Video: CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett dies; homelessness figures hit record highs

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Lynsey Bennett death

CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett has died.

The 34-year-old was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017 following the alleged misinterpretation of smear slides.

A statement on behalf of her family described her as a "very special person".

Her funeral will take place in Longford on Monday at 12 noon.

In 2021, she settled a case she took against the HSE and various other parties.

Speaking outside the Four Courts at the time, she said: "I can now focus on my own fight to stay alive for as long as I can".

Homelessness figures at record-highs

The number of people experiencing homelessness in the State has increased to a new record, with 10,975 people noted as homeless in September.

The latest data from the Department of Housing showed the total figure included 3,342 dependant children and 7,633 adults.

Dublin had the highest volume of homeless adults (5,356), followed by the south-west region (565) and mid-east (421). The south-west covers Cork and Kerry, while the mid-east region is made up of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.


Men accounted for 63 per cent of the adults experiencing homelessness, while those aged 25-44 made up 54 per cent of the overall figure.

Trim wins overall award at Tidy Towns

Trim, Co Meath has won the overall 2022 Tidy Towns award, fending off stiff competition in a year which saw the third-highest number of entries in its almost 65-year history.

Over 750 Tidy Towns volunteers have been recognised at a ceremony at the RDS in Dublin, the first to be held in-person since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joining Trim in the top spots, Rosscarbery, Co Cork was named this year's tidiest village, while Cahir, Co Tipperary won both the Young Person's and Inclusive Communities awards.

Fatal floods and landslides in south Philippines

At least 42 people have died and 16 others are missing after flash floods and landslides set off by torrential rains swamped a southern Philippine province, officials have said.

Most of the victims were swept away by rampaging floodwaters and drowned or were hit by debris-filled mudslides in three towns in hard-hit Maguindanao province, said Naguib Sinarimbo, the interior minister for a five-province Muslim autonomous region run by former guerrillas.

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