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GOOD MORNING

The 9 at 9 Fake money sold online, 50 years since Dublin-Monaghan bombings, man dies in workplace incident, Israel in ICJ.

LAST UPDATE | 17 May

GOOD MORNING.

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

Calls to tackle counterfeit notes being sold online

1. In this morning’s lead story, Jane Moore reports that the newsagents association has called on social media companies to tackle posts advertising the sale of fake money.

Accounts examined by The Journal, which can be found on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, shared photos and videos of what appear to be fake euro notes which are alleged to be for sale. 

In many of these posts, users are prompted to join a Telegram channel or a WhatsApp or Discord group so that they can find out how to purchase the fake cash.

Israel to respond to genocide charges

2. Israel will respond to charges of genocide at the United Nations’ top court after South Africa filed an urgent request with the court to order a ceasefire in Gaza.

It is the third time the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has held hearings on the the conflict in Gaza since South Africa filed proceedings at The Hague court in December.

Yesterday, South Africa told the court the situation in Gaza has reached “a new and horrific stage” and urged the 15-judge panel to take urgent action.

50-year memorial of Dublin-Monaghan bombings

3. Events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings will take place today to remember the 34 people, including one unborn baby, killed in the bombings.

Taoiseach Simon Harris, Tánaiste Micheál Martin, and President Micheal D Higgins will attend a memorial in Dublin this morning in Talbot Street, at the monument to those killed in the bombings.

Higgins will address the memorial event, which is organised by Justice for the Forgotten, which represents bereaved families and survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and other atrocities.

Man dies in workplace incident on Longford road

4. A man in his 60s has died after he was struck by a works vehicle in a workplace-related incident in Ballymahon, Co Longford last night.

An Garda Síochána has confirmed that it is investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority, in charge of maintaining workplace safety, told The Journal that it is aware of the incident

French police kill man attempting to set fire to synagogue

5. Police in France shot and killed a man who was attempting to set fire to a synagogue in the northern city of Rouen, the country’s interior minister has said.

A source told the AFP news agency that the man had been armed with a knife and died at the scene. The interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, thanked police for their “responsiveness and courage”.

Sun and showers: Weekend weather

6. A mix of sunny spells and showers is in store for most tomorrow, though the weather will pick up on Sunday and into the new week.

After a mostly dry night, mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning to leave behind a day of sunny spells and scattered showers. Find out more about the weekend’s weather here.

Worries of older people about climate underestimated

7. Young people tend to underestimate how worried older people are about climate change, a new study has found.

The research found that around three quarters of young people estimated older people’s concern about climate change to be lower than what older people themselves reported when they were asked.

NGOs & EU

8. An expert in EU affairs has said that the role of NGOs in Brussels is much greater and more positive than lobbying, suggesting the groups give greater access to the public into the European Parliament, writes Stephen Conneely.

Rory Harte, the director of strategy at the European Movement Ireland – a non-profit group which educates the public on the EU – said the work of lobbyists and non-governmental institutions is “not necessarily as sinister as it sounds”.

At a joint event between The Journal and the University of Limerick on Monday, Harte suggested that the groups needed to be protected as their advisory roles for EU legislation can later benefit society.

First aid deliveries on Gaza’s new pier

9. Trucks carrying badly-needed aid for the Gaza Strip have rolled across a newly-built US floating pier into the besieged enclave for the first time.

Today’s shipment is the first in an operation that American military officials anticipate could scale up to 150 truckloads a day entering the Gaza Strip as Israel presses in on the southern city of Rafah as its seven-month offensive against Hamas rages on.

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