Tributes paid to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, funeral takes place for Tallaght siblings


Third level nursing

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) has urged the government to increase the number of publicly funded higher education places for nurses and midwives to address staffing shortages.

The appeal follows the findings of a government-commissioned report which said admission of such students will need to double over the next 20 years.

INMO said increases must be prioritized to ensure the state has enough nurses and midwives to meet the needs of a growing population.

“INMO has long warned that the Irish health service will come under even greater pressure unless the number of undergraduate nursing places is increased,” said the group’s general secretary, Phil Ní. Sheaghdha.

Man detained in Tallaght

A 24-year-old man accused of murdering his two sisters and brother in Tallaght last weekend has been remanded in custody again.

Lisa Cash (18) and her eight-year-old twin brother and sister, Christy and Chelsea Cawley, died after being attacked and stabbed at their family home on Rossfield Avenue in the Brookfield area in the early hours of Sunday morning .

Gardaí from Tallaght Garda station, supported by armed detectives and members of an armed support unit, responded to the incident. During a confrontation, officers used non-lethal devices to provoke an arrest.

On Monday night, gardaí charged Andy Cash, also of Rossfield Avenue, with the three murders. He was remanded in custody following a late special district court hearing.

President’s remarks

President Michael D Higgins hailed Queen Elizabeth’s “exceptional” ability to combine a sense of formality with “a great ability to connect with the people”.

It comes as leaders in the political, business and cultural spheres of the island of Ireland continue to express their sympathies and condolences to the late British monarch, who died on Thursday at the age of 96.

Political leaders noted how the Queen’s historic visit to Ireland in 2011, the first by a British monarch since Irish independence, set a new tone for Anglo-Irish relations in subsequent years.

“There was this ability to bridge the formal and the informal,” Mr Higgins said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.

Tallaght funeral

Funerals are being held for three siblings who were killed in a violent attack at their home in Tallaght, Dublin.

Lisa Cash (18) and her eight-year-old twin siblings, Christy and Chelsea Cawley, will be laid to rest in Bohernabreena Cemetery following their funeral at St Aidan’s Church in Brookfield at 10am.

A large crowd of mourners gathered on Thursday evening as their remains were brought to the church by horse-drawn carriage.

The siblings died after an incident at their home on Rossfield Avenue in Tallaght in the early hours of Sunday.

King Charles

Britain’s King Charles will address a grieving nation on Friday after the death of his mother and country’s leading figure, Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 96.

Charles, who raced to be by the Queen’s side before she died at her Scottish home on Thursday, was due to return to London with his wife Camilla, now Queen Consort, before meeting the British Prime Minister and making a televised statement. .

The death of the Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a commanding presence on the world stage for seven decades, has drawn condolences from around the world.

In London, thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace where the news was met with stunned silence as the flag was lowered to half-mast. Many described a sense of shock at the death of the only monarch most Britons have ever known.

Rain warning

A yellow status rain warning was issued for all counties in the Republic for Sunday.

Met Éireann confirmed the alert will cover all 26 counties from 2am Sunday to midnight Monday.

The forecaster warned that “heavy rainfall can cause occasional disruption and flooding”.

He added that the rain will likely be worse in mountainous areas.

Energy cap

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said an energy price cap could not be completely ruled out.

The government was not ruling out any action, he told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland.

Mr Varadkar stressed that the UK energy price cap would ultimately be paid for by the taxpayer while the EU proposals would take money from energy companies to support households. Ireland will look at the options and find a balance.

The Fine Gael leader was speaking from Kilkenny, where the party is hosting a pre-budget reflection. Mr Varadkar said the meeting was aimed at defining the negotiating mandates of Fine Gael ministers ahead of the budget.


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