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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C
# Inflation
European Central Bank raises interest rates by 0.5% in bid to tame inflation
The bank’s governing council is expected to deliver a half percentage point hike today, the same as at their last meeting in December.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
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# 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.
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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# 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.
# 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.
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.
# 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”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a legal 'theory test' before someone can own a dog?
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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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# heading off
Australia to remove images of British monarch from its banknotes
The late Queen Elizabeth II’s image will not be replaced.
# Investigation
Two men in their 20s killed after car collides with articulated truck in Co Mayo
The crash happened shortly before midnight in the Facefield area of Mayo.
# The Main Man
'Did it motivate me? Yeah... It was gutting' - Sexton still proving his point
The Ireland captain has fully recovered from a procedure on his face last month.
# European Parliament
European Parliament president to address a joint sitting of the Oireachtas this afternoon
It’s expected that H.E. Roberta Metsola will thank Ireland for its response to the war in Ukraine.
# Kramatorsk
At least three people killed after Russia strikes residential building in Ukraine
At least seven people were wounded, according to the regional governor.
# tyre nichols
Mourners celebrate Tyre Nichols’ life and voice outrage at police brutality
Vice President Kamala Harris delivered an impassioned speech calling for police reform.
Voices
Analysis: Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Economist Ciarán Casey says that Ireland’s GDP often generates news headlines which do nothing for his emotional stability.
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# livestreaming
FG councillor taking legal advice as she claims council is 'blocking' broadcasting meetings
A vote taken in 2021 saw Laois County Council approve providing finances for livestreaming its meetings.
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
# 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.
# 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”.
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# 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.
# 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.
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# 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.
# 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.