Your Thursday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.

Your Thursday evening catch-up


The Dublin Docklands Development Authority has written to the management of the Longboat Quay apartments with an offer of financial support for the cost of the repair works needed. In a statement the DDDA has said it understands that the Receiver over the assets of Gendsong Limited - whose interest includes 18 apartments in the complex - will also be making a substantial contribution towards the remediation works. The combined amount will come to approximately €2.75m.

Prison terms ranging from five years to 16 years have been imposed on the seven men who admitted carrying out an aggravated burglary on the home of a young family two years ago. Sentences were handed down shortly before 12 noon at Clonmel Circuit Court by Judge Thomas Teehan who described the effects of the burglary on the Corcoran family from Co Tipperary as “catastrophic”, and said the crime imposed by the gang of seven was near the top end of the highest level of seriousness for this type of crime.

A transatlantic jet was forced to return to Shannon Airport this afternoon after a passenger fell ill. United Airlines flight 24 had left Shannon at around 9.20am and was over an hour into its journey when the crew turned around.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was urged to declare homelessness as a national emergency as people in temporary accommodation looked on from the Dáil’s public gallery. Socialist TD Ruth Coppinger warned the Government was not taking the crisis seriously enough as she compared people affected by homelessness to the victims of the Magdalene laundries.


Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are targeting other terrorist groups as well as Islamic State militants, according to a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia carried out its first airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday. Moscow insisted it was targeting IS militants while US officials and others cast doubt on the claim, saying they appeared to be attacking opposition groups fighting Syrian government forces.

Authorities in Greece have reopened a disused Olympic venue to house migrants and refugees camped out in central Athens. Police escorted buses carrying about 500 people, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan, from Victoria Square in central Athens to the Galatsi Olympic Hall.

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