The top four things you need to know – Wednesday June 8th

More than 131,000 students will begin their Leaving Certificate, Applied and Junior Cycle examinations this morning,

This year marks the full return of externally delivered examinations for all candidates since the year before the Covid pandemic.

The number expected to sit exams this year has increased by 6% compared to the last time a full set of examinations was run in 2019.

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Hybrid workers will be offered free days at a series of remote working hubs across the country.

It’s part of a series of new initiatives to be unveiled by Government today to incentivise people to ditch the office and work in their communities instead.

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The Taoiseach will address the European Parliament this morning.

His address will mark 50 years since Ireland decided to join the then European Community.

It comes following an appeal to Boris Johnson to pull back from acting unilaterally over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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Treatment for cocaine use among young people increased by 171% between 2011 and 2019.

A new report from the Health Research Board which examines substance use among young people also found an increase in substance-related hospitalisations among young people.


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