Creeslough mourns after unspeakable tragedy
A Creeslough priest said “the heart of this village has been broken by a tsunami of grief” following Friday’s fatal explosion – though residents have been comforted by global messages of support.
Father John Joe Duffy, from the Co Donegal village, said the community has experienced a “tidal wave” of condolences from figures including British prime minister Liz Truss and Pope Francis.
A five-year-old girl and her father were among 10 people killed at a complex comprising residential apartments and a petrol station in north-west Ireland.
An Garda Síochána continues to investigate the blast’s cause, though at this stage it is being treated as a “tragic accident”.
Kyiv hit by missiles in apparent Russian retaliation
Russia’s military hurled a barrage of missiles against Ukrainian cities early on Monday, including the capital Kyiv, striking civilian targets in what could be Moscow’s retaliation for the bombing of a key bridge connecting Russia to its annexed territory of Crimea.
At least eight people were killed and 24 others injured in just one of the Kyiv strikes, according to preliminary information, said Rostyslav Smirnov, an adviser to the Ukrainian ministry of internal affairs.
Blasts were reported in the city’s Shevchenko district, a large area in the centre of Kyiv that includes the historic old town as well as several government offices, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.
Landlords association: Eviction ban would be 'discriminatory'
The Government's proposal to introduce an eviction ban to avoid households being made homeless amid the cost-of-living crisis is "highly discriminatory", according to the Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA).
The group said it has "deep-rooted reservations" about such a measure, questioning its constitutionality.
The IPOA accused the Government of trying to circumvent its housing responsibilities by introducing such a ban, which the group said "further erodes IPOA members' legal rights".
Dublin community angered by playground fire
A community in Dublin city has been left angered by a fire at a local children's playground.
On Sunday evening, Dublin Fire Brigade attended the fire off Cork Street in the Liberties area of the city.
The official Dublin Fire Brigade account tweeted an image of a piece of playground equipment ablaze, confirming one fire engine from the nearby Dolphins Barn station responded to the incident and quickly extinguished the fire.
Labour Councillor for the South West Inner City, Darragh Moriarty told Newstalk it is heartbreaking to see public amenities being mindlessly destroyed.