February 17: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Garda watchdog investigators have completed their report into the fatal shooting by a garda of George Nkencho and a review is now underway before a decision is taken on sending it to the Director of Public Prosecutions. A Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission spokesperson has said that the draft report has been completed and “is currently under internal and external peer review, as well as legal review”.
Enoch Burke — who was previously jailed following a transgender argument — has told a Dublin court that the Westmeath school had asked him to “engage in a falsehood”. Mr Burke has been seen on the grounds of Wilson’s Hospital School on several occasions despite a court order banning him from doing so, and an order to fine him €700 for each day he attends.
Government urged to remember cost of living crisis
The Central Statistics Office’s Consumer Price Index for January 2023 put the inflation rate at 7.8%, which shows a drop for the third month in a row but regardless, it’s the 16th straight month that inflation was above 5%. Advocacy groups are urging the Government to provide further supports to help struggling households deal with the worsening cost-of-living crisis.
Bruce Willis’ family have announced that the 67-year-old Hollywood star has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. Diagnosed with with aphasia — a condition affecting the brain which causes difficulty with language and speech — in March 2022, Willis’ relatives have said that he will be stepping away from acting.
Covid vaccine for children as young as 6 months
The Covid-19 vaccine has been cleared for use in Ireland for children aged between six months and four years, and will be available from Monday. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee have recommended Covid-19 vaccination for children in this age group with underlying conditions that place them at higher risk of severe Covid-19.