The top four things you need to know – Wednesday June 22nd

Gardai now believe the two bodies found in south Tipperary lay undiscovered for over 18 months.

The remains of 81-year-old Nicholas Smith and his 79-year-old wife, Hilary, were discovered in their remote bungalow on Monday.

Their post mortem exams were inconclusive yesterday – and Gardai are now hoping toxicology reports will establish how they died.

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There growing calls for the government and the government to re-focus national aviation policy on Cork Airport – so that it can work in tandem with Dublin airport.

That’s according to the CEO of Cork Chamber, Conor Healy, who says the business body is concerned about the dominance of Dublin Airport on Ireland’s aviation industry.

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Childcare providers and parents will protest outside Leinster House later over funding for the sector.

Providers are warning hundreds of pre-schools could close under a proposed government model, which would cap fees at last year’s inflation rate of 2.2%.

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There are new calls for a ‘social welfare summer bonus’ to address the cost of living crisis.

Labour says it should involve a double-payment in one week – like for the Christmas bonus.

The government says it won’t be taking any additional measures until October’s Budget.


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