The government has pledged an extra €1.5 million in funding to tackle a rise in domestic and sexual violence. The additional money will go towards frontline services combating rape, sexual assaults and gender-based attacks. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said 16 organisations combating sexual violence in Ireland will benefit from the 10 per cent increase in core funding. Counties that are lacking in domestic violence services will have 12 new outreach workers for women and children. Ms Zappone said: “As Minister I have seen at first hand the invaluable work of frontline agencies supporting women and children targeted by domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
April 25, 2019 18:22 UTC
A life-changing £10,000 each month for the next 30 years is the top prize in new National Lottery game Set for Life draw. Set for Life happens every Monday and Thursday, with winners seeing the huge sum dropped into a winner's bank account every month for 30 years. Tickets for the new game cost £1.50, with players choosing five main numbers from 1 to 47, and one ‘Life Ball’ from 1 to 10. Second prize stands at £10,000 a month for a year. Check back here later for the winning numbers
April 25, 2019 17:48 UTC
A police negotiator battling depression and 'issues' with his marriage hanged himself near his local Cenotaph just weeks after getting a promotion, an inquest has heard. He met his wife, police constable Leanne Hopkins, after he joined South Wales Police to become a negotiator, two years after leaving the British Army. She said she was woken on the morning of Christmas Eve last year by the sound of Mr Hopkins driving off in his car. Mr Hopkins is pictured alongside his brother at the Somme. Both have served in the armed forcesDetective Inspector Terry Hopkins, of South Wales Police, died on Christmas Eve.
April 25, 2019 17:47 UTC
Sri Lanka’s prime minister has said that suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives. Sri Lanka’s prime minister has said that suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives. Some of the suspects “may go out for a suicide attack”, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The Associated Press. Mr Wickremesinghe spoke frankly about the greatest challenge the South Asian island nation has faced since its civil war ended a decade ago. Some people “had become suspicious of foreigners, not of Muslims per se”, Mr Wickremesinghe, said.
April 25, 2019 17:26 UTC
A two-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a brain injury after he was knocked down in a hit and run last month is sitting up, smiling and laughing but cannot yet speak or walk. Zac Higgins, from Mahon in Cork city, has been diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury (DAI) to the brain following the incident. The toddler is being treated at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin for the brain injury. Cork City FC are set to play the club in a friendly next month to raise funds for the toddler. Zac incurred serious injuries after being knocked down when he ran on to the road while playing with a ball at Castle Meadows, in Mahon, Cork city, on March 25th.
April 25, 2019 17:26 UTC
This is the moment a black cab hurtles through the wall of a Spar petrol station, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake and missing customers by inches. The trail of destruction caused by a taxi driver who ploughed into a petrol station shopWitnesses said the driver claimed his foot 'accidentally slipped onto the accelerator'. Chloe Egan, 26, was at the counter when the crash happened and only missed being hit by the cab by 'a matter of inches'. 'I jumped out of the way just as the taxi came past my feet and into the shop, it was really close. The Kay Group Ltd, which runs the petrol station, have been contacted for a comment.
April 25, 2019 17:12 UTC
A police shooting range instructor could face disciplinary action for playing 'dodge the bullet' on a live firing range. Jawdropping footage shows the brazen man tell training cops to 'start shooting' before he walks straight across their line of fire. The instructor is heard shouting at the beginning of the session: 'Start shooting' before beginning to walk in front of each target as the officer stops shooting. No one was injured in the exercise however, Parana civil police said the training officer, who is highly qualified with several bravery awards, had breached basic safety rules. The technique, known as gun control training, teaches elite students advanced skills of how to react under extreme stress.
April 25, 2019 16:42 UTC
The upcoming James Bond film is likely to be Daniel Craig’s last in the role as the famous spy. The upcoming James Bond film is likely to be Daniel Craig’s last in the role as the famous spy. Richard Madden is currently the clear favourite to become the next 007 among bookmakers, with Ladbrokes putting his chances at 2/1 following a flurry of bets this week. Tom HardyTom Hardy (Ian West/PA)The Venom actor has been backed by former Bond Pierce Brosnan as the top pick to replace Craig. Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston (Ian West/PA)The Night Manager actor has also long been in the frame to take over from Craig.
April 25, 2019 16:41 UTC
The FTSE 100 closed in the red after it was dragged down by declines among housebuilders and commodity stocks. The FTSE 100 closed in the red after it was dragged down by declines among housebuilders and commodity stocks. It closed down 10.6p at 216pThere was a slump across the blue-chip housebuilders after FTSE 100 listed developer Taylor Wimpey warned that it was costing more to build homes. The biggest risers on the FTSE 100 were DS Smith, up 5.6p at 365.4p, Reckitt Benckiser, up 79p at 6,120p, United Utilities, up 9.6p at 847p, and London Stock Exchange Group, up 55p at 5,040p. The biggest fallers on the FTSE 100 were Taylor Wimpey, down 10.3p at 181.9p, Legal & General, down 14.3p at 275.2p, Sainsbury’s, down 10.6p at 216p, and Glencore, down 12.6p at 321.4p.
April 25, 2019 16:30 UTC
And for the first time, the 35-year-old striker has revealed that the pressure of trying to make it at Metz saw him consider suicide. All I wanted to do was help my family out but they put huge pressure on me. “When a family is poor, everyone is poor and there is huge solidarity. Nobody’s happy with me, so what is the point of living?’“There was a pharmacy below my apartment, I bought packet after packet of tablets. If you need to speak to someone, Samaritans are available 24/7 by calling 116 123 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
April 25, 2019 16:20 UTC
Alan Kinsella began collecting political posters during the 1982 general election, encouraged by a hand-written note from Labour’s Barry Desmond. Questioned about the dislike expressed by so many in Dalkey and elsewhere towards posters, Mr Kinsella is unapologetic in his defence of political postering. She is supportive of a ban, but will put up posters until a ban is in place for all candidates. She said she and her team would put up about 300-350 posters – “they’re not all up yet!” – on lampposts and in the gardens of willing supporters. But if they want to go ahead themselves, off with them.”According to Alan Kinsella: “They’re very important, I think.
April 25, 2019 16:18 UTC
Margaret Fleming was reported missing in October 2016 from her home in Inverclyde but has allegedly not been seen since December 1999. Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, are accused of assaulting and murdering Ms Fleming and fraudulently claiming £182,000 in benefits by pretending she was alive. The pair, who deny all charges against them, went on trial at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday. It is alleged they disposed of, destroyed or concealed the remains and personal effects of Ms Fleming between December 18 1999 and October 26 2017. Cairney is also accused of assaulting another woman at a property in Inverkip on November 26 1997.
April 25, 2019 16:15 UTC
The video will start in 8 CancelGet the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid EmailAn astonishing video shows a chimpanzee getting to grips with Instagram . Aping the behaviour of humans the world over, the primate is seen handling a smartphone and scrolling through images. The chimpanzee is also shown picking out a video of a snake and another chimp hugging a human. One Twitter user, Wayne Smith, posted: "It's easy to dismiss this as a chimpanzee using Instagram but he is deliberately scrolling through the images and selecting ones that he finds appealing. And one Twitter user wrote: "They gave Instagram to chimpanzees, we are done for."
April 25, 2019 16:14 UTC
Gardaí described the Co Louth attack in which a man was shot and injured as “indiscriminate”. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a shooting took place in Drogheda during which a man appears to have sustained a number of wounds. Gardaí say the attackers were travelling in a red Volkswagon Golf Car, bearing false registration plates 191D31786. They are also appealing for anyone who saw either the red Volkswagon Golf bearing registration plates 191D31786 or any red Volkswagon Golf in the Drogheda area on Thursday to come forward. It is unclear if the shooting is linked to feuding in the Drogheda area.
April 25, 2019 16:07 UTC
Gorging on pizza, burgers and chips is more likely to lead to weight gain if you are stressed, the research suggests. It helps regulate blood glucose levels. In addition to its role in controlling blood sugar levels, insulin is also involved in the storage of fat. 'Without NPY, the weight gain on a high-fat diet with stress was the same as weight gain in the stress-free environment. But in combination with a high-calorie diet, the insulin levels were ten times higher than mice that were stress-free and received a normal diet.
April 25, 2019 15:42 UTC