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Scally to report on implementation of CervicalCheck findings
A report into the implementation of recommendations from the 2018 inquiry into the CervicalCheck screening controversy will be published today. Dr Gabriel Scally’s report will outline what recommendations remain to be implemented in full, including a statutory duty of candour on health staff. In 2018, Dr Gabriel Scally published his report into the CervicalCheck controversy and made 50 recommendations for change. Last January, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly asked Dr Scally to conduct a final progress report of the implementation of his recommendations. He will publish that report later today at a briefing in Dublin.
Spiritans disclose assets of €57m as abuse claims increase
The Spiritan order has revealed congressional assets worth more than €57 million, as it deals with hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse in its schools. The disclosure comes as the order faces the prospect of a wave of new legal claims being made against it over abuse committed on children by priests. About 70 people have come forward to make complaints since an RTÉ documentary was broadcast three weeks ago on the abuse of two Dublin brothers in the 1970s by priests at Blackrock College, Dublin. The new complaints brought the number of allegations to 300. The order has faced about 100 legal actions – 15 of them active – and has apologised for serious failings that led to the abuse of children who could have been protected if action was taken sooner against perpetrators.
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Long wait is over for 67,130 Junior Cert students as results out today
The long wait for 67,130 Junior Cycle candidates from the class of 2022 ends today when results are finally released. The results normally issue in mid-September, but a shortage of examiners and exceptional Covid-related arrangements for Leaving Cert 2022 were key factors in the delay. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has posted the results to principals, and students can also access them online at 4pm, but that is not intended to replace the role played by schools on such an occasion.
Up to 10 people killed in shooting at Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia
A shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, has left up to 10 people dead and wounded, according to local authorities. The shooter was among the dead, the City of Chesapeake tweeted on Tuesday. It said: “Chesapeake Police confirm an active shooter incident with fatalities at the Walmart on Sam’s Circle. The shooter is deceased.” Leo Kosinski, a spokesperson with the police department, said in a brief news conference that police received reports of a shooting at 10pm and arrived to find multiple fatalities. The shooting is thought to have stopped when police arrived, said Kosinski, adding that did not believe police had fired shots, but he could not say whether the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot. It was unclear how many people had died, but Kosinski said “no more” than 10 people were killed.
Newborn baby dies as Russian rockets hit maternity ward in Ukraine
Russian strikes have killed a newborn baby at a Ukrainian maternity ward and two other civilians elsewhere, according to officials as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of “terror and murder”. Ukrainian emergency services said Russian rockets smashed into a building overnight in Vilniansk, part of the southern Zaporizhzhia region, in the latest attack to damage medical facilities since war began nine months ago. They distributed video of emergency service workers trying to free a man trapped waist-deep in the rubble of what appeared to be the destroyed maternity ward. “As a result of a rocket attack on the territory of the local hospital, the two-storey building of the maternity ward was destroyed,” they said in a statement. There was “a woman with a newborn baby as well as a doctor” inside the building at the time, they added. The baby died while the woman and doctor were rescued from the rubble, rescuers said. According to preliminary information, nobody else trapped under the debris, they added.
Scattered heavy showers in the west and southwest will become more widespread through this morning and afternoon, with hail and isolated thunderstorms possible. There will be sunny spells also. Becoming windy in the afternoon with fresh to strong and gusty southwesterly winds, with gales along west and southwest coasts. High waves developing also. Highest temperatures of 7°C to 10°C. Tonight, showers will continue for a time before gradually dying out with clear spells for many. Turning very windy in the west and south later as outbreaks of rain spread from the Atlantic. Lowest temperatures of 3°C to 7°C degrees.