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The housing crisis in this country has been the topic of intense discussion for years, and rarely a week goes by when attention isn’t drawn to the grim reality of the renting market.

Indeed, our social media feeds regularly play host to photos highlighting the conditions renters are expected to not only endure, but pay a substantial sum for in our country’s capital.

Over the past six months, RTÉ Investigates has been investigating the rented accommodation market in Ireland as part of a special documentary due to air on RTÉ One. 

During that time RTÉ Investigates uncovered multiple breaches of regulations for the private rental sector, including serious breaches in relation to fire safety.

In the course of their investigation, a property in Crumlin came to their attention. They believed this property posed an immediate danger to the tenants residing there. 

Ahead of the programme's broadcast,  RTÉ Investigates reported the property and the concerns for the safety of the tenants to Dublin City Council. 

Today, the national broadcaster announced that the High Court had granted an order to Dublin City Council to have the building vacated, with Justice Noonan describing the premises as a "fire trap".

Inspections revealed there were no escape routes or fire alarms along with a number of other safety issues. 

In the programme, due to air on RTÉ One later this month, the programme will detail the shocking conditions uncovered in a number of rental properties across the country where many people are living in squalid, dangerous and overcrowded conditions.   

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An army bomb disposal team has been deployed to Crumlin, in Dublin.

A suspect device was found on Lismore Road in the city centre suburb at around 9am this morning.

According to Dublin Live, a Garda spokesperson said that the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team are on the scene.

Apparently the area has been sealed off for further investigation.

We'll keep you updated on when we know more.

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It’s a scenario that most of us will be familiar with: we spot a must-have item, try it on, and fall desperately in love. The only problem? You’re weeks away from pay-day and the price-tag is less than obliging.

Still, there’s a tried-and-tested defence that we’ve probably all drawn on at some stage or another: “I’ll get loads of wear out of it.” In fact, the line is our number one excuse to justify shopping – according to research carried out by gift card company, One4all.

Incredibly, one in five shop for new clothes every single week, and close-to one in four shop monthly. A massive 78 percent of us treat ourselves to something new when we reach a milestone, and more than half use shopping as a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down.

And now there’s yet another excuse – namely the wholly commendable Shop4Crumlin campaign.

From May 9 to May 17 if you make a purchase using your One4all gift card in any of their 6,000 retail outlets nationwide or online, One4all will donate 50c to Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. Better still, if you shop in Brown Thomas, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Arnotts, or Life Style Sports, the retailers will match your donation with another 50c, bringing your total donation to €1.

“The money raised from this campaign will help fund new radiography equipment which will reduce the radiation dose to a child while also improving X-ray imagery,” Crumlin says, adding that some of the money will also go towards its Giggle Fund, which helps put a smile on the face of a sick child.

One4all is now telling people to dig out their gift cards – so if there’s an unused Christmas or birthday present knocking around still, then get spending guilt-free from May 9 – 17.

See one4all.ie and www.cmrf.org

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A new campaign launched today urges people to ‘Give It Up’ in a bid to raise much-needed funds for Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin and the National Children’s Research Centre in Dublin.

To raise some much-needed funds for the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, all you need to do is raise donations by giving something up for 40 days. It could be the sneaky chocolate bar you have after lunch or your weekend chipper visit – it’s all for a good cause!

It’s not just your favourite food you can give up – it could also be those shopping sprees you don’t need or you could even take something up such as running to raise funds for the campaign!

Irish rugby player Johnny Sexton and SKY Sports presenter Rachel Wyse, were on hand to help the fundraising body of the hospital, CMRF Crumlin to raise awareness of the new campaign. The famous faces were also joined by hospital patients Jaden and Aoife to appeal to the public to lend a hand in the fund-raising.

All money raised will go towards new projects and cutting-edge equipment at Our Lady’s Children's Hospital, as well as pioneering paediatric medical research at the National Children’s Research Centre.

Commenting on the campaign, Johnny Sexton said: “The ‘Give It Up’ campaign is an excellent campaign and will go a long way to help raise funds for the hospital. It’s such an inspiration to meet some of the patients at the hospital today and witness their positive spirit and courage, despite the health problems they are facing."

Donations are at the public’s discretion and all gestures at giving up are welcome – simply log on towww.giveitup.ie today.

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