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November 29: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds


By Sarah Finnan
29th Nov 2022
November 29: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.

Protestors block Port Tunnel as East Wall refugee accommodation row rumbles on
Protestors have blocked traffic entering Dublin’s Port Tunnel as tensions over an asylum-seeker accommodation centre in East Wall continue to simmer. East Wall Road was closed in both directions between Alfie Byrne Road and East Road on Monday evening, with diversions in place. On Monday, Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman said that said the former ESB office block in Dublin will remain open as emergency accommodation for refugees. A number of protests have been held in East Wall after 100 migrants were housed in the building. Protesters and some residents claimed there was not enough consultation with locals ahead of the arrangement. More refugees are expected to be moved to the building in the coming weeks.
BreakingNews.ie

‘We hope for the best but he will never be the same again’ – family of young boy (9) mauled by pit bull left ‘traumatised’
The family of a young boy who was savagely attacked by a pit bull in Co Wexford have said “he will never be the same again”. Nine-year-old Alejandro Miszan was playing football with his friends on the green of the Old Forge Road estate in Enniscorthy on Sunday afternoon when he was set upon by the dog. He is currently in Crumlin children’s hospital in a serious condition.
Independent.ie

Quarter of small landlords likely to sell rental properties in next five years, Committee to hear
A quarter of small landlords say they are likely to sell their rental properties in the next five years, an Oireachtas Committee will hear today. The Joint Committee on Housing will meet at 3pm to discuss recent trends in the private rental sector with representatives from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). The RTB provides information to tenants, landlords and the general public on their rights and obligations, in terms of both living and providing accommodation in the rental sector.
The Journal

Cabinet to discuss ‘opt out’ organ donation bill
Everyone will be regarded as organ donors unless they opt out of the system under legislation Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is bringing to Cabinet this morning. The Human Tissue Bill is aiming to make organ donation the norm when people pass away, in circumstances where donation is possible. This legislation will for the first time provide a statutory framework for organ donation and transplant services in the Republic of Ireland. Anyone who does not want to donate their organs after they die would have to register this wish during their lifetime. However, under this new system, discussions would still take place with family members before the removal of organs for transplant. The bill also includes changes around the storage, handling, transportation, disposal and return of organs, or body parts. This is to ensure that it will be done with due regard to the dignity, bodily integrity and privacy of the deceased. The bill will also introduce clinical regulations for all post-mortem procedures in hospitals.
RTÉ

Many young people willing to go without cars, meat, and flights to help climate, survey states
Many young people would like to see car-free town centres, and are willing to eat less meat and take fewer flights in order to tackle the climate crisis, according to research from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The report finds that most people aged between 16 and 24 now view climate change as a matter of urgency, and are willing to sacrifice everyday conveniences to tackle emissions.
The Irish Examiner

Hundreds of fossils discovered on Wexford coastline date back to long before dinosaurs roamed
A team of scientists, led by experts from the School of Natural Sciences at University of Galway, have discovered an exceptionally well-preserved group of fossil sea urchins at Hook Head, County Wexford. The find is one of the most important in Irish palaeontology in recent times.nSea urchins, or echinoids, are a group of marine animals, related to starfish. They have globular plated bodies covered by numerous defensive spines, which fall away and are quickly lost after the urchin dies.nOver 200 complete fossil echinoids are preserved in exquisite detail on a limestone surface, in an area of just 1m2 . All of the Hook Head specimens have their spines still attached and they apparently died together on the seafloor almost 350 million years ago – a dramatic moment now frozen in time on the rock surface on the coast of south-east Ireland. The limestone layer containing the fossil urchins was in danger of being lost to coastal erosion, so the scientific team mounted a rescue operation to save it.
University of Galway 

Musk feuds with Apple over Twitter advertising
Elon Musk has said Apple has halted most of its advertising on Twitter and accused the company of threatening to remove the platform from its app store. The feud comes as many companies have halted spending on Twitter amid concerns about Mr Musk’s content moderation plans for the site. Apple has not responded to requests for comment from the BBC. Mr Musk has said Twitter has seen a “massive” drop in revenue, blaming activists for pressuring advertisers. In a series of Tweets on Monday, he accused Apple of “censorship” and criticised its policies, including the charge it levies on purchases made on its app store.
BBC News

China Clamps Down on Protesters Against Zero-Covid Policies
Chinese authorities tightened controls in reaction to rare nationwide protests against the country’s zero-tolerance approach to Covid, dispatching phalanxes of police to prevent fresh gatherings as state media reiterated support for leader Xi Jinping’s stringent pandemic strategy. The demonstrations exploded in several large cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, during the weekend. They followed a deadly fire on Friday in Urumqi, capital of the remote region of Xinjiang, which officials said killed 10 people. Some residents suggested that pandemic restrictions contributed to a delay in putting out the fire. As the government aimed to quash any new protests on Monday, one area of focus was Sitong Bridge in northern Beijing, where a lone protester last month hung banners calling for freedom instead of lockdowns and demanding Mr. Xi be deposed. Dozens of uniformed and undercover police swarmed the area around the bridge on Monday evening after protesters chanted lines from the banners the previous night.
The Wall Street Journal

Today’s forecast
On Tuesday morning, any overnight mist and fog will tend to clear. Otherwise, it will be generally dry with a mix of cloud and hazy sunshine, in just light southeast or variable breezes. Cool with highest temperatures of 6°C in the north to 10°C in the south. Cloud will thicken in the far southwest with some rain developing by evening. Scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle will move in across the country tonight, though parts of the east will stay dry. Mist and fog patches too, in mostly moderate southeast winds. Lowest temperatures of 2°C to 7°C, coldest in the northeast and east with some possible frost.
Met Éireann