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Ireland’s deadliest roads: Counties most dangerous for road users revealed
Sligo is Ireland’s most dangerous county for road deaths, with the highest rate of fatalities – as Ireland is set for an alarming 16pc hike in lives lost in traffic tragedies this year. Monaghan, Limerick and Cavan also had high rates of road deaths this year. Sligo has placed number one for having the highest rate of fatal road collisions this year, according to data. The county has a rate of more than 8 fatalities per 100,000 population in 2022 so far. That figure is six times higher than last year. In 2021, Sligo had a rate of 1.43.
New legislation to be introduced to cut MLAs pay and push back deadline for Stormont election
Legislation is set to be introduced at Westminster later to cut MLA salaries by around a third while the Northern Ireland Executive is unable to conduct business. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Bill will also push back the deadline by which a Northern Ireland Executive must be formed, and take “limited but necessary steps” to maintain public services. It comes as the Stormont parties failed to establish a new Executive by October 28, some 24 weeks after the last Assembly election in May.
Paschal Donohoe asks Eurogroup members to re-elect him as president
Minister for finance Paschal Donohoe has pledged to strengthen coordination between eurozone countries on combatting inflation if elected for a second term as President of the Eurogroup. The minister, who has held the top role on the committee since July 2020, is bidding for another term despite plans for the Cabinet reshuffle to take him out of the Finance portfolio. Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath is due to swap roles with Donohoe on 17 December alongside the rotation of the Taoiseach position between Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar. McGrath would attend Eurogroup meetings as Finance Minister but Donohoe could continue to preside over the group if he is re-elected.
Security alert outside Derry police station
Police are at the scene of a security alert outside a Derry police station. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood told the BBC that a vehicle had been hijacked and its driver ordered to get out at the station in the Waterside. Army bomb disposal experts have been at the scene. A number of homes have been evacuated and an emergency shelter has been provided for families affected. People are being advised to avoid the Crescent Link area of the city.
54% of nine-year-olds now own a mobile phone
Nine-year-olds play less sport, are less involved in regular cultural activities, spend more time online, and are more likely to own a mobile phone than was the case previously, according to the latest tranche of data from the Growing Up in Ireland survey. The survey has found that families are also more likely to be educated to a higher level, more diverse, and enjoy greater closeness between parents and their children. Yet there are also findings described by the author of the report as “very concerning” — chiefly changes that were found in children’s pastimes. It found there was a fall in those taking part in sports, with 44% of nine-year-olds playing sport almost every day in 2007/8, compared to 34% of nine-year-olds surveyed in 2017/18. There was also a slip in the percentage of children engaging in regular cultural activities such as music or dance lessons — from 47% of nine-year-olds in 2007/8 to 44% in 2017/18. Over the same period, there has been an increase in the percentage of nine-year-olds who have their own mobile phone — up from 44% of that age group in 2007/8 to 54% now.
The Irish Examiner
Ukraine war: Hope returns to Kherson after Russian forces leave
In the week since Russia pulled out of the southern city of Kherson, visceral relief has been replaced with an optimistic busyness. As an acoustic band plays Western covers, queues of people snake around the city’s main square. There are tents where residents can get a hot drink or first aid. Many gather at mobile phone masts like bees around honey. The port city was captured by Russia in March, just days after forces invaded Ukraine. It was the only regional capital Russia managed to seize since February, but its military was forced to withdraw last week.
A wet start this morning with heavy rain, especially in the southeast, with fresh to strong and gusty southeasterly winds. Outbreaks of rain will continue across most places into the afternoon with further flooding expected. While a gradual clearance will develop in the southwest and west, heavy showers will follow the rain. Highest temperatures of 7°C to 11°C. Winds will slowly ease and veer westerly through the day before increasing fresh to strong and gusty over Munster later. Some scattered outbreaks of rain will occur, along with mist and fog patches. Where clear skies persist, frost will develop too. Lowest temperatures of 0°C to 5°C. Windy in the south and southwest with very strong westerly winds developing there, moderate variable breezes elsewhere. A Status Orange weather warning is in place for Wexford and Wicklow with Met Éireann predicting some very intense falls of rain continuing for a time with flooding in places.