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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C


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# noteworthy
Sink or Swim: Inside the battle over access to the historic Clontarf Baths
Locals hoped a redevelopment would return the pool to public use after decades of disrepair.
# Social Housing
Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes
5,500 people have turned down social housing since 2016.
# Data Protection
'Lost complete confidence in them': Nearly two new data breaches at Tusla every week
Several potentially serious incidents have been reported since the Data Protection Commission launched an investigation last year.
# irish freedom party
Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission
Two members of the party are running as independents in the upcoming elections.
# Dublin City Council
DCC's Keegan says criticism 'near hysterical' over him calling homeless services 'attractive' option
That is according to correspondence obtained by under Freedom of Information.
# elections 2019
'Banning them is a red herring': Why election candidates are standing over their use of posters
There have been increasing calls from the public to stop the use of posters during elections.
# Smoking
'It's just not good behaviour': Hospital anti-smoking policy flouted by patients and visitors
On 4 July 2012, Beaumont Hospital became a “tobacco-free campus”.
# Rotunda Hospital
Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place
The HSE has said that “service demand remains within the predicted limits” in relation to abortion services.
# Investigation
'Nobody seems to care': Why some children face years of waiting for 'early intervention'
A family’s address can decide whether their children get quick access to services like speech therapy – or flounder on waiting lists.
# racial assumptions
'I left feeling like s**t': AIB criticised for 'presuming' Irish woman was international student
Sarah* (20) was born in Ireland to Chinese parents. She now attends the National College of Ireland (NCI).
# Interview
'I'm no expert in the cultivation of cannabis': Taoiseach supports idea of Irish farmers growing cannabis in the future
In a wide-ranging interview with, Varadkar discussed John Delaney, Brexit, Peter Casey and the European elections.
# Jim Daly
'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA
Jim Daly contacted the authority after his constituents raised concerns about the ad.
# Brexhaustion
One week out from the latest Brexit 'cliff edge', what's going on?
Ireland has been ramping up no-deal preparations, while the UK government has gone searching for Commons support.
# oral health plan
To avoid 'traumatic' extractions, government set to expand dental care for kids under 6
Children receive free dental check ups in 2nd, 4th and 6th class but there has been huge cuts to those services.
# cannabis in ireland
'Momentous achievement': Campaigners welcome confirmation of government medicinal cannabis supplier
Health Minister Simon Harris will bring proposals about the cannabis access programme to Cabinet next month.
# Measles
People divided on banning unvaccinated children from schools
Most people agree with this stance but almost one in five are unsure, according to an opinion poll.
# soaring rents
Two more areas become Rent Pressure Zones as rent prices continue to rise
Limerick City East and Navan met the designation criteria within the latest Residential Tenancies Board report.
Deli worker awarded €11.8k after claiming her manager sexually harassed her
The case was brought before the Workplace Relations Commission.
# Deal or no deal
Here's how various post-Brexit scenarios could impact the Irish economy
A new ESRI and Department of Finance report has examined what could happen in various scenarios.
# Watergate House
'Farmers wouldn't keep cows in this': Complaints over mould, leaks at Dublin Direct Provision centre
The centre accommodated around 50 asylum seekers before it closed last June.
# waiting for godot
Waiting for clarity: Trust crumbles and tension builds in final Brexit days
The absurdity of the Brexit process continues, as patience from all sides is put under strain.
# Homelessness
The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer
Neither the Department of Education nor the State Examination Commission keep those details.
# the explainer
'It spreads like wildfire': Why Ireland, and the world, is seeing a huge surge in measles cases
Some 136,000 people died from measles globally in 2018.
'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike
A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.
# article 50
'One last roll of the dice': How Britain's newspapers are covering the vote to delay Brexit
A vote in the House of Commons means Brexit may not be happening on March 29.
# Prosecutions
'After 47 years, this is a moment': Anxious wait for families before Bloody Sunday announcement
“Putting a soldier in jail wouldn’t make me happy whatsoever,” Kevin McKinney says, whose father was shot dead in 1972.
# Your Say
Poll: Should children be banned from attending school if they haven't been vaccinated?
There has been a huge spike in measles cases worldwide.
# grounded
Explainer: Why are aviation officials grounding the Boeing 737 Max across Europe?
Authorities around the world have grounded the Boeing Max 737 following a crash on Sunday.
# Ireland connected
Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018
Figures obtained under FOI show how each Department spent on St Patrick’s Day last year.
# Vaccine
Another measles outbreak confirmed, this time in north Dublin
There have been five cases since the start of February.
# clancy amendment
'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign
The ad warning learner motorists not to drive unaccompanied began airing in December.
# Lobbying
'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions
Laws prohibiting the advertising of alcohol within 200 metres of schools will come into effect later this year.
# Emergency
Irish Coast Guard staff and volunteers no longer allowed to use blue lights and sirens
Volunteers are worried about the potential delays this will cause when they are travelling to incidents.
# michael shine
'Michael Shine spoke very, very softly and referred to me as a nice boy most of the time'
Shine was yesterday found guilty of groping seven boys in his care over a period of three decades.
# Wait Times
Almost 15,000 elderly people were forced to wait over 24 hours in emergency departments last year
The latest figures show there was an increase of nearly 3,000 on the year previous.
# Abortion legislation
'The law is the law': Rotunda maternity hospital told to offer abortions up to 12 weeks, not 11
Last month, it was reported that the Rotunda would not provide abortions for women at more than 11 weeks’ gestation.
# Jobseekers
'Explosion in social welfare sanctions': SF and FF team up to slam government's JobPath scheme
Sinn Féin’s motion calls on the government to end the referral of jobseekers to JobPath.
# brexplainer
What will a no-deal Brexit mean for Ireland?
This seems as a good time as any to talk about this.
First trial shows e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine patches and gum for quitters
Currently, 10% of Irish ex-smokers use e-cigarettes.
# factcheck
Factcheck: Are Irish nurses among the highest paid in the world?
Nurses and midwives across the country will be on strike from 8am this morning.