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East Wall protests

Protests over the housing of asylum seekers in Dublin's East Wall have been suspended.

It comes after Minister for Integration Roderic O'Gorman agreed to meet residents.

Protestors have been turning out in their hundreds in recent days, demonstrating outside a newly opened emergency accommodation centre in East Wall.

The old ESB office building is being used to house asylum seekers, with space for 380 men, women and children.

Local councillor Nial Ring says another rally planned for this evening has been called off after Mr O'Gorman agreed to meet residents on Friday over their concerns.

Junior Cert results released

Five months after sitting their exams the Junior Cert class of 2022 will finally get their results today.

Over 67,000 students have been waiting two months longer than usual to find out their grades.

They were also the first to sit the full exams since 2019 after they were cancelled during the Covid pandemic.

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The delayed results were caused by the late sitting of the Leaving Cert and a shortage of examiners to mark the papers.

Minister for Education Norma Foley said she hopes there won't be similar delays next year.

UK Supreme Court shuns indyref2

The UK’s highest court has ruled that the Scottish Parliament cannot legislate for a second independence referendum without Westminster’s consent.

The case was brought to the court after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out plans to hold a second vote on independence on October 19th, 2023.

But Supreme Court president Lord Reed said on Wednesday: “The Scottish parliament does not have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence.”

It means the Scottish Government’s top law officer, the Lord Advocate, will not be able to clear the Bill for passage through the Scottish Parliament.

Rockets hit Ukrainian maternity hospital

A newborn baby has been killed in an overnight rocket attack on that struck a hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine.

The child’s mother and a doctor were pulled alive from the rubble in the city of Vilniansk, Ukrainian authorities said.

The region’s governor said the rockets were Russian.

The strike adds to the gruesome toll suffered by hospitals and other medical facilities as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its tenth month.

Patients and staff at health facilities have been in the firing line from the outset, including an air strike on March 9 that destroyed a maternity hospital in the now-occupied port city of Mariupol.

 

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