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Concussion became a major cause in American Football and now the same issue is heading to the courts on this side of the pond. Our Legal Affairs Editor Shane Phelan reports that three former Irish rugby stars are suing the IRFU over alleged concussion injuries. The cases will unquestionably attract attention and put the game under scrutiny.

Here’s a selection of the best coverage you can trust from Independent.ie, Ireland and across the world.

Fionnán Sheahan
Ireland Editor

Concussion cases
Three rugby players, including two former internationals, have issued legal proceedings against the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in what are believed to be the first of a raft of cases related to concussion. Proceedings were initiated by David Corkery, Declan Fitzpatrick and Ben Marshall in the High Court.

Hutch quizzed
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch has been returned to prison after being quizzed about organised crime offences. The 58-year-old was arrested by detectives yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into the Hutch crime group. The homes of serving and former gardaí were also searched last year.

Children rescued
The armed Regional Support Unit had to deploy a special 'stinger' device to stop a van which contained five children and was being driven erratically by a man who had rammed three Garda patrol cars in a bid to escape. Two gardaí had to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries after the incident late last night.

The protégé
Once a protégé of Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Jonathan Dowdall was before the Special Criminal Court yesterday where he admitted to facilitating a murder that sparked a gangland feud. Robin Schiller charts the rise and fall of a former Sinn Féin councillor. (Premium)

Ian disaster
US President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Florida and ordered the supply of federal aid for damage from Hurricane Ian. A 72-year-old man in Deltona lost his life overnight after going outside during the storm to drain his swimming pool.

Shark street
In a video widely shared on social media, a shark was seen swept into the street in Fort Myers in Florida. Amid this catastrophic storm, a video of meteorologist Jim Cantore being literally knocked off his feet while covering Hurricane Ian is going viral.

Weirdly jolly
It was the first episode of a new series of Crimecall and Sharon Ní Bheoláin looked delighted to be back, promising it would be “jam packed” with crimes, asking a garda: “What gems have you got for us this month?” The tone was weirdly jolly, considering many of the cases are so serious, says Eilis O’Hanlon. (Premium)

Kremlin sham
The Kremlin will host a ceremony today at which agreements will be signed on the entry of occupied Ukrainian territories to the Russian Federation. Following sham referendums in the last week, Putin will deliver a speech and meet with Russian-backed leaders of the four occupied regions.

Sad creation
Waiting and Dublin Airport seem to go hand in hand. About 40 minutes after she ordered at the airport’s newest restaurant, someone shows up with Katy McGuinness’s burger. She describes how it looked sad, rather than the magnificent creation described. (Premium)

Truss defence
British Prime Minister Liz Truss has defended her mini-budget as the “right plan” even after it sent the pound tumbling and forced the Bank of England to launch emergency action to prop up pension funds. But she stopped short of guaranteeing people’s pensions were secure.

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