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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C
'Staff have been attacked, spat at': Dublin city businesses on impact of anti-social behaviour
A report by
Hayley Halpin
While drug use and related issues have long been a problem, one person said it has become “out of control at this stage”.
The Journal visited areas of the city centre this week to chat to business owners.
Tony Gallagher, a security consultant, said the level of shoplifting in the city centre has reached a "crisis level".
8th June 2023
# ecocide
Hundreds of people protest outside Russian Embassy in Dublin after dam collapse
Voluntary group Ukrainian Action in Ireland organised this evening’s protest and called for an end to ‘Russian ecocide’.
# Chloe Mitchell
Man arrested following disappearance of a woman in Co Antrim
21-year-old Chloe Mitchell was last seen in Ballymena Town centre in the early hours of Friday, 2 June.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Here’s your roundup of what made the headlines today.
Hold the road and everyone's attention
Discover the 232 Audi range.
# Cinema
Trailer Watch: Which film will you see this weekend?
Here’s a few options for weekend watching.
# Disruption
Irish Rail says delays on services 'beginning to ease' following signalling issue
Services were suspended on all routes to and from Dublin’s Connolly Station earlier this afternoon, but have since resumed.
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State exams
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# Transport
Ministers express unease over underspend on national roads projects
Cabinet was also told that Covid mitigation measures in hospitals are under review.
# Kakhovka dam
Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of shelling Kherson evacuations after dam collapse
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the area today and praised the continuing rescue efforts.
# Wildfires
US cities still shrouded in toxic haze as reinforcements reach Canada wildfires
Flights across the US were delayed while residents in Washington have been advised to use high-caliber masks.
# paul coghlan
Former Fine Gael senator Paul Coghlan has died aged 79
Coghlan was elected as a senator in 1997 and remained in office until his retirement 2020.
# refugee accommodation
Student accommodation to house thousands of refugees for second summer
Up to 5,000 empty student beds will be used to accommodate refugees from Ukraine and other countries.
# Kiss
Kiss star Gene Simmons wants to meet the Taoiseach and calls for the return of Stormont
On previous travels with Kiss, Simmons has had the opportunity to tour the Dáil.
# Assault
Man seriously injured following assault in Co Louth
The man is currently in The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin.
# Dundrum
Government examining plans to house asylum seekers in tents at former Central Mental Hospital
The lands at the former hospital are currently being transferred to the LDA, which has been granted planning permission to develop 852 homes on the site.
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# arrest charge caution
Garda hit with drugs and criminal damage charges after alleged incident at station
The serving garda, who is stationed in the east of the country, was charged earlier this week and is set to appear before court later this month.
# Germany
Rammstein frontman denies wave of allegations prompted by Irish woman's social media post
Several women have since come forward to claim they were drugged and recruited to engage in sexual activity with Till Lindemann at Rammstein after-show parties.
# grounds for improvement
FAI laments ‘chronic’ underfunding as it unveils €863m investment plan for the next 15 years
The FAI today unveiled a €863 million wishlist of facility improvements.
Aoife Martin: Elliot Page's book outlines the damage being closeted can do to your self-esteem
Our columnist shares her thoughts on the new autobiography, Pageboy.
# One of our own
News that Dubliners may get to vote on electing a mayor next year is welcomed
The prospect of an elected mayor for Dublin came before the Citizens Assembly back in 2021.
# Annecy
Man who stabbed four children in French Alps did not appear to have 'terrorist motive'
All four child victims, which include British and German boys, are in a critical state in a local hospital.
The suspect was arrested at the scene in the town of Annecy.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said he was "not known by any intelligence service".
French President Emmanuel Macron has called the attack one of "absolute cowardice".
# Courts
Waterford convicted murderer launches appeal claiming he was drunk during garda interviews
Stephen Keane was found guilty in May 2021 of the murder of John Lowe.
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# closure order
Dead rodents and foul odours: Seven closure orders served on food businesses last month
The FSAI chief executive said ‘consumers can rest assured that enforcement measures will be applied to food businesses that do not meet their legal obligations’.
# Groceries
Supermarket sweeps: Aldi and Lidl respond as Tesco cuts prices on 700 products
Both German retailers claim their prices are already lower or comparable.
Tesco has today lowered prices on more than 700 products, which Michael McGrath says is "quite a significant turning point" for grocery price inflation.
The move follows more than a year of continuous increases on everyday essentials that has strained household budgets.
Aldi and Lidl have issued statements responding to the Tesco announcement.
# Courts
Liquidators of Russian state-owned leasing firms seek High Court orders to wind up companies
The companies are worth an estimated €4.11 billion and their liquidations has been described as the biggest in the history of the State.
# Courts
Former 2FM DJ Nikki Hayes to be sentenced for money laundering €10,000 through bank account
Hayes pleaded guilty to possessing the money as the proceeds of crime in a Permanent TSB bank account in 2020.
# pat robertson
Controversial US evangelist and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson dies aged 93
The religious broadcaster and one-time presidential candidate died at his home in Virginia Beach.
# Afghanistan
Funeral of Afghan governor killed by suicide bomber is hit by another bomb attack
IS remains a significant threat in the country as the group attempts to undermine Taliban control.
# Child Poverty Monitor
Over 236,000 children in Ireland are living in poverty according to a new report
Ward attributed the number of children in poverty to government policies, adding that poverty “is not inevitable” and the result of “political decisions”.
# solidarity fund
State to pay €1.5m to EU over lack of accommodation for asylum seekers
Taoiseach says it is not realistic, legal, or practical to put a limit on the numbers of people coming into Ireland.
# national parks and wildlife service
Tracking project aims to solve mystery of where Irish cuckoos migrate to in winter months
The project will satellite track the migration routes of four Irish cuckoos in an attempt to understand habitat pressures.
# Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
Retired RTÉ cameraman to be sentenced later for sexual assault of his daughter decades ago
The victim made a complaint in 2019, in which she said she was sexually assaulted by her father at the age of 16.
# Football
Liverpool sign World Cup-winning Argentina international Alexis Mac Allister
The 24-year-old is understood to have signed a five-year contract.
# on the dry
Ireland is having its longest drought period since 2018
Rain is forecasted for Saturday, which could end a drought period that has lasted for 23 days in some parts of the country.
# Your Say
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Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions at 'all-time high'
A team of scientists have developed an open platform with key information about the state of the cliamte.
# WhatsApp
Meta unveils new broadcasting WhatsApp feature 'Channels'
Channels was described as a one-way broadcast tool that lets account administrators send text, photos, videos, stickers, and polls.
# Emergency Services
Young cyclist dies after crashing into pillar in Tallaght
The young man was taken to Tallaght University Hospital after he was seriously injured in the crash and was later pronounced deceased.
# Donald Trump
Donald Trump becomes target of probe over classified documents
Trump had stored classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence after leaving the White House.