Video: East Wall protests 'hijacked', says TD; 50% rise in cancer survivors

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East Wall protests

Protests against the opening of an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in East Wall in Dublin have been "hijacked" by far-right groups, according to a TD.

The protests escalated overnight as traffic entering Dublin's Port Tunnel was blocked.

Demonstrators stopped vehicles from entering and exiting the route.

Social Democrats TD for Dublin Central, Gary Gannon, said the demonstrations have been hijacked.

Mr Gannon told Newstalk: "I've been inundated with calls from people saying that protest certainly doesn't represent their views or how they would approach things.

Cancer survivors exceed 200,000

For the first time in Ireland the number of patients living after an invasive cancer diagnosis has exceeded the 200,000 mark, equivalent to one in 24 of the population.

The figure equates to a more than a 50 per cent increase in the numbers of cancer survivors compared with a decade ago.

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The figures are contained in the National Cancer Registry's 2022 Annual Statistical Report which also indicated the Covid pandemic resulted in a 10 per cent reduction in cancer diagnoses based on all cancers.

NCRI Director Professor Deirdre Murray said better treatments and early detection are just some of the reasons why people are surviving longer.

Wexford dog attack

The brother of the nine-year-old boy who was savaged by a dog in Enniscorthy on Sunday has told of the life changing injuries inflicted.

Alejandro Miszan was airlifted to Crumlin children’s hospital where he has undergone two surgeries following the attack.

"We were told he will never be the same again," Raul Miszan told RTÉ Radio’s Today with Claire Byrne show. "His face is totally destroyed. His lip is gone."

China Covid-19 protests

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Opponents of China's anti-Covid measures are resorting to dating apps and social media platforms blocked on the mainland to evade censors, spread the word about their defiance and strategy, in a high-tech game of cat and mouse with police.

Videos, images and accounts of the opposition to China's tough Covid-19 curbs have poured onto China's tightly censored cyberspace since weekend protests, with activists saving them to platforms abroad before the censors delete them, social media users say.

Protesters came out in several Chinese cities for three days from Friday in a show of civil disobedience unprecedented since president Xi Jinping assumed power a decade ago.

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