March 13: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Oscars 2023: Dubliner Richard Baneham accepts visual effects Oscar for Avatar; An Irish Goodbye wins but Banshees loses out
The Northern Irish comedy-drama An Irish Goodbye has won the Oscar for best live action short film at the 95th Academy Awards. It was one of two wins for Irish film and talent, the second being best visual effects awarded to Richard Baneham and his team for Avatar: The Way of Water.
Numbers in direct provision double to 20,000 in a year
There are a total of 20,001 people living in direct provision and emergency international protection accommodation, according to the Department of Integration. Figures contained it its weekly report show this has almost doubled in a year, up from 10,447 people on 27 March 2022. The new figures come as letters have been sent to 52 people living in direct provision, who have been granted international protection in Ireland, informing them that they must move to emergency accommodation. RTÉ News has seen a letter advising a person that they are being moved from direct provision accommodation to a tent in Knockalisheen, Co Clare, next week.
BBC and Gary Lineker closing in on deal to resolve impartiality row
Gary Lineker is reportedly set to return to Match Of The Day this coming weekend amid speculation he and the BBC are close to resolving their impartiality row. There is “growing confidence” that the former England player will return to host the popular BBC show, according to reports, following a weekend which saw the broadcaster’s sports coverage suffer severe disruption.
The Irish Examiner
Man in critical condition following road collision in Kerry last night
A man is in a critical condition having been injured when he was struck by a car in County Kerry. Gardaí said the incident happened last night shortly before 8pm at Spunkane in Waterville, Co Kerry. The driver of the car was uninjured. “The pedestrian, a male in his 50s, was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital. He is currently in a critical condition. “The road remains closed this morning with local diversions in place. A technical examination of the scene will take place. Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward,” a spokesperson said.
Widespread showers or longer spells of rain today, heavy in places with the chance of spot flooding. After a mild start, colder air will move in across the northwest of the country by afternoon. Turning colder in all areas by evening with the possibility of some wintry showers in the north. Afternoon highs of 4 to 8 degrees in the north and 9 to 12 degrees in the south. Strong and gusty southwest winds, veering northerly during the course of the day. Cold and blustery tonight with clear spells and scattered wintry showers, with falls of snow in places. Some of the showers will be heavy with hail and thunder. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +3 degrees in fresh to strong northwest winds. Icy stretches developing on some untreated roads and paths. A Status Yellow Snow & Ice warning has also been issued for Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Connacht, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Antrim, Down, Tyrone and Derry with Met Éireann warning that wintry showers will lead to icy conditions in some areas overnight and on Tuesday morning.