Here are today’s top stories on Independent.ie
‘Significant increase’ in number of assaults in many boroughs despite decrease in Dublin
Attacks have risen above pre-pandemic levels in more than a dozen boroughs, with Dublin reporting a drop in attacks across the city.
Man who accidentally threw away £150m in bitcoin ‘secures funding’ for landfill digging plan
James Howells, a Welshman who claims he accidentally threw away a hard drive worth about £150m ($184m) in 2013, has reportedly secured funding to dig up a landfill site in Newport to find the lost hard drive.
The state takes on 5 million euros for the renovation of church buildings to help Ukrainian refugees
The government will spend 5 million euros to renovate and maintain buildings owned by religious orders to accommodate Ukrainian war refugees.
Dublin-Heathrow hit when BA halted short-haul sales for two weeks
British Airways has suspended ticket sales on all short-haul routes – including the Dublin-Heathrow route – after London Heathrow capped the number of passengers at the gateway.
From praising Fidel Castro to turning down Belfast’s invitation, President Higgins is no stranger to controversy
It has been almost 11 years since Michael D. Higgins was first elected President of Ireland – and he has not been shy about making his feelings known during his tenure. In chronological order, we take a look at some of the President’s encounters.
From Clouds of Dust Hopes for a Bright Future: The end of an era as a demolition squad is sent to tear down the legendary Dalymount Stand
It was the iconic spot if you wanted to hear the Dalymount Roar in all its glory. In addition, it was the best vantage point to watch the famous Ireland v England encounter in 1957, with England v Bobby Charlton in 1957 in front of around 48,000 spectators.
Italian polo-playing prince accused of being a mafia hitman
An Italian prince playing polo has been arrested and accused of being a hitman for a mafia gang in Rome.
The Federal Women’s Council calls for an increase in social assistance in the household by at least 20 euros
The National Women’s Council (NWC) is calling for a minimum €20 increase in all social benefits in next month’s budget. In its pre-budget submission, the council said last year’s welfare increases were not enough and households have suffered a “wage cut” as a result.
State officials can plan a national day of protest if government talks on a collective agreement collapse
Union leaders are considering a nationwide day of protest for all public sector workers if the new government’s talks on a pay deal review collapse.
Nancy Pelosi says US will not abandon Taiwan if China protests
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and other members of Congress visiting Taiwan showed they would not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island.
Electricity costs could rise by 46 percent if homes across the country get heat pumps
A policy to install hundreds of thousands of electrically powered heat pumps in homes across Ireland could increase electricity bills by up to 46 per cent, a research paper suggests.
Scientists say we need a change of course on the climate crisis to avoid total human extinction
Scientists are outspoken: We should now be addressing the possibility of total human extinction due to the climate crisis.
Party polls lead Liz Truss in Tory leadership race
Liz Truss has widened her lead over Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership race in Britain, according to a YouGov poll of party members.
https://www.independent.ie/news/news-headlines/todays-headlines-cost-of-power-could-soar-46pc-if-homes-across-the-country-get-heat-pumps-significant-rise-in-number-of-assaults-in-many-counties-despite-fall-in-dublin-41886236.html Today’s headlines: Electricity costs could rise 46 percent if homes across the country get heat pumps; ‘Significant increase’ in number of assaults in many boroughs despite decrease in Dublin