May 15: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Derry Girls and Bad Sisters both double Bafta winners
Siobhan McSweeney, Anne-Marie Duff, Lisa McGee and Sharon Horgan have all won Bafta TV awards at the annual ceremony in London. McSweeney and Duff won for their respective roles in Derry Girls and Bad Sisters, while McGee and Horgan won for their creative endeavours on those shows.
Medical tourism warning as six Irish people die following surgery abroad
Six Irish people who travelled abroad for medical or cosmetic procedures have died in the last two years, new figures show. Last year, four people died after medical tourism visits, while two people lost their lives in 2021. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was not notified of any deaths between 2017 and 2020.
Hotel firms were paid tens of millions of euros to accommodate refugees
Almost a dozen companies were paid more than €10 million to provide accommodation to Ukrainian refugees and asylum seekers from other countries last year, with one hotel group being paid more than €80 million from State contracts. The highest-paid private companies the State relied on to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers included large hotel groups, as well as firms who have been involved in running direct provision centres for many years. Tifco, the second largest hotel operator in the country, which also owns the Travelodge hotel chain, was paid at least €80 million in deals to accommodate asylum seekers and refugees last year.
The Irish Times
Ministers to meet with Garda management over policing of anti-migrant protests
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has said he will be meeting the Justice Minister and garda management to discuss the policing of anti-migrant protests. It follows the torching of a makeshift camp for migrants on Dublin’s Sandwith Street over the weekend, with refugee groups warning of “grave concerns” for the safety of asylum seekers sleeping rough in the city.
Turkey’s Erdogan appears to have upper hand after tense night
Turkey’s battle for the presidency looks set to go to a run-off, with both contenders adamant they have victory in their grasp. After 20 years in power, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood on the balcony of his party HQ saying he was convinced he would win another five. Everything appeared to have fallen into place for his opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu to win. But incomplete results put him behind the president in the first round. And Mr Erdogan’s alliance could also be heading for a majority in parliament.
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