April 04: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Former army corporal says she was raped while serving overseas
A retired female Irish army corporal has said she was raped by a more senior member of the Defence Forces while serving overseas. Roslyn O’Callaghan said the attack was carried out by a senior non-commissioned officer while she was serving as a private in the late 1990s.She was speaking to Upfront with Katie Hannon in the wake of the publication last week of the damning report by the Independent Review Group into equality and dignity issues in the Defence Forces.
It found that “neither men nor women in the Defence Forces are working in a safe environment” and that it “barely tolerates” women.
As 7,000 households face eviction, Leo Varadkar describes Fr Peter McVerry’s claim he overruled Housing Minister on ban ‘100pc incorrect’
More than 7,000 households face homelessness in the coming months as landlords flee the rental market in their thousands. Latest figures from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) shows 7,348 households have eviction dates looming in the coming weeks and months. During the last six months of last year, 5,358, or 59pc of all notices, were because the landlord intended on selling the property. A total of 4,329 notices of termination, or notice to quits (NTQs), were issued by landlords in the final three months of last year. A senior Government source said this is a 9pc decrease from the previous three months, when 4,741 NTQs were served.
Landlord exodus could see 15,000 tenancies lost by year’s end
The exodus of landlords from the private rental sector could result in the loss of 15,000 tenancies this year alone, new data has revealed. The Government’s lifting of the eviction ban is facing renewed scrutiny as the latest Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) figures show 4,329 notices of termination (NoT) were issued to renters in the final three months of last year. That will leave thousands looking for somewhere to live at a time when supply is at an all-time low. Over half (58%) of NoTs issued by landlords to renters said they intended to sell the property. Landlord representatives have blamed “misguided” Government housing policies and financial burdens for them leaving the market.
The Irish Examiner
Tourist season set to take 1,300 beds from system housing refugees
Large hoteliers ending refugee accommodation contracts with the State will result in the loss of 1,300 beds between now and the end of May 2023, Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has said. The ramping up of the tourist season and an increase in international protection applicants arriving in Ireland means the system is to face additional pressures. The system is also experiencing an accommodation shortfall for current residents, O’Gorman said in response to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin’s Imelda Munster and People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith.
Finland set to join NATO in historic shift while Sweden waits
Finland will become a member of NATO on Tuesday, completing a historic security policy shift triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while neighbour Sweden is kept in the waiting room. The military alliance will welcome Finland as its 31st member in a flag-raising ceremony at NATO headquarters on the outskirts of Brussels, attended by Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and government ministers. “It will be a good day for Finland’s security, for Nordic security and for NATO as a whole,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Monday.
Dutch rail crash: One dead after passenger train derails
At least one person has been killed and about 30 injured – some seriously – after a passenger train derailed in the western Netherlands. Emergency services say the overnight crash happened after the train transporting about 50 people hit construction equipment near the village of Voorschoten. Earlier reports had said this followed a collision with a freight train. Rescuers and medics are now working on the scene, helping the injured. The crash happened at about 03:25 local time (01:25 GMT) on Tuesday. Pictures from the scene showed overturned carriages and a plume of smoke rising in the night sky. Several ambulances were seen standing ready to transport the injured. In their latest update, the emergency services say those seriously injured have been taken to nearby hospitals, while 11 people are being treated in the houses of local residents.
Donald Trump to appear in court to face criminal charges
Donald Trump is set to appear at a court in Manhattan for his arraignment over alleged hush money paid to a porn actress before the 2016 election. Trump, the first former US president to face criminal charges, is due to be arraigned, fingerprinted and photographed this morning. The arraignment, which refers to the formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant, marks Trump’s first appearance in court and first in front of a judge in the case.
Australia to ban TikTok on government devices over security concerns
The Australian government said on Tuesday it will remove TikTok from all federal government-owned devices over security concerns, becoming the latest U.S. allied country to initiate action against the Chinese-owned video app. The move underscores growing worries that China’s government could use the Beijing-based company, owned by ByteDance, to harvest users’ data to advance its political agenda, undermining Western security interests.
Early morning rain and drizzle will mostly die and it will become mainly dry. Early this afternoon, rain will develop in the west and will gradually spread eastwards across the country. The east and southeast will stay dry until after dark. Highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees with moderate to fresh southerly breezes. Early tonight rain will extend to remaining areas. It will continue through the night and will turn heavy in places. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees with mostly moderate southerly winds.