Video: Twitter restores Dublin-based executive, Limerick town on a 'knife edge'

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Twitter has told the High Court that it has restored Irish-based senior executive Sinead McSweeney to her position with the company.

Last week Ms McSweeney, who is Twitter's Global Vice President for Public Policy, secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment.

She claimed that by not responding to a generic and vague e-mail sent to all of Twitter's employees by its multi–billionaire owner Elon Musk earlier this month, she was treated as if she was no longer employed by the company.

She said that she never resigned from her job but had been locked out of Twitter's IT system and was unable to access the firms Dublin office.

Limerick town

Rathkeale is on a “knife-edge” of fear that clashes between feuding gangs will “bring the town to its knees” after weapons were seized, a garda was seriously injured in a ramming, a local politician was threatened, and shots were reportedly fired at a car in the town.


The Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) has been patrolling the town and involved in a number of search operations as gardaí try to keep a lid on rising tensions after a violent gang arrived in the town.

A gang linked to a notorious criminal family, which it is claimed have attempted to extort land and property from locals, are causing “havoc”, said local sources.

Children's hospital costs

The Taoiseach has refused to confirm whether the Government is expecting a surge in the cost of the new National Children’s Hospital, saying it would be a “mistake” and “foolhardy” to estimate the final price.

Micheál Martin claimed it would not be “advantageous to the taxpayer” to give an ultimate cost of the project because of outstanding legal claims.

It was reported on Wednesday that the HSE and the board overseeing the project have been told to bring the end costs to the Government, and that ministers are preparing for the final price.

Bail refusal

A teenager accused of raping a female in a car in Dublin has been refused bail due to witness intimidation fears and sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

The 19-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Wednesday because the alleged offence happened when he was a minor.

He was charged earlier with raping a female in a car in south Dublin in 2020 when he was 17.

Detective Garda Mark Costello voiced bail objections due to the seriousness of the case and alleged intimidation.

Human trafficking

Gardaí said they are stepping up efforts to tackle human trafficking across the country, after it carried it out two days of action targeting crime gangs.

Properties in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Longford, Galway, Kildare, Donegal and Louth were searched.

As part of the operation, 46 people were identified as having allegedly purchased sexual services from an individual involved in prostitution.

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