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Gardaí launch search operation

Gardaí are set to mount a large search operation in Co Kildare on Monday which they hope will lead to a new break in investigations into the spate of suspected murders of women in the area in the 1990s.

In the period between 1993 and 1998, eight women disappeared in an area roughly corresponding with the borders of Leinster.

The search operation is the result of intelligence received by cold case detectives who have been re-examining the cases.

The search operation will take place in a wooded area near the Co Wicklow border, and about 15kms from Newbridge.

Government finalising Budget 2022

The remaining details of Budget 2022 are being finalised ahead of Tuesdays announcement.

Despite a €7 billion improvement in the budget deficit over the last number of weeks, Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath insisted there will be no last minute spending “splurge”.

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Mr McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe wish to “hold the line”, determined not to exceed the €4.7 billion spending package previously outlined.

On Monday it was reported that Minister for Education Norma Foley is refusing to sign off on her department's Budget 2022 allocation in the hopes of securing additional funds for at least 1,000 extra special needs assistants

Hit-and-run incident in Limerick

A woman in her 20s is due before Limerick District Court after a number of people were injured, one seriously, in an alleged hit-and-run in Limerick.

Three pedestrians — a man and two women — were struck by a vehicle. All three were taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.

The man (33) suffered serious injuries and is in critical condition.

The two women, both in their late 30s, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Increasing construction inflation

The cost of building is rising at twice the rate that it was before the pandemic.

As reported in The Irish Times, a new survey from The Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland (SCSI) show's prices nationally jumped by seven per cent in first half of 2021.

The rise in costs was expected following the reopening of construction in April.

However, the scale of the increase in prices was much greater than expected due to supply chain issues and international competition for building materials.

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