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Garry Roberts of The Boomtown Rats dies aged 72
Garry Roberts, the guitarist and founding member of Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats, has died at the age of 72. In a statement issued by the group, Roberts was said to have “summed up the sense of who The Rats are”, as they extend their deepest sympathies to his family and friends. A cause of death has not, as of yet, been reported.
Taoiseach rotation set for December 17
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will take over the position of Taoiseach from Micheál Martin on Saturday 17 December. It is understood this has been changed from 15 December in order to allow Mr Martin to participate in the final EU leaders’ summit of the year. The rotation will coincide with a wider Cabinet reshuffle, which the three Coalition leaders will discuss in the coming weeks.
Minister for Special Education slams ‘appalling’ behaviour
Minister for Special Education Josepha Madigan has described as “appalling” the case where a child with Down syndrome was removed from a classroom and placed in the school foyer with a special needs assistant, telling RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that she welcomed the Workplace Relations Commission’s decision to order compensation of €12,000 from the school, and that she had been “extremely disappointed” when she read the details of the case in the judgment.
Gardaí confirm receiving sexual abuse complaints about religious order, the Spiritans
Gardaí have confirmed that they received a number of allegations of abuse relating to the Spiritans, telling The Journal that its Sexual Crime Management Unit at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau receives referrals on an ongoing basis from Religious Orders throughout the country via Designated Liaison Persons. “This office can confirm that referrals in respect of abuse allegations relating to Spiritan Schools and the Spiritan Order have been received,” a Garda spokeswoman said.
Two-thirds of African countries’ GDP to be wiped out by climate change by 2100
According to an analysis from the Christian Aid charity released to coincide with Finance Day at the UN climate change Cop27 summit in Egypt, African countries can expect to suffer an average GDP hit of -20% by 2050 and of -64% by 2100. It added that even if global temperature rise stays within the 1.5C as set out in the Paris Agreement of 2015, African countries still face an average GDP reduction of -14% by 2050 and -34% by 2100.