The top four things you need to know – Thursday May 12th

Every director of midwifery in Ireland has written to the government in recent days, to ask that the new National Maternity Hospital goes ahead.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has also told his parliamentary party the state will have ‘effective ownership’ of the site.

The Oireachtas health committee yesterday called for the project to be delayed, amid concern over its independence.

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A 22-year-old man accused of murdering two men in Sligo is due to appear in court again this morning via videolink.

Yousef Palani, of 10 Markievicz Heights in Sligo, is charged with the murder of Aidan Moffitt at his home in Cartron Heights in Sligo town on April 10th.

He’s also charged with the murder of Michael Snee at his home at City View, Connaughton Road, in the town on April 12th, and with assault causing serious harm to Anthony Burke at Cleveragh Road in Sligo on April 9th.

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Rents in the city and county have risen by over 10 per cent in the past year.

The latest rent report from Daft shows renters are now paying an average of €1,607 in the city and €1,258 in the county.

Rents in Munster rose 12.6 per cent year on year, with a lack of supply being cited as the main cause- the property website says there were just 131 homes available to rent in the province on the 1st of May.

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The Oireachtas Golf Society is making a return this summer – almost two years after the infamous GolfGate dinner.

It’s been out of action since the controversial event in Clifden, Co Galway, which led to several high-profile resignations.

Four men were accused of breaking Covid restrictions, but a judge dismissed the case in February.


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