March 15: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Woman in 70s killed in Co Louth house fire
A woman in her 70s has died in a house fire in Co Louth. Emergency services and gardaí attended the scene at a house on Bachelors Walk in Dundalk at about 11pm last night. Four units from the fire service attended the blaze, including two crews from Dundalk, one from Ardee and one from Dunleer. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The scene has now been preserved for a technical examination to take place. It is understood the fire is not being treated as suspicious at this time.
Dublin Airport rejects breaching planning permission for North Runway as 18 ‘noise monitoring terminals’ installed
Dublin Airport operator has rejected any claims that it is in breach of planning permission which was granted for the new North Runway. The DAA has said 18 new noise monitoring terminals are being added to track aircraft using Dublin Airport. The €320m runway started operating on August 24 last year in a “teething phase”, before changes were made to flight paths on February 23 after complaints about noise from local residents. In a statement issued this morning, a spokesperson for the DAA said it continues to work closely with the local community regarding any issues they are facing as a result of operations at Dublin Airport.
Opposition TDs believe ‘increasing’ number of tenants will resist eviction over coming weeks
Opposition TDs believe the lifting of the eviction ban will see a greater number of tenants resisting attempts by their landlord to remove them from the property. A number believe the practice is acceptable where tenants “have nowhere to go” and face being out on the streets otherwise. The practice, known as ‘over-holding’, occurs when a tenant remains in a property after a valid notice of termination has expired.
Martin claims Ireland has ‘turned a corner’ on housing ahead of Sinn Féin motion on eviction ban
Tánaiste Micheál Martin has insisted the State has “turned a corner” on housing as the Government prepares to face a Sinn Féin motion calling for the eviction ban to be extended into next year. On Tuesday, Sinn Féin said it would target Government backbenchers and Independents before its motion is taken next week, saying there would be a “human catastrophe” arising from the end of the eviction ban.
The Irish Times
People are dying while they wait for housing, meeting told
People are dying while they wait for much-needed housing in a system that puts profit before people’s needs, a public meeting calling for emergency action on housing in Cork has heard. The meeting of some 100 people heard from charity workers and housing campaigners about the problems faced by thousands of renters in vulnerable tenancies and those living without a home. Official homeless figures of 11,754 have been consistently rising for months, and the Government’s decision to end the eviction ban on March 31 is expected to lead to a further increase. “The solution to homelessness is straightforward, it’s housing,” charity worker Caitriona Twomey of Cork Penny Dinners told the meeting. Desperate people have been waiting years for housing and “are suffering greatly”, she said.
The Irish Examiner
Judge: Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’ didn’t defame detective
A retired Wisconsin detective has lost a defamation lawsuit against streaming giant Netflix over his portrayal in the 2015 documentary series “Making a Murderer.” On Friday U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig ruled in favor of Netflix and “Making a Murderer” filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, concluding that none of them acted with any malice toward now-retired Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Detective Andrew Colborn. Netflix aired “Making a Murderer” series in 2015. The 10-part series follows the story of Steven Avery, who spent nearly 22 years in prison for sexual assault before DNA tests exonerated him. He was released in 2003 but was convicted four years later along with his nephew, Brendan Dassey, in the 2005 murder and rape of photographer Teresa Halbach. Avery and Dassey were ultimately both sentenced to life in prison. The documentary raised questions about whether Manitowoc County officials framed them. Colborn, who participated in the Avery investigation, filed a lawsuit in April 2019 alleging that the documentary defamed him by misquoting his testimony — and editing snippets of his testimony, and reactions of others in court to make him appear nervous and uncertain.
Rain spreading northeastwards to all areas this morning, falling as sleet for a short time further north. The rain will continue for the rest of the day and will be heavy at times with spot flooding in places. Temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees in the north and 7 to 11 degrees elsewhere with fresh, gusty south to southeast winds later veering southerly. Tonight will be wet with heavy falls of rain and some spot flooding. It will be breezy with mostly fresh southerly winds. Relatively mild with lowest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees. A Status Yellow Snow & Ice warning has also been issued for counties Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Leitrim and Sligo while a Status Yellow Rain warning is in place for Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Derry.