Today’s headlines: parks and beaches are next for smoking bans; Rishi Sunak is the bookmakers’ favorite for the next Tories leader

Here are the morning’s top headlines.

Parks and beaches are the closest for the smoking ban

According to government plans, public parks and beaches should become smoke-free areas.

Tory leadership contenders: Boris Johnson has a grassroots mandate but Rishi Sunak is the bookmakers’ favorite to have stayed out of the fray

Now Sunak is once again the favorite of the bookmakers. Once again, his allies say he has the most support among MPs and is therefore best placed to achieve parliamentary consensus. He can now claim justification after predicting that Trussonomics would send the pound higher and interest rates soar.

“White Gold” – the race to lithium for batteries is closer than we think

The renewed interest in Irish deposits of critical metals raises all sorts of problems, writes John Mulligan

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“I was ready to die,” says Bobby Kennedy’s grandson, who fought in the Ukraine war

A member of the Kennedy clan has revealed he fought into Ukraine and “was willing to die” to defend it against Vladimir Putin.

Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Féin, runner-up in Bully of the Year Awards for defamation lawsuit against RTÉ

Mary Lou McDonald took second place behind Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in a competition called Bully of the Year, run by an organization fighting powerful individuals who use libel laws to silence critics.

Families are being urged to take an online break as nearly 90 percent of children aged eight to 12 use social media

87 per cent of Irish children aged 8 to 12 use social media and messaging apps despite being under 13, new research has found.

The Dance Federation of Ireland is committed to restoring integrity with a comprehensive review of culture

The world’s largest Irish dance organization is set to conduct a major long-term review of its culture after becoming embroiled in a global cheating scandal.

New immunity-avoiding Omicron-Covid variants are being monitored

Several new Omicron Covid-19 subvariants are being monitored in Ireland, which may be better able to evade the immunity built up through vaccination and previous infection.

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