The top four things you need to know – Wednesday June 29th

St Vincent de Paul says calls for help are already up 20 per cent from last year.

The charity is launching its pre-budget submission today, containing various proposals aimed at creating an ‘equal Ireland’.

They’re calling on the government to increase the social welfare payment by 20 euro, as well as expanding the fuel allowance.


TDs will tonight vote on Sinn Féin’s proposal for an emergency budget because of the cost-of-living crisis.

It calls for an increase in social welfare, and one-off cash payments for low and middle-income earners.

But the government opposed it last night, and put forward a counter-motion.


The President of Ukraine has claimed Russia has become a ‘terrorist state’.

A missile hit a shopping centre in Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least 18 people – even though the building is hundreds of miles from the front line.


A proposed amnesty for crimes committed during the Troubles will be discussed in the House of Commons today.

The British government wants to ban prosecutions from the Northern Ireland conflict – if those responsible co-operate with a truth-finding commission.

The bill reaches committee stage in Westminster today, after being introduced last month.


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