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News Today: ‘Lifestyle Change’ Link Investigating Lisa Thompson’s Murder; and Dick Spring named new president of the Oireachtas Golf Society

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‘Lifestyle change’ is probed in the murder of mother-of-two Lisa Thompson

Gardaí are investigating whether a “recent lifestyle change” of a 52-year-old mother of two who was murdered in a frenzied stabbing attack at her Dublin home was a motive for her death.

‘Black hole’ in housing as builders miss 50,000 key workers

More than 50,000 construction workers are urgently needed to fill a black hole in the labor force if the government is to meet targets aimed at tackling the housing crisis.

Former Labor leader Dick Spring has been unveiled as the new president of the Oireachtas Golf Society as he plays for the first time since ‘Golfgate’

Former tánaiste Dick Spring is the new president of the Oireachtas Golf Society, returning this summer for the first time since the infamous “Golfgate” dinner.

Developers could now get up to €144,000 per apartment

Builders could receive up to €144,000 per apartment under the government’s taxpayer-funded €500 million scheme to bridge the gap between soaring construction costs and market value.

‘Psychic crook’ steps down as referee with Leinster Rugby

A referee has stepped down from his role with Leinster Rugby following revelations he and his wife failed to declare luxury foreign ownership despite having millions of euros in debt forgiven.

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Rents rise 12% as inventory of available properties hits all-time low

Rents are up 12% on the same period last year to reach an average nationwide monthly cost of €1,567, according to Daft.ie’s latest report.

Housing official slammed for comment about ‘rich pensioners’

A government official has been criticized for ‘stereotyping’ older people by describing pensioners as ‘richer’.

Besieged fighters in Azovstal ask for help to evacuate wounded comrades to safety

Up to 2,000 Azov fighters are believed to be in the Steelworks, a vast maze of Soviet-era factories and service tunnels that functions as a ready-to-use citadel against the force of invasion of Vladimir Putin.

Global water shortages have increased by nearly a third in 20 years

The number and duration of extreme water shortages around the world have increased by almost a third in just 20 years, according to a new drought study.

The Taoiseach has asked the Dáil if Leo Varadkar should stand down while the inquiry

US-based anti-vaxxer uses Irish courts to sue Twitter for defamation

An American writer with controversial views on Covid-19 vaccines is suing Twitter for defamation in the Irish courts, after the social media giant permanently suspended his account.

Dragons’ Den star’s bakery negotiates €6m debt with banks

East Coast Bakehouse, the famed Co Louth biscuit maker founded by former Jacob Fruitfield boss Michael Carey and Dragons’ Den star Alison Cowzer, is in talks to restructure nearly £6million in bank debt.