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GOOD MORNING

The 9 at 9 Report reveals ‘extreme risks’ posed to National Ambulance Service, body found in Naas and Israel and Iran trade accusations.

LAST UPDATE | 15 Apr

GOOD MORNING.

Here’s all the news you need to know as you start your day.

National Ambulance Service

1. In our main story this morning, Niall O’Connor reports that an internal ambulance service report has warned of “extreme risks” to the health service as a consequence of badly designed management structures.

Documents obtained by The Journal reveal significant concerns for National Ambulance Service (NAS) management structures and also concerns around staffing levels and funding.

Body found

2. A man has been arrested after a body was discovered in Co Kildare. 

The body of a man was found at a house in Eustace Demesne in Naas, Co Kildare at around 1.30pm on Sunday.

Locked out

3. The number of houses available to rent for people accessing the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) stood at 38 nationwide, according to the latest report from the Simon Community.

The group’s Locked Out Of The Market report for March shows this was an increase of five properties since December.

Israel

4. Israel and Iran have accused one another of being the main threat to peace in the Middle East, each calling on the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on their sworn enemy.

“The mask is off. Iran, the number one global sponsor of terror, has exposed its true face as the destabilizer of the region and the world,” Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan told an emergency meeting of the Security Council convened after Tehran’s unprecedented attack on Israel overnight.

Speeding

5. Taoiseach Simon Harris is to meet with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) today to discuss the issue of the number of increased road deaths on Irish roads.

So far this year, there has been 63 fatalities on Irish roads, an increase of 15 on the same period last year.

Sydney

6. In Australia, police are investigating why a man who fatally stabbed six people and injured dozens more at a busy Sydney shopping centre on Saturday appeared to target women.

Five of the six people who were killed in the attack at the Westfield shopping complex in Bondi Junction were women, as were most of those wounded.

Hot school meals

7. Back home, some 900 primary schools are set to be approved for the hot school meals programme from today.

The expansion of the initiative means an additional 150,000 children will now benefit from the scheme.

National Library

8. The National Library of Ireland has acquired an archive of images from the press photographers of Ireland that give a moving insight into what life was like during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The images, captured by photojournalists up and down the country, show health workers in PPE, empty bars, and family members communicating through glass.

The Masters

9. World number one Scottie Scheffler captured his second Masters title on Sunday, dominating a back-nine shootout for a four-stroke victory at Augusta National.

Scheffler, who also took the green jacket in 2022, won a record $3.6 million top prize after a drama-filled battle with fellow Americans Collin Morikawa and Max Homa and Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg, who made an impressive major debut.

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