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Cherry Orchard garda car ramming incident

Gardaí have a short list of suspects following an incident in Cherry Orchard, west Dublin, on Monday that saw a garda car rammed by another vehicle.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has called the incident “disgraceful” and said a full investigation is under way.

A clip of the incident, which was widely shared on social media and messaging apps, was taken in the Cherry Orchard suburb in west Dublin.

The incident took place at 7.30pm on Monday evening.

Gardaí said they were responding to reports of dangerous driving in the area when they witnessed two vehicles being driven erratically and which later failed to stop when asked to do so.

Investigators believe the incident was an act of "retaliation" for Garda operations against a gang behind so-called joyriding in the area, the Irish Examiner reports.

Gardaí investigating after alleged late-night assault filmed in Dublin shop

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Gardaí are investigating an incident that occurred at a shop in central Dublin in the early hours of Tuesday.

Footage posted online appears to show a woman trying to stab another woman in the busy store on Dame Street.

One of the women is seen holding what appears to be a blade and attempting to attack the other woman with it. A woman is seen with blood on her face and head at the end of the incident.

A security guard can be seen in the video attempting to intervene before stepping back as the fight continues while onlookers gather.

Gardaí said they were investigating an assault that occurred at a retail premises on Dame Street in Dublin 2 at around 3.30am on Tuesday. No arrests have been made.

Public split over potential social welfare increases in Budget 2023

Just over half of people feel social welfare payments should not be substantially increased as part of Budget 2023 in order to keep up with inflation.

The latest Taxback.com Pre-Budget 2023 Taxpayer Sentiment Survey questioned 1,500 people on their attitudes ahead of the upcoming budget, which will be published on Tuesday, September 27th.

The survey found that 51 per cent felt social welfare payments should not increase in line with inflation while the remaining 49 per cent said they would be in favour of such changes.

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Almost nine in ten people said the Government should cut taxes on petrol, diesel, home heating oil or gas, 45 per cent of whom said these cuts should particularly apply to road fuels.

Over 90 per cent said action needs to be taken to reduce childcare costs, 37 per cent of whom said this should come by making childcare fees fully tax-deductible.

Putin warns West as he announces partial mobilisation for Russian citizens

Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced a partial mobilisation in Russia as the war in Ukraine approaches the seven-month mark.

Mr Putin also warned the West that Russia would use all the means at its disposal to protect its territory, saying: “It’s not a bluff.”

He accused the West in engaging in “nuclear blackmail” and noted “statements of some high-ranking representatives of the leading Nato states about the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia”.

And he added: “To those who allow themselves such statements regarding Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of Nato countries, and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal.”

Taoiseach in New York for UN General Assembly

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will travel to attend the UN General Assembly on Wednesday evening.

The meeting in New York has been overshadowed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and food shortages in Africa.

After attending the ploughing championships in Co Laois on Wednesday morning, Mr Martin will board a flight to New York where leaders from across the world have gathered for the UN General Assembly.

Many have flown directly from London after attending the funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

US president Joe Biden delayed his attendance until Wednesday to pay respect to the monarch and will be one of two main speakers on what is day two of the summit.

The other is a pre-recorded message to be delivered by Ukraine's president Volodomyr Zelenskiy.

Tensions between the West and Russia will overshadow much of the summit.

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