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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C
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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31st January 2023
# 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.
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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# 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
Money Diaries: Have you been affected by the cost of living - would you like to keep a diary for us?
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.
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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Analysis: The six-month rule for Mother and Baby Homes redress does not add up
Barrister Seán Beatty says the government’s six-month rule around compensation is impossible to justify.
# Courts
Second man admits facilitating gang in murder of Thomas McCarthy
Charles McClean (32), of St Mark’s Drive, Clondalkin was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning.
# Criminal Assets Bureau
Man arrested after CAB seizes cash, luxury watches and designer handbags
Raid were carried out at 15 locations today.
# Comment
Replay decision made but twists remain in sorry All-Ireland club final saga
Kilmacud Crokes have three days to appeal the CCCC’s decision that the game should be replayed.
# Natalie McNally
Man arrested for second time in connection with murder of Natalie McNally
The man was previously arrested on 19 December.
# Job Losses
Tesco says its Ireland stores are unaffected by UK overhaul of 2,100 jobs
It announced that it will extend changes to store management roles, shut remaining counters and hot delis and shut a number of in-store pharmacies as part of the shake-up.
# Explainer
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
A 2011 memo stated that the liability from these incorrect charges could amount to €12 billion.
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# stephen silver
Garda murder accused Stephen Silver claims detective Colm Horkan tried to attack him
Silver denies murdering Garda Colm Horkan in 2020.
# Housing Crisis
Almost one in 20 dwellings in Ireland were vacant in last three months of 2021
Leitrim was the Local Authority with the highest vacancy rate at 10.6% in Q4 2021, while South Dublin had the lowest at 1.%.
Varadkar says he'll reveal plans for eviction ban and cost-of-living supports in mid-February
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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.