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Hundreds of children received 'risky treatment' from doctor in Kerry

Hundreds of children received “risky” treatment from a doctor working in mental health in South Kerry and significant harm was caused to 46 of them, a report from the HSE has found.

The review concerned allegations that that young people who attended mental health services in South Kerry were prescribed inappropriate medication.

The review has examined the treatment of more than 1,300 young people who attended the South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) over a four-year period.

Irish economy expected to grow by almost 9% this year

An estimated 167,000 new jobs could be created if the Irish economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and consumer spending returns to normal over the next two years, the Central Bank has predicted.

As reported by The Irish Times, the Central Bank's latest quarterly bulletin states the economy is expected to grow by 8.7 per cent in 2022 and 5 per cent in 2023 as consumers make use of savings accumulated during the pandemic.

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However, inflation linked to rising energy costs is here to stay in the short-term, which the regulator says will lead to "generalised cost of living increases".

The economic growth over the coming years will lead to a faster reduction in unemployment than previously expected, with the Central Bank anticipating a return to full employment by 2024.

Irish citizens advised to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine

Irish citizens are being advised to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Tuesday the advice comes in light of ongoing tensions at the Eastern European country’s border with Russia.

He also said planned Russian navy exercises off the Irish coast are “not welcome”.

Reiterating comments made by Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, the Taoiseach told the Dáil: “Holding military exercises in international waters off our coast is not welcome. And there is an ecological issue here.”

The Russian artillery drills, at the start of February, will take place in international waters but within Irish-controlled airspace and the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

On Monday, the Russian ambassador to Ireland dismissed the plans as a “non-story”.

Yury Filatov downplayed the significance of the exercises after concerns were raised by the Government.

Prayers offered for toddler who died in driveway accident in Co Cork

Prayers were offered at a mass in Skibbereen this morning for a 17-month-old baby boy who died yesterday evening after he was struck by a car in the driveway of a house in the Tralispean area of the West Cork town.

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The accident occurred shortly after 5pm yesterday. The toddler, who has yet to be named, was transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A postmortem is due to take place on Wednesday. The Coroner was notified, and an inquest will be heard in due course.

Local priest Fr Evin O'Brien said that the toddler was remembered at the parish mass this morning.

"I prayed for him at the mass and I asked parishioners to pray for him. It is devastating. I have nieces myself and the thought of it is unbearable. The family are of course in our thoughts and prayers going forward."

Inflation, not supply, is real issue in Irish housing market

While lack of supply is often cited as the main issue in the Irish housing market, a mortgage broker has said the real issue is inflation and that this will become evident in 2022.

John Fahy, CEO of Dublin-based Pangea Mortgages, told BreakingNews.ie: "A lot of people are talking about the supply of houses being the number one thing driving price, we absolutely don’t believe that, the evidence isn’t there to support that.

"If you go back, house prices pre-Covid were falling in parts of Dublin and the nationwide trend was falling as well, so we’ve had a supply shortage since 2015 or 2016."

 

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