Price hike, Wagatha Christie verdict, 14 million birth lawsuit

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Prices in Ireland rose 9.6% over the year

Prices in Ireland are up 9.6% in the year to July 2022, according to EU Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) figures.

The rise in inflation in Ireland compares to an annual increase of 8.9% in the eurozone, according to figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Annual inflation estimates for eight of the 19 eurozone countries released today were lower than the 9.6% estimate for Ireland, while 10 countries had a higher rate.

Estonia had the highest estimated annual inflation rate in July 2022 at 22.7%, while Malta had the lowest at 6.5%.

Rebekah Vardy loses ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case against Coleen Rooney

Rebekah Vardy lost ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel battle against Coleen Rooney over viral social media post, after a UK High Court judge ruled it was ‘essentially true’ .

In the October 2019 post, Ms Rooney, 36, said she had undergone a month-long ‘sting operation’ and accused Ms Vardy, 40, of leaking ‘false stories” about his private life.

The wife of former England star Wayne Rooney has publicly claimed Ms Vardy’s account was the source of three stories in The Sun newspaper containing false details she posted on her private Instagram Stories.

9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy settles birth care claim for 14 million euros

A nine-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who sued over the care given to him and his mother at the time of his birth at Portiuncula Hospital, Galway has settled a legal claim for 14 million euros .

Henry James Nally, his High Court solicitor said, suffered a catastrophic injury and has diplegic cerebral palsy. He has to use a wheelchair and cannot speak or write properly.

The baby at the time of his birth at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, it was claimed, developed a group B strep infection, then meningitis and sepsis and fell seriously ill.

Richard Kean SC with Esther Earley BL said it was Nally’s case that antibiotics should have been given to the mother, who had a high temperature, and the baby, which would have killed the bacteria in her brain.

Homelessness ‘beyond crisis point’ as figures hit 10,492

With 10,492 people homeless, Simon Communities in Ireland said things were ‘beyond the point of crisis’.

Recommendations in their pre-budget submission include bringing 5,000 vacant properties back into service, through the repair and rental scheme, for people who are homeless and on the social housing waiting list, as well as increasing funding for homelessness prevention and reforming HAP rates.

The latest figures from the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government show the number of people in emergency homeless accommodation has increased for the sixth consecutive month.

There were 10,492 men, women and children in emergency homeless accommodation in Ireland in the last week of June 2022.

This is an increase of 1.6% (167 people) in one month and 31% (2,478 people) since the same period last year.

He is just 22 shy of the highest number of homeless people recorded by the Department in October 2019 (10,514).

Vodafone slammed for ‘petty’ decision to cancel free calls for Ukrainian refugees

Vodafone’s decision to cancel free calls and texts for Ukrainian refugees is “petty” and should be reversed, a senator says.

After Russian from Ukraine, launched by President Vladimir Putin on February 24, Vodafone, Eir and Three offered free chargers and Sim cards to Ukrainian refugees arriving in Ireland.

Vodafone has now terminated the deal, which was terminated on Tuesday July 19.

Fine Gael Senator Garret Ahearn said: “I am appalled to hear that Vodafone Ireland is stopping the provision of lifesaving connectivity services to refugees fleeing Ukraine who wish to stay in touch with the friends and family they have left behind”.

A Vodafone spokesperson told BreakingNews.ie: “Vodafone has provided and continues to provide thousands of SIM cards with free calls and texts in Ireland and a generous allowance for international minutes for up to three months. This program supports government initiatives to help Ukrainians. citizens arriving in Ireland.

“This was put in place at the start of the war and provides free access for a period to facilitate settling in the country. Earlier this week we delivered 600 SIMS with credit and free access to Citywest for people arriving next week.Across Europe, the Vodafone Foundation has coordinated a number of measures for refugees, including cash donations from employees and charities to support UNHCR’s response in Ukraine and free connectivity, charging stations and Wi-Fi for people on the go through our Instant Network program.”

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