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June 14: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds


By Sarah Finnan
14th Jun 2023
June 14: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

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

Murder investigation under way after man dies in Dublin stabbing
A murder investigation is under way after a man in his 40s died following a stabbing in west Dublin. The man died after he was attacked following a row on Main Street in Ongar at around 7pm. It is understood the man may have been known to the homeless or on-street services. Gardaí believe a verbal row among a number of men escalated to physical violence on the street. The man was discovered with serious stab wounds after gardaí were called to the scene. He was taken to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, where he was later pronounced dead.
RTÉ

Christy Dignam’s death: ‘We’ve lost a legend, one of a kind’
Christy Dignam, who died on Tuesday aged 63, was born to sing – his CIÉ bus upholsterer father, Christopher Dignam snr, loved the opera singers Enrico Caruso and John McCormack. By the time he was a teenager in 1973, Dignam had been struck by the twin musical forces of The Beatles and David Bowie. There was no going back for him, and after an early attempt at breaking into the music industry in 1980 with a band called Meelah XVIII (which featured his Finglas friend Joe Jewell), he would resurface two years later with Aslan.
The Irish Times

‘Extremely disappointing’: Water quality in rivers and lakes fails to make upward strides
Water quality has not improved in Ireland’s rivers or lakes in recent years, new analysis has found. A study published today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified that there was no significant change in the overall biological quality of rivers or lakes in 2022. Improvements in some areas were matched by a similar rate of decline in others.
The Journal

‘A huge cost to society’ – Dozens withdraw suspicious injury claims at last minute
Dozens of people have withdrawn personal injury claims at the last minute after defendants refused to settle due to suspected fraud or exaggeration.
New research carried out by Aviva Insurance shows that in the last two years, 91 claimants who brought claims against insured customers withdrew from litigation prior to a court hearing, with many doing so on the steps of the court. The company said it has been investigating approximately 800 new suspected fraudulent injury claims since 2021, worth an estimated value of €30m.
Independent.ie

‘Shameful, unfair, unacceptable’: Ombudsman hits out at inaction on accessible transport
The continued denial of access to personal transport supports for people with disabilities is “nothing short of shameful”, the Ombudsman has said. In his office’s latest annual report, published today, Ger Deering says he and his predecessors have been demanding reforms from the Government in this area for 12 years.
The Irish Examiner

Trump defiant after pleading not guilty in classified documents case
Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to historic charges of mishandling sensitive files at a federal court in Miami, Florida. Mr Trump is the first US president – current or former – to be hit with a federal criminal indictment. Arms crossed, in a dark suit and red tie, he sat in stone-faced silence for his second court appearance this year. The Republican later travelled to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he addressed supporters.
BBC News

Nottingham: Family of teen victim of attacks tell of ‘devastation’ at ‘senseless murder’
Nineteen-year-old “passionate cricketer” Barnaby Webber was one of three people killed in the attacks in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Tributes have also been paid to hockey star Grace Kumar who has been described as “fiercely competitive” and “talented”.
Sky News

Today’s forecast
Very warm and humid today most areas will be dry with hazy sunshine though some fog may linger on coasts. Scattered heavy showers or thunderstorms will develop in the North Munster and Connacht this afternoon and evening, with the potential for hail, gusty winds, and spot flooding. Highest temperatures of 22 to 27 degrees generally, though slightly cooler along southern and eastern coasts mostly moderate east to southeast winds. A mild and muggy night with temperatures not falling below 12 to 15 degrees generally. Any lingering showers in the west and southwest will die out early on, leaving a dry night with clear spells. There is a chance of further showers in the west and midlands towards morning. Some patchy mist and fog will develop in a light variable breeze.
Met Éireann