Video: Concerns over use facial recognition by gardaí, HSE drug harm reduction campaign

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Concerns raised over plans for gardaí to use facial recognition

Concerns about the accuracy and potential misuse of facial recognition technology in tackling crime have been expressed by civil rights groups, academics and some politicians.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee announced the plans when she addressed the Garda Representative Association (GRA) conference.

Use of the technology is expected to help with murder, child exploitation, and missing persons investigations.

Elizabeth Farries, assistant professor at the UCD Centre for Digital Policy, said such technology was unlikely to accomplish its goal.

Dublin Airport brawl

A man in his 20s has been charged in connection with a brawl at Dublin Airport.

Another man was taken to Beaumont Hospital after a fight erupted yesterday evening.

A large number of gardaí and airport police responded to the public order incident in Terminal One.

One man was arrested and detained at Swords Garda Station before later being charged. The man is due to appear before Swords District Court on June 14th.


Footage of the fight has been widely shared on social media.

HSE launches harm reduction campaign for festivals

HSE teams will be sharing harm reduction advice to drug users at Irish festivals this year amid the emergence of "very worrying trends" across Europe.

According to the HSE, the new campaign will offer practical harm-reduction information, as well as advice on how to reduce the risks associated with drug use.

There will be teams of HSE trained volunteers at a small number of festivals this year who will be available to talk about drug trends and harm-reduction practices with attendees.

The volunteers are people working in existing harm reduction services, as well as people from the nightlife community.

Remote working hubs average 5.6km from homes nationwide

Remote working hubs are on average 5.6 kilometres from homes across the country.

CSO figures show homes in Cork city are closet to facilities at 1.6 kilometres, with Dublin city and Galway city at just over 2 kilometres.

However, households in Donegal have the furthest to travel to a remote hub at almost nine kilometres.

Counties Cork and Meath have distances of 8.4 kilometres.

When it comes to childcare services, on average there is one available 1.6 kilometres from a home.

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