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12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# St Patrick's Day
Niall Horan 'looking forward' to performing at the White House for St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be meeting with US President Joe Biden tomorrow.
# Courts
Man (73) who fled to Tenerife 18 years ago jailed for four years for drug dealing charge
Joseph Rogerson had been due to be sentenced in November 2006 but took a bench warrant and went to the Canary Islands.
# Fitzgerald Report
Report due on study into social media complaints of alleged military sexual misconduct
The Journal has obtained the findings in the report compiled by Ruth FItzgerald – it is due to be published in the coming days.
# Washington DC
'The banks can't have it both ways': Varadkar says interest rates on savings should increase
The ECB increased its interest rates by 0.5% today.
DAA wins appeal over €5 million planning contribution demand from Fingal County Council
The contribution concerns a proposed development to replace airport parking for 13 aircraft which was removed due to the works on the north runway.
# failte abhaile
Team behind An Irish Goodbye bring Oscar home for St Patrick’s Day weekend
The movie won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
# John Hynes
Garda Colm Horkan was 'one of a kind', says long-time friend
Hynes said that Garda Colm Horkan was an ‘exceptionally close friend to him’ and had built their bond working together.
# Six Nations
Three changes to Ireland team for Grand Slam decider against England
Robbie Henshaw, Ryan Baird, and Jamison Gibson-Park come into the starting XV.
# Simon Byrne
PSNI says officers from Britain will be brought to Northern Ireland to police Joe Biden visit
The PSNI chief constable said the visit of the US President was a ‘unique policing operation’.
# Courts
Murder victim Frankie Dunne had head and arms removed after his death, trial hears
The body of the 64 year old was found under a tree on the grounds of Castlegreine House on Boreenmanna Road in Cork city in December 2019.
# Enoch Burke
Enoch Burke must pay Wilson's Hospital School for legal costs, High Court rules
The school will be at large to take what steps it wishes, including the sequestering of Burke’s assets, to enforce the fines from 23 March.
# surveillance drone
Pentagon releases footage of what it says is Russian aircraft dumping fuel on US drone
The 42-second video shows a Russian Su-27 approaching the back of the MQ-9 drone.
# Child Sex Abuse
St John Ambulance still has ‘quasi-military structure’ not appropriate for children
The report details a wide range of child grooming and abuse tactics allegedly employed by a former senior St John’s Ambulance volunteer.
# Special Criminal Court
Kinahan Cartel manager Douglas 'Oscar' Glynn jailed for managing 'industrial scale' drugs warehouse
Glynn is already serving a 6.5-year jail sentence for his involvement in a foiled Kinahan Cartel plot to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately.
# Ryan Tubridy
'We'll have a look at what's next, who's next': RTÉ director-general on The Late Late's future
Ryan Tubridy will present his final Late Late Show on Friday 26 May on RTÉ One.
# Interest Rates
European Central Bank hikes interest rates for sixth time since last summer
The base interest rate in Ireland will now rise to 3%.
# Consumer Price Index
Cost-of-living: Annual rate of inflation rises slightly to 8.5%
The CSO Consumer Price Index rose by 8.5% between February 2022 and February 2023.
# Late Late Show
Who should replace Ryan Tubridy as The Late Late Show host?
He’s been in the hotseat for 14 years, but who should take his place?
Ryan Tubridy is leaving The Late Late Show and will present his final show on 26 May
RTÉ has not yet made any decision regarding the next presenter, but said an announcement will be made later in the summer.
# off abroad
Banshees in Beijing: Embassy due to host screening as Eamon Ryan arrives in Chinese capital
The Environment Minister has spent recent days in both Shanghai and Hong Kong.
# rent index
Average rents for new tenancies see 6.7% year-on-year increase
That’s according to the RTB’s Rent Index, which compared new rents in Q3 of 2022 to the same period in 2021.
# independent review
St John Ambulance garda vetting system still 'incomplete'
The independent report said this could allow for unvetted adults to gain access to children.
# Teamwork
'Fairytale stuff': 85-year-old Waterford trainer and teenage jockey celebrate at Cheltenham
John Gleeson steered John Kiely’s A Dream To Share to a thrilling Weatherbys Champion Bumper success.
# paddy's day weather
Rainy bank holiday weekend ahead with 'unsettled' conditions on the way
Temperatures are expected to be generally around or above average for the time of year.
# Daily poll
Poll: Is it worthwhile for Ministers to travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day?
Almost €175,000 was spent last year to send ministers abroad on trade missions for St Patrick’s Day.
Farmland prices hit highest level since Celtic tiger, according to new annual report
Business buyers have also been active, purchasing 43% of the farmland sold last year.
# unity referendums
McDonald plays down significance of Sinn Féin-backed Irish unity adverts in US newspapers
The advert says the British Government continues to ‘break its obligations’.
# Charged
Man due in court following seizure of €1.1 million worth of cannabis in Co Kildare
He is due to appear before Naas District Court at 10.30am today.
# ireland funds dinner
Taoiseach recalls last trip to DC when he told an Irish nation it was going into lockdown
This year’s Ireland Funds dinner went off without a hitch this year.
# St Patrick
President Higgins links struggles of migrants to our patron saint in St Patrick's Day message
The president stated that ‘a poisonous xenophobia, new and recalled, has taken hold in so many places’.
Undersea cables like those off Irish coast could have beefed up security under new EU naval plan
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The strategy document, titled “An enhanced EU Maritime Security Strategy for evolving maritime threats, was released last week.
The strategy document, titled "An enhanced EU Maritime Security Strategy for evolving maritime threats, was released last week.
Sources have said that the strategy could benefit Ireland in funding and other support.
The Government has repeatedly stated that Ireland is not joining any military alliances.
# Nuremore Hotel
SIPTU members employed at Co Monaghan hotel apply to appoint liquidator following wage issues
Last December, staff at the hotel staged a sit-in protest due to wages allegedly not being paid on time.
'Still more work to do' in addressing Windsor Framework concerns, Donaldson says
The DUP leader said the Brexit deal “does not deal with some of the fundamental problems” created by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Omagh
Woman arrested in connection with attempted murder of PSNI Detective released on bail
DCI John Caldwell was attacked in Omagh, Co. Tyrone last month.
3 best bets for Thursday's card at Cheltenham
Three to follow on the third day of the 2023 festival.
# emmett place
Planning permission granted for redevelopment of Cork's Crawford Art Gallery
The project will include a new entrance onto Emmett Place, new exhibition spaces and a Learn and Explore facility.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
Your roundup of what made the headlines today.
# Gaelic Park
Irish government puts up €500,000 for revamp of New York GAA stadium
Located in the Bronx, Gaelic Park has been a home for Gaelic games in New York City since 1926.
# colm horkan
'You killed a garda': How the jury reached a verdict in the Colm Horkan murder trial
Stephen Silver (40) was found guilty of the capital murder of Garda Horkan this afternoon.