Aer Lingus and lost bags; online scams and older people; and behind the scenes at Wimbledon

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Frustrated Aer Lingus passengers say the airline left their bags in Dublin Airport for almost two weeks after delays that hit a flight from Dubrovnik this month, reports Barry O’Halloran. The Boston-based travellers say the airline’s staff had assured them that their bags would transfer properly, but this did not happen.

The Government must make “difficult choices” in Budget 2023, given the “limited space” for new policy initiatives beyond cost-of-living measures, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Ian Curran reports that the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council told TDs and Senators of a “delicate balancing act” ahead.

Cantillon muses on a suggestion from the Future of Media Commission about a ‘single sign-on’ for all public media services, describing a requirement to sign into to the RTÉ Player as “an obvious first step” towards this. And as the euro fell to parity against the dollar, our resident commentator reflects on the headaches facing Irish businesses exporting to the US.

In her Net Results column, Karlin Lillington delves into the murky world of online scams, recalling a particularly grim example that recently befell an older member of her own family. Why can’t we hit delete on this noxious and widespread behaviour, she wonders.


As Wimbledon shuts up shop for another year, Ciara O’Brien looks behind the scenes of the All England Club, where tech giant IBM has been busy collecting and analysing data from every tennis match played. This means, she explains, monitoring every shot, rally and fault from multiple angles, with the data feeding the Wimbledon website and app, as well as providing information to broadcasters.

Ciara also reviews Fujifilm’s latest bluetooth mini printer for smartphone photographs — the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 — which is designed to spit out your prints within a minute.

In our Innovation section, Sean Duke reports on the thousands of satellites overhead that are busy gathering data on the Earth at all times. A UCD-led research consortium is, he writes, aiming to make it easier for non-specialists to access this Earth observation (EO) data and to establish the State as a leader in the EO industry.

And Olive Keogh profiles PitchedIt, a crowdfunding platform with a twist established after Rob Halligan and Scott Ashmore saw during the early cryptocurrency boom how like-minded individuals created a vibrant community around a shared interest.

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