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Coveney to brief UN Security Council on Ukraine visit

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will brief the UN Security Council on his visit to Ukraine.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs is in New York where he will address a meeting of the council this evening which will focus on the plight of refugees fleeing the invasion.

Last Thursday, Mr Coveney became the first foreign minister from a state on the Security Council to visit Kyiv since the start of the war.

Teachers demand action on pay increases

Teachers’ unions are to demand inflation-matching pay increases at their annual conferences taking place this week with ASTI president Eamon Dennehy insisting that they have not "raised the flag of industrial action with regard to wage increases".

In an interview on Newstalk Breakfast, Mr Dennehy said that every worker in the country is aware that the cost of living has gone up by an enormous amount.

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Meanwhile, Minister for Education Norma Foley was told that teachers are struggling to make ends meet amid rising prices and pressure on households.

Ms Foley spoke to the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) conference in Kerry on Tuesday, where she praised the work of school staff during the pandemic.

Victims describe difficulties reporting sexual abuse

The charity One in Four has launched a report on survivors experiences with the justice system.

For some victims of child sexual abuse, making a statement to Gardaí was re-traumatising.

Specialist trauma-informed training for Gardaí is among solutions that have been proposed from the report.

Call for increase in social welfare rates

Social Justice Ireland (SJI) is calling for an increase of €27 per week in core social welfare rates.

According to SJI, the increase would only bring the payments back up to the same level as they were 15 years ago.

The increase is "required to protect the most vulnerable as the cost of living rises".

Organ Donor Awareness Week

The Irish Kidney Association has launched Organ Donor Awareness Week.

The Minster for Health has announced additional funding of over €1 million for transplant services this year.

 

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