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Prison attacks up 45% last year

The number of attacks by prisoners on fellow inmates jumped by 45% last year.

Prison service figures say 770 were recorded in 2010, but that increased to 1,115 in 2011.

According to the Irish Examiner, the highest number of incidents was recorded at Saint Patrick's Institution for young offenders in Dublin.

A total of 367 assaults were reported there last year.

Increasing jobless figures dash hopes of growth

New figures show no slowdown in job losses. The number of people at work in the April-June period fell by nearly 14,000, the biggest three-month fall in a year, according to the Central Statistics Office. The figures appear to dash hopes that employment growth is at hand.

They show there were 1,783,400 people employed on a seasonally adjusted basis in the second quarter, meaning there are 357,000 fewer people at work since employment peaked in 2007.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton last night acknowledged the continued fallout from the collapse of the “bubble economy”, but said “the sectors on which we will build the future economy are now showing signs of growth”.

Huge global audience for All Ireland game

THE GAA believes the All-Ireland football final on Sunday will be watched live by more people across the world than ever before because of its increased availability online and on subscription television channels.

Croke Park yesterday released details of coverage on television and online platforms in a host of foreign countries, including the US, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, India and elsewhere in Asia.

The GAA says it expects huge interest in the match abroad because of the large emigrant populations from Mayo and Donegal in places such as the US and Australia.

Major development in decades old murder case

There were dramatic developments overnight in the garda probe into the murder of Fr Niall Molloy.

A team of 10 senior detectives has been sent to Offaly to investigate new evidence in the murder of Fr Molloy in 1985.

Det Supt Christy Mangan said last night that the probe was taking place as a result of information given to gardai by the Irish Independent. Officers from the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation have been assigned to the case.

One in five mortgages now in big trouble

The mortgage crisis will peak next year with one in five home loans in default, according to a major new report.

And as mortgage losses surge, debt write-offs for homeowners are predicted to be the only way to eventually fix the market.

That's according to a wide-ranging report on the mortgage market from rating agency Moody's, published yesterday. The research includes the first county-by-county breakdown of mortgage arrears since the economic crisis began in 2008.

Cavan and Laois have the highest rate of mortgage defaults -- not paying their home loan for more than 90 days.

The cities of Cork and Dublin have the lowest default rates.