The top four things you need to know – Wednesday January 25th

The Taoiseach has hit back at Sinn Fein, amid controversy surrounding Minister Paschal Donohoe.

The Public Expenditure Minister failed to declare two donations given to him during the 2016 and 2020 election campaigns.

It has also been revealed he didn’t state his directorship of a communications company in Dublin when he was a senator in 2009.

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The GRA wants the government to set up a Special Taskforce to discuss, what it described, as the many serious issues and concerns affecting its members.

It says Gardaí are facing an unprecedented challenge with rising assaults, and failures within both the recruitment process and the retention of Gardaí.

It has formally written to the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Minister for Justice, to request a meeting to discuss the creation and formation of a Special Taskforce.

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New traffic arrangements will be introduced in the MacCurtain Street area in the coming weeks.

The City Council says the changes are needed to facilitate work to deliver upgraded footpaths, new bus stops and shelters, improved lighting and road resurfacing.

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The World Health Organisation has expressed its concern at the rising number of global Covid related deaths .

In the past eight weeks, more than 170 thousand people have died of COVID-19.

The WHO says the actual number of deaths could be much higher as its figures only relate to reported deaths.


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