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Tánaiste to meet IDA bosses over tech sector lay-offs

Tánaiste Leo Varakdar is set to meet IDA bosses later this week to discuss the recent lay-offs in the tech sector.

Despite recent lay-offs from the likes of Twitter and Stristrpe as well as expected redundancies in Facebook’s parent company Meta later this week, some experts suggest the 'tech bubble' is not bursting yet.


Speaking to Newstalk, executive director of Digital Action, Liz Caraolon says the Government is relying too much on one sector: "The power that sits with single individuals is a feature not a bug of the Silicon Valley business model.

"I think as a State our reliance on this sector, which in turns is completely reliant on the whims of a very small number of billionaires who live thousands of miles away, has left us in an extremely vulnerable decision."

Judge rebukes Enoch Burke's criticisms

A High Court judge has strongly rejected criticisms made by jailed teacher Enoch Burke about other members of the judiciary as "utterly without merit." .

Mr Justice Brian O'Moore rebuffed allegations made by Mr Burke against judges who had made rulings in proceedings taken by the teacher's employer's Wilson's Hospital School in Co Westmeath which came before the courts earlier this year.


Mr Burke, who has been in Mountjoy Prison since early September, was back before the High Court on Monday seeking a stay on the full hearing of the action brought against him by the school until his appeal against an injunction obtained by his employer has been determined.

Northern Ireland Protocol

Maros Sefcovic has suggested that UK-EU agreement on checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland could happen within weeks, with the right “political will”.

It comes as Rishi Sunak and Ursula von der Leyen agreed to “work together” to end the row over the Northern Ireland Protocol, when they met for the first time at Cop27 in Egypt.

Mr Sefcovic, the European Commission vice-president and Brexit negotiator, made the comments in Westminster during a meeting of British and European parliamentarians.


He said: “This is the area where we do not seek any political victory. We just want to solve the problem.”

Regency trial

A taxi driver accused of participating in the murder of Kinahan Cartel member David Byrne said "thank God" when gardai arrived at his house to tow his car two weeks after the shooting and blessed himself, the Special Criminal Court was told today.

Garda witnesses also told the court of being informed that defendant Paul Murphy was suspected of having driven one of the gunmen away after the Regency Hotel attack.

The three-judge court also heard that a mobile phone registered to Mr Murphy was turned off between 1.20pm and 3pm on the day that Mr Byrne was shot dead which detectives believed was "unusual" in comparison to the "normal usage" of the accused's mobile device. The court has heard that the attack at the hotel began at 2:28pm that day.


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