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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C
Missing Mails: Wiping of ministers’ texts and emails to be addressed with new policies
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Controversies over deletion of texts occurred in recent years, with new investigation revealing this practice is widespread among European leaders.
Investigative project #MissingMails reveals multiple scandals across European governments and institutions
As part of this, The Journal and Noteworthy examine Irish State practices following 'ZapponeGate'
Retention policies currently vary from department to department
1st June 2023
# schofield
'I will die sorry': Phillip Schofield says he is 'deeply mortified' about affair revelations
It emerged last week that the former This Morning presenter had an affair with a much younger man.
# Sean Rooney
Five Hezbollah members before court accused of killing Private Séan Rooney
The 23 year old was killed during an attack last December.
Hugh Callaghan, one of the Birmingham Six, dies aged 93
Callaghan and his co-accused were wrongly imprisoned over two IRA bombs which killed 21 people.
# Senegal
Clashes in Senegal after opposition leader sentenced to two years for 'corrupting youth'
The ruling appears to threaten the politician’s eligibility for next year’s presidential election under the electoral code.
# Drugs
Man charged after €100,000 worth of cocaine seized in Co Galway
€7,300 in cash was also seized following the search of a residence in An Spidéal, Co Galway yesterday evening.
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# Rough and Tumble
Joe Biden trips and tumbles on stage after delivering address at military academy
The White House said the US president is ‘fine’.
# News Fix
Here's what happened today: Thursday
Your roundup of what made the headlines.
# covid inquiry
Boris Johnson ‘more than happy’ to hand material to UK Covid inquiry amid legal battle
Johnson was forced to change his mobile in 2021 after it emerged his number had been publicly available online for 15 years.
# Cinema
Trailer Watch: Which film will you see this weekend?
Here’s a few options for weekend watching.
# War in Ukraine
Girl, nine, among the dead after latest Russian bombardment of Kyiv
The casualty toll was the most from one attack on Kyiv in the past month.
# Kosovo
Macron and Scholz urge new polls in tense Kosovo districts
Kosovo’s ethnic Serb minority boycotted April local elections in the north, allowing ethnic Albanians to take control of local councils despite a turnout of less than 3.5%.
# water safety
Public urged to bring a means of calling for help out on the water during activities
Water safety agencies are asking people to be cautious over the upcoming June bank holiday weekend.
Eoghan Daltun: 'Yes, state budget surpluses should be used to pay farmers to rewild their land'
The author and campaigner says if we are at all serious about reversing the death of Irish nature, we need to be rewilding on as big a scale as possible.
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# Tackle Trial
IRFU to reduce tackle height from next season as part of World Rugby trial
The trial will come into effect in Ireland from the start of the 2023/24 amateur rugby season and continue through to the end of the 2024/25 season.
# Breaking
NI cab firm sacks driver after video emerges appearing to show him threaten passenger with gun
The driver told the passenger “You are f****** lucky I’m not taking your knees out” while appearing to hold a gun to his head.
# Crumlin
Security guard threatened with imitation firearm during cash-in-transit robbery at post office
The incident happened outside a post office on the St Agnes Road in Crumlin, Dublin 12.
# Data Breach
Over 1,000 patients of UL Hospitals Group affected by data breach involving 'unknown party'
The patients’ personal and medical information was accidentally emailed to an unknown third party by a staff member.
# Podcast
The Explainer: 16 years on, what is happening with the Madeleine McCann case?
Joining us on this week’s episode is journalist Robbyn Swan, author of Looking for Madeleine and who featured in the Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, to look over the history of the investigation. Are police making progress? Who is the suspect who has been linked to the case?
# Kosovo
US intensifies diplomatic pressure for peace as Serbs rally in north Kosovo
The town of Zvecan saw clashes between police and Serb protesters.
# Dundalk
Man arrested on suspicion of murder after fatal assault of a woman in Co Louth
Catherine Henry’s body was discovered in ‘unexplained circumstances’ in Dundalk last Wednesday.
# Biodiversity
Rewilding row: Green minister warns of ‘horrible conservative scaremongering’ on EU nature law
Ossian Smyth said he was ‘not happy’ that Fine Gael’s EU party, the EPP had walked out of talks on the issue.
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# influencers
Influencers in France could face jail time under new advertising law
Violators of the rules could face punishments of up to two years in prison and €‎300,000 fines.
# policing in ireland
GSOC chief warns that body cams and facial recognition tech will be open to abuse
GSOC boss Hugh Hume said that the watchdog will need significant investment if it is to keep track of misconduct related to abuse of new technologies.
# Phillip Schofield
ITV boss called to face MPs’ questions amid This Morning row
Schofield, 61, resigned from the broadcaster last week after admitting to an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a younger male colleague.
Reader Q&A: What do you want to know about Irish neutrality?
Our reporters will put your questions to experts in the field, for a comprehensive and thorough look at what neutrality means for Ireland, and how we would be affected by any possible change to the policy.
# Sanction
Cork City hands lifetime bans to two fans who aimed chants at Rovers manager Stephen Bradley
Bradley said those responsible should spend a day on a hospital ward to understand the severity of their actions.
# Industrial Action
Local authorities are not prepared for strikes by water and firefighting workers, Siptu warns
Staff in local firefighting and water divisions are to stage separate strikes starting next week.
# Rosscarbery
Cyclist hospitalised with serious injuries after being struck by car in Co Cork
The incident happened on the N71 at Barleyhill East, Rosscarbery at around 9am today.
# dublin 3
Green light for 785-unit apartment scheme in Fairview despite local opposition
The Council has granted planning permission for the apartment scheme after reducing the number of units from 811 to 785.
# Cherry Orchard
Teen who 'refused to get out of bed' pleads guilty to garda car ramming in Ballyfermot
Videos of the Ballyfermot incident were shared widely on social media, with the clips showing collisions with the patrol vehicle cheered by on-lookers.
# yougov poll
Britons would be more upset to see Gibraltar and Falklands leave the UK than Northern Ireland
The five regions given were Wales, Scotland, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland.
# Abortion
Despite a free vote, no FF TDs and just one FG TD voted in favour of PBP's abortion bill
The spotlight will be on the soldiers of destiny as to whether they have learned lessons from the past.
# Ready to go
Uncapped duo included in Ireland squad for Euro qualifiers
Liam Scales and Jack Taylor have been named in Stephen Kenny’s panel to face Greece and Gibraltar.
# underwater cables
Ireland to consider joining EU or Nato programme to protect undersea cables
Varadkar said that he didn’t believe Ireland was capable of defending cables off its coast without international support.
# Fuel Prices
Petrol prices: Donohoe defends excise rate increase, says not doing so would cost €700m
Donohoe said: “It’s really important that we remove the tax reductions as the price of fuel itself has come down.”
# family carers ireland
Calls for national audit on respite places as Census shows marked increase in unpaid carers
Census 2022 figures published this week show that over 299,000 people identify as unpaid carers.
# Lough Derg
Teenager who died in jet ski accident on Lough Derg named locally
The young man’s body was recovered from Lough Derg yesterday evening following an incident involving a jet ski.
# Abortion
Taoiseach suggests Dáil vote for PBP abortion bill could speed up legal changes
The bill, which seeks wider access to abortion services, passed second stage in the Dáil last night.