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Thursday 12 December 2019

Rise in homelessness

MANY people are now living in fear of becoming homeless, as one area endured a 134pc increase in numbers sleeping rough.

An alarming report from the Simon Communities also revealed that one in five people are worried about losing their home.

The homelessness charity said that despite the Government's promise of an end to the problem by 2016, there was a massive 134pc increase in Cork in the year to August. Galway experienced a 57pc increase in people turning to prevention services, while in the north west, tenancy sustainment services worked with more people in the first six months of 2014 than in all of last year.

Cricket boost

THE future is looking bright for Irish cricket after the sport's governing body agreed a new 10-year sponsorship deal with a major Indian business group.

The "lucrative multi-million euro deal" will see Cricket Ireland partner with the 'Shapoorji Pallonji Group', a multinational conglomerate owned by a family of Irish citizens based in India. Cricket Ireland's youth academy will also be renamed as the 'Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy'.

Gay marriage support

MOST young farmers support gay marriage, according to a poll by rural organisation Macra na Feirme.

The survey of 247 members found that 52pc are in favour of civil marriage for same-sex couples, while 23pc are opposed and a quarter are still undecided on the upcoming referendum in spring 2015. Macra president Kieran O'Dowd said the poll was "indicative of how rural society is changing, that more than half of young farmers are in favour of same-sex marriage".

Viable farms

Only 35pc of Irish farms are economically viable, while another third are sustainable because the farmer or spouse has another source of off-farm income, a Teagasc conference heard yesterday.

Prof Cathal O'Donoghue said that 15 years of growth in off-farm employment for farmers had been wiped out in three years following the economic crash, with those in low-skill work most likely to lose it.

Charity cycle

MICHELIN star chef Derry Clarke is set to cycle through France to raise €125,000 for the national suicide prevention charity Console. He will do so in memory of his son Andrew, who died from suicide last year.

Irish Independent

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