Man seriously injured in Dublin assault
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault on a man in Dublin last month.
The man, aged in his mid-30s, was seriously injured in the early hours of Sunday, July 31st on Main Street, Mulhuddart village.
He was taken to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, where he remains in a critical condition.
The Garda is asking anyone who was in the area between 4am and 5am on July 31st and who may have footage, including dashcam footage, to contact them.
They are also seeking information about a dark-coloured jeep which was seen in the area before and after the assault.
Almost 30% of Covid deaths occurred in nursing homes - CSO
Just under 30 per cent of Covid-related deaths occurred in nursing homes around the country according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Between March 2020-February 2022, 29 per cent of Covid deaths occurred in a nursing home-setting, while 59 per cent were attributed to general or orthopaedic hospitals.
Leitrim noted the fewest Covid deaths, with 26 (0.5 per cent of recorded national Covid deaths), followed by Galway City and Longford (36 deaths each - 0.7 per cent).
Dublin City had the highest share of deaths with 951 (17 per cent).
Those who died as a result of the virus were overwhelmingly in the older cohort, with people over the age of 65 accounting for 91 per cent of those who died due to Covid. Three quarters of those people were over 75, while 42 per cent were 85 and over.
Monkeypox: 97 cases confirmed in Ireland
There have been 97 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ireland, according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
This is up from a total of 85 confirmed cases notified to health authorities in the previous week.
The number of acute cases of monkeypox in Ireland remains the same as the previous week – 10 patients have been admitted to hospital, four of whom were admitted for clinical care, two were admitted for isolation purposes only, and information on the reason for admission for the other four is still awaited.
Among all 97 cases notified as of July 30th, all patients are male and have a median age of 36.
In 75 cases, the sexual orientation of the person is known, and all self-identify as gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (gbMSM).
Swimming coach charged with sexual exploitation of children
A swimming coach has been granted bail pending trial after gardaí charged him with the sexual exploitation of children at a pool in Dublin.
Matthew Coward (31) of Shantalla Drive, Santry, Dublin, was arrested as part of an investigation by a Garda divisional protective services unit.
He was charged with 12 offences and brought to appear before Judge Joanne Carroll at Dublin District Court on Thursday.
The coach faces three counts of sexual exploitation of three girls and seven charges for the production of child pornography on dates between September 2021 and February this year.
He has two charges for possessing child pornography at another location.
Child in North Dublin foster care not visited for three years, Hiqa report finds
A child in a north Dublin foster care service had not been visited by a social worker for over three years, according to a Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) report published on Thursday.
The inspection report found that there were “at least 63 children overdue a statutory visit at the time of inspection” and there were four further cases whereby it was unclear if they had an up-to-date visit.
The thematic inspection of foster services in North Dublin was escalated to a risk-based inspection when HIQA identified that there was a lack of statutory visits to children in care and supervision and support visits to foster carers.
Following the inspection four standards were found to be non-compliant.
The report found that children were not visited within required time frames. Children were visited in line with regulations in only 40 per cent of the files reviewed by inspectors.