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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C
‘A long way from normal’: Families say visits to prison still restricted post-pandemic
A report by
Alice Chambers
Some children only get to see their parent in-person once a month and experts are concerned that video calls are replacing visits.
Investigation by Noteworthy finds the number of children visiting prison is 75% of what it was in 2019
Less than a third of prisoners received in-person visits on weeks where data was provided in 2023
Mother-of-two: “I want my kids to know who their father is”
28th November 2023
Gardaí examining alleged incitement and social media posts for Dublin riots investigation
It is understood that the public are assisting with garda inquiries about last Thursday’s scenes.
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Tánaiste says govt giving ‘serious consideration’ to taking action over controversial Legacy Bill
The Bill includes a limited form of immunity from prosecution for Troubles-related offences and will halt future civil cases and legacy inquests.
Ireland's Best Drives: Feast your eyes on this truly stunning Wicklow day trip
It’s just a stone’s throw from Dublin and we guarantee you won’t regret spending a day driving around Wicklow.
Justice Minister seeks to reassure parents of Parnell Square school and says gardaí are present
Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon said there was not ‘one garda present on Parnell Square’ today.
'Fear like never before': 21 readers on how the Dublin riots affected them
Rioting and looting spread like wildfire across town as gardaí tried to get crowds under control.
Dublin Riots
Crowds attacked gardaí and looted shops amid widespread rioting in the capital
What we know
How a mob in the capital turned to looting, arson and calls to kill
garda tactics
Under-pressure Justice Minister announces review of the use of force
Dublin city
Increased garda presence planned 'up to and beyond Christmas'
I didn’t recognise the Dublin I witnessed last week – it was terrifying
Aoife Barry
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Garda Inspectors to be allowed ask for phone location data as law amended following Dwyer case
The current system was put in place following the striking down the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 on privacy grounds.
Hamas hands over released hostages to Red Cross in Gaza
The Israeli hostages, all women, were handed over by masked and armed fighters.
Pope Francis cancels trip to Dubai for COP28 climate talks on doctors’ orders after getting flu
Pope Francis was expected to use the platform to castigate countries for a lack of action on climate change.
Tánaiste says McEntee will have full backing of all Fianna Fáil TDs if no confidence vote called
Mary Lou McDonald criticised Government TDs for not being present on the scene of last week’s stabbing incident.
Ministers have pledged their full support for Justice Minister Helen McEntee amid threats of a motion of confidence next week
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald says McEntee's position is untenable.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar aks people to stop connecting migration with crime, saying 'it's not right'.
Increased garda presence planned for Dublin city centre 'up to and beyond Christmas'
Pressure mounts as Harris and McEntee called before justice committee over city centre violence
The Explainer: Out of control - how did an attack in Dublin lead to riots and looting?
We’re joined by several members of The Journal’s newsroom to examine how Thursday unfolded, and to discuss the political and social fallout of the events.
Govt approves €15 million in emergency funding for Peter McVerry Trust amid cashflow issues
In August, the charity said it was experiencing cashflow pressures that were “more acute than would traditionally be the case”.
'Real possibility' of asylum seeker accommodation shortfall in coming days, Cabinet told
Micheál Martin says the situation is very challenging.
Prosecutors granted two months to prepare for trial of man accused of flying drone at Dublin Airport
It is alleged that Eric Brills (50) unlawfully interfered with the operation of air navigation facilities at Dublin Airport by operating a drone in the 300-metre critical area.
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Christmas is coming
Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy this selection of articles and quizzes
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Christmas spirits
Heartwarming ad for Enniskillen pub gains millions of views
Jolabokaflod – a look at Iceland's Christmas books tradition
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Quizzmas time
Quiz: Where are these famous Christmas markets?
All 41 workers trapped in collapsed tunnel in India for 17 days have been rescued
They got trapped on 12 November and all 41 have been freed, according to an Indian minister.
Gardaí tell court they saw Limerick hurler Kyle Hayes kicking a male outside nightclub
Kyle Hayes is charged with assault causing harm to a man outside a nightclub in Limerick City on 28 October, 2019.
Shops closing early on Parnell Street as immigrant staff fear being targeted after Dublin riots
On Friday morning a customer told two Indian staff members having a conversation in Centra to ‘speak English in Ireland’.
High Court told four gardaí 'singled out' for suspension while '122' other officers ignored
Four gardaí have been suspended since November 2020 as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation probe the alleged cancelling of traffic tickets.
Teenager pleads guilty to his role in violent mugging of English tourist in Dublin's Temple Bar
The court heard the defendant was the person who delivered the second blow and rummaged in the man’s pockets when he was ‘forced to the ground’.
Domestic abuser gets 12 years and six months for killing partner
A pathologist said that bruises on the victim were “more likely” from direct blows than from a fall.
Finland to shut last border crossing to Russia due to migration concerns
Finland shares a 1,340-kilometre border with Russia and has seen a surge in undocumented migrants seeking asylum on its border with Russia.
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
I didn’t recognise the Dublin I witnessed – it was terrifying
Aoife Barry
Enough of the Minister and Commissioner's magical thinking around law and order
John O'Brien
It's time gardaí got some real support in tackling antisocial behaviour
Stephen Moore
How do we help children make sense of the horrors of yesterday?
Dr Sara O’Byrne
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Damage to electricity poles by woodpeckers led to 'substantial' upgrades this year
ESB Networks said the issue has emerged in certain parts of the country with the arrival of the birds.
Deliveroo driver who stopped Parnell Street attacker offers to assist victim 'in any way he can'
An update from Caio Benicio was posted on the GoFundMe page today.
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Temperature Check, The Journal’s climate newsletter, will be sending special day-to-day editions from the ground in Dubai.
PSNI launch investigation into Belfast neurologist who was struck off the medical register
Dr Michael Watt was at the centre of Northern Ireland’s largest recall of patients.
Man arrested after protesters surround Mary Lou McDonald's car in East Wall
The Sinn Féin leader was at East Wall’s Sean O’Casey Community Centre yesterday evening.
Dr Catherine Conlon: Respiratory illness clusters in China - what is it and what are the risks?
The public health doctor looks at the concerns over an increase in respiratory illness in children in northern China.
Cork man to be sentenced next week for the repeated rape and abuse of his granddaughter
A local detective gave evidence that the first incident happened a short period before the girl’s First Holy Communion.
Luas services between The Point and Smithfield stopped after collision between car and tram
No injuries have been reported.
Ironman calls off Cork race in 2024 after two deaths this year
Cork County Council has agreed to host the event in 2025, 2026 and 2027.
Why has a diplomatic row erupted between Britain and Greece over the Parthenon Marbles?
Rishi Sunak unexpectedly cancelled a meeting with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis after he called for the sculptures to be returned to Greece.
Ben Dunne a ‘good, decent, generous, loving Irish man’, mourners told
Mary Lou McDonald and Larry Goodman as well as hundreds of others attended the funeral.
TD Barry Cowen and MEP Mick Wallace will run for European Parliament next year
Wallace said last week that it will be “challenging” for him to be re-elected.
More hostages to be released as extended truce between Israel and Hamas enters fifth day
The news of the extension came as 11 more hostages were freed from Gaza overnight, along with the release of 33 Palestinian prisoners.
50 Israeli hostages have been released under the truce, in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners, with another 19 hostages freed under separate agreements.
While Israel views the truce as temporary, it is facing increasing pressure for a more lasting ceasefire and the ramp-up of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the Middle East this week, where he will stress the need to secure the release of all hostages.
Hamas releases 17 more hostages as 39 Palestinian prisoners freed
'Broken but in one piece': Father of freed hostage Emily Hand is reunited with his daughter
'Too many cars' on our roads hampering public transport, Dublin Bus CEO to tell TDs
Billy Hann will also tell the Transport Committee about being “forced off the streets” by the riots in the city centre last week.
Emergency services attend seven-vehicle collision on M50
Gardaí said they have not received reports of any injuries.
Just 28% of plastic packaging recycled as country remains off track to meet EU targets
While there was a notable decrease in hazardous waste, the EPA found that Ireland remains behind on targets overall.
Approval to be sought at Cabinet for continuation of two overseas peackeeping missions
Tánaiste Micheál Martin with discuss with his Government colleagues today in regard to missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Uganda.