Northern Lights
by Hannah Deasy


A motion at Dublin City Council to fly the Palestinian flag didn’t meet the threshold for approval last night, though a majority of Councillors present voted in favour. More on that here


The death toll in Gaza is now estimated at over 10,000. UN SG Antonio Guterres said on Monday that Gaza has become a graveyard for children.

Guterres said "The nightmare in Gaza is more than a humanitarian crisis, it is a crisis of humanity."

He warned that 'no one is safe' in Gaza as he reiterated his urgent call for a humanitarian ceasefire. He said Gaza was 'becoming a graveyard for children' with hundreds of boys and girls reportedly killed or injured every day. Israeli ground operations and bombardments are hitting civilians, hospitals, refugee camps, mosques, churches and UN facilities including shelter.



In an interview to ABC News yesterday Netanyahu said that the war would continue until Israel had restored overall control of Gaza.


“Israel will, for an indefinite period, … have the overall security responsibility,” he said. “When we don’t have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn’t imagine.” He stressed that “there will be no ceasefire – general ceasefire – in Gaza, without the release of our hostages.


Over at the Oireachtas Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will both appear before the justice committee, which might be of interest. Full details of all the day’s schedule at Leinster House is here. Drew Harris is due to talk about assaults on Gardai, recruitment and retention challenges and policing of protests, more on that here  .


The Government has been told Dublin Port risks running out of capacity for key operations within 15 years, stirring Coalition tension over Eamon Ryan’s push to use some port lands for housing and a nature reserve. 


Migrant nurses have written to the INMO outlining shocking allegations of racist and discriminatory behaviour at Cork University ­Hospital 

The hospital has commissioned an external investigation, which is currently ongoing.


Finally, ahead of next year's local and European elections, the field in Dublin will change as Fine Gael's current MEP Frances Fitzgerald announced yesterday that she will not run next year.

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