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# creeslough
Together for Creeslough concert an opportunity to 'look forward with hope'
Last night’s concert in Letterkenny began with a reflection to honour the ten people who died in the explosion.
# nursing home charges
Government confirms 'legal strategy' existed for defending nursing home payouts
Opposition parties have called on the Government to release documents relating to the strategy.
# Chicago
Prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against singer R Kelly after federal convictions
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in a New York case.
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# Looking Back
Patrick Horgan says he was 'treated unfairly' by former Cork management
Horgan has also described Cork’s 2022 season as a ‘a failure before it even happened.’
# childminders
Children’s Minister to seek approval to alter legal status of childminders
The move would allow parents to qualify for the National Childcare Scheme if they have a registered childminder.
SPOTLIGHT
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
HIGH AND DRY
Offshore islands a footnote in State priorities
HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
‘Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
Healthcare services failing island communities
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# Ukraine
Biden rejects calls to supply Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets as Russia claims advances
Ukraine has expanded the list of weaponry it needs to be better able to drive Russian forces from occupied territories.
Ukraine has expanded the list of weaponry it needs to be better able to drive Russian forces from occupied territories.
But US president Joe Biden has appeared to draw the line on supplying American fighter jets to Ukraine.
It comes as a Kremlin-appointed Donetsk leader claimed Russian forces were advancing near a strategically valuable town.
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
# tyre nichols
Seventh officer suspended over fatal beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis
Three firefighters who arrived at the scene but failed to provide adequate medical assistance to Nichols have also been sacked.
# Power
2022 among 'most challenging' years for energy sector, watchdog to tell politicians
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities will also outline the impact of the electricity sector on reducing customer debt.
# Peshawar
Blast at Pakistan mosque kills at least 80 people and injures 150 others
The attack happened during afternoon worship in the provincial capital of Peshawar.
# Justice Committee
NTA to look at re-examining public transport times if licensing hours extended, Committee to hear
The Oireachtas Justice Committee will be discussing the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill today.
# Island Nation
‘On its knees’: Future of island fishers on a knife edge
Islanders say authorities are failing to give support needed to save this traditional way of life.
# planning reform
Councils seek €40 million to help beef up staffing in planning departments nationwide
Local authorities have sought funding from the Government to recruit an additional 541 planning staff.
# Charging up
Seven in ten Irish car buyers considering purchase of an electric vehicle
Two electric cars and a hybrid ranked in the top five most in-demand new cars of 2022.
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Leopard tanks
How these tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
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CAMHS report
The report came as no surprise to anyone caring for children in turmoil
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Child mental health
CAMHS is not working – we need to act urgently to reform how it operates
Mary Lou McDonald
Trauma
The law on pregnancy concealment is outdated and cruel to women
Lorraine Clifford-Lee
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# gfa 25
Events to mark Good Friday Agreement anniversary planned amid speculation over Biden visit
There has been much speculation about whether the US President will visit Northern Ireland for the anniversary.
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# Afghanistan
UN calls on Taliban to let women help give aid to desperate Afghans
Afghanistan is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with more than half of its population facing hunger.
# Club Drama
Decision from GAA's CCCC on Glen-Kilmacud club final is expected tomorrow
Both clubs attended a hearing of the full CCCC committee in Croke Park tonight.
# rawlton house
Investigation underway into possible arson attack at building in inner city Dublin
Gardaí have stated that no one was injured in the fire.
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Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# tbess
Deadline for Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme being extended past tomorrow
Claims in relation to energy bills for September 2022 had been required to be submitted by tomorrow.
# Northern Ireland
Good Friday Agreement anniversary worth celebrating despite Assembly not functioning - Taoiseach
The 25th anniversary of the agreement is in April.
# resolution
Former Wales rugby star Thomas settles HIV case with ex-boyfriend
Thomas says he paid his accuser £75,000 plus costs, calling this a ‘hugely positive outcome for my own mental health and that of my family.’
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Voices
Bad Bridget: Uncovering the secret lives of Ireland's emigrant women
Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick, authors of the book Bad Bridget, share the story of an Irish emigrant who was sent to prison for seven years for stealing a watch and money.
# Animal Welfare
Over 100 dogs currently on waiting list to be surrendered to DSPCA
The charity told The Journal that it has also seen an increase in the number of older dogs being surrendered to the shelter.
# macron
France braces for new strikes against pension age increase
Around 1.1 million people took to the streets for the first strike day on 19 January and police expect a similar number tomorrow.
# Asylum Seekers
89 asylum seekers left without accommodation last week after Citywest closure
The Department of Integration has confirmed it has sourced a “limited number of additional beds” for asylum seekers.
# Ukraine
Ukraine government bans senior public servants and lawmakers from travelling abroad
The announcement comes as France, Australia and Norway agree to send weapons to Ukraine.
# Gardaí
Calls for protest 'exclusion zones' following sharp rise in number of Dublin demonstrations
64 protests have been policed in Dublin so far this month compared to 307 protests in all of last year.
# Stephen's Green
Demolition of Dublin's Stephen Court approved to make way for new office building
The new development is expected to be 7 storeys tall and will feature a publicly accessible courtyard, similar to the one currently at the site.
# Arrest
Man arrested over murder of Paul 'Frank' Byrne whose skeletal remains were found in 2010
Byrne (20) was last seen on 15 July 2009 at Kilmartin Green, Tallaght in Dublin.
# Nursing Home
Release of documents on illegal nursing home charges to be discussed by government
A Dáil debate on the nursing home refunds controversy has been delayed by week.
# Comment
McIlroy: The form male golfer on the planet takes down the man in the LIV Golf hat
Rory McIlroy continued his stunning end to last year by winning his first event of the year ahead of Patrick Reed.
# Sexual Assault
Ireland's six Sexual Assault Treatment Units saw over 1,000 people last year
The figure increased by almost 200 people compared with 2021.
# Schools
Teachers who qualified abroad able to register in Ireland amid staffing shortages
The Teaching Council is trying to increase the supply of registered teachers.
# Courts
Gun enthusiast found with 'ammunition factory' of bullet heads, cartridges and gunpowder
Gavin Blanchfield was given a six-year suspended sentence today.
# Pride
Former All Blacks prop comes out publicly as gay
Campbell Johnstone played three Tests for his country in 2005.
# DePaul
Man jailed for setting fire to homeless hostel that left woman with catastrophic injuries
The fire at the Depaul Hostel in Dublin 7 was started by Keith Riggs (38) in March last year.
# Defence Forces
Women of Honour group have received no updates and await independent report
Micheál Martin said last week that he plans to fulfill the recommendations within the report.
# Courts
'Rather sad' no one to speak in court on behalf of man killed in his own home, judge says
Noel Lennon (49) was charged with the murder of Isaac Horgan.