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Lunchtime Fix: 7 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. The sentencing of former minister Ivor Callely has been delayed in court today – because a member of his legal team is involved in a trial elsewhere. But the hearing may conclude this afternoon. We’ll keep you updated.

Ivor Callely Court Cases Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

2. New Health Minister Leo Varadkar said that the ‘Wisdom of Solomon’ is needed to decide which illnesses entitle you to a medical card. His warning last week about ‘unworkable’ grounds to grant the cards has drawn some concerned responses.

3. Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London with radioactive tea in 2006. Now Britain has announced a public inquiry into his death.

RUSSIA INTELLIGENCE SERVICE Alexander Litvinenko, right, of the Federal Security Service, and a Russian intelligence agent speak at a news conference in Moscow in 1998 Source: AP/Press Association Images

4. The deaths of two brothers aged nine and 20 in Sligo has been described as “the worst tragedy” to ever hit the community. It is believed Shane Skeffington stabbed his younger brother before taking his own life.

Tom O Gorman Murders Crime Scenes Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

5. IMPACT members working at five hospitals are taking part in a work-to-rule and refusing to report to or cooperate with their manager. The move is in protest against what IMPACT says is a €250k salary paid to the group’s operations manager.


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6. Hundreds of concerned locals marched to the garda station in Roscrea last night after a public meeting addressing the issue of drug use in the town. Two garda sergeants addressed the crowd.

7. World powers are pushing for an Israel-Palestine ceasefire after seven more people were killed in Gaza. As the conflict enters its 15th day, 29 Israelis and 570 Palestinians have been reported killed.

Mideast Israel Palestinians Mourners pray in front of the bodies of seven members of the Kelani family, killed overnight by an Israeli strike in Gaza City Source: AP/Press Association Images

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