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Inquiry into 2012 Olympic tickets, racist abuse online, rising rents and Rose of Tralee

Luke Kelly-Melia and his assistance dog, a golden retriever called Aidan , at home at Oldcastle, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Luke Kelly-Melia and his assistance dog, a golden retriever called Aidan , at home at Oldcastle, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

 

1. Inquiry to investigate ticketing at 2012 Olympics

The Government inquiry into the Olympics ticket controversy will investigate the distribution of tickets in 2012 and 2016, as well as corporate governance at the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).

Draft terms of reference prepared by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Attorney General were circulated between officials on Monday.

The scope of the non-statutory investigation will be wider than the investigation being carried out by the Brazilian police. It will focus on the 2012 Games in London and the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro but the draft terms will allow for the inquiry chairman to expand that if necessary.

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2.Students face tough choices as rents surpass Celtic Tiger peak

Rents reached their highest level on record in the second quarter and are nearly 10 per cent higher than they were a year ago, according to a new study.

The Daft.ie report shows rents rose nationwide by an average of 3.9 per cent in the period April to June to €1,037, the largest three-month increase since the peak of the Celtic Tiger in 2007.

The report’s author, TCD economist Ronan Lyons, warned that with the average rent nationwide having risen by over 39 per cent since bottoming out in 2011, most students would find it difficult to find somewhere to live ahead of the new academic year.

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3. Fathers4Justice protester gatecrashes Rose of Tralee on air

The perils of live television were all too apparent on Monday night when the Rose of Tralee was interrupted by a man who invaded the stage.

The protester was Matt O’Connor, the 49-year-old founder of Fathers4Justice who lives in Clapham, south London, but whose family come from Co Kerry.

O’Connor held up a picture of his son and shouted “fathers for justice” and then continued: “To all the fathers in this country who are denied access to their children, please join me and the broken families of Ireland. ”

He was thrown to the ground by four security men and then ushered away.

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4. Black woman suffers racist abuse while tweeting for @Ireland

A black British woman who was chosen to tweet from the @ireland account for a week has been subjected to a barrage of racist abuse, forcing her to take a break from Twitter.

Michelle Marie took over the account – which is curated by a different Twitter user in Ireland each week – on Monday.

However, just hours after taking over the profile – which is followed by nearly 40,000 people – the abuse began.

She posted a statement saying that while she had expected “trolls, backlash and criticism” she had experienced “racism, sexism, fatophobia and homophobia to a degree I have never known.”

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5. Boy (17) awarded €5,500 over discrimination by school

A 17-year-old teenager with cerebral palsy has been awarded €5,500 after his former primary school discriminated against him on disability grounds by refusing to allow him bring his assistance dog into the school.

Knocktemple National School in Virginia, Co Cavan, took a “just say no” attitude to allowing the specially trained stability dog accompany Luke Kelly-Melia after he obtained the dog in sixth class, the Workplace Relations Commission found.

In its ruling, believed to be the first of its kind involving an assistance dog in a school, the commission ordered the school to redraft its policies to ensure it complied with the law.

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