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# 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.
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.
# 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.
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Voices
Opinion: Music can access parts of the brain that may not yet be damaged by dementia
Music therapist Lisa Kelly looks at the discussion around music and dementia and says the research is promising.
# Assault
Footballer Mason Greenwood ‘relieved’ after attempted rape and assault charges dropped
Greenwood had been due to stand trial in November 2023.
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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# 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.
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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The Explainer helping make sense of challenging news stories every single week.
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# 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.
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# Dublin heritage
Work to begin on preserving Iveagh Markets roof after years-long wait
The once-lively indoor marketplace in Dublin 8 has been left vacant.
# Emergency Accommodation
Govt facing 'pinch-point' on asylum seeker accommodation
Tánaiste Micheál Martin said that modular housing would come on stream in the coming weeks.
# Aidan McAnespie
Suspended sentence for ex-British soldier convicted of 1988 manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie
In November, David Jonathan Holden, 53, was convicted of the manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988.
Aidan McAnespie, 23, was killed in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, moments after walking through a border security checkpoint.
In November, David Jonathan Holden, 53, was convicted of the manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988.
Members of McAnespie’s family were in court for the sentencing hearing.
'We didn't want a pound of flesh': Aidan McAnespie's brother critical of sentence for David Holden
# Job Cuts
Tech giant Salesforce to cut around 200 jobs in Ireland
Last month, the company announce it was shedding about 10% of its employees globally.
# pregnancy sickness
Health minister asks department and HSE to review current approach to Cariban reimbursement
Women, doctors, and pharmacists have criticised the roll out of a new scheme.
Voices
Vision-impaired woman: 'Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths'
Anne Marie Kearney is vision impaired and uses a cane. She says e-scooters must never reach a footpath.
# state redress
'How far back do we go?': Micheál Martin calls for 'debate' on historical wrongs by the State
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday that the Government “cannot spend the same euro twice”.
# women of honour
Micheál Martin to receive Women of Honour report today
A independent group has been reviewing allegations of bullying and harassment in the defence forces over the last year.
# Aidan McAnespie
'We didn't want a pound of flesh': Aidan McAnespie's brother critical of sentence for David Holden
David Jonathan Holden, 53, was sentenced to three years at Belfast Crown Court this afternoon.
# stephen mccullagh
Natalie McNally murder: Man remanded as court hears 'livestream' alibi was prerecorded
Stephen McCullagh was denied bail and will appear again in court later this month.
# No Go
Croke Park chief says no Taylor fight due to security costs
Stadium director Peter McKenna said Croke Park believe Taylor’s promoters Matchroom should carry security costs.
# Government Jet
State looking to buy a new ten-seater Government jet that can travel long-haul
Micheál Martin says there has been ‘serious issues’ with the current Learjet.
# Punxsutawney Phil
Six more weeks of winter predicted in Pennsylvania's Groundhog Day ceremony
The ceremony sees the rodent Punxsutawney Phil emerge from his burrow and choose one of two scrolls to decide the upcoming weather.
# Team news
Bealham starts for Ireland against Wales as Furlong ruled out injured
Stuart McCloskey starts at inside centre, while Ross Byrne has made the bench.
# Big rigs
Shell profits double to €38 billion in 2022, the highest in the company's 115-year history
The figure was more than double the amount in 2021.
# nursing home charges
Simon Harris suggests he received note on nursing home strategy but claims cases were 'historical'
The past week has seen the revelation that successive governments used the strategy to limit payouts to nursing home residents.
# Redress
'I was the child of a fallen woman': Boyd Barrett gives powerful speech in Mother & Baby debate
The TD said the mother and baby home system perpetrated “shocking, perverted, twisted stuff”.
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