March 03: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Ryanair calls for Eamon Ryan resignation
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan will meet with Dublin Airport staff and the Irish Aviation Authority on this morning after further flight disruptions caused by drones. Ryanair are calling for the resignation of the Minister after drone activity suspended flights at Dublin Airport on Thursday evening, which was said to be the sixth time in six weeks.
Drug decriminalisation policy
A report by the Scottish Drugs Forum on efforts to decriminalise drugs in Ireland and four other jurisdictions has concluded that advances have been made in recent years, but there is a lack of political will in Ireland. It claimed that the success of the marriage equality and abortion referendums have aided efforts for decriminalisation by opening discussion on more socially progressive topics.
Pensioner to be sentenced for Nicola Sturgeon threats
A 70-year-old pensioner named William Curtis will be sentenced today after being found guilty of threatening behaviour for posting online about the assassination of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Her was convicted for sending threatening messages to Nicola Sturgeon and of sending or causing a threatening message to be sent to former MSP Stewart Stevenson in 2019 last month.
Cabinet to approve €20m for refugee accommodation
Government Ministers are to approve €20m to fund the development of accommodation to deliver more than 400 beds to help with the accommodation crisis. The funding will also be used for the refurbishment or purchase of properties and the development of sites across the country. Sites being examined include Columb Barracks in Mullingar, Co Westmeath as well as Thornton Hall and the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin.
Murdaugh found guilty of murdering wife and son
Prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty of murdering his wife and son on their hunting estate in a trial that has drawn global attention. The 54-year-old was determined to have killed his son Paul with a shotgun and his wife Maggie with the assault rifle Paul used for hunting wild pigs on the family’s sprawling property. Judge Clifton Newman said, “The evidence of guilt is overwhelming.”