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# home adaptations
Dept reviewing case of amputee told to wait until 2024 to apply for housing adaptation grant
The department says a recommendation on the housing adaptation grant funding has gone to the minister.
People renovating vacant and derelict homes on offshore islands to be entitled to higher grants
A report by
Christina Finn
The ‘Our Living Islands’ strategy being published today is the first national island policy in 27 years.
6th June 2023
# Prince Harry
Harry’s courtroom evidence to be reconstructed for Sky News by actor who featured in Outlander
Actor Laurence Dobiesz will be bringing to life ‘significant moments’ from the statements made by Prince Harry in London’s High Court.
Leaving Cert 2023: Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed ahead of the exams, you're not alone
Fiona O’Malley of Turn2Me mental health charity has lots of good advice for students and parents ahead of the exams tomorrow.
Tributes paid after Cork All-Ireland winning great Teddy McCarthy passes away
McCarthy made GAA history in 1990.
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# Liv
Families of 9/11 victims slam PGA Tour merger with Saudi-backed LIV Golf
A legal battle between the tours has been brought to an end.
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
War strategy
A Ukrainian counter-offensive is imminent – but success will come at a terrible cost
Tom Clonan
Russia latest
The Moscow drone attacks will have a profound effect on Russia’s elite
Donnacha Ó Beacháin
Census latest
Is the health of the Irish population declining? Census data may indicate that it is
Dr Irene Mosca
Saving nature
'Yes, state budget surpluses should be used to pay farmers to rewild their land'
Eoghan Daltun
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# Punishment
Chinese duo given lifetime snooker bans for match-fixing
Liang Wenbo and Li Hang were among 10 players suspended.
# 2024
Former US governor Chris Christie launches presidential bid in 'direct challenge' to Trump
Christie has cast himself as the only candidate in the field willing to directly take on former president Donald Trump.
# evening fix
Here's what happened today: Tuesday
Your roundup of what made the headlines today.
# Kakhovka dam
World leaders condemn dam attack in Ukraine as flooding and evacuations continue
Officials raced to check cooling systems at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station.
Ukrainian and Russian authorities accused each other of destroying the dam as tens of thousands of residents evacuate.
Explainer: Why would Russia strike a dam in territory it currently controls?
Ukraine denies that Russia repelled its counteroffensive in Donetsk
# Royals
Britain's Prince Harry accuses press of having ‘blood on their hands’ in phone hacking trial
Harry is suing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) for damages.
# crypto
US regulator sues cryptocurrency platform Coinbase, a day after filing charges against Binance
The US regulator has stepped up its oversight of cryptocurrency, an approach that Coinbase slammed today.
# UK
UK Cabinet Office given until Friday to clarify stance on Boris Johnson's WhatsApp messages
The chairwoman of the Covid inquiry challenged the British government on why it wanted to block material Johnson was happy to submit to the probe.
# Old Bakery site
Developer seeks permission for almost 200 apartments on site of old bakery in Phibsborough
A previous planning permission decision for the site was quashed by the High Court.
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# great barrier reef
UNESCO welcomes €2.75 billion Australian pledge to protect the Great Barrier Reef
The UN agency has threatened to put the world’s largest coral system on a list of ‘in danger’ global heritage sites.
# Duchess of Edinburgh
Police officer investigated after pedestran killed by escort for UK Royal
An 81-year-old woman was hit by a Met Police motorcyclist providing an escort for the sister-in-law of the UK’s King Charles.
# Dublin City
Environmentalist Duncan Stewart to be nominated for Freedom of Dublin
Former US presidents John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa are among those to have received the honour.
# Explainer
Profile: Who is Liam Byrne, the leading Kinahan Cartel figure arrested in Spain at the weekend?
Byrne and a relative have been arrested by Spanish police as part of a global probe.
Former leader of the SNP in Westminster, Ian Blackford, to stand down at next UK general election
Blackford stood down from his role heading up the Scottish National Party at Westminster in December in what some people described as a coup.
# US
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr settles New York rape lawsuit, averting civil trial
The actor had insisted through lawyers that his encounter with the woman was consensual after the two met at a nearby restaurant.
# Maharees Beach
Fire on Dingle Peninsula beach burns through three acres of sand dunes
What caused fire on Maharees Beach is still unknown.
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Astrud Gilberto, singer of The Girl From Ipanema, dies aged 83
Astrud’s English-language cameo on The Girl From Ipanema made her a worldwide voice of bossa nova in 1964.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is it like to sit the Leaving Cert in 2023?
Luke Saunders, co-founder and CEO of Studyclix, joins us on this week’s episode to give the lie of the land for anyone whose own memory of sitting the exams might be fading. We look at the lasting impact of the Covid pandemic on the exams, and share advice for students and parents alike.
# Global Economy
Latest World Bank report offers dim outlook for global economy in 2023
The bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report, which it issued today, marks an upgrade from its previous forecast in January.
# Ukraine dam strike
Explainer: Why would Russia strike a dam in territory it currently controls?
Russia has blamed Ukraine for the attack, but experts say that Moscow is the only State that would stand to benefit as Ukraine’s counter-attack looms.
# Sutton
Gardaí disperse large crowds from Burrow Beach for a second time due to public order incident
Uniform Gardaí and the Public Order Unit attended Burrow Beach yesterday evening for the second time in as many days.
# Vatican
Pope returns to Vatican after hospital tests following bronchitis bout
The ANSA news agency said the pope went to Rome’s Gemelli hospital this morning for checks.
# Nazi memorabilia
Pencil belonging to Hitler sells for £5,400, one tenth of pre-auction estimate
An original signed photograph of Hitler was also sold for thousands less than predicted.
# Shock
Saudi-backed LIV Golf to join with PGA Tour and DP World Tour in bombshell merger
A shock announcement has brought an abrupt end to a deep feud in professional golf.
# Cyber Attack
Aer Lingus falls victim to global cyber attack
The airline stressed that no bank details relating to current or former employees were compromised.
# Homelessness
20 homeless deaths in Dublin in first four months of 2023
In all of 2022, 45 people accessing homelessness services in Dublin died.
# heavy toll
Car tolls on M50 to increase by up to 30c, tolls on eight other roads rising by smaller amounts
The rise will come into effect in July after the Government delayed the planned increase for six months.
# Biodiversity
Wildlife service enlists the public's help for otter spotting project
In 2011 otters were spotted in every county on the island of Ireland.
# derrylin
Man pleads guilty to murder of three members of the same family in fire in Co Fermanagh
Denise Gossett and her children Roman, Sabrina and Morgana were killed in a fire at their home in 2018.
Driving instructor who said 'who's your daddy' 15 times to student among complaints to RSA
128 complaints were made by learner drivers about driving instructors last year, nearly seven times as many as the RSA received in 2021.
# Taking Charge
Ange Postecoglou pays tribute to Celtic as he agrees four-year manager deal with Spurs
Postecoglou pays tribute to Celtic after incredible run of success.
# Dublin Airport
Some flights to and from Dublin today cancelled due to air traffic control strikes in France
Flights to and from Spain and France are among those being impacted by the strike action.
# Northern Ireland
Man who streamed Michaela McAreavey video loses unfair dismissal tribunal
Andrew McDade lost his job as a lorry driver after the clip from the livestream sparked outrage last May.
# Your Say
Poll: Should parents withhold smartphones from primary school-aged children?
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