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Burglary rates double as freeway gangs return
Dublin and the counties directly connected to the capital by the motorway network have the highest burglary rates in the country, according to an analysis of crime figures by the Irish Independent.
New Zealand vs. Ireland: Andy Farrell’s men aim for series victory against the All Blacks
Kick-off in Wellington is 8:05am Irish time – keep up to date with our live blog.
Fianna Fáil rebel TDs are calling for a review of the coalition agreement in a fresh blow against Micheál Martin
The call, supported by a large group of backbenchers, is another blow to Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s leadership. It will also increase tensions with coalition partners Fine Gael and the Greens.
Younger people’s immunity to Covid has been falling since January as post-vaccination defenses weaken
Blood tests in Ireland have begun to surface evidence of a weakening of defenses against Covid-19 in vaccinated people, with antibodies peaking in late January and falling since. Nevertheless, vaccines are still considered to be good protection against serious diseases.
“My wedding dress was lost on a flight to Dublin, but the generosity of a stranger helped save our big day.”
A Galway bride whose luggage went missing after a long-haul flight to Dublin was overwhelmed by the kindness of others after a stranger donated her own wedding dress to her.
The Indo Daily Select: The Story of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Figures show that real estate for refugees is not yet allocated or not profitable
More than 500 properties allocated to local authorities to house Ukrainian refugees are currently empty. In some districts less than half of the housing deemed viable has been occupied, while in others only 6 percent of the available properties have been occupied.
A Corkman named Keane and a Dubliner Gaeilgeoir battle football’s elite clubs before EU courts in the European Super League
The government has joined football’s biggest case in a generation, which could reduce funding for grassroots football and limit the availability of star players for the international squad.
Pig farmer (89) blamed serial killer Fred West for his wife’s murder
A retired pig farmer was found guilty of the 1982 murder of his wife, whose body was found 37 years later hidden in a septic tank on their farmhouse.
WATCH: How to protect your dog from heatstroke when the temperature rises
Thousands still oppose property tax receipts
New figures show 178,000 properties left property tax returns unfiled. This means that only half of the people contacted by the tax authority in March and April have responded to their warnings to file a tax return.
As the days get hotter, reconsider splashing around in the kids’ splash pool, water chiefs urge
With temperatures expected to hit 28C this weekend and rise to 32C next week, Irish Water is urging families to reduce water use in paddling pools.
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