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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# belfast agreement
Govt planning events to mark Good Friday Agreement anniversary amid speculation over Biden visit
There has been much speculation about whether the US President will visit Northern Ireland for the anniversary.
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30th January 2023
# Peshawar
Blast at Pakistan mosque kills at least 61 people and injures 150 others
The attack happened during afternoon worship in the provincial capital of Peshawar.
# Afghanistan
UN calls on Taliban to let women help give aid to desperate Afghans
Afghanistan is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with more than half of its population facing hunger.
# Club Drama
Decision from GAA's CCCC on Glen-Kilmacud club final is expected tomorrow
Both clubs attended a hearing of the full CCCC committee in Croke Park tonight.
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# rawlton house
Investigation underway into possible arson attack at building in inner city Dublin
Gardaí have stated that no one was injured in the fire.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
SPOTLIGHT
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
HIGH AND DRY
Offshore islands a footnote in State priorities
HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
‘Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
Healthcare services failing island communities
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Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
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# tbess
Deadline for Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme being extended past tomorrow
Claims in relation to energy bills for September 2022 had been required to be submitted by tomorrow.
# Northern Ireland
Good Friday Agreement anniversary worth celebrating despite Assembly not functioning - Taoiseach
The 25th anniversary of the agreement is in April.
# resolution
Former Wales rugby star Thomas settles HIV case with ex-boyfriend
Thomas says he paid his accuser £75,000 plus costs, calling this a ‘hugely positive outcome for my own mental health and that of my family.’
Voices
Bad Bridget: Uncovering the secret lives of Ireland's emigrant women
Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick, authors of the book Bad Bridget, share the story of an Irish emigrant who was sent to prison for seven years for stealing a watch and money.
# Animal Welfare
Over 100 dogs currently on waiting list to be surrendered to DSPCA
The charity told The Journal that it has also seen an increase in the number of older dogs being surrendered to the shelter.
# macron
France braces for new strikes against pension age increase
Around 1.1 million people took to the streets for the first strike day on 19 January and police expect a similar number tomorrow.
# tyre nichols
Sixth officer suspended over fatal beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis
Nichols is to be laid to rest on Wednesday in Memphis.
# Asylum Seekers
89 asylum seekers left without accommodation last week after Citywest closure
The Department of Integration has confirmed it has sourced a “limited number of additional beds” for asylum seekers.
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Leopard tanks
How these tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
Tom Clonan
CAMHS report
The report came as no surprise to anyone caring for children in turmoil
John Church
Child mental health
CAMHS is not working – we need to act urgently to reform how it operates
Mary Lou McDonald
Trauma
The law on pregnancy concealment is outdated and cruel to women
Lorraine Clifford-Lee
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# Ukraine
Ukraine government bans senior public servants and lawmakers from travelling abroad
The announcement comes as France, Australia and Norway agree to send weapons to Ukraine.
# Gardaí
Calls for protest 'exclusion zones' following sharp rise in number of Dublin demonstrations
64 protests have been policed in Dublin so far this month compared to 307 protests in all of last year.
# Stephen's Green
Demolition of Dublin's Stephen Court approved to make way for new office building
The new development is expected to be 7 storeys tall and will feature a publicly accessible courtyard, similar to the one currently at the site.
# Arrest
Man arrested over murder of Paul 'Frank' Byrne whose skeletal remains were found in 2010
Byrne (20) was last seen on 15 July 2009 at Kilmartin Green, Tallaght in Dublin.
# Nursing Home
Release of documents on illegal nursing home charges to be discussed by government
A Dáil debate on the nursing home refunds controversy has been delayed by week.
# Comment
McIlroy: The form male golfer on the planet takes down the man in the LIV Golf hat
Rory McIlroy continued his stunning end to last year by winning his first event of the year ahead of Patrick Reed.
# Sexual Assault
Ireland's six Sexual Assault Treatment Units saw over 1,000 people last year
The figure increased by almost 200 people compared with 2021.
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# Schools
Teachers who qualified abroad able to register in Ireland amid staffing shortages
The Teaching Council is trying to increase the supply of registered teachers.
# Courts
Gun enthusiast found with 'ammunition factory' of bullet heads, cartridges and gunpowder
Gavin Blanchfield was given a six-year suspended sentence today.
# Pride
Former All Blacks prop comes out publicly as gay
Campbell Johnstone played three Tests for his country in 2005.
# DePaul
Man jailed for setting fire to homeless hostel that left woman with catastrophic injuries
The fire at the Depaul Hostel in Dublin 7 was started by Keith Riggs (38) in March last year.
# Defence Forces
Women of Honour group have received no updates and await independent report
Micheál Martin said last week that he plans to fulfill the recommendations within the report.
# Courts
'Rather sad' no one to speak in court on behalf of man killed in his own home, judge says
Noel Lennon (49) was charged with the murder of Isaac Horgan.
# st brigid's day
Brigid, Bridget and Bríd: how popular is the saint's name in modern Ireland?
Ahead of the first St Brigid’s Day bank holiday, the CSO has revealed how the name’s popularity has waned in recent years.
# Books
Three Irish novels among 70 books nominated for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award
The winner will be announced by Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy on 25 May 2023.
# pandemic
Three years on, WHO says Covid-19 is still a global emergency
The WHO first declared a so-called public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020.
# Salmonella
Eight poultry flocks in Ireland confirmed positive for Salmonella
All eight flocks have been restricted and are under Department controls.
# Rape Crisis Network Ireland
Rape Crisis Network calls for independent authority on domestic, sexual, gender based violence
This post would independently monitor and scrutinise the coordination and implementation of policy and practice.
# Holly Newton
Boy (16) appears in court charged with murder of teenage girl in England
Holly Newton (15) was found hurt shortly after 5.10pm on Friday and later died in hospital.
# Austria
Man arrested after being found living in Austrian cellar with six children and woman
Local media reported that the man is a follower of a right-wing extremist conspiracy group.
# missile threats
Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike during phonecall before Ukraine invasion
The Kremlin has disputed the claim, saying there was “no threats with missiles” during the conversation.
# Ashtown
'Racist' attack on Dublin homeless camp described as a 'sickening low'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and integration junior minister Joe O’Brien have both condemned the incident.
# Westminister ethics
British Prime Minister Sunak under pressure over handling of Zahawi tax row
Rishi Sunak sacked Nadhim Zahawi from his role as Tory party chairman after an investigation found he breached the ministerial code.
# Island Nation
Housing constraints ‘causing serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
Planning blockages, high building costs and no rental options are creating a housing crisis on our offshore islands.
# Asylum Seekers
Residents in Lismore protest against use of town's refurbished hotel for direct provision
Over 200 people reportedly gathered yesterday for a demonstration in the west Waterford town, arguing that the building had been earmarked for tourism.