Video: Gerry Hutch charged with murder, Mica protest, and EU Digital Covid Certs extended

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Gerry Hutch

Gerard 'The Monk' Hutch has appeared before the Special Criminal Court following his extradition from Spain on Wednesday.

Mr Hutch appeared before an out-of-hours sitting of the non-jury court late on Wednesday, charged with the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt, sitting with Judge Sarah Berkeley and Judge David McHugh, fixed a trial date for Mr Hutch of October 3rd, 2022, where the accused will go on trial alongside four other co-accused, who are charged in connection with the murder of Mr Byrne.

Mica protest

Protesters have gathered outside the Dáil to demand a 100 per cent mica redress scheme.

It is the latest protest to call for full redress for homeowners whose properties were built using defective bricks containing excessive amounts of the mineral mica, which has particularly impacted homeowners in countries Donegal and Mayo.

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On Wednesday, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien attended the final meeting of a working group set up to consider changes to a compensation scheme for those impacted by mica having previously said nothing was "off the table" in terms of redress.

Digital Covid cert

Irish people who received their Covid-19 vaccine outside the EU will be able to apply for an EU Digital Covid Cert from today.

The portal will first open to Irish citizens who were vaccinated in the North, before rolling out to those who were vaccinated in all other countries next month.

Garth Brooks concerts

A meeting between the management of Croke Park and local residents is due to be held later today over a number of gigs scheduled by country musician, Garth Brooks.

Five gigs to be held over two weekends next September have been announced for the stadium, however, the Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents' Association has said "bookending 4/5 concerts either side of a very busy GAA season is unacceptable".

Rents

A 7 per cent increase nationally in rents for the second quarter of 2021 may “indicate an unacceptable level of non-compliance by landlords,” according to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

The latest RTB report, which covers April to June 2021, revealed a national increase of 7 per cent which is the highest since a rate of 7.4 per cent in Q1 2019.

The report is based on actual rents paid on 13,884 private tenancies registered with the RTB in the quarter. During Q2 2021, the national standardised average rent stood at €1,352.

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