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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C
# women of honour
'Watershed moment' as report on bullying and harassment within Defence Forces to be published
Micheál Martin met with the Women of Honour group to discuss the report yesterday.
# defamation laws
Justice Minister to seek Cabinet approval for sweeping reform to defamation laws
Ireland’s libel and slander laws have been criticised for creating a chilling effect on public-interest journalism.
Fines should be doubled to €5,000 for owners not in control of their dogs, Cabinet to be told
A report by
Christina Finn
Cabinet will be told that 40 new dog wardens need to be hired.
27th March 2023
# response
Harrington issues statement after refusing to answer questions during Off The Ball interview
The Olympic champion has issued a statement this evening.
# nashville
Gunwoman shoots three children and three adults dead at Nashville school
The heavily-armed shooter killed three children and three staff members.
# france v ireland
France narrowly defeats Ireland in Euros qualifier
Benjamin Pavard’s long-range strike earned France a 1-0 win.
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# Belarus
Russian missiles pound city of Sloviansk as British tanks arrive in Ukraine
The tanks are expected to be involved in any spring counter-offensive launched by Ukraine.
# judicial reforms
Israel's Netanyahu announces 'pause' to judicial reforms after mass protests
A controversial plan to hand more control to politicians and diminish the role of the Supreme Court has ignited an unprecedented wave of protests.
# fanning the flames
Strong winds drive early wildfire destroying forestry in Spain
The blaze has forced 1,800 people from their homes.
# News Fix
Here's what happened today: Monday
Your roundup of what made the headlines.
# Healthcare
Wexford hospital opens children's unit as emergency department remains closed after fire
The Paediatric Assessment Unit can care for problems such as minor injuries, fevers and sore throats.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 testing centres to close nationally, as testing no longer needed for 'vast majority'
Both PCR and antigen testing will continue to be used by doctors in hospitals and general practices
Union tells driving testers not to accept cars without valid NCT, against RSA stance
The requirement for a valid certificate was temporarily suspended because of Covid-19 delays.
# Eviction
'No emergency accommodation offered' to family of eight evicted from rental home in Donegal
The family, which includes six children, are currently staying at a friends house in their spare room until Friday. They have nowhere else lined up to go.
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# daddy issues
What can we expect from the final season of Succession?
We take a look at what we can learn from the first episode.
# Waterford
Body discovered at scene of house fire in Tramore, Co Waterford
The scene at the house is currently being preserved for technical examination.
Explainer: Who is Humza Yousaf, the new leader of Scotland's ruling party?
Here’s everything you need to know about the soon-to-be First Minister.
# Gardaí
Gardaí probe 'significant' new leads in relation to murder of prison officer by IRA in 1980s
Stack was a prison officer who was killed by the IRA in 1984.
# insolvency
High Court approves €4.4m debt write-off for ex-Fianna Fáil councillor
Former Waterford councillor Thomas ‘Eddie’ Mulligan will will contribute a sum of just over €9,000 to his creditors and in fees.
# Cruel Blow
Leinster confirm Johnny Sexton is likely to miss the rest of this season
The 37-year-old will undergo groin surgery tomorrow.
# abuse allegations
Women of Honour hold 'constructive' meeting with Tánaiste as report due to be published tomorrow
Diane Byrne, a former Irish Defence Forces officer, was speaking ahead of a meeting at Government buildings.
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Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
Healthcare services failing island communities
Future of island fishers on a knife edge
# First Minister
Humza Yousaf promises to bring 'independence for Scotland' as he's elected SNP leader in tight vote
Nicola Sturgeon announced in February that she would resign after more than eight years.
# Housing
Planning permission refused for 'car dependent' houses in Balbriggan
An Bord Pleanála ruled the scheme would promote unsustainable transport modes.
# AI criminals
ChatGPT's ability to draft realistic texts makes it tool for scammers & cyber crime - Europol
EUROPOL, the EU’s law enforcement agency, has carried out a report looking at the threat posed by the new Artificial Intelligence website.
# sexual health
Call to consider including advice for over-40s in new sexual health strategy
An independent review has made 32 recommendations on how to advance Ireland’s sexual health and wellbeing.
# Drugs
Man arrested at Dublin Airport with €544,000 worth of cannabis in his luggage
During the course of the search approximately 27kg of suspected cannabis was found.
# Paris
Louvre staff block entrances to the famous museum as part of pension protests
Demonstrators demanded the repeal of the new pension law that raises the retirement age from 62 to 64 in France.
# wir leben autos
EU moves closer to banning new fossil-fuel cars after striking deal with Germany
Germany, one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world, had previously vetoed the ban.
# Columb Barracks
Justice minister says anti-asylum seeker demonstration in Mullingar was 'effort to intimidate'
The government recently decided to use Columb Barracks, which has been closed for several years, to temporarily house asylum seekers.
# Cork
Man charged with dangerous driving causing death of GAA broadcaster Paudie Palmer
Paudie Palmer, a highly regarded broadcaster and columnist, passed away on 8 January following an alleged hit and run on 29 December, 2022.
# judicial reforms
Explainer: How Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right government sparked unprecedented protests in Israel
There have been about 12 weeks of mass demonstrations.
# Crimes Against Humanity
UN investigation finds migrants stuck in Libya are being tortured and forced into sex slavery
Nearly all the survivors interviewed did not lodge official complaints out of fear of reprisals, arrest, and extortion.
# Courts
Man caught with child abuse material after sexually assaulting child gets suspended sentence
Gardaí searched the home of Stephen Gregan (42) after receiving a complaint he had sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl while she was out shopping with friends.
# wild birds
Two men receive criminal convictions for recreational killing of rooks
Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has issued a reminder that all wild birds, without exception, are protected by law.
Prince Harry arrives in UK for High Court battle with Daily Mail newspaper
Prince Harry, Elton John and other high-profile figures have brought a claim against the newspaper’s publisher, for alleged misuse of their private information.
# tenant rights
How does Ireland compare with other EU countries when it comes to renter rights?
With the debate around tenant rights top of the agenda again this week, here’s how Ireland measures up.
# Waterford
Approval granted for university to buy 20 acres on former Waterford Crystal site
The site has been mooted for use as student accommodation and to expand the university’s footprint in recent years.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you go to a Joe Biden event during his Irish visit?
The US president is coming to Ireland to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
# Limerick
Two men in critical condition after stabbings in Limerick
A man in his 20s and a man in his 40s were found with stab wounds in Thomondgate in the early hours of this morning.