Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Stargazers caught a glimpse of the Buck supermoon last night. So-called because male deer shed and regrow their antlers around this time of year, the Buck Moon will be the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year as it represents the moon arriving at its closest point to earth for 2022.
Emergency fuel rationing
More than 40 categories of emergency and essential workers will be given access to a network of 130 service stations across the country in the event of a severe shortage requiring fuel rationing, under the latest Government plan. The plans are considered to be the “worst-case scenario” and would come into effect in the event of severe oil supply disruption as Europe remains on edge about a shutdown of energy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Irish Times
Ukrainian refugees and asylum seekers
The Taoiseach and relevant ministers will meet today to discuss the shortage of State accommodation for new arrivals of refugees from Ukraine and other countries. The Citywest facility in west Dublin reached full capacity last night, with Government sources confirming to The Journal that the Gormanstown tented accommodation in Meath is to open “within days”. Alternative sites and centres, such as stadiums, could also be opened as part of a “multi-layered response” to the situation.
Hospital to treat Irish patients opens in Spain
A new hospital has opened in Spain to be used for treating patients on long public waiting lists in Ireland. The hospital is part of a major new healthcare agreement, where patients will be treated under the EU Cross Border Directive, meaning the Health Service Executive (HSE) will cover the price of treatment up to the cost it would be in Ireland. Located in Costa Blanca, Alicante, it is a new 64-bed hospital, that around 1,500 Irish patients will travel to each year for routine planned surgeries. Almost every treatment that is currently available on the Irish public system will be provided at the new hospital.
The Irish Independent