Video: Mother and child remain in critical condition after Clare incident; budget reaction

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Clare violent incident

A young girl and a mother remain in a critical condition on Wednesday after an incident in Clarecastle, Co Clare.

The girl had been rushed to hospital following an incident at a house on Tuesday morning.

A woman was also found unconscious at the scene at a property. They are both believed to be from Ukraine.

Gardaí said the girl was discovered with serious injuries and was removed to University Hospital Limerick.

Budget 2023 reaction

Following the announcement of Budget 2023 on Tuesday, various parties continue to weight in.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government will reassess the State's financial situation in the new year to see whether it needs to intervene again to help people.

Opposition parties have dismissed the "sticking plaster" measures introduced.

Labour TD Ged Nash said the money announced by the Government would be spread so thinly many people would not notice it.

Ryanair to create 2,000 jobs


Ryanair announced that it will create 2,000 new jobs in Ireland by the year 2030.

Eddie Wilson, CEO of Ryanair DAC, said that the company was embarking on a "new decade of growth and investment" in the country.

As well as creating 2,000 new jobs – including pilots, cabin crew, IT developers and engineers – the company are investing €20 billion in "new technology aircraft", and opening a €50 million training facility in Santry.

Farmer avoids jail after animal cruelty offences

A 74-year-old farmer in Co Donegal has received a suspected sentence and a 10-year ban from keeping animals after being convicted of a number of animal cruelty offences.

Leslie Stewart, of The Thorn, Letterkenny, appeared before Letterkenny District Court on Monday, was charged with keeping animals in various states of neglect on his farm.

Passing sentence, Judge Éiteáin Cunningham described the case as "horrendous" and "disturbing", fining Stewart a total of €1,500.

The accused was also sentenced to a total of four months in jail which was suspended for 12 months.

Former SF councillor pleads guilty to facilitating Regency murder

A former Sinn Féin councillor and his father have pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016 as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Last April, former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall (44) was charged at the Special Criminal Court with the murder of Mr Byrne at the hotel.

He is listed to go on trial for that alleged offence alongside other co-accused men, who are all charged in connection with the murder of Mr Byrne at the non-jury court on October 3rd.

On Wednesday, Dowdall and his father, Patrick (65), both pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder of Mr Byrne at the hotel.

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