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September 5: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds


By Sarah Finnan
05th Sep 2023
September 5: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

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

‘Disgrace’ as school obliged to send substitute teachers home
A Dublin school principal has branded as “a disgrace” the Department of Education’s response to the teacher shortage crisis. Tonya Hanly told RTÉ News that she was obliged yesterday to send home two teachers who are subbing at the school because the department has said she cannot employ them. The two young teachers were working at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Dublin 8 last year, but have taken career breaks this year and plan to go to Australia in two months’ time. They are leaving Ireland because they say they cannot afford to live in Dublin. The teachers agreed to work as substitute teachers for a few weeks because the school has been unable to fill seven vacancies. Ms Hanly said that despite numerous attempts she cannot find teachers to fill the positions.
RTÉ

Quarter of children aged 8 to 12 experienced cyberbullying in the last year, report finds
Over 25 per cent of primary school children aged 8 to 12, and 40 per cent of secondary school children aged 12-16, have experienced cyberbullying in the last school year. Girls are also more likely to be victimised online than boys, at 43 per cent versus 30 per cent. Almost a third, or 31 per cent, of 8 to 12 year olds are allowed online whenever they want, with 93 per cent of that age group owning their own smart device and 84 per cent having their own social media or instant messaging account.
The Irish Times

Suspicious object found at playing fields used by GAA club
Police have closed Church Road in Castlereagh on the outskirts of Belfast after the discovery of a suspicious object at playing fields used by East Belfast GAA. Diversions are in place and road users have been advised to seek alternative routes for their journey. The security alert has impacted on local residents and at least one nearby primary school in the area has been forced to close.
Independent.ie

John Gilligan says Veronica Guerin’s death ‘did not matter’ to him
Crime boss John Gilligan has said he felt nothing about the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin because her death “did not matter” to him. Gilligan, the leader of the gang responsible for killing Ms Guerin, has begun telling stories of his life of crime in the three-part Virgin Media documentary, Confessions of a Crime Boss.
The Irish Examiner

‘It has stunted my life’: Readers share their experiences of adults living with their parents
Between couples saving for a home, full-time postgraduate students, and evictions, many adults have been forced to stay in – or return to – their family home. For some, the housing crisis means there’s no end in sight to the arrangement. Over half a million adults in Ireland are living with their parents, according to the last census. It’s clear that many young people are not only struggling to get on the property ladder, but can’t find or afford a place to rent. Recent figures show that the average rent for new tenancies in Ireland has risen by almost 9% since last year.
The Journal

Ukraine war: Kim Jong Un ‘to visit Putin for weapons talks’
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un plans to travel to Russia this month to meet President Vladimir Putin, a US official has told the BBC‘s US partner CBS. The two leaders will discuss the possibility of North Korea providing Moscow with weapons to support its war in Ukraine, the official said. The exact location of the planned meeting is not clear.
BBC News

Burning Man revelers begin exodus from festival after road reopens
Burning Man attenders began their slow exodus from the campsite in the northern Nevada desert after muddy roads that left tens of thousands of partygoers stranded for days dried up enough to make travel possible. Festival organisers said they started to let traffic flow out of the main road around 2pm local time on Monday – even as they continued to ask revelers to delay their exit to Tuesday to ease traffic. As of Monday afternoon, they said about 64,000 people remained at the festival site.
The Guardian

Today’s forecast
Today will be warm and dry for most with long spells of hazy sunshine. However, there will be showers in the southwest and perhaps the west, with a low chance of thunder. Highest temperatures of 22 to 26 degrees, warmest away from east and south coasts, in moderate easterly breezes, fresh on the south coast. Warm and muggy tonight with temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees, all in just light southeast breezes. While most areas will stay dry and clear, isolated showers may develop in the southwest.
Met Éireann