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Opposition critical of ‘wasteful’ social housing leases

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has told the Dáil that 9,000 “wasteful” long-term lease agreements, costing more than €3 billion, have been agreed by Government to provide social housing. She said it is a very sweet deal for the property funds and in some cases it costs far more …

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Calls for clarity of fairness of Ukrainian payments

Labour leader Ivana Bacik has expressed concern at the plan to cut payments to Ukrainian refugees, claiming such a policy could amount to targeting of older people and women with children. She called for “clarity” that the new Goverment policy will be fair. Ukrainian refugees who came to Ireland in …

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Ireland must ‘step up its game’ on climate action plans

Ireland’s consistent failure to deliver “critical” climate action plans on time has “undermined the whole EU-wide process” of climate action, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action was told that the country’s poor performance “has frustrated public participation” and could even “create a backlash” …

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Man jailed for ten months over intimate images threat

A 45-year-old man who threatened to share intimate images and videos of a woman with whom he had a short relationship has been jailed for ten months. The man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim, told gardaí he was annoyed and was drinking when he …

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CRU says expects energy prices to fall further

In a new analysis of household energy prices, the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities says it expects further price reduction from suppliers in the coming months. However, the regulator says a return to retail prices levels like those in 2021 is unlikely as wholesale energy prices are still higher …

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Man jailed for ten months over intimate images threat

A 45-year-old man who threatened to share intimate images and videos of a woman with whom he had a short relationship has been jailed for ten months. The man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim, told gardaí he was annoyed and was drinking when he …

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Work hour limits for non-EU students unfair, cttee hears

International English language student representatives have told an Oireachtas committee hearing that the number of hours that students are allowed to work should be increased from 20 to 30 per week in order to combat exploitation by some employers. Fiachra Ó Luain of the English Language Students Union of Ireland …

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Georgia adopts ‘foreign influence’ law despite protests

Georgia’s parliament has adopted a controversial “foreign influence” law that has sparked weeks of mass protests against the measure, denounced as mirroring Russian legislation used to silence dissent. Politicians voted 84 to 30 to pass the law in its third and final reading, a live broadcast of the parliamentary session …

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Manhunt for inmate after prison van ambushed in France

At least two French prison guards were shot dead and three others seriously injured on Tuesday after heavily armed men ambushed a prison van to free an inmate, French police said, triggering a major manhunt. The orchestrated attack, which comes amid rising drug-linked violence across Europe, took place at a …

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Plan to increase smoking age to 21 approved by Cabinet

A plan to introduce legislation to increase the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 has been approved by the Cabinet. The legislation would not apply to those who are between the ages of 18 and 21 and who are currently legally entitled to …

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