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Taoiseach: UK plans to renege on an international treaty ‘regrettable’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said it is regrettable that the UK is to renege on an international treaty.

Mr Martin said he rejects the assertions from the British government that the EU has not been flexible during negotiations.

He criticised the British government’s plan to introduce a Bill to unilaterally amend the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Speaking in Co Cork on Monday, Mr Martin said the way to resolve the impasse is through substantive negotiations.

Navan ED to close

A five-time stroke survivor says she is 'shocked and saddened' at reports that the HSE is closing the Emergency Department at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, Co. Meath.

It's been reported that the HSE plan to downgrade the emergency service to a medical assessment unit and a local injury unit.

Up to 10,000 people hit the streets of Navan last October in a march against any closure of services at the facility despite Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly ordering a temporary reprieve to the facilities.

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Jillian Ennis O'Boyle hopes that the public will take to the streets again in protest of the decision.

The 43-year-old says she would be dead only for receiving life-saving treatment at the hospital and is still dependent on its care regularly as she fights a progressive degenerative disease.

Ryanair's Spanish cabin staff to strike for six days

Low-cost airline Ryanair's Spanish cabin staff will go on strike for six days in late June and early July, its main unions said on Monday.

The staff will walk out on June 24th, 25th, 26th and 30th, and on July 1st and 2nd, as they are unhappy with working conditions and pay, USO union said.

"We have to resume mobilisation so that the reality of our situation is known and Ryanair is forced to abide by basic labour laws," the general secretary of USO's Ryanair section, Lidia Arasanz said in a statement.

Staff of the Dublin-based airline, the largest in Europe in terms of passenger numbers, have walked out in other European countries such as Belgium and Italy.

With most Covid-related travel restrictions lifted in many countries in recent months, demand for summer travel has bounced back, leaving airlines and airport operators struggling to hire staff fast enough to handle the flow of passengers and offer them attractive working conditions.

Fr Peter McVerry recovering from injuries after assault at his home

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Campaigner Fr Peter McVerry is recovering from injuries after an assault at his home.

In a statement from The Peter McVerry Trust, which was read out by Joe Duffy on RTÉ radio’s Liveline programme on Monday, the charity confirmed that Fr McVerry had been assaulted at his home last week. It was only the second time in 40 years that he had been assaulted.

“In light of speculation and on foot of an enquiry we can confirm that Peter McVerry was involved in a minor incident at his home in recent days.

“In the early hours of Wednesday morning Fr Peter opened his door to an individual knocking for help, it soon became clear that the person was affected by drugs and alcohol. In the brief interaction that followed Fr Peter McVerry sustained minor injuries leading to bruising on his face, particularly around one eye.

“After this brief engagement the person left, the gardaí were not called.”The CEO of the Trust, Pat Doyle, on learning of the incident, immediately went to Fr McVerry where he administered first aid.

Cabra build-to-rent scheme loses out amid opposition from Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin leader, Mary Lou McDonald has emerged victorious in her opposition against plans for a 117-unit build-to-rent apartment scheme for the former "Matt's of Cabra" pub site in Dublin.

The appeals board refused planning permission to R&D Developments Ltd for the 67 one-bed unit and 50 two-bed unit apartment scheme at Faussagh Avenue, Cabra.

Ms McDonald's opposition against the scheme was based on her concerns over the build to rent model and the appeals board has refused planning permission on the planning merits of the scheme.

 

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