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28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Your roundup of what made the headlines.
# water strikes
Siptu water services strike called off
Water workers at 30 local authorities were to take part in a two-day strike next week on 7 and 8 June.
# Down
Man charged after video emerges appearing to show taxi driver threaten passenger with gun
The driver told the passenger ‘you are f****** lucky I’m not taking your knees out’ while appearing to hold a gun to his head.
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# Sean Rooney
Hezbollah denies involvement in killing of Pte Seán Rooney in Lebanon
Five men were charged yesterday with the killing of Pte Rooney in the south of Lebanon, a stronghold of the Iran-backed group.
# abortion laws
Independent review of abortion laws should not be treated as ‘gospel’, says Varadkar
The review recommended several changes to Irish abortion laws, including scrapping the three-day ‘cooling off’ period.
# Drug Testing
97 drug samples surrendered for testing at Life Festival
The testing initiative aims to reduce drug-related harm at festivals.
# dursey island
13 crew members rescued after fishing vessel runs aground off the coast in west Cork
Nine were airlifted to safety while the other four remained to assist in freeing the boat from the rocks.
Tributes paid to ASTI president Miriam Duggan who has died following a short illness
The Union said Duggan “worked tirelessly” as a voice for teachers in Ireland.
# Noel Gallagher
Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher ordered to pay court close to €1,200 over driving offence
The former Oasis guitarist pleaded guilty to failing to give information relating to the identity of a driver.
# short-haul flights
No domestic flight ban on the cards for Ireland as Taoiseach says we're not the same as France
Domestic flights are very important to some of Ireland’s most remote areas, says Varadkar.
# accommodation crisis
Seven vacant nursing homes mooted for 600 refugee beds but block on converting continues
Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall believes the Government has enabled a situation where nursing homes and the accommodation crisis are ‘pitted against each other’.
A review on the ban to stop nursing home operators from converting their facilities into emergency accommodation says a two-year obstruction should remain in place.
It leaves the departments of health and integration at loggerheads as each deals with a mounting crisis.
'Where will mum go?' Families panic following Cork nursing home's Fair Deal exit
Floatel accommodation is now a 'serious strand' of policy but is still 'months away'
# quarterly reports
Irish economy falls 4.6% in the first quarter of 2023, more than estimated by CSO
The decrease is 1.9% more than what the Central Statistics Office estimated earlier this year.
# climate action
Govt say EPA report 'doesn't tell the full story' and won't concede targets will be missed
Coalition leaders say some modeling is not contained in the EPA report.
Opinion: Is the health of the Irish population declining? Census data may indicate that it is
Dr Irene Mosca of Maynooth University looks at what the latest Census tells us about the health of the nation.
Former Eurovision entrant Roy Taylor has died
Taylor was a campaigner for motor neurone disease, which he was diagnosed with five years ago.
# factcheck
Debunked: Confusion over news article helps spread baseless claims about Pandemic Treaty
A letter sent by Conservative MPs has been used to allege a treaty will cede sovereignty to the WHO.
# roster tensions
It is 'inevitable' the health service will have to move to a seven-day roster, Tánaiste says
HSE chief Bernard Gloster said last week he is seeking to introduce a “permanent” seven-day working roster for hospital staff.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also said a seven-day roster is something the government will be discussing with the healthcare unions.
The INMO on Wednesday revealed that 11,856 people were without hospital beds in May.
'Winter trolley numbers in May': INMO slam hospital wait times as almost 12,000 without beds
Explainer: Why are HSE bosses calling for a ‘permanent’ seven-day roster for hospital staff?
# Newshound Quiz 9
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# Podcast
The Explainer: 16 years on, what is happening with the Madeleine McCann case?
Joining us on this week’s episode is journalist Robbyn Swan, author of Looking for Madeleine and who featured in the Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, to look over the history of the investigation. Are police making progress? Who is the suspect who has been linked to the case?
# Courts
Teen jailed for two months for making hoax bomb threat in the Garda station he was detained in
The youth was being held at Clontarf Garda Station, where he snuck in a phone and rang the station claiming there was a bomb in it.
# tathony house
People Before Profit TD says protest against Tathony House eviction shows ‘you can resist’
Bríd Smith told today’s rally that people faced with eviction notices ‘dont have to give in’.
# Courts
Three men guilty of multiple charges over 2018 attack on security guards at Roscommon farmhouse
A group of around 30 armed men smashed their way into the house in Strokestown, which had recently been repossessed.
# bbc ni
Ex-BBC NI presenter Donna Traynor thankful for support as discrimination case is resolved
The industrial tribunal was resolved without any admission of liability on either side in Belfast today.
# This Morning
Phillip Schofield tells the BBC he has ‘lost everything’ in the wake of his secret affair
The former This Morning presenter, 61, said the fallout from the revelations had been ‘relentless’.
Irish State sells off 5% of shares in PTSB raising €55.2 million
The Irish State bailed out the bank after the crash in 2008.
# Marshbrook
Witness appeal following death of man (50s) after being struck by car in Co Offaly
The incident happened shortly before 2am on Sunday, 28 May on the R446 at Marshbrook near the Westmeath border.
# US politics
Joe Biden says he ‘got sandbagged’ after falling at military graduation event
Donald Trump said he hoped that Biden wasn’t hurt after his fall, but also labelled it “not inspiring”.
# Missing Person
Have you seen Liam Brassil? Gardaí appeal for help in locating 93-year-old from Co Kerry
He was last seen at around 5:20pm yesterday evening in his home at Sycamore View, Caherwisheen, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
# Tune in
Here's your essential TV sport guide for this Bank Holiday weekend
Plenty for fans to get stuck into over the next few days.
# West Dublin
Organised crime searches seize stolen motorbikes along with drugs, ammunition and €200,000 cash
An operation targeting organised crime gangs saw “coordinated searches” yesterday across Ronanstown, Finglas, Lucan and Castleknock.
# house hunting
Demand for new homes in Ireland has gone through the roof according to Daft
Daft found that demand for new build homes in the €400,000 to €500,000 price range has spiked compared to this time last year.
# US Senate
US Senate gives final approval to debt ceiling deal
The package negotiated between Mr Biden and Mr McCarthy leaves neither Republicans nor Democrats fully pleased with the outcome.
# Emissions
Ireland to fail on climate targets as lack of policy proves to be a stumbling block
The EPA’s Laura Burke said Ireland still needs to “grasp the nettle” of climate change.
EPA: Ireland needs to 'grasp the nettle' of climate change.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: The Moscow drone attacks will have a profound effect on Russia’s elite
The DCU Professor of Politics says Ukraine will be keeping its cards close to its chest around any counteroffensive, and with good reason.
# Health
Number of trainee GPs to increase by one third to tackle long waiting times
The number of trainees on the non-EU GP training scheme will also be increased to 250.
Eoghan Daltun: 'Yes, state budget surpluses should be used to pay farmers to rewild their land'
The author and campaigner says if we are at all serious about reversing the death of Irish nature, we need to be rewilding on as big a scale as possible.
Missing Mails: Wiping of ministers’ texts and emails to be addressed with new policies
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Controversies over deletion of texts occurred in recent years, with new investigation revealing this practice is widespread among European leaders.
Investigative project #MissingMails reveals multiple scandals across European governments and institutions
As part of this, The Journal and Noteworthy examine Irish State practices following 'ZapponeGate'
Retention policies currently vary from department to department
# Sean Rooney
Five Hezbollah members accused of killing Private Séan Rooney
The 23 year old was killed during an attack last December.