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Thursday 26 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

Politics

# Ukraine
Russian missiles kill 11 in Ukraine as Moscow says tank deliveries 'direct involvement' in war
Ukraine’s Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
Ukraine earlier said it shot down more than a dozen Russian missiles launched towards Kyiv.
Ukraine's Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
The Kremlin said today that the decision by Western countries to supply Ukraine with modern tanks meant that they were party to the conflict.
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
# Lebanon
Tánaiste promises to ensure Women Of Honour report recommendations 'are fulfilled'
The Women of Honour report is due go to the minister within the next week to ten days.
# Mental Health
'We're letting children drop off a cliff edge at age 18': Opposition hits out at CAMHS issues
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for mental health said it is “downright scandalous” that some young people are not receiving follow-up care such as essential blood tests.
# Social Housing
Initial social housing targets not met as Housing Department revises new builds to approx 7,500
The Department of Housing has cast doubt on figures issued in an official briefing note to Minister Paschal Donohoe.
# private Sean rooney
Tánaiste urges Irish troops to reach out for support following the death of Seán Rooney
The Tánaiste said no stone will be left unturned to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
# Defence Forces
'He was a gentleman': Seán Rooney's friends remember him as Tánaiste visits troops in Lebanon
Micheál Martin has travelled to Lebanon to place a wreath in memory of Private Rooney and others who have died while on duty.
# planning reform
Government wants to make judicial reviews 'a waste of time' as part of planning law changes
The Planning and Development Bill will introduce changes to the way judicial reviews are brought.
# Car Theft
Security advice for owners of recently-imported Asian market cars after increase in thefts
Sources have said that the targeted cars which lack an immobiliser are imported from Japan and the wider Asian market.
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25th January 2023
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# Ukraine War
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Norway has also promised tanks.
President Biden confirmed the news this evening.
Germany said it will also provide a company of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from the Bundeswehr stocks
Norway confirmed it is also sending tanks
The powerful tanks are seen as key to punching through enemy lines
Voices
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
This is another decisive moment in the war in Ukraine.
# Gabriel Makhlouf
Central Bank governor says cost of living increases have resulted in 'erosion of living standards'
Gabriel Makhlouf was speaking before the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform this afternoon.
# tax controversy
Sunak defends handling of Zahawi row as pressure on Tory chairman mounts
Sunak said that due process will be followed, with his ethics advisor carrying out an investigation into Zahawi.
# housing for all
Taoiseach admits Govt missed 2022 social housing targets
Leo Varadkar also reiterated that there would be no “cliff edge” for cost-of-living supports.
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# Homelessness
New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
The news comes amid reports of people being forced into sleeping on the streets upon entering Ireland.
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# Micheál Martin
Tánaiste to convey his sympathies to Irish troops on the loss Seán Rooney during Lebanon visit
The Tánaiste will visit Irish troops on Thursday.
# Recovery Files
Cash for reforms: €700 billion EU recovery fund sparks concern and criticism
Analysis by Noteworthy and European journalists finds that Ireland is among several member states who repackaged old promises in reform plans.
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# Paschal Donohoe
Donohoe confirms breach of 2020 election rules, says he was unaware of details last week
Taoiseach says Donohoe told him businessman Michael Stone would be making a statement in advance of his Dáil statement.
# Pubs
Changes to pub licencing rules could lead to further influx of chain pubs, TDs hear
The Oireachtas Justice Committee heard that the change would add more pubs to urban areas.
# Corruption
Senior Ukrainian officials quit amid corruption crackdown
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, resigned, along with deputy defence minister Viacheslav Shapovalov.
# michael stone
Businessman Michael Stone confirms he assisted Paschal Donohoe during 2020 election campaign
Stone paid six workers €972 to hang posters in Donohoe’s Dublin Central constituency.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did the state build more social housing in 2022 than ever before, as Taoiseach claimed?
“We’ve never built more social housing than was the case of the past year,” The Taoiseach said.
# Mental Health
CAMHS report raises serious concerns about children on medication not getting follow-up care
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, a new report has found.
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, Órla Ryan reports
In one catchment area, there were 140 "lost" cases where young people didn't receive follow-up care
Dr Susan Finnerty decided to produce an interim report due to "the serious concerns and consequent risks for some patients"
Report into Kerry CAMHS services 'shocking', says Taoiseach as nationwide audit ordered
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# SIPO
Tánaiste says that Paschal Donohoe should not resign over election donations controversy
Donhoe’s situation was likened to ministers who had resigned in the past, however Martin said that the government remains focused.
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# SIPO
Heather Humphreys accuses Sinn Féin of setting up 'kangaroo court' against Paschal Donohoe
The minister said that Sinn Féin wasn’t affording Donohoe due process and seeking to act as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ against him.
# tax treatment
NBC top execs warned Martin and Varadkar that Ireland could miss out on big movie productions
Movie executives urged Martin and Varadkar to review movie-making tax treatment, as culture minister makes case for €100m tax cap.
# donohoe to blame
Explainer: Why is Paschal Donohoe still in hot water over political donation declarations?
The Minister is now due to make a further statement to the Dáil on Tuesday.
# technical error
Electric Ireland error means PAYG customers have avoided higher gas rate since August
The energy company says customers will have to pay the current, higher rate for their gas from 24 January.
# Backlash
BBC admits error over 'Can women have it all?' headline on Jacinda Ardern resignation story
The headline was later changed to say: “Departure reveals unique pressures on PM.”
# Northern Ireland
Leo Varardkar says he has 'regrets' over NI Protocol as latest Stormont deadline passes
The Taoiseach said he understands why unionists feel that the protocol has “weakened the union”.
THE MORNING LEAD
Govt failed to hit revised social housing targets last year as concerns raised for 2023
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The Department of Public Expenditure estimates that only 6,500 social homes were built in 2022.
# Ukraine
CityWest refugee centre to close to new arrivals 'in a matter of days', says O'Gorman
The UN’s refugee agency warned that ‘urgent intervention’ is needed to prevent large numbers of people becoming homeless here.
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# Stormont
'We're on a positive trajectory': Politicians hope EU and UK talks on NI protocol can move forward
Micheál Martin has urged patience with the negotiations to resolve the Northern Ireland Protocol dispute.
# SIPO
Tánaiste questioned over Donohoe controversy: 'I’m going to wait to see what Paschal has to say'
The minister said he would address matters that were put to him yesterday by opposition members.
# Davos
Varadkar says Ireland will be affected by Microsoft job losses
Varadkar is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.
# OPeration Transformation
Department of Health no longer a sponsor of RTÉ's Operation Transformation
In both 2021 and 2022, the Department spent €230,000 to sponsor the series which has come under criticism for its focus on weight loss.
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# Public Service
Civil servants warn Donohoe of 'reform fatigue' within public sector due to Covid and Brexit
The warning was issued in a ministerial briefing from December 2022.
THE MORNING LEAD
Coillte forestry deal with British fund condemned by TDs from across political spectrum
A report by
Lauren Boland
The debate came as part of discussions on the Climate Action Plan 2023, which received a mixed response in the chamber.
Sale of new electric vehicles jumped 81% in 2022
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
# Profile
Ukraine helicopter crash: Who was Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky?
Monastyrsky is the most senior Ukrainian official to have died since Russia invaded Ukraine last year.