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Dara Calleary appointed Minister of State to replace Robert Troy

Mayo TD Dara Calleary has been appointed to fill the Minister of State position left vacant by Robert Troy following his resignation last week.

Mr Troy, who had been the junior minister with responsibility for trade promotion, stood down following revelations that he failed to declare details of his property interests to the Dáil's register of members' interests.

On August 18th, the Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath apologised for his "errors and omissions", adding that he fully accepted the seriousness of his mistake.

Despite the apology, his resignation came last Thursday, in which he thanked Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and colleagues who had shown him support.

Irish inflation at 8.9% as euro zone price rises hit another record high

Euro zone inflation rose to another record high this month, beating expectations and solidifying the case for further big European Central Bank rate hikes even before prices peak near the turn of the year.

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Consumer price growth in the 19 countries sharing the euro currency rose to 9.1 per cent in August from 8.9 per cent a month earlier, ahead of expectations for 9 per cent and staying well clear of the ECB's 2 per cent target, data from Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, showed on Wednesday.

Ireland’s estimated annual inflation hit 8.9 per cent in August, down slightly from 9.6 per cent in July.

Tributes paid to elderly couple who died in Cork multi-vehicle crash

Tributes have been paid to an elderly couple who were killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Cork.

John Patrick Allen (83), and his wife, Bernadette (82), died when the car he was driving was involved in a head-on collision with a car transporter on a stretch of the N28, between the Shannon Park roundabout and Shanbally village on Tuesday morning.

The couple lived in Glenwood, a housing estate in Carrigaline, less than 1km away.

They died on a bend close to Raffeen Creek Golf Club, where both were respected lifetime members.

New minimum tariffs for those sentenced to life in prison under reforms

Offenders convicted of the most serious crimes, including murder, could face a minimum term of up to 30 years without parole under proposed reforms by the Department of Justice.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said that judges will be given powers to set minimum tariffs of between 15 and 30 years before prisoners would be allowed to go before a parole board.

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a set of recommendations for sentencing put forward following a review of penal and prison policy.

The Government also has plans to introduce alternatives to prison for very minor offences.

 

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