Your top stories on Tuesday: Future employment of people guilty of serious crimes of 'limited concern' when sentencing; up to 53000 homes 'needed annually'

In Ireland, the future employment prospects of a convicted individual in serious cases are viewed as “limited concern” by a sentencing court, according to a Central Criminal Court judge. This statement was made as the judge handed down a sentence to a man who had been found guilty of raping a woman with a bottle.

Separately, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has filed an appeal against the three-year suspended sentence given to soldier Cathal Crotty, who was convicted of beating a woman unconscious in Limerick city last month.

In a bid to overcome industrial action by pilots, Aer Lingus has decided to lease aircraft and crews to mitigate any disruptions. Labor Court talks between Aer Lingus and the pilots are still ongoing.

According to a new report by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), at least 35,000 new homes and potentially as many as 53,000 are needed annually to address housing demand.

The prices of “affordable” homes in Dublin city, which were recently advertised at up to €475,000, have been defended by Dublin City Council’s head of housing.

July is expected to begin with cool and windy conditions, setting in a ‘airy’ chill for the week, as opposed to typical summer weather. A more detailed weather forecast is available.

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