Video: Zelenskiy addresses Irish students, Vicky Phelan laid to rest

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Kenneth Fox

Zelenskiy address

Volodymyr Zelenskiy has addressed students at The Helix in Dublin City University (DCU), advising them to “take care of your freedom”.

The Ukrainian president said the list of sanctions against 52 Irish politicians “don’t really affect anything, it’s more of a propaganda thing”.

He also said that he was grateful to Ireland for its “incredible warmth” in taking in 63,000 Ukrainian refugees since the invasion began, with many young students attending schools and universities.

He said: “I can tell you, select any time, and you know that you and your government and your society have helped Ukraine in many ways. And as you mentioned that no matter your neutral status, you’re absolutely not neutral in your attitude, in your assistance.

Vicky Phelan funeral

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has been laid to rest after a private funeral.


On her death notice on, her family asked that donations be made to Milford Care Hospice in Castletroy, Co Limerick in lieu of flowers.

The notice confirmed that a private funeral had taken place in accordance with Ms Phelan's wishes.

It said Ms Phelan, of Annacotty in Limerick and formerly of Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny, died peacefully in the presence of her loving family, after a long illness "borne with great dignity."

Benidorm stabbing

A British man was under police guard in a Costa Blanca hospital on Friday after an Irish pensioner he allegedly stabbed during a fight died from his wounds in hospital.

The two men were rushed to a hospital near Benidorm on Thursday morning after an altercation at a property in the famous resort.

Police confirmed on Friday they had been informed the 68-year-old Irishman had lost his fight for life despite being revived at the scene of the stabbing.

The 62-year-old British man, who suffered less serious stab wounds, had already been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and is now expected to face a murder charge.

Sexual assault

A man who was sexually assaulted by his mother as an infant said he was “punished and effectively exiled for being abused”.

Fionn Daly waived his anonymity at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to allow his mother, Suzanna Hassett (66) to be named.

Hassett of Westbourne Grove, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of indecent assault on dates between 1984 and 1987, when her son was aged up to three years old.

She further pleaded to four counts of sexual assault on dates between 1992 and 1995 when her son was aged seven and 11 years old. Hassett has no previous convictions.

High Court settlement

A young man who suffered a brain injury when the car in which he was a passenger spun on the road and hit a wall after a collision has settled his High Court action for €2.7 million.

The High Court heard that Joshua Nevin was only 17 years old when the accident happened six years ago. The car was coming out of a GAA ground in Co Cavan and collided with another car where he was a front seat passenger.

It was claimed it was a significant collision and the car in which Mr Nevin was a passenger suffered a number of impacts and was spun around on the road before hitting a wall.

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