The top four things you need to know – Friday May 5th

The Taoiseach says the government will consider introducing a mortgage relief scheme, amid rising interest rates.

Yesterday, the European Central Bank announced a seventh consecutive increase in a bid to bring down inflation.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says support will be considered in the Budget but made no promises – stating the tax package ‘can only be so big’.


The Head of the HSE says housing staff is a problem across multiple disciplines within the public sector – not just nursing.

Bernard Gloster’s comments come, ahead of the final day of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s conference in Killarney.

Delegates are due to speak about how the housing crisis has impacted the recruitment and retention of staff in their area.


Six in ten children who attended Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the past year had difficulty accessing the service.

A new report from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office shows nearly half of those say the service they finally received didn’t help with their mental health issues.

More than 2,160 children aged 12-17 were surveyed.


The president Michael D Higgins will meet Britians King Charles this evening – ahead of becoming the first Irish head of state to attend a coronation.

Mr Higgins and his wife will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will also attend the coronation tomorrow.


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