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Society
The Environmental Protection Agency has said it is particularly concerned about risks to public health posed by poor quality drinking water from private water supplies. It said that many such supplies are not registered or monitored sufficiently to ensure safe drinking water and that E.coli contamination has been found in 51 supplies tested. One million people in Ireland get their drinking water from private supplies. Many more drink unknowingly from those...
Society
Households face annual carbon tax bills of at least €3,000 - unless the Government introduces a raft of measures to reduce emissions and tackle climate change Stark tax bill figure – which could rise to as much as €4,559 – comes just a week after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pledged to cut taxes Meanwhile, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe forced into a U-turn over changes to tax breaks which would hit thousands of ordinary workers Households face annual carbon t...
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The Economic and Social Research Institute says the low level of unemployment in Ireland means solving the housing shortage will require large numbers of immigrant building workers.  It also says a large increase in housing output will require a large increase in bank lending to construction firms and house buyers, to levels not seen since 2008. However, it says strict lending rules are needed to avoid a repeat of the last property bubble and collapse. The...
Society
A 20-year-old woman had a bag stolen from her at knife point during a robbery at an isolated bus stop in Dublin. The shocking incident happened at the bus stop at the Blanchardstown slip road on the N3 which serves routes heading to Co Meath. Gardai have told Dublin Live that the woman received a minor injury to her hand during the robbery. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident and the investigation is continuing. A garda spokesw...
Crime
Two foreign- nationals have been arrested after over €2 million worth of Heroin was seized in Dublin Airport. A man in his 30s and woman in her 50s were taken into custody after Revenue Officers caught the massive 15kg haul which had made its way over from Pakistan. The woman, who was accompanied by a small child, was met by the man in arrivals before they were arrested and taken to Ballymun Garda Station. A Revenue spokesperson said that the arrests came...
Society
Inner City Helping Homeless are asking for the public's help in filling a Luas with gifts this Christmas. Fill A Luas asks the public to donate a shoebox of gifts to the homeless at Connolly Luas Stop on Thursday, December 6. This is the fourth year of the charity event. This year, Fill A Luas will be a week-long event to give people more time to donate a shoebox over the holidays with the aim of collecting more than the record of 20,000 shoeboxes. The pub...
Incidents
The sightings of UFOs over the coast by three sets of airline pilots has led to Ireland being seen as a hotbed of alien activity. It has emerged the crews who reported an unidentified object streaking through the skies over Co Kerry are not alone. Dublin Live has been inundated with reports of similar sightings around the country in recent weeks. The Irish Aviation Authority has begun an investigation into the appearance of the mysterious objects which wer...
Society
Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has expressed his disappointment that the Health Service Executive has not fully implemented the recommendations made in his 2015 investigation into the healthcare system. The Ombudsman's 2015 report, Learning to Get Better, found that many people were afraid to complain about the treatment they receive in hospitals and that many hospitals were not learning important lessons from complaints they receive.  The HSE and Department of H...
Society
A new programme aimed at helping immigrant teachers find work in Irish schools opens to applicants today. The course, at Dublin’s Marino Institute of Education, aims to provide immigrants who are qualified teachers, but not working as such, with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enable them to find employment here. Recent research has found that while Ireland’s school student population is now highly diverse, teachers here continue to be overwhelmin...
Society
EU and UK negotiators have agreed a text that deals with the Irish border, RTÉ News understands. The text was agreed at around 9pm last night and then transmitted to Downing Street. While two well-placed sources have confirmed that the text was "as stable as it can be", they say it would not be correct to say that the negotiations have "concluded". According to both sources, there will be one backstop to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The ba...
Politics
The Cabinet will meet this morning to consider developments around the draft text of a Brexit withdrawal agreement. Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar put his colleagues on standby for this morning's meeting, which is due to be held at 9.30am. Mr Varadkar and the Tánaiste will update their Government colleagues on what has happened over the last 24 hours. It follows a meeting last night between Mr Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Finance Pasch...
Society
A number of events have taken place around the country and in Northern Ireland to mark the centenary of the ending of World War I. Locations where ceremonies have taken place include Belfast, Enniskillen, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Galway and Tipperary. In Cork city, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on the Grand Parade. He was joined by relatives of those who died in WWI and members of the Cork branch of the...
Society
The two men who were arrested in Athy, Co Kildare yesterday in the investigation into the murder of David Boland have been released without charge today. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions as the investigation continues, said a garda spokesperson. David Boland, 34, was stabbed multiple times during an incident on Duke Street in Athy, in the early hours of Thursday 1 November. A total of four people have been arrested to date as...
Society
Dublin City Council is set to spend €1.6 million on the removal of discarded chewing gum in public areas. The local authority is seeking tenders for a contract to remove gum from footpaths and pedestrianised zones throughout litter blackspots in its administrative area over the next three years. It expects to spend €1.6 million plus VAT on these services, according to tender documents. The huge cost of removing chewing gum from public areas comes despite r...
Society
It's not the first incident that has caused delays in Dublin this morning. An Irish Rail service heading into Dublin faced a huge delay this morning after hitting a sheep. The 7.05am service from Sligo to Dublin's Connolly Station was left delayed for 45 minutes due to the incident. Passengers have been warned to expect some knock-on delays as a result. Irish Rail said: "07:05hrs Sligo/Connolly will be delayed up to 45mins arriving in Connolly due to the s...
Society
Precarious work is causing hardship to workers and their families, and reinforcing inequality, insecurity and deprivation in the workforce, according to the latest research from the Think tank for Action on Social Change. The report, entitled "Precarious Work, Precarious Lives", notes that precarious work forces many to rely on social protection from the taxpayer to compensate for their irregular hours and income. It found 44% of Irish workers do not have...
Society
A new study which looked at the lives of nine-year-olds shows poorer outcomes for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The Growing Up in Ireland research, carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute, shows an improvement in the families ability to make ends meet since 2013, but found that not all families benefitted from the economic up-turn. The research was carried out on group of nine-year-olds who spent many of their early year...
Society
Ryanair and its CEO Michael O'Leary are being sued in New York by a shareholder accusing the airline of defrauding its investors, and inflating its share price by overstating its ability to manage its labour relations and keep costs down. Ryanair described the claims in the lawsuit as "false" and "doomed to fail" - and has pledged to defend itself fully against what it called "bogus ambulance-chaser" claims.  According to Reuters, it is not uncommon for sh...
Society
Minister for Education Joe McHugh is to brief the Cabinet this morning on the ongoing school structural defects issue, as more than 1,000 children in west Dublin remain out of school. Mr McHugh will later update the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and the matter is also likely to be raised in the Dáil. Two of the three schools worst affected by the controversy plan to reopen fully to pupils on Thursday, accommodating some pupils in borrowed buildin...
Society
A 66-year-old man has been arrested in Donegal in connection with the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers in 1972. The man is also being held on suspicion of aiding and abetting an explosion. The man was arrested by gardaí under a European Arrest Warrant as part of a joint operation with the PSNI. He is expected to appear at the High Court in Dublin tomorrow afternoon. Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames died when a device exp...
Society
Hedgehog numbers are in decline but a former zookeeper from Rush, Co Dublin is on a mission to conserve them. Yvonne McCann started Hedgehog Rescue Dublin in 2013 after falling into the role when someone stopped by her house with a box of baby hedgehogs because they knew she worked at Dublin Zoo. While at the zoo, she had become involved in animal rehab with Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland. Acupuncture "We are now one of three main rescue organisations in...
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A sculpture made from scrap metal of a weary World War I soldier has been unveiled in Dublin to commemorate the centenary of the end of the conflict. Culture Minister Josepha Madigan unveiled the six-metre statue yesterday in a ceremony in St Stephen's Green. It was designed by Dorset artist and blacksmith Martin Galbavy and constructed by Chris Hannam of Dorset Forge and Fabrication, using scrap including horseshoes, spanners, car jacks and brake discs. T...
Society
Hundreds of people have attended an event in Dublin to mark the arrival of a six-metre high sculpture of a World War I soldier in St Stephen's Green. The sculpture, named 'The Hauntings Soldier', represents a soldier returned from war, battle weary and forlorn. It is on display to coincide with the centenary commemorations to mark the ending of the war. It was created by Slovakian artist Martin Galbavy and constructed by Chris Hannam at Dorset Forge and Fa...
Society
Hospital consultants have said public hospitals are in crisis, with recruitment and retention a major issue.  In a statement last night, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association said it agreed with an assessment given by the former director of the Health Service Executive, Tony O'Brien in an interview with The Sunday Business Post.  The Association said Mr O'Brien was correct in identifying the recruitment and retention of consultants as the single bigge...
Incidents
Pupils at two of four Dublin schools worst affected by the structural defects controversy will be staying at home today, as the schools have decided not to reopen. Older children at a third Dublin primary school are also not returning until Thursday, to allow the school time to finalise temporary accommodation. Tyrrelstown Educate Together and adjacent St Luke’s National School had hoped to be able to reopen the ground floors of their buildings to pupils....
Society
Luas operator Transdev has warned that near misses with pedestrians are on the rise, blaming phones for distracting people. Transdev says that Luas drivers have noticed growing numbers of pedestrians who walk with earphones in and their heads down looking at their phones. Drivers say distracted pedestrians stepping out in front of oncoming trams is a common experience. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Transdev Communications Manager Dervla Brophy says it...
Crime
A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of David Boland in Athy, Co Kildare. Calvin Cullen, with an address at Green Hills, Athy, appeared before a special sitting of Naas District Court this morning. Mr Boland, from Nurney, was stabbed multiple times during a row on Duke Street in Athy at around 5.30am on Thursday. The father of one was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he later died. Mr Cullen was remanded...
Society
The abuse of crack cocaine has risen in Ireland and has overtaken heroin as the most commonly abused drug, according to an addiction service. Coolmine, an organisation supporting people with drug addiction based in Dublin, has seen an increase in admissions for crack cocaine. It said 33% of all its admissions are for crack cocaine addiction - overtaking heroin at 31%. Crack cocaine is a smokable form of cocaine which is made by chemically altering cocaine...
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Families of those killed in one of the most shocking attacks of Northern Ireland's Troubles have urged politicians to make sure it never happens again. Hundreds of people gathered in Greysteel, Co Derry to mark the 25th anniversary of the night loyalist gunmen burst into a busy bar and opened fire. Wreaths and flowers were laid in memory of the victims at a plaque outside the Rising Sun pub, where the atrocity took place. Eight civilians, both Catholics an...
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The Irish Kidney Association has said it used some of the €6m bequeathed to it by a Co Laois woman to buy a house in Co Cork. Elizabeth O'Kelly, 92, from Stradbally, donated €30m to five charities in a massive windfall for the sector. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, IKA Chief Executive Mark Murphy said the house, which backs onto the campus of Cork University Hospital, will be converted into a support centre for patients who do not need to be in hospita...
Society
A new report on 'Health Inequalities in Europe' finds that Ireland's two-tiered health system may contribute to disparities between high and low income earners when accessing healthcare. The report says people in the so-called "twilight zone", with incomes above the medical card threshold but without private health insurance, could be losing out most.  Health Inequalities in Europe: Setting the Stage for Progressive Policy Actionconfirms that Ireland remai...
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The Irish Embassy in London has seen a surge in demand for Irish passports as the clock ticks down to Brexit. Almost as many applications were received in the first half of 2018 as in the whole of 2015, the year before the European Union referendum. Figures released to Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond, chairman of the Brexit Committee in the Seanad, showed there were almost 45,000 applications in the first half of 2018. Mr Richmond suggested that the "loom...
Society
A young female teacher has been charged with an alleged sex crime against a teenage boy. The 24-year-old woman, who is a teacher in a Dublin school, is accused of the defilement of a teenage boy who was a student in the school at the time. She was arrested at Terminal One, Dublin Airport by Gardai investigating the incident on Sunday as she returned on a flight. She appeared before Swords District Court this morning where evidence of arrest, charge and cau...
Society
A very common occurrence in the last few days. Dublin Bus will not be serving Bawnogue for the night due to anti-social behaviour. The 13 route is not heading to the area between for the rest of the night as a result of the incident. A Dublin Bus spokesperson said: "We wish to advise customers that due to anti social behaviour route 13 will not serve Bawnogue for the rest of the night. "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused." Buses being...
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Work has already started on affected schools. Two Dublin schools were given the all-clear today after inspections were carried out by the Department of Education. Both Lutterellstown in Clonsilla and Scoil Choilm in Porterstown were declared safe according to TD Joan Burton with official results expected later on when all the initial assessments are finished. Work will also begin immediately to address the problems at St Luke's, Tyrrelstown ET, and Gaelsco...
Society
Drones are uncovering hoarded bonfire materials around Dublin, it has been revealed. Dublin City Council have been using the technology in a bid to crack down on people abusing open areas. Residents around Crumlin have been warned that they could face €150 fines if they're found piling materials such as pallets and tyres. A letter sent to locals said green areas take 18 months to recover from fires, and urged them to keep their plans safe. It said: "As Hal...
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Peter Casey has been blasted by relatives of the Stardust victims saying they never wanted him to be a spokesperson for their campaign. The presidential candidate claimed that he had been asked by the families to speak on their behalf after a meeting in the Hilton Hotel a number of weeks ago. In a statement today, the group have completely refuted the claim and said he'd no longer be welcome at a walk next month. 13/09/2018 Presidential Candidate Peter Cas...
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Paramedics have warned of a serious problem with synthetic heroin and other prescription drugs in Irish prisons. They have been called to Dublin jails in recent weeks and have uncovered an epidemic of prescription medication. A source said in one overdose a prisoner was found to have a cocktail of cannabis, synthetic heroin, cocaine, paracetamol and benzos. They explained: “There have been a number of incidents and prison officers have told medics there is...
Society
A warning has been sent out to parents after a child fell on glass that was left smashed in a playground sandpit. The child had been playing in the pit in Kingswood Heights in south Dublin when they fell before a resident noticed the area was full of broken glass. The local then cleared it up before letting local group Kingswood Heights Residents know to be vigilant when their kids are in playgrounds. They said: "Mind your kids in the playground. "A reside...
Crime
Money has also been frozen in a bank account. High end watches, a car and cash have been seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau following a number of raids in Dublin on Thursday. The raids took place in Dublin 1, 10 and 22 this morning, with an additional raid taking place in Wexford. Audi car seized by CAB Local gardai in  North Dublin also assisted with the raids, which were targeting drugs gangs based in the north inner city. They seized a number of items...
Incidents
The 52-year-old was found in his home in Milltown earlier on this evening. Electric Picnic founder John Reynolds has died. The 52-year-old was found in his apartment in Milltown, south Dublin, earlier on this evening. In a statement tonight, his family said his funeral arrangements would be announced in the coming days. They wrote: “It is with great sadness that the Reynolds family confirm the sudden death of John Reynolds of POD this evening. “John aged 5...
Society
There is a delay to Luas red line services this morning due to a signal fault. The fault has been reported at the Kingswood stop. Luas operators have said that tickets are valid on Dublin Bus services this morning throughout the disruption to services. Luas said: "We are currently experiencing a delay to Red Line services due to a signal fault at Kingswood. "Luas tickets are valid on Dublin Bus for the duration of the disruption. We apologise for any incon...
Crime
A new provision that will see drink-drivers facing an automatic disqualification came into force at midnight. The Minister for Transport announced the commencement of the drink-driving provisions of the Road Traffic Act yesterday afternoon. Speaking at the launch, Minister Shane Ross described the measure as a significant step to clamp down on drink-driving. Minister Ross said it was "always wrong to give people the mild slap on the wrist of three penalty...
Society
The movie focuses on a mother who struggles to protect her children after a landlord sells their home. A homeless charity has claimed Roddy Doyle’s film Rosie should be prescribed viewing for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Government. The acclaimed movie lays bare the human cost of the housing crisis as a mother struggles to protect her four children after their landlord sells their rented home. The moving drama starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford has al...
Society
Dublin's oldest known youth club turns 100 this year. The Belvedere Youth Club - formerly the Belvedere Newsboys’ Club - has been helping the young people of Dublin’s north inner city since its foundation 100 years ago. In its earliest days, the Buckingham Street club worked to address poverty and deprivation amongst young newspaper sellers. Since then it has grown and developed to provide a range of vital services for young people As well as targeted ICT,...
Society
Inspectors carried out an examination of the plasterwork in two classrooms on Friday and based on their findings, the school has decided to shut down the buildings. A spokesperson for Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board (DDLETB) said: " A fire safety assessment of Phase 1 was carried out and necessary works are currently being undertaken to remediate issues discovered during the assessment. "During the course of these works, additional issues...
Society
They will be in place at different points during the Bank Holiday weekend. The 39th annual SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will take place next Sunday, October 28. Thousands of people will take to the streets of the capital in the hopes of creating history this October bank holiday weekend. A number of traffic restrictions and road closures will be in place across the city centre and in outlying areas ahead of the race. Most will be in place on Sunday, but...
Society
They say it will be bring positive changes for passengers. Dublin Bus have announced a revised timetable and re-route of one of their most popular services. Routes 15/a/b/d will see revised timetables from tomorrow, Sunday October 21. The revisions will include additional departure times, more frequent services and earlier start times each morning. In a statement, Dublin Bus said: "From Sunday 21 October 2018 we are pleased to announce that Route 15, Route...
Society
Services were not running on a large part of the line. Luas red line services are running with delays this afternoon after a tram broke down. The tram broke down at the Blackhorse stop, and forced services to run a limited service. There was no service between the Kingswood and Heuston stops, and trams were only running between Tallaght/Saggart and Kingswood and Heuston and The Point. Services have now resumed after the tram was moved, but there are delays...
Incidents
Thankfully no members of the crew were injured in the incident. But Dublin Fire Brigade have reminded the public that while the majority of people would never cause issue, it is only with the help of the wider community that such attacks by thugs can be stopped. Dublin Fire Brigade said: "One of our Dolphin's Barn based Fire Engines is currently unavailable due to damage sustained after an attack on it. "This is not representative of the vast majority of p...
Society
Two men and two women have been charged with impeding the investigation into the murder of Patricia O’Connor, whose dismembered remains were found in the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains last year. Augustine O'Connor, 74, of Mill Close, Clasheen, Stamullen, Co Meath, his daughter Louise O'Connor, 40, of Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, her ex-partner Keith Johnson, 41, of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght and Ms O'Connor's daughter, Stephanie, 20, of Lower Gardiner Street...
Society
A 21-year-old Italian man has been found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to an Irishman outside Anfield in Liverpool earlier this year. Filippo Lombardi from Rome had pleaded not guilty to the attack on 53-year-old Sean Cox outside a Liverpool versus Roma Champions' League semi-final match on 24 April - writes rte.ie The prosecution case was that another man, referred to in court as N40, threw the punch that hit Mr Cox but Mr Lombardi swung a be...
Society
National Slow Down day, an operation aimed at getting motorists to watch their speed on roads, got under way this morning. The 24-hour operation came into force at 7am and will continue until 7am tomorrow. It consists of high visibility speed enforcement in over 1,000 enforcement zones, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media. The objective of the operation is to reduce the number of speed-relate...
Society
Housing and homeless agency Novas, which works with vulnerable individuals and families in Limerick and the mid-west, has said it helped over 4,500 people last year. In its annual report released today, it warns of the worrying trend that those becoming homeless are getting younger. Novas works with homeless people, and those at risk of becoming homeless, in Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary. The escalation of the homelessness crisis, coupled with more people...
Society
Irish baby name trends have taken a such a drastic turn in the past century some are becoming extinct, research has revealed. While some new entries gained traction in recent years, there are still timeless favourites that soar high on the popularity scale. The Ancestry.ie survey identified Adam and Harry as the favourite names among boys, seeing a 1,396% and 979% percentage increase since 1917 respectively. They are followed by Luke, Aidan and Mark to for...
Incidents
One person was hospitalised after a crash between a horse and carriage and a car overnight. Two fire engines and an ambulance were called after the crash at 2:30am on the junction of Eccles Street and Dorset Street. The man at the helm of the cart was brought to hospital although his injuries were not believed to be serious. The horse bolted for about 100 metres after being startled by the crash but was uninjured. The carriage however received heavy damage...
Society
A grieving Dublin woman said she is still in shock that her elderly mother died from spilling a cup of tea. Daphne Anderson (91) - originally from Glasnevin - died from sepsis, which she contracted in hospital while being treated for scalding injuries. Daphne's daughter Audrey told The Herald that her mother had been fit and active prior to the injury. She said: "My mother was fit and in good health. I can't believe that spilling a cup of tea could have ki...
Society
Passengers were left frustrated at the weekend as Aer Lingus was forced to cancel two flights at late notice. People hoping to fly to JFK Airport in New York on Saturday afternoon were angered when the flight was cancelled. Aer Lingus flight EI109 was due to leave Dublin for JFK at 4:10pm but was cancelled just hours before. Many holiday-makers were sat in the airport at the time waiting for information when the news broke the flight would not be in operat...
Incidents
Vandals who set fire to two taxis over the past four days in Crumlin have been condemned as "scumbags". One cab was burnt out on Friday night, followed by another this morning. The Dublin Taxi Drivers Facebook page shared images of the destroyed vehicles this afternoon and urged people in the area to be aware of any suspicious behaviour. In the post, the group wrote: "Two taxis burnt down in Crumlin, Friday night and one this morning on Sundrive road! "Be...
Society
A society in a Dublin college has been suspended from all social activity for a semester after videos emerged of members getting naked and partaking in "frat style games". DCU's Accounting and Finance Society hosted an election for their first year reps in which students were allegedly performing "nude acts" as well as being told to complete "challenges". In a statement tonight, the society said they will "ensure this does not happen again" and apologised...
Society
Despite the potential operation, Terry claimed that she is not expected to be given accommodation for at least another six months. A former soldier who is homeless and has been living in her car in Dublin has revealed she will be bed-bound for five weeks after an upcoming operation Terry O’Reilly said last week that she has been living in her car in Shankill for more than a year. The 34-year-old has now revealed that she is facing an operation to address n...
Incidents
A teen who threatened to "shoot up" his Balbriggan school is unlikely to face charges, it has been revealed. He was arrested yesterday after making the threatening message and posting a picture of a gun. The 16-year-old is suspected of having a grudge and was arrested and questioned before he was released at midday yesterday. The boy uploaded a twisted message online, insisting: “Don’t come in tomorrow if you have any regard for your life, you’ve been warn...
Society
He said he wanted to help out kids who were more sick than he is. A young boy who has been attending Crumlin children's hospital since he was a baby has raised thousands of euro for other sick children. Isaac Geoghehan is seven years old and recently took part in the Mini Muckers challenge in Punchestown. He managed to raise €3,817 for the challenge which took place on October 6. Isaac has been attending the hospital for six years due to adrenal insufficie...
Society
The actual number of council properties built by all 31 local authorities this year is 487, with eight building zero. Government ministers are in a spin over housing as their own Budget figures don’t add up. Paschal Donohoe yesterday promised 10,000 extra social homes – a mixture of new builds, buy-ups and leasing. At least 6,000 were to be actual bricks and mortar – and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy backed him up on it. But by yesterday evening the Finan...
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It was an acknowledgement of all the volunteer work that the group undertake every day in helping Dublin's homeless. Dublin charity Inner City Helping Homeless has been presented a prestigious award by the European Parliament. ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn and a number of volunteers with the group headed to Brussels yesterday to receive the European Citizens Prize. The award was given as an acknowledgement of all the volunteer work that the group undertake every...
Society
Gardai are investigating after a petrol bomb was thrown into the house of a pensioner in South Dublin. The shocking incident took place in the Rutland area of Crumlin on Monday night. A gas cannister was thrown through the window of the house but is not believed to have ignited. An elderly woman, thought to be in her 70s, was asleep inside the house at the time but did not suffer any injuries. No major damage was done to the inside of the house although th...
Society
An organisation that supports young people in State care has warned that young people continue to face the same issues year on year. In its annual report, Empowering People in Care said those who are contacting it for support are repeatedly experiencing the same difficulties while in care or when they have left care. EPIC provides independent advocacy and information for people who are living in or have exited State care. This includes foster placements, h...
Society
A woman in her 40s is due to appear before Macroom District Courtcharged in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in the town earlier this week. The body of Timmy Foley, 44, was found at a house in Dan Corkery Place early on Monday morning by the emergency services. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was arrested on Monday afternoon and dheld for questioning at Bandon Garda Station. She is expected to appear in court at 10.30am. Read more...
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A car was rammed through the front door of a Centra in Bluebell during a burglary in the early hours of Sunday morning. Gardai are investigating after alcohol and cigarettes were stolen in the raid at the Centra on La Touche in Bluebell, Dublin 12. The burglary happened at approximately 3am on Monday morning. Pictures have emerged of the damage done to the exterior of the shop after a car drove through the front, allowing the raiders access inside. The sce...
Society
Four former Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland have said consideration should be given to prioritising compensation for victims of the Troubles in the North, over the criminal investigation into the perpetrators of the violence. The group, including Tom King and Peter Hain, said their suggestion was based on the belief that any new historical investigation had little likelihood of success. A recent British government paper of how to address the lega...
Crime
A young mother was injured after being attacked by a car hijacker while with her son at St James' Hospital. The woman was approached by a man shortly after 6pm in the hospital car park as she walked to her car with her son. The attacker demanded she hand over the keys, after she resisted she was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries to her hand and knee. The child was not harmed during the incident. After hijacking the car, the man drove off before c...
Society
Gardai are investigating after thugs started a fire at a shop in Rathfarnham on Sunday night. It is believed two young men set cardboard and empty gas cylinders on fire at a bunker adjacent to the Costcutter store on Taylor's Lane. CCTV is thought to have caught the two men who started the fire. Damage was caused to the fuel bunker at the shop although Dublin Fire Brigade were quick to respond and put the fire out. The incident happened at 6:30pm while the...
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A family desperate to recover a child's specialist wheelchair will get it back after someone saw a group of youths messing with it on the side of the road. The chair was stolen along with a silver Mercedes from a home in Skerries along with a number of other items in the early hours of Friday morning. Spokesperson for Special Needs Parents Association Lorraine Dempsey had sent out a plea to people to keep an eye out and now it looks as though the chair wil...
Society
Ireland received €1.8 billion in EU funds in 2017, and contributed just over €2 billion, as the country continues to be a net contributor, according to the latest annual report of the EU's budgetary watchdog. Ireland first became a net contributor in 2016. The Court of Auditors found that EU accounts presented a "true and fair" view of the bloc's financial position, with the estimated level of errors in EU payments falling from 3.1% in 2016 to 2.4% in 2017...
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An Irish toddler was covered in horrific sores and blisters after allegedly contracting hand, foot, and mouth disease at a holiday resort in Mallorca, Spain. Two-year-old Remy-Lee Corrigan was treated in Dublin’s Tallaght Hospital after her family had to cut short their holiday when she fell ill. Around 50 people have caught the virus so far, most of them being children, at the Club Mac Hotel in Alcudia since September 11, the Irish Sun reports. The Dublin...
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A new report by Mental Health Reform , the national coalition on mental health in Ireland, has found strong public support for increased State investment inmental health services. A survey carried out by the coalitionfound that 84% of respondents thought that the health serviceplaces too little focus on mental health - writes rte.ie The study found that the public are willing to invest more in mental healthcare when compared to other related healthcare pro...
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Controversial legislationbringingmore stringent rules around the sale of alcohol has passed all stages in the Dáil, pavingthe way for the introduction of measures such as minimum unit pricing andcancer warnings on alcohol products. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which has been before the Oireachtas since 2015, seeks to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland - writes rte.ie The bill will pave the way formeasures such as minimum unit pricing, cancer warnin...
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An Irish teenage mother has revealed how she was completely unaware she was pregnant until she gave birth in her kitchen to her tiny one-pound daughter. In RTE’s heartwarming new series, The Rotunda, 18 year old Milaois Murphy told how her mother Victoria was convinced she had appendicitis until her waters broke at her home near the Phoenix Park in the middle of the night. While an ambulance was on route to bring the teenager to the hospital with stomach p...
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Tributes have been paid to a woman who died in a fatal accident in Inchicore on Tuesday afternoon. Ann Beehan, 60s, died after she was hit by a truck on Bulfin Road near her house shortly after 4pm on Tuesday. She was rushed to St James' Hospital and was pronounced dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is believed she died a day before her 63rd birthday. Tributes have been paid to the woman on a local community Facebook page. One person wrote:"A...
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The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has threatened industrial action following the announcement that 10% of Bus Éireann routes are earmarked for privatisation. The announcement by the National Transport Authority (NTA) was made at the start of a consultation period on the renewal of contracts with Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus for the period 2019 to 2024. The NTA said it proposes reducing Bus Éireann's routes by 10% from 2021, mainly involving routes in th...
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A minimum wage job can be a stepping stone to higher paid work, but such work can represent a low wage trap for certain groups of workers, according to the latest research from the Economic and Social Research Institute. The ESRI study reveals that in a nine month period in 2016-2017, almost a third of 1,514 workers surveyed progressed from the minimum wage to higher paid employment. Ninety per centof those did so with the same employer. Minimum wage emplo...
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The Irish Aviation Authority has reopened Irish airspace following issues with the flight radar system. A back-up system has been deployed to allow a phased resumption of take-offs and landings at Cork and Shannon. A knock-on effect to some early morning flights is expected and passengers have been asked to contact their airlines, however Cork Airport has said there will be minimal disruption to flights. In a statement, the IAA said safety was its main pri...
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The Irish Aviation Authority has said it still does not know what caused the issues with itsair traffic management system that led to the temporary closure ofIrish airspace last night. An investigation is under way this morning into the technical problems with the Shannon Air Traffic Control flight radar system, which caused disruptionto flights to and from Shannon and Cork. Director of Commercial Technology with the IAA Philip Hughes told RTÉ's Morning Ir...
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Canadian technology company SOTI is to create 150 new jobs in Galway. The company makes software for managing mobile and "internet of things" devices. Initially the firm will invest over €20m and create 50 jobs straight away, with a further 100 to be created over the next three years. The company has 17,000 business customers and ten offices around the world, and will employ over 1,000 staff by the end of the year. SOTI said it will use the office here to...
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A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Waterford woman Samantha Walsh in April 2017. Daniel Whelan, who is of no fixed abode but originally from Thurles in Co Tipperary, was due to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court this morning. However he pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced later this week. MsWalsh’s body was found in an apartment at Thomas Court, Thomas Street in Waterford, on 28April 2017. The 31-year-old was originally...
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Customers of a number of banks have not received social welfare payments this morning due to a system-wide banking issue. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has said there isan issue affecting some social welfare payments through certain banks. The issues isaffecting some social welfare payments due to be paid into customer bank accounts this morning. The Department said it hasprocessed all its payments as usual. Officials from the...
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Irish Rail passengers were delayed this evening in Dublin due to a fire on the tracks that was started by vandals. The 17.17 Dublin to Sligo train headed back to Connolly after being stuck in Drumcondra , affecting passengers that were looking to go to Mullingar and Maynooth. One passenger told Dublin Live that they were told that there was a fire after the train stopped near the Drumcondra station. Following the announcement, they were then informed that...
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A transatlantic flight had to circle over the Irish Sea for more than an hour due to a mechanical problem. Delta Airlines flight DL45 departed Dublin Airport shortly before 11:30am on Sunday morning. It was due to be heading for New York's JFK airport. However soon after take off a problem was detected and the flight began to circle over the Irish Sea. The long haul flight had to dump a certain amount of fuel before it was able to begin its descent. Shortl...
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He was rushed to hospital after falling ill and later died. Devastated pals last night paid tribute to a teen who died after attending a music festival. Joe Hayes, 19, fell ill as he left the Boxed Off festival at the Fairyhouse Racecourse in Meath on Saturday night. A close pal of the Dublin teenager last night told Dublin Live: “We’re doing ok thanks. Please let everyone know that he was a wonderful person and no one has ever had a bad word to say about...