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The 9 at 9 New rate of welfare payments for refugees, over 35,000 killed in Gaza, and LGBTQ+ people fearing assault.



Here’s all the news that you need to know as you start your day.

Wear your seatbelt

1. Irish garages have been selling devices called “beep stoppers” aimed at disabling car systems that beep when seatbelts are not worn while driving.

Amazon has also removed spare seatbelt buckles from its store because they could be used to circumvent seatbelt alarms, and taken enforcement action against sellers following an investigation by The Journal. 

Refugee payments

2. All Ukrainian refugees are to receive the same rate of payment regardless of when they arrived to Ireland, under new proposals set to be agreed by government today.

A memo going to Cabinet today sets out that Ukrainian refugees in state accommodation, regardless of when they arrived here, will receive a social welfare payment of €38.80 for adults and €29.80 for children.


3. The Health Ministry in Gaza today said that at least 35,173 people have been killed in the territory during more than seven months of war between Israel and Palestinian militants.

Building homes

4. Approximately 18,000 housing commencement notices were received in April, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien is expected to tell Cabinet today. 


5. The President of a group representing enlisted personnel in the Irish Defence Forces has said that they “will not be silenced” in speaking publicly about issues in the military. 


6. Tributes have been paid to a 15-year-old boy who drowned while getting into difficulty while swimming in the Grand Canal in Co Kildare at the weekend.

LGBTQ rights

7. Almost a third of people in Ireland who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community avoid certain areas for fear of being assaulted, according to a survey published today.

Nature Restoration Law

8. Nearly a dozen countries have joined up with Ireland to call on all EU member states to adopt the Natural Restoration Law to restore degraded land and protect wildlife around Europe.

US supporting Ukraine

9. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv today on an unannounced visit to assure Ukraine of continued American support and the flow of much-needed weapons as Russia presses on with its new offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

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