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New National Maternity Hospital

A former master of the Coombe Maternity Hospital, Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, has called on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to request the disclosure of documents between the Vatican and the religious order that owns the site of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital.

Dr Fitzpatrick told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the problem was “trust and transparency” but the issue had become bogged down on technicalities.

His comments come as representatives from the St Vincent's Group are due to appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee today ahead of the matter being put to the Cabinet once again on Tuesday.

Boris Johnson in Belfast

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill has said Taoiseach Micheál Martin has committed to using his influence to smoothen the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Ms O’Neill made the comments after a discussion with the Taoiseach in Government Buildings in Dublin ahead of British prime minister Boris Johnson’s meetings with political leaders in Belfast later today.

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Meanwhile, Minister for Foriegn Affairs Simon Coveney urged Mr Johnson to commit to further engagement with the EU to resolve the Irish Sea trading dispute, rather than breaking international law by acting alone.

Ireland on Russian state TV

The Russian TV presenter who showed a simulation of a nuclear attack on Ireland and Britain has responded to the Taoiseach's comments on an apology.

Dmitry Kiselyov twisted Mr Martin's comments and claimed it is British prime minister Boris Johnson who owes Russia an apology.

The simulation was initially shown in response to the UK's support for Ukraine.

Kinahan sanctions

The number of people who have been denied entry to the United States because of their connection to the Kinahan organised crime group has risen to over 600, Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll has revealed.

Speaking to RTÉ in Washington DC, Assistant Commissioner O'Driscoll explained that as a result of the sanctions announced last month, businesses associated with sport, particularly boxing, had been hit with the travel ban to the US.

He said Garda engagement with other jurisdictions is expected to lead to more countries also denying entry to people connected with the crime group.

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