Video: Man in court over death of Irishman in London, spending sees mid-year slump

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London stabbing

A man charged with the murder of 87-year-old Irishman Thomas O’Halloran, who was stabbed in the chest in a “vicious attack” on a mobility scooter in London, has been remanded in custody.

Lee Byer (44) appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday over the alleged killing of Mr O’Halloran, in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday.

Mr O’Halloran, originally from Co Clare who was known “throughout the local community”, collapsed from his mobility scooter outside Runnymede Gardens having been stabbed in the chest, the court hearing was told.

Energy warnings

Households must reduce their energy use between 5pm-7pm each day to avoid blackouts this winter, the energy regulator has warned.

The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) said it must "act quickly" to secure energy supply due to the significant risks to the country's electricity network.

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The CRU has launched a two-week consultation asking industry and electricity providers how they intend to reduce energy usage.

Consumer spending slump

Customer spending fell by 0.5 per cent in July, the first decrease in spending since January, according to AIB.

Consumers spent almost €87 million a day throughout last month.

However, despite the overall decrease, spending significantly increased in businesses supported by domestic Irish tourism.

Spending in hotels jumped by 13 per cent in July, while pubs and off-licences saw an 11 per cent increase, and spending in restaurants rose by 5 per cent.

Ukraine arrivals

As of the week ending August 7th, 47,962 Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSNs) have been issued to people arriving to the State from war-torn Ukraine.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show women aged 20 and older account for the majority of arrivals (47 per cent), while those aged 0-19 (both boys and girls) represent a further 36 per cent.

In the three weeks since the last count, just under 3,300 people have arrived in the Republic from Ukraine.

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