May 24: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Motorcyclist (40s) dies following crash with tractor in Co Cork
Gardaí are currently at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision involving a tractor and a motorcycle in Co Cork. The collision occurred at approximately 8:15pm yesterday evening at Gooseberryhill, Newmarket. The motorcyclist, a man aged in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. No further injuries were reported. The road at Gooseberryhill, Newmarket is currently closed with local diversions in place.
More than a third of parents surveyed by Barnardos had to cut back on heating due to inflation
More than a third of parents said they had to cut back on, or have gone without, heating over the past six months due to pressures caused by inflation, a new report from the charity Barnardos said. The research is based on a survey of a sample of 315 parents, as well as 30 one-to-one interviews with parents supported by children’s charity Barnardos.
Fears of further job cuts at Meta’s Irish operation
There are fears of further job losses at Meta’s Irish operation with the social media giant set to confirm details of its latest round of redundancies. The Facebook parent company is expected to inform staff of the layoffs later today.
Coalition plans tenders for floating accommodation to house asylum seekers
The Government is planning to tender for floating accommodation to house asylum seekers amid unprecedented pressure on the State’s integration system, which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described on Tuesday as a “major crisis”. However, if it proceeds, the use of so-called floatels is not expected until later in the year, meaning it will not help the Coalition’s push to drive down the current number of “unaccommodated” asylum seekers. Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman said this figure stood at 199, but Government sources said the aim was to get it below 100 before the June bank holiday.
The Irish Times
OpenAI leaders call for regulation to prevent AI destroying humanity
The leaders of the ChatGPT developer OpenAI have called for the regulation of “superintelligent” AIs, arguing that an equivalent to the International Atomic Energy Agency is needed to protect humanity from the risk of accidentally creating something with the power to destroy it. In a short note published to the company’s website, co-founders Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever and the chief executive, Sam Altman, call for an international regulator to begin working on how to “inspect systems, require audits, test for compliance with safety standards, [and] place restrictions on degrees of deployment and levels of security” in order to reduce the “existential risk” such systems could pose.
Properties to accommodate refugees identified
The Government has sight of a “significant” volume of space which will reduce the number of refugees sleeping in tents, once protests do not stop the move, sources have said. Within the next two weeks, 66 international protection (IP) applicants will be housed in Ranelagh, Dublin, and more than 60 people will be also accommodated in Dun Laoghaire. It is understood officials are awaiting fire certs for both properties.
The Irish Examiner
Ron DeSantis to launch 2024 presidential bid on Twitter
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will announce his 2024 presidential bid in an online appearance with Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday. Mr Musk is scheduled to host a Twitter Spaces conversation with Mr DeSantis at 18:00 local time (22:00 GMT). An official launch video from the DeSantis campaign is expected later the same evening. Mr DeSantis, 44, is viewed as former president Donald Trump’s chief rival for the Republican Party’s nomination. The governor joins a growing list of contenders seeking to unseat Mr Trump, who leads by more than 30 points in national opinion polls.
Dry with spells of sunshine for most though some cloud will push down from the north at times. Remaining cloudier through much of the day in the north and west with patchy light rain or drizzle at times. Highest temperatures ranging from 15 degrees in the northwest to 20 or 21 degrees in the southeast. Northwesterly winds will be mostly light. Dry with long clear spells overnight. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees in light northerly or variable breezes with some mist patches developing.