January 27: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
The Irish Human and Equality Commission has said Ireland is in “clear breach” of its international obligations after the State stopped providing emergency shelter for new International Protection applicants at the Citywest Transit Hub. The hub closed to new arrivals earlier this week while remaining open for all other matters, including processing of accommodation for Ukrainian Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection (BOTP).
Ex-soldier found guilty of manslaughter at an army checkpoint in 1988 to be sentenced
David Jonathan Holden (53) found guilty of killing Aidan McAnespie at an army checkpoint in Northern Ireland more than 30 years ago will face a sentence hearing later. He was the first veteran soldier to be found guilty of a historical offence in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement.
Enoch Burke has claimed that a court’s decision to fine him €700 for every day he refuses to comply with a court order to stay away from the Co Westmeath school equates to making him pay for his “religious beliefs”. Mr Justice Brian O’Moore said he was giving Mr Burke until today to decide if he wishes to comply with the injunction granted last September directing him to stay away from the Co Westmeath School.
It has been revealed that former UK health secretary Matt Hancock was paid £320,000 for his controversial appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, and the fee was listed on the MP’s register of financial interests. Hancock had the Conservative Party whip suspended for taking time off to appear on the ITV reality show.
The danger of Russian air attacks remains high following Russian missiles and drones killing at least 11 people yesterday. The attacks are thought to be a response to promises by Western allies to supply Ukraine with tanks. Ukraine’s army command said its forces had repelled Russian attacks in various places over the previous 24 hours and struck command and control points, a troop concentration, two artillery concentration areas and an ammunition depot.