Video: Truck driven into Russian embassy gates in Dublin, All-Ireland winner jailed

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Truck driven into Russian embassy gates in Dublin

Gardaí have arrested a man after a large truck was driven through the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin.

No injuries were reported following the incident, which occurred on Monday afternoon at approximately 1.30pm.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed that gardaí are investigating an incident of “criminal damage” at a property on Orwell Road.

“One male was arrested and taken to Rathfarnham Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. Investigations are ongoing.”

Video of the incident showed a truck with a large trailer reversing into the gates and forcing them open, as a small number of protesters looked on. There were some shouts of “bravo” and “well done” from the group.

Cabinet to discuss response to Ukrainian refugees

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that on Tuesday the Cabinet will discuss Ireland’s response to the anticipated thousands of Ukrainian refugees who will arrive in the country.

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The secretary generals of Government departments are already coordinating the response that will cover social protection, education, children and economic responses, Mr Martin told Newstalk’s Pat Kenny show.

So far 1800 Ukrainian people have arrived in the country, 486 on Sunday alone. The number is growing day by day.

To date two thirds of the people who arrived have family contacts here, but more who will arrive in the coming days will not have family connections, the Taoiseach aid.

Concerns over food and fuel amid escalating war

Concerns have been raised over fuel and food price hikes, as well as possible shortages, amid the escalating war in Ukraine.

Most recently, a number of Irish service stations were selling petrol and diesel at more than €2 a litre.

It comes as the price of oil jumped more than eight per cent on Monday, reaching its highest level since 2008. Brent crude was selling for $130 (€119.35) a barrel which is up 40 per cent from the week before.

The war could reduce food supplies just when prices are at their highest levels since 2011.

One of the major areas of concern is around wheat. Russia and Ukraine combine for nearly a third of the world’s wheat and barley exports which impact goods such as bread.

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The Minister for Agriculture is set to meet farming representatives on Tuesday to develop a plan to increase domestic production of grain.

All-Ireland winner jailed for 10 years over ATM thefts

The Special Criminal Court has sentenced a former All-Ireland winner who stole an "eye-watering" sum of money as part of a cross-Border gang to ten years imprisonment.

On Monday at the three-judge court, Ms Justice Tara Burns said that Daniel O'Callaghan (32) took part in an "audacious" operation on behalf of a "well oiled" criminal organisation that committed a series of ATM thefts and an attempted theft that was thwarted by gardaí in 2019.

O'Callaghan had control over what the judge said was an "eye watering" sum of stolen money, amounting to more than €700,000.

Gardaí recouped €429,930 from a premises at Tullypole, Moynalty, Co Meath which prosecution counsel Anne-Marie Lawlor SC said is the subject of Criminal Assets Bureau proceedings.

Ivana Bacik to run for Labour leadership

Ivana Bacik has confirmed her intention to run for leader of the Labour Party following the resignation of Alan Kelly last week.

In an email sent to local representatives, the Dublin Bay South TD asked for their backing and expressed appreciation for the leadership of Mr Kelly.

Ms Bacik also said that a discussion on who would lead the party was not made prior to the meeting with outgoing leader Mr Kelly.

“No, things don't develop in that way, and nor should they. Things took a very sudden turn last week,” she told RTÉ radio’s News at One.

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