The top four things you need to know – Thursday December 1st

Graham Dwyer’s appeal against his conviction for the murder of Elaine O’Hara is due to get underway this morning (10.30am).

Two days have been set aside to hear his arguments.


The president of the European Commission is set to address the Dáil and the Seanad today.

Ursula von der Leyen will meet Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings, to discuss the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis.

Ms. von der Leyen, who has held the position since 2019, becomes the 23rd leader to address a joint sitting of the two houses.


A new law designed to protect tips received by workers will come into effect today.

The Payment of Wages (Tips and Gratuities) Act 2022 will see employees given legal rights over the payment of tips.

The legislation will force employers to display their policy on mandatory charges and the distribution of cash and card tips.


New research has found that lead concentrations in several parks and playgrounds in Cork exceed Irish national background levels.

The study conducted by Hannah Binner – an environmental scientist and PhD student at UCC – found that metal concentrations were highest in the sites closest to the city centre.

The findings indicate that the lead source may be traffic along with the current and historical domestic and industrial burning of coal.


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