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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# Housing Crisis
1 in 10 dwellings in Leitrim were vacant at the end of 2021, new data shows
Swinford in Mayo was the Local Electoral Authority with the most vacant dwellings at 12.2%, while Leixlip and Tallaght had the least at 0.7%.
Mid-February announcement due on whether eviction ban and cost-of-living supports will be extended
The Taoiseach said it is ‘fair to say that the rising cost-of-living is biting hard’.
# rawlton house
Gardaí to probe links between blaze at Dublin building and claims it would house asylum seekers
A Government spokesperson said that Rawlton House was not to be used as a direct provision centre.
# Donegal
Trial date set for man accused of murdering mother in house fire
Guenter Lohse will go on trial on 8 April 2024 at the Central Criminal Court.
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# Incumbent
Keenan remains a key man as Farrell's Ireland target a Six Nations title
The 26-year-old recalls visiting the Principality Stadium as a supporter back in 2015.
# 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.
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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# Courts
Man jailed for 'merciless' attack on a man in Phoenix Park
Footage showed the attackers laughing and the victim could be seen bleeding heavily from his head.
# Inflation
Consumer prices have increased by 7.7% in the year to January, CSO estimates
The CSO today published the flash estimate of inflation from the EU HICP for Ireland for January.
# Recession
Britain will be only major economy to plunge into recession in 2023, IMF warns
The IMF predicts that the UK economy will contract by 0.6% this year, 0.9 percentage points worse than its previous forecast in October.
# depopulation
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and islander John Walsh tell Susan Daly about what is needed to help our offshore islands thrive.
# Irish Film
Growth and impact of Irish film highlighted as Screen Ireland unveils its slate for 2023
Director John Carney and actors Charlene McKenna, Eve Hewson and Eva Birthistle were among the talent at today’s event.
# Negligence
Government to establish group to examine the rising cost of health-related legal claims
The Working Group aims to reduce the rising cost of clinical negligence claims in the health system.
# Hairdressing
Haircut costs ‘will increase’ if special hospitality VAT rate given the chop
The Irish Hairdressers Federation said there has been a decline in demand for hairdressing services amid inflation.
# accommodation crisis
Ukraine Cabinet committee to assess if Ireland aligns with refugee supports offered by other EU countries
Ministers are to discuss the critical nature of refugee accommodation.
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Trauma
The law on pregnancy concealment is outdated and cruel to women
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The squeezed middle
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# Courts
Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of eight-year-old girl
The man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl at an address in Cork on a date between 1 and 7 November 2003.
# Climate
'High probability' of global warming reaching 2 degrees by mid-century, study suggests
Professor Peter Thorne of Maynooth University said the research should be taken seriously, but added that it is just a single study.
# Ashtown
'Only a matter of time before someone is killed': Hundreds attend anti-racism event in Ashtown
Ruth Coppinger helped organise an anti-racist demonstration in Ashtown in Dublin yesterday evening.
# Bavaria
German woman alleged to have killed a lookalike she found on social media to fake her own death
According to a daily German newspaper, the woman was a beautician who entrapped the victim via Instagram by offering her cosmetics.
# humanitarian release
Tánaiste holds hour-long phone call with Iranian counterpart seeking release of Irishman
Phelan’s health is understood to have deteriorated since his detention.
# we go again
GAA order replay of All-Ireland Club final between Kilmacud Crokes and Glen
Kilmacud Crokes have three days to appeal the decision.
# Island Nation
‘Always a battle’: Clare Island locals fight to improve ‘dangerous’ pier
Inaction to improve conditions cutting at the heart of islanders’ connection to the mainland.
# Daily poll
Poll: Will you switch to an electric vehicle?
New research shows that demand for EVs is growing strongly.
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# Fine Gael
Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin confirms he will not stand in next General Election
Griffin confirmed he would not contest the next General Election to Radio Kerry this morning.
# creeslough
Together for Creeslough concert an opportunity to 'look forward with hope'
Last night’s concert in Letterkenny began with a reflection to honour the ten people who died in the explosion.
# Chicago
Prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against singer R Kelly after federal convictions
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in a New York case.
# Looking Back
Patrick Horgan says he was 'treated unfairly' by former Cork management
Horgan has also described Cork’s 2022 season as a ‘a failure before it even happened.’
# childminders
Children’s Minister to seek approval to alter legal status of childminders
The move would allow parents to qualify for the National Childcare Scheme if they have a registered childminder.
# Ukraine
Biden rejects calls to supply Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets as Russia claims advances
Ukraine has expanded the list of weaponry it needs to be better able to drive Russian forces from occupied territories.
Ukraine has expanded the list of weaponry it needs to be better able to drive Russian forces from occupied territories.
But US president Joe Biden has appeared to draw the line on supplying American fighter jets to Ukraine.
It comes as a Kremlin-appointed Donetsk leader claimed Russian forces were advancing near a strategically valuable town.
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
# tyre nichols
Seventh officer suspended over fatal beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis
Three firefighters who arrived at the scene but failed to provide adequate medical assistance to Nichols have also been sacked.
# Power
2022 among 'most challenging' years for energy sector, watchdog to tell politicians
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities will also outline the impact of the electricity sector on reducing customer debt.
# Peshawar
Blast at Pakistan mosque kills at least 80 people and injures 150 others
The attack happened during afternoon worship in the provincial capital of Peshawar.
# Justice Committee
NTA: Bus timetables will have to change because of later pub and club hours
The Oireachtas Justice Committee will be discussing the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill today.
# Island Nation
‘On its knees’: Future of island fishers on a knife edge
Islanders say authorities are failing to give support needed to save this traditional way of life.
# planning reform
Councils seek €40 million to help beef up staffing in planning departments nationwide
Local authorities have sought funding from the Government to recruit an additional 541 planning staff.
# Charging up
Seven in ten Irish car buyers considering purchase of an electric vehicle
Two electric cars and a hybrid ranked in the top five most in-demand new cars of 2022.
# gfa 25
Events to mark Good Friday Agreement anniversary planned 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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# 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.
# 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.