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# accommodation crisis
McGrath: 'Plea for large buildings to house refugees reflects the strain the system is under'
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made an urgent plea to his colleagues for accommodation assistance.
# Public Debt
Ireland has one of the highest per capita debt burdens in the world, around €44,250 per citizen
The burden of public debt for each person in Ireland was around €8,000 higher than the euro area average in 2022.
# Public Art
Bill aims to make it easier to allow for large scale public murals
Eoin Ó Broin’s legislation aims to facilitate ‘good quality public art’, while also including some ‘reasonable’ restrictions.
# Irish Prisons
Irish Penal Reform Trust express 'grave concern' as bed capacity reaches 100% across prison estate
Limerick’s female prison has reached highs of 164% capacity.
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# Intelligence
Pentagon tracking Chinese spy balloon over the US
The US military has not shot down the balloon because of the risk to people on the ground.
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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# eurosong
Poll: Do you watch the Eurovision?
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# Australia
Australia to legalise MDMA and magic mushrooms for medical use
The psychedelic substances will soon be used in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress.
# Summit
Ukraine urges EU membership talks this year ahead of key summit in Kyiv
Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv yesterday.
# Guilty
Tennis player Nick Kyrgios pleads guilty to assaulting former girlfriend
An Australian magistrate dismissed the common assault charge against the tennis star.
# greyhound racing ireland
Dogs found dumped in Kildare bog likely suffered 'traumatic injuries'
Tests and post mortems have thrown renewed spotlight on the greyhound racing industry.
# eurovision 2023
Hearing from the six artists hoping to end Ireland's 25 years of Eurovision hurt
Tonight’s Eurosong will decide Ireland’s Eurovision 2023 contestant.
# Public order policing
Public order: how gardaí are responding to current waves of protests
In recent years, the garda organisation has made efforts to formalise and professionalise their methods in protest management.
Protesters focused their ire on Finglas Garda Station this week.
Protest groups contain some people with criminal connections, according to sources.
SPOTLIGHT
Voices
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
Economics
Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Ciarán Casey
Redress
The six-month rule for Mother and Baby Homes redress does not add up
Seán Beatty
Mother and Baby
Will it take a miracle for State to do right thing on the redress scheme?
James Smith
Road Traffic Bill
Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths
Anne Marie Kearney
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Voices
The Sultans of Ping: 'It was a crazy sight to behold - every gig was exciting'
Paul McDermott traces the musical journey of Cork band The Sultans of Ping.
# The first step
'They played for Warren when they put that jersey on' - Gatland's first weeks with Ireland
The former All Blacks took over as Ireland head coach during the 1998 Five Nations.
# DC
Republican-led Congress ousts Ilhan Omar from US Foreign Affairs Committee
The Democrat has made several comments critical of Israel since 2012 that were condemned on all sides
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# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# EU Accession
Zelenskyy says Ukraine deserves for EU entry talks to start 'this year'
Kyiv is set to host a high-profile EU-Ukraine summit tomorrow.
# Cinema
Trailer Watch: Which film will you watch this weekend?
Here are a few options for weekend watching.
# Edgardo Greco
Italian killer suspected of mafia links arrested in France after 16 years on run
He is wanted in Italy to serve a life sentence for the murders of Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo.
# beyond the baseline
'The men’s tour is more cut-throat, and you’re out there on your own'
Tennis player Simon Carr speaks to The42 ahead of Ireland’s biggest Davis Cup tie for 40 years.
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Voices
Opinion: Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
Music therapist Lisa Kelly looks at the discussion around the positive benefits of music for people with dementia.
# Road Safety
Gardaí and RSA ask motorists to 'stay safe' and exercise caution this bank holiday weekend
18 people died on Irish roads during January 2023.
# Assault
Footballer Mason Greenwood ‘relieved’ after attempted rape and assault charges dropped
Greenwood had been due to stand trial in November 2023.
# demostrations
Varadkar on protests against refugees: 'We should know better. It's not the Irish way'
The Taoiseach said refugees genuinely fleeing war and oppression are welcome here.
# Court
Man charged with murder of Garda Horkan was roaring in the street about snipers, trial hears
Stephen Silver has pleaded not guilty to capital murder.
# tax receipts
Exchequer surplus of €2.8 billion recorded in year to the end of January
Overall, tax receipts were €7.5 billion in January.
# drugs policy
Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected to begin before summer
The Taoiseach said that a report by the Oireachtas Justice Committee would help set the terms of reference.
# Downing Street
UK union leader says civil servants 'bullied' by Dominic Raab suffered mental health crises
Raab was appointed Deputy Prime Minister under Rishi Sunak.
# standing ground
'It would have been completely wrong' - GAA boss defends handling of club final saga
Tom Ryan says direct interference with the CCCC’s handling of the controversy would have been ‘the worst thing we could possibly do.’
# factcheck
Debunked: No, ‘100,000 unvetted foreign nationals’ did not receive free accommodation in a year
Figures for people applying for asylum in Ireland are publicly available… and not nearly that high.
# Inflation
AIB due to raise mortgage rates following European Central Bank hike
The bank said that it intended to raise interest rates further in March.
# Defence Forces
Solider who falsely imprisoned another recruit dismissed from Defence Forces
A military judge said the offences committed by Private Philip McCarthy represented “an egregious breach of the ethos of service of the Defence Forces”.
# Omagh Bombing
Timeline: The long campaign for justice for families of the 1998 Omagh bomb victims
Today, NI Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said he intends to establish an independent statutory inquiry into the bombing.
# Omagh Bombing
UK Government to establish public inquiry into the Omagh bombing
The dissident republican bomb exploded in the Co Tyrone town on 15 August, 1998 killing 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins.
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said the inquiry will focus on whether the bombing could have been prevented.
Michael Gallagher, whose son Aiden died in the bombing, has welcomed the inquiry as "exactly what we wanted".
Justice Minister Simon Harris said the Government would discuss what action it should take in response to the inquiry.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How does Ireland's immigration system work?
Listen in to hear Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council explain.
# Courts
Man with 41 previous convictions who defiled teen girl has six-year sentence halved on appeal
The male was also placed on the sex offenders register.
# Planning
Green light given for demolition of former Anglo-Irish Bank HQ building on St Stephen's Green
Dublin City Council has given the green light for the building of a seven storey office block in its place.