad-of-two added, “We couldn’t ask for any more really at this point; a year or so into this journey.

Tom said the relief his family feels is immense. “Honestly over the moon. We can sleep a little easier tonight.”

Tom Parker

Covid: Dr. Tony Holohan urges the public to reduce their close contacts

Dr. Tony Holohan has urged the public to reduce their close contacts as Covid cases continue to rise.

3,174 cases were confirmed last night, November 3rd.

There are currently 460 people in hospital and 86 of them are in ICU.

He urged people to continue following the basic Covid measures including mask-wearing, respiratory etiquette, practicing social distancing, and hand-washing.

“Be more mindful of the plans you have over the next few weeks,” Holohan warned.

He advised the public to “ration” the discretionary activities they plan on undertaking as we get closer to Christmas.