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People in their 30s and 40s to be offered booster jab this month as roll-out to be accelerated
# Third Dose
# Third Dose

People in their 30s and 40s to be offered booster jab this month as roll-out to be accelerated

3 hours ago 6,307 Views 8 Comments
  • All those aged between 30-49 will be offered a third dose of the vaccine before Christmas, reports Christina Finn
  • Considerations being given to opening up booster programme for all age groups due to 'reduced enthusiasm' for booster jabs among the public.
  • HSE says even despite some issues with the booking system there is lower attendance rates at scheduled clinics and walk in clinics.

Yesterday’s News

The Irish Book of the Year has been named
# An Post Ibas
# An Post Ibas

The Irish Book of the Year has been named

3 hours ago 10,343 Views 2 Comments

It was announced this evening during a one-hour special on RTÉ One.

Trial of ten men accused of involvement in the 2016 Brussels bombings to open in October 2022
# Brussels Bombings
# Brussels Bombings

Trial of ten men accused of involvement in the 2016 Brussels bombings to open in October 2022

4 hours ago 1,973 Views 1 Comment

Six of the suspects are already on trial in France over the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Tánaiste says there will be no blackouts this winter as power stations back online
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste says there will be no blackouts this winter as power stations back online

4 hours ago 10,159 Views 27 Comments

It is understood Leo Varadkar made the comment at tonight’s Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting.

Evidence that Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged fake attack is overwhelming, court told
# Jussie Smollett
# Jussie Smollett

Evidence that Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged fake attack is overwhelming, court told

4 hours ago 7,888 Views 0 Comments

The former Empire star is accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in Chicago for publicity.

Greenwood provides moment of magic as Man United draw with Young Boys
# Ralf's Reds
From The42
# Ralf's Reds

Greenwood provides moment of magic as Man United draw with Young Boys

4 hours ago 12,004 Views 15 Comments

United’s youngsters were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the Champions League dead rubber.

Man arrested in France over killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is released
# Jamal Khashoggi
# Jamal Khashoggi

Man arrested in France over killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is released

5 hours ago 4,714 Views 3 Comments

French authorites determined he had been a victim of mistaken identity.

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
# Evening Fix
# Evening Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

6 hours ago 5,256 Views 0 Comments

Your round-up of what made the headlines today.

Storm Barra: 13,000 without power and 10,000 facing water supply issues amid clean-up operation
# Clean Up
# Clean Up

Storm Barra: 13,000 without power and 10,000 facing water supply issues amid clean-up operation

6 hours ago 34,251 Views 5 Comments
  • Further high winds last night left thousands of homes, farms and businesses without power and water.
  • Some people may remain without power into tomorrow.
  • Six Boil Water Notices are currently in effect in various parts of the country.
Police will not investigate ‘rule-breaking No 10 Christmas party’ for now
# Last Christmas
# Last Christmas

Police will not investigate ‘rule-breaking No 10 Christmas party’ for now

Updated 6 hours ago 56,967 Views 58 Comments

Allegra Stratton, who was the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman, resigned as a Government adviser.

Portsmouth boss allays concerns over Manchester City recall for 'incredible' Gavin Bazunu
# Danny's Boy
From The42
# Danny's Boy

Portsmouth boss allays concerns over Manchester City recall for 'incredible' Gavin Bazunu

Updated 7 hours ago 35,025 Views 3 Comments

City loaned the 19-year-old goalkeeper to Pompey in July.

Ulster Bank customers will be given six months notice to close their accounts
# Withdrawal
# Withdrawal

Ulster Bank customers will be given six months notice to close their accounts

7 hours ago 21,157 Views 21 Comments

The bank’s CEO said today that none of its 88 branches will close during the first half of next year.

Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers
# Extension To Powers
# Extension To Powers

Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers

7 hours ago 11,156 Views 30 Comments

A number of politicians have said they are not prepared to sign off on giving ‘wide ranging powers’ to the health minister.

Finnish PM caught going to nightclub after Covid exposure
# Night Fever
# Night Fever

Finnish PM caught going to nightclub after Covid exposure

7 hours ago 50,134 Views 26 Comments

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto had tested positive for coronavirus.

New restrictions announced in England in bid to tackle Omicron variant
# Plan B
# Plan B

New restrictions announced in England in bid to tackle Omicron variant

8 hours ago 32,428 Views 26 Comments

Boris Johnson said it’s clear the new strain is ‘growing much faster’ than Delta.

Olaf Scholz vows 'new beginning' for Germany as Angela Merkel exits
# New German Government
# New German Government

Olaf Scholz vows 'new beginning' for Germany as Angela Merkel exits

9 hours ago 13,282 Views 9 Comments

Merkel had served as chancellor for 16 years

Joe Biden warns Putin of 'unprecedented sanctions' if Russia invades Ukraine
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Joe Biden warns Putin of 'unprecedented sanctions' if Russia invades Ukraine

9 hours ago 8,498 Views 29 Comments

The US President spoke to his Russian counterpart for two hours by video link yesterday.

100 passengers at Dublin Airport caught without negative Covid tests since Sunday
# Travel Rules
# Travel Rules

100 passengers at Dublin Airport caught without negative Covid tests since Sunday

9 hours ago 43,600 Views 36 Comments

At least 10% of arrivals had been checked, with 100% of passengers on some flights.

Current Garda emergency roster set to be extended until March 2022
# Gardaí
# Gardaí

Current Garda emergency roster set to be extended until March 2022

9 hours ago 13,804 Views 1 Comment

The decision to extend the emergency roster was welcomed by the Garda Representative Association

India defence chief among 13 dead in helicopter crash
# Bipin Rawat
# Bipin Rawat

India defence chief among 13 dead in helicopter crash

Updated 9 hours ago 22,558 Views 4 Comments

Bipin Rawat was India’s first chief of defence staff, a position that the government established in 2019, and was seen as close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Coronavirus: 4,152 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 81 deaths notified in the past week
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,152 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 81 deaths notified in the past week

9 hours ago 48,072 Views 66 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

What we know about the Covid-19 booster vaccine roll-out so far
# Booster Programme
# Booster Programme

What we know about the Covid-19 booster vaccine roll-out so far

10 hours ago 14,645 Views 53 Comments

Over a million booster vaccines have been administered so far in the rollout

Mercedes F1 team end controversial sponsorship deal with Kingspan
# Cutting Ties
From The42
# Cutting Ties

Mercedes F1 team end controversial sponsorship deal with Kingspan

Updated 10 hours ago 26,810 Views 23 Comments

In a joint statement they said it was ‘not appropriate’ for the partnership to continue.

RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan to leave Washington for new role as Work and Technology Correspondent
# Rte News
# Rte News

RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan to leave Washington for new role as Work and Technology Correspondent

10 hours ago 35,063 Views 21 Comments

O’Donovan takes over the new post in February, which was created after the retirement of Ingrid Miley in June

'Critical gaps' between government's climate plans and what it's actually doing - report
# Actions And Words
# Actions And Words

'Critical gaps' between government's climate plans and what it's actually doing - report

Updated 10 hours ago 11,937 Views 19 Comments

The Climate Change Advisory Council is concerned about missed targets and delayed measures inhibiting efforts to fight the climate crisis.

Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved

Updated 10 hours ago 28,756 Views 80 Comments
  • An independent chair to lead a review into abortion laws has not yet been named.
  • The terms of reference for the review have been criticised for being too narrow.
  • The minister said today there has been a "significant reduction" in people travelling to the UK for terminations.
Homeless man charged with setting fire to Christmas tree at Fox News HQ
# Arson
# Arson

Homeless man charged with setting fire to Christmas tree at Fox News HQ

11 hours ago 10,977 Views 9 Comments

Fox News host Shannon Bream announced the fire to viewers as firefighters were working to put it out.

Minister announces €50 million boost for live entertainment with extra €3 million for pantos
# Catherine Martin
# Catherine Martin

Minister announces €50 million boost for live entertainment with extra €3 million for pantos

11 hours ago 7,375 Views 10 Comments

Leo Varadkar said a decision will be made today or tomorrow on a support scheme for businesses affected by new restrictions.

Decision to approve controversial Galway City Ring Road 'bizarre', Green Party senator says
# Ring Road
# Ring Road

Decision to approve controversial Galway City Ring Road 'bizarre', Green Party senator says

12 hours ago 20,641 Views 73 Comments
  • Chronic traffic congestion in Galway has been an issue for years.
  • For more than two decades, a bypass around the city centre has been a large part of the discussion around solutions.
  • An Bórd Pleanála last night approved plans for a Galway City Ring Road route around the north of the city.
Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'
# Storm Barra
# Storm Barra

Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'

Updated 12 hours ago 72,735 Views 75 Comments

Schools are closed in 12 counties today.

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?
# Wham
# Wham

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?

12 hours ago 14,279 Views 10 Comments

A look at why Boris Johnson has launched an investigation into a “cheese and wine” gathering at Number 10.

Munster confirm positive Covid cases among group who returned to Ireland
# Pandemic
From The42
# Pandemic

Munster confirm positive Covid cases among group who returned to Ireland

12 hours ago 25,485 Views 9 Comments

Some of the players and staff who arrived back from South Africa have since tested positive.

Booster shots will be offered to people over 50 from tomorrow
# Vaccine Programme
# Vaccine Programme

Booster shots will be offered to people over 50 from tomorrow

13 hours ago 18,353 Views 62 Comments

Over one million booster doses have been administered in Ireland.

RTÉ colleagues pay tribute as Marty Morrissey's mother Peggy dies in Co Clare crash
# Peggy Morrissey
# Peggy Morrissey

RTÉ colleagues pay tribute as Marty Morrissey's mother Peggy dies in Co Clare crash

Updated 13 hours ago 107,434 Views 27 Comments

Peggy Morrissey passed away following a collision yesterday.

NIAC recommends all children aged 5 to 11 should be offered Covid vaccine
# Vaccine Programme
# Vaccine Programme

NIAC recommends all children aged 5 to 11 should be offered Covid vaccine

Updated 13 hours ago 44,229 Views 226 Comments
  • The dose recommended is lower than for children aged 12 and older.
  • NIAC recommended children with underlying conditions should receive a vaccine in parallel with cohorts currently being boosted.
  • All children 5-11 to be offered vaccine in parallel with boosters for under-40s.
RTÉ has been losing listeners to commercial stations but Radio 1 is still top dog
# JNLR
# JNLR

RTÉ has been losing listeners to commercial stations but Radio 1 is still top dog

14 hours ago 16,200 Views 43 Comments

Today FM and Newstalk see strong gains across their entire week-day schedule.

Initial data on Omicron 'doesn't indicate it is more severe', WHO's Dr Mike Ryan says
# Omicron
# Omicron

Initial data on Omicron 'doesn't indicate it is more severe', WHO's Dr Mike Ryan says

Updated 14 hours ago 32,024 Views 24 Comments

Pfizer said today its vaccine is “still effective” against the Omicron variant after three doses.

Tadhg Furlong named in World Rugby's Dream Team of the Year
# Top Of His Class
From The42
# Top Of His Class

Tadhg Furlong named in World Rugby's Dream Team of the Year

Updated 15 hours ago 32,665 Views 14 Comments

The tighthead is the sole Irish player selected in the team, which includes five Springboks and three All Blacks.

Poll: Are you doing your Christmas shopping online or in person?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you doing your Christmas shopping online or in person?

17 hours ago 25,334 Views 29 Comments

Of course, Christmas is about more than just shopping and presents – nudge nudge, wink wink.

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