In The News
Budget 2023: What happened and how it affects you
One off lump sums, a 25% reduction in childcare costs and an increase in welfare payments. Those are some of the notable measures announced in yesterday’s €11bn budget, aimed at helping offset the cost-of-living crisis. That’s a big number, but what exactly does it represent for you and your finances? To understand the picture for households, In The News speaks to:Consumer affairs correspondent, Conor PopePolitical correspondent Jennifer BrayPolitical reporter Jack Horgan-JonesSocial affairs correspondent Kitty Holland andEconomics correspondent Eoin Burke-Kennedy
Does sportswashing work?
After a controversial launch earlier this year, a breakaway professional golf league, backed by Saudi Arabia's investment fund, is still going, having survived criticism from players like Rory McIlroy and being called an exercise in sportswashing to improve Saudi Arabia's brutal image. But is anyone watching? Conor Pope asks Irish Times sports writer Malachy Clerkin.
Could Russian mobilisation change the course of the war?
This week Russian president Vladimir Putin tried to reclaim the initiative in his invasion of Ukraine by announcing a "partial mobilisation" of the population. Will the move dent Ukrainian confidence that the Russians can be repelled?Daniel McLaughlin reports from Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine.
Why is the cost of childcare so high?
Parents in Ireland today are facing some of the highest childcare costs in the world. What relief can be expected for parents in the upcoming budget and what can be done to reform the sector? Features writer Jennifer O’Connell reports.
Murder in a Dublin Flat: the shocking death of Tony Dempsey
Last week, the body of 28-year-old Tony Dempsey was discovered at a flat in Dublin’s north inner city. It’s believed his remains lay there for up to a week before the alarm was raised, with people coming and going from the premises during that time. How did this happen in a busy apartment complex and what were the circumstances that led to this tragedy? Security and Crime editor Conor Lally reports.
How wealthy is the British monarchy?
The finances of the British monarchy remain, in part, a mystery. Royal wills are never made public, so it’s not quite clear what wealth is passed down to the next generation. So, where does the money come from and how is it managed? In this episode, Laura Clancy, author of ‘'Running the Family Firm: how the monarchy manages its image and our money’ tells Conor Pope how the royals operate more like a corporation than a family unit. She also examines what the future of the ‘firm’ might hold after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
How ready are we for another Covid winter?
While it may not be dominating the conversation like it did last year, Covid is still here and numbers are on the rise. Health Editor Paul Cullen speaks to Conor Pope about how prepared we should be as we face into a third winter, living alongside the virus.
What's happening with Ukraine's counter-offensive?
Dan McLaughlin reports on the counter-offensive carried out in recent days by Ukrainian Armed Forces that has recaptured swathes of territory from the Russians in the northeast and south. Will the operation change the course of the war and how will Russia react?
How climate change is bringing devastation to Somalia
Somalia is on the brink of famine. By the end of this year, the country will have gone through five failed rainy seasons, which means for over two years, people have not been able to plant or harvest any crops and millions of livestock have died. Irish Times reported Sally Hayden visited the country in April this year and tells Sorcha Pollak about the devastation and suffering she witnessed there. We also hear from Trócaire’s Chief Executive, Caoimhe de Barra.