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Saturday 25 January 2020

While you were sleeping - the stories you missed overnight

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent. Newsdesk Newsdesk

We take a look at the main stories from overnight and what it says in today’s papers.


Volkswagen, the US government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the car maker to buy back some of the nearly 600,000 diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests and stump up more than one billion dollars (£700 million) to compensate owners. Some owners would get a choice of having VW repair their cars or buy them back, but that would vary by model year and engine type, the person said.

Read More: Volkswagen to pay €890m to US diesel owners after emissions scandal 

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa is raising taxes and imposing a one-off levy on millionaires to rebuild cities devastated by Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades. In a televised address, Mr Correa said damages from the 7.8-magnitude quake would probably run into the billions of dollars, adding to already heavy economic hardships in the OPEC nation triggered by the collapse in world oil prices.

Read More: Ecuador's president raises taxes to rebuild earthquake-hit cities 

Subsidised rent, childcare vouchers - even body massages - are being offered to Irish nurses by executives from the famous Great Ormond Street Hospital in London in a new recruitment drive, the Irish Independent reports. Senior staff from the hospital, including Irish nurses already working there, will be among the delegation of health agencies from the UK at a major recruitment fair in Dublin this weekend. It comes as new figures obtained by the Irish Independent reveal St James's Hospital in Dublin is 100 nurses short of HSE-agreed staffing ratios, while Tallaght Hospital is without 40. Around the country hospitals are also suffering shortages with Portlaoise Hospital needing 22 nurses and Naas Hospital 15.

Read More: London hospital woos Irish nurses with massages and perks 

UFC president Dana White warned last night that The Notorious one could be stripped of his featherweight belt before UFC 200 - if his 'retirement' is not clarified soon, the Irish Independent reports. However, speaking last night, White did not rule McGregor out of the Las Vegas event. "If he called me after this interview we'd probably still do it," he told the Irish Independent.

Read More: Sponsors silent on Conor McGregor's 'retirement' as row rumbles on 

The Herald has published shocking images of three feral thugs beating and robbing a young man who suffers from a form of autism in a disgusting daylight attack. The victim, who is aged in his 20s, suffered a broken nose and two black eyes in the sickening robbery in which his mobile phone was snatched.

Read More: Caught on camera - moment vulnerable man is brutally attacked at Dart station 

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the force has been “devastated” by government austerity measures and was “20 years behind” in areas like technology. The Irish Examiner reports that Ms O’Sullivan has backed calls by senior garda managers for 800 recruits to be taken on every year – 200 more than currently.

Killer Joe O’Reilly has taken up baking in prison, according to the Irish Daily Star. O’Reilly, who was sentenced to life in July 2007 for the murder of his wife at their home in the Naul in north Co Dublin on October 4, 2004, has gotten “good” at making cakes, prison sources told the paper.

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