The top four things you need to know – Friday April 22nd

The ASTI say proposals for teachers to grade their own Leaving Cert students will lead to grade inflation.

The teaching union’s annual three day conference concluded in Cork yesterday evening.

Education Minister Norma Foley says her Department are reforming the exams from 2024, with students sitting a paper worth 60% of their final mark.

The other 40% would be graded by the student’s own teacher.


Families who house Ukrainian refugees could be paid €400 per month.

The Finance and Social Protection Minister’s have been asked to look into providing some form of allowance to encourage more people to open their homes to those fleeing the war.

The Irish Independent is reporting the €400 payment aims to cover increased costs including utility bills.


Over 65s can book an appointment for their second Covid-19 booster vaccine from today.

Those aged over 65, as well as over 12s with a weak immune system, can now register for their second booster dose.

People in these groups will be eligible for their fourth vaccine 4 months after their first booster dose, or 4 months after they’ve tested positive for Covid-19.


The Kinahans are likely to try to flee Dubai after their assets were frozen yesterday, according to a leading security analyst.

The United Arab Emirates took action after the US imposed sanctions on the crime group last week.

Gang boss Daniel Kinahan lives in Dubai with his father, Christy, and brother, Christopher – who authorities are also targeting.


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