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Regency Hotel murder

A former Sinn Féin councillor and his father have pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016 as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Last April, former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall (44), with an address at Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, was charged at the Special Criminal Court with the murder of Mr Byrne.

He is listed to go on trial for that alleged offence, alongside other co-accused men who are all charged in connection with the murder of Mr Byrne (34), from Crumlin, at the non-jury court on Monday, October 3rd, 2022.

On Wednesday, Dowdall and his father, Patrick (65), also of Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, both pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder of Mr Byrne at the hotel.

BoI to be issued major fine over tracker mortgage scandal

Bank of Ireland will be hit with a major fine by the Central Bank tomorrow for its role in the tracker mortgage scandal.

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The Irish Examiner reports that Bank of Ireland will be sanctioned for denying thousands of its customers access to cheaper tracker mortgages.

There are no details yet as to how large the fine will be, but Bank of Ireland has set aside €120 million in its accounts to settle the remaining tracker issues.

In June of this year, the Central Bank issued a record €96.7 million fine to AIB and EBS for their part in the scandal.

Budget response

Reaction and analysis from Tuesday's budget continue to roll in.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar defended the new concrete levy on Newstalk on Tuesday, and said he would like to see firmer action taken against those responsible for defective building materials.

On RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath fielded questions from the public, including one man who said landlord have been thrown "under the bus" by the government.

Overcrowding in hospitals sees 529 patients on trolleys

There are 529 patients without a bed in Irish hospitals at present, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

88 patients in Cork University Hospital are on trolleys – a new overcrowding record for the hospital.

After Cork, University Hospital Limerick is the second most crowded hospital in the country currently, with 73 patients waiting on a bed.

2,000 new Ryanair jobs

Ryanair announced that it will create 2,000 new jobs in Ireland by the year 2030.

As well as creating 2,000 new jobs – including pilots, cabin crew, IT developers and engineers – the company are investing €20 billion in "new technology aircraft", and opening a €50 million training facility in Santry.

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