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This week
3rd December 2023 - 6th December 2023
Irish consumers paying more than UK shoppers for some products this Christmas
A report by
Ă“rla Ryan
Traders have no obligation to honour the current currency exchange rate, according to Ireland’s consumer watchdog.
Companies which operate in both Ireland and the UK often charge different prices for the same products
Supply chain issues, VAT and increased business costs post-Brexit can all play a role
Consumers have been urged to be aware of their rights during the busy Christmas shopping season
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Compel religious orders to pay redress, Sinn FĂ©in TD says, as survivors mull legal action
Survivors of mother and baby institutions are considering legal action, or lodging complaints with international human rights bodies, over their exclusion from the scheme.
Kathleen Funchion said it 's "laughable" the Government is asking religious orders to pay into the fund, not compelling them
Excluding thousands of survivors from redress is "completely incoherent", one legal expert said
Survivors of mother and baby institutions are considering legal action or lodging complaints with international human rights bodies
'A punch in the gut': Tusla apologises as adopted people wait up to a year for personal records
Mother and Baby Home redress scheme won't open until next year, missing 2023 deadline
Last month
November 2023
'We're better than this': Taoiseach Leo Varadkar condemns violence in Dublin
“Those involved brought shame on Dublin, brought shame on Ireland.”
Man's body found at residential premises in Firies area in Kerry
A post-mortem is due to take place at University Hospital Kerry.
Coalition of press freedom organisations raises concerns with Sinn FĂ©in leader over legal actions
Reporters Without Borders and several other organisations have written to Mary Lou McDonald to warn about a chilling effect.
Derry Girls wins International Emmy for Best Comedy Programme
Sister Michael would be proud.
Jacinda Ardern on death threats, climate change and why social media is like alcohol
The former Prime Minister of New Zealand was speaking at a conference in Dublin today.
Irish society 'hates heroin users': Former minister hits out at drugs policy
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says Ireland needs to reevaluate its attitude to people with addiction issues.
Service users 'devastated' amid plan to shut down 'vital' addiction support service in Dublin
Employees at Neart le Chéile in Clondalkin have been told the centre will close down at the end of next month.
More Irish citizens set to leave Gaza via the Rafah Crossing today
Over 20 Irish citizens crossed into Egypt yesterday.
A potent synthetic opioid was found in the heroin that caused overdoses, but what are nitazenes?
Fifty-seven people have overdosed in Dublin city since last Thursday.
At least 40 people in Dublin overdose on 'very potent' heroin batch as HSE issues fresh warning
Trace amounts of a nitazene-type substance were found in a brown powder associated with one of the overdoses.
GardaĂ­ appeal for witnesses after dramatic chase in which stolen truck was shot in Cork
A garda fired a gunshot into the cab of the stolen truck during a pursuit yesterday.
Jump in listeners for Ryan Tubridy's old radio slot, latest JNLR figures show
RTÉ has been plunged into crisis in recent months over an ongoing pay scandal.
Ireland 'needs to be ready' for increase in fentanyl use amid expected heroin shortage
Concerns have also been raised about xylazine, a powerful sedative typically used in animal surgeries.
Number of women diagnosed with HIV doubles amid 68% increase in overall cases
The number of women being diagnosed with HIV in Ireland has doubled since 2019.
The percentage of deceased patients becoming organ donors has fallen
Brain death was diagnosed in 103 patients in 2021 with only 50 becoming organ donors.
'Very traumatised' refugees not getting mental health support, experts warn
A lack of training and garda vetting is impacting refugees and other vulnerable groups, the Oireachtas mental health committee has heard.
Human trafficking victims to be protected from deportation under new plans
Dedicated accommodation for victims of trafficking will also be established.
Man (23) charged over fatal hit-and-run in Phibsborough last month
The man appeared in court this afternoon.
'A scale of death unknown this century': Over 30 journalists killed in Israel-Hamas war to date
More journalists have been killed in the course of their work in recent weeks in the Middle East than in Ukraine since February 2022, RSF said.
October 2023
Staff at new Children's Hospital may be housed at Crumlin hospital
CHI is struggling to find accommodation for staff amid the ongoing housing crisis.
Children's Health Ireland is struggling to find accommodation for staff amid the ongoing housing crisis, Ă“rla Ryan reports
The INMO says housing is "becoming one of the biggest barriers to recruiting and retaining nurses and midwives"
Dublin could become a medical centre of excellence, if we can recruit and house enough staff, one senator says
New Children's Hospital won't open until April 2025 at the earliest
'A punch in the gut': Tusla apologises as adopted people wait up to a year for personal records
One man will be waiting at least 10 months to get his medical files – despite a 90-day deadline.
HPV vaccine 'significantly' reduces signs of pre-cancer in young women, study shows
Cervical cancer, though preventable, remains one of the most common cancers.
Mother and Baby Home redress scheme won't open until next year, missing 2023 deadline
“Intensive” work is happening to get the scheme up and running, a junior minister said.
Safe access zone law could be 'made a mockery of' if gardaĂ­ can't log warnings, TDs say
The Oireachtas Health Committee has warned Stephen Donnelly about potential loopholes in the planned legislation.
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Here’s your roundup of what made the headlines today.
Government may increase money available to businesses damaged by flooding, Eamon Ryan says
Under a current scheme, businesses affected by flooding can avail of up to €20,000 for damage to their premises.
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s your roundup of what made the headlines today.
Witness appeal after cyclist (70s) dies in collision in county Monaghan
The collision occurred on Cootehill Road this afternoon.
Women with cancer will be able to defer maternity leave under new legislation
The Irish Cancer Society has welcomed the news.
All Irish citizens in Gaza accounted for, as efforts continue to get them out, minister says
There are around 35 to 40 people with Irish citizenship or dual citizenship in Gaza, as well as their dependents.
'History will not judge us well': Children unsafe in Direct Provision, Ombudsman warns
Progress on improving conditions in Direct Provision has “stalled or regressed” in recent years, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office has said.
Progress on improving conditions in Direct Provision has "stalled or regressed", the Ombudsman for Children’s Office says
The OCO wants children in DP to receive vulnerability assessments, Ă“rla Ryan reports
"Hotels and B&Bs are not suitable places for children to grow up," the new report notes
The plan to end Direct Provision by next year is being revised - what's next for the system?
Some doctors 'actively obstruct' women from getting abortions, committee hears
The Oireachtas Health Committee is discussing recommendations to change Ireland’s abortion legislation.
Holohan says there is a 'very poor understanding' of what happened in CervicalCheck scandal
The former Chief Medical Officer said the “adversarial model of medical negligence” in Ireland played a major role in the controversy.
Nobody under 18 has access to early intervention psychosis services
We want to hear from young people who are directly impacted by the lack of resources.
Fentanyl being 'constantly monitored' amid fears of drug hitting Irish market, minister says
Europe is bracing itself for a potential heroin shortage after the Taliban banned poppy cultivation.
Lack of regulation in mental health sector 'wouldn't happen in any other walk of life'
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are not properly regulated, the Oireachtas Health Committee has heard.
Breakthrough in garda talks as interim roster is agreed
Senior garda managers met collectively with all four representative associations today.
'I am broken mentally, physically and financially': What readers want to see in Budget 2024
A report by
Ă“rla Ryan
A package worth around €6.4 billion will be announced on Tuesday.
People want to see USC reduced, Carer's Allowance increased and more childcare support
"The Government needs to take a long hard look at how much we actually do," one carer told us
"We are the generation that's emigrating in droves and we are constantly ignored by the Government," a young renter said
Coalition leaders get budget update from ministers that hold the purse strings
Budget 2024: What exactly can we expect in next week's package?