The top four things you need to know – Tuesday May 10th

The Minister for Health will meet with members of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party today in an effort to ease concerns over the development of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The project was paused temporarily after some Government Ministers felt the decision to lease the land at the Saint Vincent’s site in Dublin was being rushed.


The residents and staff at Owenacurra are like a family.

That’s according to a relative of a resident of the mental health facility in Midleton who says they still don’t know where they will go once the centre closes.

The HSE decided Owenacurra must close as it is not fit for purpose and plans to move the residents to different locations in Cork.


The 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector is to be extended under plans to be approved by Cabinet this morning.

The measure was due to expire at the end of August.

Its understood that the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe discussed the matter with coalition party leaders last night.


Mortgage hikes could be on the way for many homeowners by the end of the of the summer.

Speculation is mounting that the European Central Bank will increase interest rates in an effort to deal with accelerating inflation across the EU in the coming months.


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