Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Budget 2023: What measures have already kicked in?
Measures costing around €11 billion were announced in yesterday’s budget and some of the measures will kick in immediately. So what changes can you expect to see today following Budget 2023? Read more over on The Journal.
Mother and child in critical condition in hospital after violent incident in Co Clare
A young girl who was in a critical condition in hospital on Tuesday night after an incident in Co Clare was wounded in the same property where her mother was found unconscious. The property was being used as accommodation for refugees, including those recently arrived from Ukraine. The mother and girl, both believed to be from Ukraine, were in critical condition in University Hospital Limerick on Tuesday night and there were concerns for the survival prospects of both. The girl, who gardaí suspect suffered stab wounds, is eight while her mother is in her 40s. Both were discovered on Tuesday morning at a property in Clarecastle just outside Ennis where Clare Civil Defence has been providing emergency accommodation for people displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Clare Civil Defence personnel and an interpreter were also called to assist gardaí at the scene on Tuesday morning.
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Five arrests as part of investigation into fatal Kildare assault
Gardaí have arrested five men in connection with a fatal attack in Co Kildare last month. Dylan McCarthy, 29, from Kilmallock, Co Limerick died in hospital after he was attacked outside a pub in Monasterevin at around 12.30am on 21 August. His father was also attacked and taken to hospital. They had been out celebrating a family event. The five men, who are aged in their 20s, are being questioned at different garda stations in Co Kildare. They are being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held for up to 24 hours. The arrests bring to eight the number of people detained and questioned in connection with the fatal assault.
Hurricane Ian: Cuba suffers complete blackout after storm
Cuba is completely without power after Hurricane Ian pummelled the western end of the island, its government has announced. The electrical system is experiencing total collapse, officials said, after one of the main power plants could not be brought back online. Two people were reported dead and buildings were damaged nationwide. The category three hurricane, packing wind speeds of up to 195km/h (120mph), is now bearing down on Florida. On Cuban state television on Tuesday, the head of the electrical energy authority announced that an island-wide blackout had occurred as a result of the national electrical system’s breakdown, leaving 11 million people in the dark.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Archetypes podcast to return as royal mourning period ends
The Duchess of Sussex’s podcast, Archetypes, will return to Spotify on Tuesday October 4, following the end of the mourning period for Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II, the streaming giant has announced. The period of royal mourning ended earlier this week, with the monarchy and its households returning to official duties. A message on the Archetypes Spotify page said: “Regularly scheduled episodes will resume Tuesday, October 4.” Prior to its pause, three full episodes of the audio series have been released since its launch on August 23, featuring conversations with veteran tennis player Serena Williams, pop star Mariah Carey and actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth around $25 million, in late 2020.
Today will be a cool but brighter day with sunny spells and scattered showers. Moderate northwest winds will be blustery at times in the vicinity of showers, so it will feel quite chilly for the time of year with highest temperatures of just 11°C to 14°C generally. The showers will become more isolated through the late afternoon and mostly die out away from western coasts by evening. Tonight will be mostly dry with long clear spells and just the chance of a few isolated showers along western Atlantic coasts. It will be quite cool overnight with lowest temperatures of 3°C to 7°C generally or even lower locally. Some air frost can’t be ruled out, while some patches of mist and fog are possible also as winds fall light and variable.