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Army to be put on standby to help with security at Dublin airport

Members of the Defence Forces are to be put on standby to help with security at Dublin Airport.

They will undergo training to help alleviate pressure on staff until the end of the summer.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Government has supported a request from the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan.

The capital’s airport, run by DAA, made international headlines in May after passenger queues stretched outside the terminals and more than 1,000 people missed their flights.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has explained that the move to make the army available for security at Dublin airport was temporary and only if required, he told RTÉ radio’s News at One.

Government announces €363 million package to tackle domestic violence

The maximum sentence for assault is set to be doubled as part of measures contained in a zero-tolerance strategy to tackle domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence.

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The Government has revealed a €363m five-year strategy which will focus on education from an early age on issues such as consent, healthy sexual relationships, and domestic violence, to be covered in an age-appropriate manner from primary school through to third level.

New training for healthcare and other frontline workers is also to be developed by the HSE to identify domestic violence and refer victims to appropriate support services.

Covid: Government to draft new laws for mandatory face masks

The Cabinet is set to approve the drafting of new legislation to enforce mandatory mask wearing in some settings during a health crisis.

All the emergency powers and legislation underpinning the response to the Covid crisis were allowed to lapse earlier this year as the threat from infection subsided.

With Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions on the rise again, sources told The Irish Times that the intention is to draft laws now that could be passed quickly by the Oireachtas if necessary.

No specific settings have been identified for mandatory mask wearing.

Westmeath man jailed for rape and sexual abuse of his younger sister

A woman who was sexually abused by her older brother when she was a child has said today is the start of the rest of her life after he was jailed for three years.

Cian Farrelly (30) was a teenager when he began abusing his seven-year-old sister when he was minding her in their family home in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath.

His sister, Aoife Farrelly, who waived her anonymity so he can be named, said her brother had "literally and metaphorically" held her in a choke-hold for so long but no longer would.

She said she hoped he would finally pay for what he had done and that she was determined to grow and heal.

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