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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C
THE MORNING LEAD
Ireland fares worst at managing protected nature sites in new EU report
A report by
Niall Sargent
Out of 10 countries, Ireland underperformed in every measure aimed at protecting at-risk species such as the curlew and corncrake.
Report examined the effectiveness of measures to protect vulnerable species in Special Protection Areas (SPAs)
No Irish case had targeted, measurable and time-bound conservation measures to deliver the favourable status of species
"Incomplete and/or irregular” monitoring of many species also found
Yesterday
1st February 2023
# russian invasion
Two people killed by Russian strike on residential building in eastern Ukraine
At least seven people were wounded, according to the regional governor.
# downsized
Katie Taylor's Croke Park dream is over due to costs, with homecoming set for 3Arena
GAA HQ has proven too expensive to rent for a Taylor homecoming bout, with promoter Eddie Hearn expressing his frustration.
# anthony lowe
US cops fatally shoot double amputee fleeing from them
36-year-old Anthony Lowe abandoned his wheelchair as officers point their weapons at him after allegations he had stabbed someone.
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# Demonstrations
Fianna Fáil politicians raise concerns about anti-immigrant protests at parliamentary meeting
One attendee said the message from the meeting was “we need to worry about this and monitor it”.
# Andrew Gearns
Coroner says unresolved IT glitch a 'serious issue for entire prison system' at Cork man's inquest
The inquest of Andrew Gearns continued today.
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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# ozzy osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne cancels tour as he's not 'physcially capable' of performing
Osbourne was due to play the 3Arena in Dublin on 10 June, as well as gigs in the UK and Europe.
# redress scheme
'Mothers had their children ripped out of their arms': 24,000 people excluded from redress
The Mother and Baby Home redress scheme was sharply criticised by the opposition in the Dáil this evening.
# Court
Man with over 150 previous convictions sentenced to three years for burglary
Stephen Maher pleaded guilty to theft at an office at Point Square in Dublin 1.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# dog control
Politicians hear calls for 'mandatory' theory test for prospective dog owners
A working group on dog control was established by the Government earlier this month.
# tyre nichols
Funeral for police beating victim Tyre Nichols underway in Memphis
Five officers involved in the beating have been fired and are facing murder charges.
# Wonderkid
'He would do things that would just make you say, ‘Wow!''
Naas RFC man Jamie Osborne has risen swiftly through the ranks into the Ireland squad.
# hyperemisis gravidarum
Minister urges doctors to lobby drug companies so women can easily access pregnancy sickness meds
Women, doctors and pharmacists have criticised the over-complicated system set up.
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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# Operation Thor
Man arrested and vehicles seized as part of probe into burglaries in mid-Leinster
The arrest and seizures were made as part of an investigation carried out under Operation Thor.
# 3RD LEVEL
CAO deadline closes with over 78k applications
A Change of Course Choices facility will become available on the CAO website this Friday.
# Corruption
Ukraine searches residences of billionaire and ex-minister in clampdown on corruption
The searches have targeted influential billionaire Igor Kolomoisky and former interior minister Arsen Avakov.
# drugs policy
'The war on drugs does not work': Fianna Fáil TDs call for reform to drugs policy
A report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee called for an acceleration of decriminalisation.
# Classified Documents
No classified documents found in search of Biden's beach home in Delaware, lawyer says
It’s the latest stage of an operation to track down improperly stored classified documents.
# Dublin
Man arrested after attempted vehicle theft at The George nightclub
A man in his late teens was arrested and enquiries are ongoing.
# Finance committee
Ulster Bank to freeze 2,000 active accounts after 'last attempt' to engage with customers
Ulster Bank and KBC appeared before the Oireachtas finance committee today.
# BACKLOG
Almost 50k Learner drivers to wait 19 weeks for a test, says RSA
The national average waiting time for a driving test is currently 19 weeks, almost double the RSA’s target.
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# Apology
UK MP apologises for describing Israeli government as ‘fascist’
Kim Johnson also said she recognised the use of the term, ‘apartheid state’, was ‘insensitive’.
# mattletico
Opportunity and challenge - what Matt Doherty can expect at Atletico Madrid
Doherty’s move to Madrid is as challenging as it is intriguing.
# Courts
Man who stabbed former boss 19 times found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity
Neil O’Dowd was remanded on continuing bail until 15 February.
# Kinshasa
Pope Francis slams 'brutal atrocities' of conflict during Congo visit
The pontiff also appealed to those who ‘plunder, scourge and destabilise’ the turbulent region to lay down their weapons.
# Romania
Andrew Tate to be detained for a further 30 days, Romanian court rules
The 36-year-old former kickboxer is being held on suspicion of organised crime and human trafficking.
# 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.
# Look Up
Green comet to make its closest approach to Earth in 50,000 years tonight
The comet will be visible in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
# Finglas
Gardaí issue fresh appeal over Finglas assault due to 'significant volume of disinformation'
It comes in the wake of erroneous claims made by right-wing groups that a migrant was involved in carrying out the assault.
# Goat
'I'm retiring, for good' - NFL quarterback great Tom Brady bows out
Quarter-back calls it a day with seven Super Bowl victories.
# Active travel
National Transport Authority allocates €290m for walking and cycling infrastructure
The investment will fund around 1,200 Active Travel projects.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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’.