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Forensic examinations continue in Creeslough as books of condolences open across the country
Forensic examinations are continuing at the site of Friday’s explosion in Creeslough, Donegal as investigators attempt to establish the cause of the blast which killed ten people. An Garda Siochana have said it is being treated as a “tragic accident” with the cause currently understood to be connected with a gas leak at a building on the site. Books of condolences are being opened across the country today in tribute to the victims, while An Post has announced it will be accepting donations for fundraising to help the stricken community.
Religious orders yet to agree to pay into mother and baby home redress scheme
The six religious orders involved in Mother and Baby homes have yet to agree to pay towards a redress scheme a year after it was announced. Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman and his officials remain in discussions with the leaders of the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland, as well as religious congregations, however, no agreement has been reached on the amount that will be contributed to the State redress scheme. The Government cannot compel the orders to make any payment, but it is requesting orders to help pay for some of the cost of the €800m redress scheme, which Mr O’Gorman hopes to have in place in the coming months.
The Irish Examiner
‘Everybody knows someone affected’ – vigils held across Donegal in show of solidarity
Vigils were held across Co Donegal last night in memory of the 10 people who lost their lives in the Creeslough tragedy. In Downings, a neighbouring community of Creeslough, hundreds of people gathered at the GAA pitch to pay their respects. Among them were the young sons of Martina Martin, one of the mothers who died in the explosion. Many were there to remember Hugh Kelly, a native of Downings, who also lost his life in the blast. Local man Brian Boyce said: “I was very emotional, it’s just a terrible tragedy for the area. This is going to be felt for a long time here. It’s just something that’s so hard to make sense of when it comes to your area.
‘Historic milestone’ as new auto-enrolment pension scheme approved
The Government has approved details of the new pension auto-enrolment scheme ahead of its expected introduction in 2024. Workers will be automatically signed up to a pension plan co-funded by their employer and the State but they can opt-out if they wish to leave. This plan is for employees who are not already in an occupational pension scheme. Rather than opting in, they will be automatically enrolled and will have to opt-out if they wish to leave. Workers will have their pension savings matched on a one-for-one basis by their employer. The State will also provide a top-up of €1 for every €3 saved by the worker. The bill will now go before the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection for Pre-Legislative Scrutiny ahead of its expected introduction in early 2024.
Ukraine capital Kyiv targeted by at least four Russian missiles
The Ukrainian capital Kyiv was targeted by at least four missiles on Monday morning, the first strikes in several months, as other Ukrainian cities also came under Russian attack in the wake of Saturday’s huge explosion that hit a key Russian bridge in the Crimea. Guardian reporters in Kyiv heard several missiles pass overhead with at least one striking, while a fourth detonation could be heard a little later. Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv, has confirmed on Telegram there have been “several hits on objects of the city’s critical infrastructure.
The Irish Times
At least 25 killed as landslide caused by floods tears through Venezuelan town
A landslide fuelled by flooding and days of torrential rain has swept through a town in central Venezuela, leaving at least 25 people dead. More than 52 people are also missing after the banks of five small rivers burst, following the relentless rain. The cascading waters joined with rainfall from surrounding mountains which dragged mud, rocks, debris and large trees through neighbourhoods.
A cold start this morning, with plenty of sunshine. There will be scattered showers in the north, dry elsewhere. A mix of cloud and sunny spells in the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 11°C to 15°C with moderate westerly winds, winds light in the south. Mainly dry tonight with some clear spells, turning cloudy in many parts. Rather calm with breezes easing to a light southwesterly. Another chilly night with lowest temperatures of 3°C to 7°C, possibly dipping lower locally in the south.