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February 07: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds


By Sarah Finnan
07th Feb 2023
February 07: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.

Turkey and Syria earthquake: death toll passes 5,000, with 5,775 buildings confirmed collapsed – latest
Turkey’s vice-president has said that the death toll in the country from the earthquake now stands at 3,419, Reuters reports. That takes the combined official
The Guardian

Ryanair calls for action after third day of drone disruption at Dublin Airport
Flights from Dublin Airport were once again temporarily suspended yesterday as a drone was spotted on the airfield, posing a risk to passenger safety. The illegal drone activity brought operations at the airport to a halt, and saw thousands of passengers delayed. The interruption lasted for 40 minutes, and flights restarted at 7.45 pm. A Dublin Airport spokesperson has condemned the “reckless and irresponsible behaviour of those casing ongoing drone disruptions” adding that those found responsible will face prosecution. The spokesperson said that the 40 minute standstill caused a “huge inconvenience” to passengers. It is illegal to fly drones within 5 km of the airport.
The Journal

Man due in court charged with burglary and criminal damage of Grafton Street Boss shop
A man in his 40s is due in court later charged with burglary and criminal damage after a Boss shop on Grafton Street was rammed with a car last month. Extensive damage was caused to the front of the premises during the raid, which happened in the early hours of 18 January, and an unknown quantity of clothing was stolen. Gardaí arrested a man yesterday in connection with the incident and he was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station. He has since been charged and is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice later.
RTÉ

Cabinet to be given details of statutory domestic violence agency
Draft legislation to establish a statutory domestic violence agency will be brought to Cabinet within a month, Justice Minister Simon Harris has said. The agency was announced as part of the Government’s ‘zero tolerance’ strategy to tackle domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence (DSGBV). A key focus of the legislation will include a plan to commission and fund support services for victims of DSGBV and people who may be at risk of any such form of violence. The full-time statutory agency, which it is planned will take office next January, will be tasked with a number of issues including delivering refuge spaces and safe houses, leading on awareness campaigns designed to reduce the incidence of DSGBV in society, and implementing government policy.
The Irish Examiner

Searches for part-time and weekend work soar amid cost-of-living squeeze
Searches for part-time and casual work surged in 2022, according to Indeed, with the recruitment company citing the impact of inflation on the cost of living. New data from the job site suggests there has been a “noticeable uptick” in job searches for part-time and weekend work, as well as jobs requiring no experience. Indeed said this increase likely reflected the need for those normally on the outskirts of the job market – such as the long-term unemployed or younger people – to enter or rejoin the workforce due to the financial squeeze felt from rising inflation.
The Irish Times

‘He murdered Siobhán, then gave their son (3) Coco Pops and left him wandering the house alone’ – family’s horror as killer eligible for parole
The sisters of Siobhán Kearney, who was murdered by her husband almost 17 years ago, have spoken of their horror at the fact that he is now eligible for parole. Brian Kearney, who was jailed for life in 2008, used a flex from a vacuum cleaner to strangle his wife, which he then pulled over the door of the en-suite in their bedroom to make it look like a suicide. The pathologist described Siobhán as being “throttled and garotted”. Speaking to the Indo Daily Podcast, as the anniversary of Siobhán’s death approaches, her sisters, Sunday Independent columnist Brighid McLaughlin and actor Aisling McLaughlin, spoke about the daily torment they endure as her killer prepares for his release, despite showing no remorse.
Independent.ie

Today’s forecast
Sunny spells for most areas today, with patchy rain and drizzle extending slowly from the northwest, though many areas will stay fully dry. Clearer, brighter conditions will extend from the northwest later. Highs of 8 to 11 degrees in near calm conditions. Mostly dry tonight with some clear spells, along with mist and fog patches, and isolated drizzle. Where clear skies persist, some frost will set in. Cold with lowest temperatures of -1 to 4 degrees with light to moderate southerly breezes, freshening along Atlantic coasts overnight.
Met Éireann