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# Active travel
National Transport Authority allocates €290m for walking and cycling infrastructure
The investment will fund around 1,200 Active Travel projects.
# Protocol
EU reports 'very constructive' Northern Ireland Protocol talks but says there is no deal yet
The Times earlier reported the EU has accepted a plan that would avoid routine checks on goods going into the region.
# Arrest
Special Detective Unit gardaí arrest prominent anti-refugee protester after garda threat video
Graham Carey is being held at a south Dublin garda station.
# Romania
Andrew Tate appears in court to appeal against second 30-day extension of detention
The 36-year-old former kickboxer is being held on suspicion of organised crime and human trafficking.
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# Dáil
Legislation that would allow gardaí to wear body cameras set to be tabled today
The Bill will allow for recording from body worn cameras, helicopters, aircraft, Garda dogs, drones, mobile devices and tablets.
# Cancer
People in Ireland's most deprived areas have higher risk of dying from cancer, report finds
The study also found differences in the types of cancers diagnosed in the most and least deprived areas.
SPOTLIGHT
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
PODCAST
Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
Healthcare services failing island communities
'ON ITS KNEES'
Future of island fishers on a knife edge
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# disability payments
State 'didn't have a leg to stand on' over non-payment of disability allowance, says Varadkar
A secret Cabinet memo revealed that the State could have been liable for up to €700 million in DPMA claims.
# colm horkan
New jury to be sworn in at Stephen Silver murder trial after initial jury was discharged
A note was handed to the judge this morning to say that one of the jurors had a difficulty serving.
# nursing home charges
Public Accounts Committee to probe whether Government hid information about nursing home charges
The committee is meeting this afternoon to discuss the strategy.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Minister: 'No level of consultation' would change views of some on housing asylum seekers
Minister Roderic O’Gorman also expressed concern about the impact of some ‘untrue, online rumours’.
# Finance committee
'Significant decline' in account activity across KBC and Ulster Bank as market exit looms
TDs are due to hear from both KBC and Ulster Bank later today.
# rent credit
'Exceptionally high volume' of calls to RTB leading to backlog on queries about renters' credit
Green Party TD Patrick Costello said that the RTB are overburdened and don’t have the resources they currently need.
# Mea Culpa
Sexton has 'probably proved me wrong' after Lions omission, admits Gatland
The Wales boss left Sexton out of his Lions squad to tour South Africa in 2021, and the Ireland skipper has played some of his career-best rugby since.
SPOTLIGHT
Voices
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
Misinformation
How will Irish politicians cope with an increasingly angry electorate?
Larry Donnelly
Trauma
The law on pregnancy concealment is outdated and cruel to women
Lorraine Clifford-Lee
The squeezed middle
What we should learn from the Great Recession of 2007-2013
Yekaterina Chzhen, Ryan Alberto Ó Giobúin and Stefanie Sprong
Feast day
Make no mistake – history shows us that Brigit was a boss
Dr Niamh Wycherley
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# friction
Netflix cameras fight for access as new Six Nations series begins shooting
The first series is due to be streamed ahead of next year’s championship.
# Phew
Missing radioactive capsule found in Australia
Mining giant Rio Tinto apologised for losing the capsule.
# strike action
Walkout Wednesday: Up to 500,000 workers across the UK on strike today
Teachers, university lecturers, train drivers, civil servants, bus drivers and security guards are going on strike.
# Ukraine
Ukraine to push for European Union membership at summit in Kyiv
Ukraine gained EU candidate status in June last year, several months after Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops rolling across the border.
# tech lay offs
PayPal to cut around 2,000 jobs, 7% of its global workforce
PayPal employees around 2,000 people in Ireland and has operations here in Blanchardstown and Dundalk.
# BACKLOG
RSA chief to apologise in front of Transport Committee for delays in NCT inspections
The average wait between booking an appointment and the next available date is currently 27 days, compared to a pre-pandemic average of 12 days.
Voices
Opinion: Will it take a miracle for State to do right thing on Mother and Baby redress scheme?
The proposed redress scheme – which is expected to pass in the Dáil today – is deeply flawed, James Smith writes.
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# tyre nichols
Tyre Nichols to be laid to rest three weeks after deadly assault by police
A funeral will be held on Wednesday for the 29-year-old skateboarder and amateur photographer.
# ChatGPT
ChatGPT creators release new tool aimed at easing concerns over university plagiarism
Various universities have now banned the software.
# heatwaves
Planting more trees in cities could reduce deaths from intense summer heat, study finds
“This is becoming increasingly urgent as Europe experiences more extreme temperature fluctuations caused by climate change,” one researcher said.
# Mortgages
Ireland had the highest number of mortgage drawdowns last year since 2008
That’s according to two reports published today by the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland.
THE MORNING LEAD
Ireland three years past deadline to send long-term climate strategy to European Union
A report by
Lauren Boland
The government has repeatedly fallen short of promises to get the important strategy finished.
Cumbersome grant system holding some back from solar PV uptake, says expert
Young people are least confident in Irish government's efforts on environment
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# rust
Alec Baldwin formally charged with involuntary manslaughter over fatal film set shooting
Baldwin was holding a Colt .45 during rehearsals when it discharged, killing Halyna Hutchins in October 2021.
# Done Deal
Spurs terminate Matt Doherty's contract to enable Atletico Madrid move
Meanwhile, Tottenham have signed Pedro Porro in a reported €45 million deal.
# Nuclear Weapons
US says Russia is not complying with last remaining nuclear treaty
Moscow announced in early August that it was suspending US inspections of its military sites, which were part of the New START treaty.
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# Andrew Gearns
Prison staff knew Cork man was suffering 'delusions' prior to fatal suicide attempt
Report finds staff did carry out a significant number of checks on cell – more than what is required by Irish Prison Service procedures.
# Bah Non
1.27 million people joined protests over French pension reforms, say officials
11,000 police were on duty for an estimated 250 protests nationwide.
# accommodation crisis
Ministers sign off on new €10m International Protection Fund to support community needs
The minister emphasised the need for urgent access to large-scale temporary facilities.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Welsh ties
'I’d made my decision that I wanted to wear green, not to be in red'
Tadhg Beirne had the option of playing for Wales but decided to return home to Ireland.
# Paris 2024
Olympic Committee rejects Russian demand that its athletes compete without restrictions
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it considered if Russians could compete as neutral athletes rather than under their national flag.
Voices
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We are asking readers to keep a Money Diary to let us know how your spending and savings are changing.
# nightlife
Longer drinking hours could harm public health, committee warned
An Oireachtas committee heard from public health organisations that deal with alcohol-related harm.
# nursing home charges
Varadkar defends controversial 'legal strategy' for limiting nursing home payouts
Opposition parties have called on the Government to release documents relating to the strategy.
The government has confirmed the legal strategy existed to block refunds to nursing home residents and that the plan was "pursued by successive governments".
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar agreed with the policy, calling it a "sound policy approach" and "legitimate legal strategy".
Wexford TD Verona Murphy told The Journal that some families who have contacted her feel "aggrieved" at the legal strategy, as they made sacrifices in order to pay for the nursing home care.
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
# Congo
Pope Francis denounces 'economic colonialism' in Africa on first day of tour
‘Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered,’ the pope said.