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Taoiseach's Cop27 address

Taoisech Micheál Martin has urged world leaders to drive the transformation needed to combat climate change or future generations will not forgive them.

Speaking at the Cop27 summit in Egypt he said Ireland is seeing the effects of climate change in recent weeks.

“Temperatures in Ireland have been so mild this autumn that trees are producing new growth before they have even dropped their leaves,” he said.

He noted that the most vulnerable countries should be supported as a matter of priority from the larger economies, Mr Martin said “the burden of climate change globally is falling most heavily on those least responsible for our predicament”.

“Our citizens will become increasingly cynical, weary and hopeless if words are not urgently matched by deeds; if commitments do not generate new realities. We can already see and feel the world around us changing."

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He said '"the situation is urgent, but it is not hopeless."

Gardaí arrest 28 people as part of Operation Thor

Gardaí have arrested 28 people in the course of an operation targeting those engaged in burglary and related crime in South East Dublin.

As part of the Winter Phase of Operation Thor, an arrest operation was carried out by Gardaí in DMR East from the 5th to the 7th of November 2022.

The operation was led by Detective Units based at Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum Stations supported by local uniformed Gardaí from across the DMR Eastern Division.

In the course of the operation, 11 people were arrested and detained for questioning as part of ongoing investigations into burglaries, thefts and frauds committed in recent months across South East Dublin.

In addition, five people were arrested for the purpose of charge relating to ongoing investigations and are due to appear before the District Court in the coming weeks.

Woman arrested after man dies in Dublin stabbing incident

A woman has been arrested after a man died following a stabbing incident in Dublin.

Gardaí and emergency services were called to a flat in Claddagh Court, Ballyfermot, shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday morning, where a man aged in his late 30s was found with an apparent stab wound.

The injured man was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

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A woman aged in her late 40s was arrested and is currently detained at Clondalkin Garda Station.

The man's body remains at the scene, which is preserved for forensic and technical examination. The coroner and State Pathologist have been notified.

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing.

Minister urged to make spiking a named criminal offence

Labour justice spokesperson Aodhan Ó Ríordáin has called on the Minister for Justice to make spiking a specific criminal offence under the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2022.

In seeking to make amendments to the Bill during Dáil committee stage today, Mr Ó Ríordáin said we need a specific offence of spiking given the recently reported rise in cases.

Mr Ó Ríordáin said "heinous crime of spiking" is often committed on an innocent person "to make it easier to commit a crime or sexual violence like rape against them".

Spiking is currently classed as 'poisoning' under legislation, and "it’s clear that we need to update our laws and our sentencing to adequately deal with what is unfortunately a very prevalent crime".

Mr Ó Ríordáin said he raised the issue and proposed amendments with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee on Tuesday.

US midterm elections

Final voting has begun without major hitches in US midterm elections under intense scrutiny after two years of false claims and conspiracy theories about how ballots are cast and counted.

With polls open across most of the country, no big problems were reported early on Tuesday, though there were hiccups in some places, which is typical on any election day.

Vote tabulators were not working in a county in New Jersey and one in Arizona – potentially requiring hand-counting instead – and some voting sites in Pennsylvania were delayed in opening because workers showed up late.

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