The top four things you need to know – Monday April 17th

The Tanaiste says he’s in favour of using facial recognition technology to assist Gardaí in tackling serious crimes, such as murder and child abuse.

It follows the Green Party calling for a longer legislative process with the technology undergoing further scrutiny.

The party wants to see guidelines on the software introduced, so that it’s not used indiscriminately by Gardaí.


Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch will find out today if he has been found guilty of murder.

The 60-year-old is accused of shooting an associate of the Kinahan cartel at a boxing event at the Regency Hotel in Dublin seven years ago.


Government plans to phase out the reduced excise rate on petrol and diesel are being slammed.

The Rural Independent TDs are planning to block the move, as they argue it would take hundreds of millions of euro from Irish motorists.

The Group says it could add up to 10 euro to the cost of a tank of fuel for an average driver.


The abolition of in-patient charges in all public hospitals comes into effect from today.

The new measures, provided in Budget 2023, removes the acute public in-patient charge of €80 per day, up to a maximum of €800  in a year.


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