January 26: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Enoch Burke turns up at Wilson’s Hospital again
Despite being dismissed from his teaching role at Wilson’s Hospital School in Co Westmeath, Enoch Burke has been driven through the gates by his father for the third morning in a row. Burke was arrested after turning up at the school on Tuesday, and Gardaí are to submit a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
According to an international study conducted by WIN International, young people are the least confident in the Irish government, with only 28% of 18 to 34-year-olds agreeing with the suggestion that governments are doing enough. In comparison, 35% of 35 to 54-year-olds and 44% of those aged 55 and above backed the government’s approach. Only 36% of people in Ireland think that governments are taking necessary measures to protect the environment – slightly less than the global average of 39%.
California farm shooting
Zhao Chunli, aged 66, accused of killing seven fellow farm workers and wounding another in California could face the death penalty if convicted of multiple murder charges. Arrested in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, shortly after twin attacks at farms that left five men and two women dead, he faces seven counts of murder, one of attempted murder and what prosecutors called a special circumstance allegation of multiple murder. He will appear in court on 16 February.
Over 250,000 waiting for hospital scans
According to data from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, more than 250,000 people are waiting for health scans in hospitals, 59,000 having been on the lists for over a year, and 38,000 for over 18 months. At the end of the last year, there were 251,000 people on the waiting list.
Northern Ireland healthcare strikes
More than 25,000 healthcare staff in Northern Ireland including nurses, ambulance and hospital support staff have begun a one-day strike as part of a pay dispute. Workers were told they would get a 2022-23 pay award of £1,400, but unions said this would not settle the dispute as it was lower than inflation.