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Biden unveils sweeping Covid-19 plan in first full day in office
# First Day
# First Day

Biden unveils sweeping Covid-19 plan in first full day in office

Updated 25 minutes ago 13,157 Views 19 Comments
  • The US is the world's hardest-hit country with more than 405,000 Covid-19 deaths.
  • The Biden administration is seeking $1.9 trillion from Congress for its Covid-19 plans.
Dr Holohan says 'no reason' to change his view on possibility of up to 1,000 Covid-19 deaths this month
# Chief Medical Officer
# Chief Medical Officer

Dr Holohan says 'no reason' to change his view on possibility of up to 1,000 Covid-19 deaths this month

Updated 31 minutes ago 28,294 Views 34 Comments

Meanwhile, the latest letter from the Chief Medical Officer said that ‘optimistic’ projections show between 800 and 1,600 cases per day at the end of January.

R number drops to between 0.5 and 0.8 - but NPHET warns this will be 'really difficult to sustain'
# Reproductive Rate
# Reproductive Rate

R number drops to between 0.5 and 0.8 - but NPHET warns this will be 'really difficult to sustain'

38 minutes ago 5,144 Views 6 Comments

Health officials have regularly sought to get the reproductive number below 1.

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return
# School Closures
# School Closures

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return

Updated 39 minutes ago 21,317 Views 58 Comments

The Fórsa union has said it wanted special education back “as soon as possible” but criticised “running commentary in the media”

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RTÉ received 27 formal complaints after contributor to US inauguration coverage called Joe Biden a 'criminal'
# Complaints
# Complaints

RTÉ received 27 formal complaints after contributor to US inauguration coverage called Joe Biden a 'criminal'

46 minutes ago 7,102 Views 8 Comments

The broadcaster also received over 90 emails and a number of phone calls with “negative feedback” over the broadcast.

15% of staff at St James' Hospital in Dublin have Covid-19 antibodies
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

15% of staff at St James' Hospital in Dublin have Covid-19 antibodies

53 minutes ago 5,339 Views 7 Comments

A total of 64% of 6,000 healthcare workers from the two hospitals participated in the study.

Spotlight

Explained: The Covid-19 Vaccines

We have been answering readers’ questions in our Q&A and covering the roll-out extensively on The Explainer Podcast.

'It was the most special day of my career and I spent it with Jerry Kiernan'
# Memories
From The42
# Memories

'It was the most special day of my career and I spent it with Jerry Kiernan'

58 minutes ago 6,468 Views 2 Comments

Sport Ireland CEO and former athlete John Treacy pays tribute to his late friend.

Vaccines: 257 people have reported suspected side-effects to the health products regulator
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Vaccines: 257 people have reported suspected side-effects to the health products regulator

1 hour ago 16,537 Views 29 Comments

121,900 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ireland to date.

'We still have a very large burden of infection': 51 deaths and 2,608 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

'We still have a very large burden of infection': 51 deaths and 2,608 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

Updated 1 hour ago 67,255 Views 137 Comments

The figures were confirmed by public health officials this evening.

Life on a Covid ward: 'We were the last people some patients saw, but many died on their own'
# Covid19
# Covid19

Life on a Covid ward: 'We were the last people some patients saw, but many died on their own'

1 hour ago 6,852 Views 5 Comments

Clinical Nurse Manager Bernie Waterhouse shared her experience of working on a Covid ward for the last ten months.

The Explainer: What are the issues with the mother and baby home report?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What are the issues with the mother and baby home report?

1 hour ago 1,764 Views 2 Comments

We outline what’s in the report, and talk to a historian about issues it raises.

There's been a 66% increase in eating disorder hospital admissions during pandemic in Ireland
# Eating Disorders
# Eating Disorders

There's been a 66% increase in eating disorder hospital admissions during pandemic in Ireland

2 hours ago 9,754 Views 13 Comments

That’s according to an article published in this month’s Irish Medical Journal.

At least 15 days before trapped mine workers in China will be reached, authorities say
# Explosion
# Explosion

At least 15 days before trapped mine workers in China will be reached, authorities say

2 hours ago 7,194 Views 10 Comments

One worker has died from head injuries in the explosion, state media said earlier.

Northern Ireland: Lockdown extended until 5 March, decision next week on opening schools at earlier date
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Northern Ireland: Lockdown extended until 5 March, decision next week on opening schools at earlier date

Updated 2 hours ago 33,990 Views 37 Comments

Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill said this afternoon that the health service is facing into its “toughest week”.

The 5 at 5: Thursday
# 5 At 5
# 5 At 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

2 hours ago 4,132 Views 0 Comments

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Irish MEPs call on Chinese government to allow Dublin man return home
# Richard O'halloran
# Richard O'halloran

Irish MEPs call on Chinese government to allow Dublin man return home

3 hours ago 26,020 Views 21 Comments

Richard O’Halloran from Foxrock hasn’t seen his family since February 2019.

Biden redecorates the Oval Office with a return of the blue rug and no sign of Winston Churchill
# Busted Loose
# Busted Loose

Biden redecorates the Oval Office with a return of the blue rug and no sign of Winston Churchill

Updated 3 hours ago 63,071 Views 50 Comments

It includes busts of Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt.

RSA 'experiencing delays' with online customer portal and call centre
# Driving Test
# Driving Test

RSA 'experiencing delays' with online customer portal and call centre

4 hours ago 10,684 Views 8 Comments

The RSA launched a new online portal in December.

Man hospitalised after being attacked by two men wearing balaclavas in NI home
# Dungannon
# Dungannon

Man hospitalised after being attacked by two men wearing balaclavas in NI home

4 hours ago 6,322 Views 3 Comments

The incident happened at a house in the Gortgonis Road area of Coalisland yesterday.

Vaccines: HSE says 121,900 vaccine doses have been administered so far in Ireland
# Covid19
# Covid19

Vaccines: HSE says 121,900 vaccine doses have been administered so far in Ireland

5 hours ago 24,498 Views 96 Comments

The HSE has provided an update on the vaccination programme.

Irish athletics great Jerry Kiernan has died aged 67
# RIP
From The42
# RIP

Irish athletics great Jerry Kiernan has died aged 67

5 hours ago 77,564 Views 31 Comments

Kiernan finished ninth in the 1984 Olympic Marathon, and went on to coach many of Ireland’s top athletes.

Farmer shot dead by soldier in Northern Ireland in 1974 has been exonerated, family says
# Paddy McElhone
# Paddy McElhone

Farmer shot dead by soldier in Northern Ireland in 1974 has been exonerated, family says

5 hours ago 13,977 Views 13 Comments

Paddy McElhone, 24, died instantly near his home in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone, in 1974.

Storm Christoph: Residents evacuated across UK amid snow showers and flood warnings
# Storm Christoph
# Storm Christoph

Storm Christoph: Residents evacuated across UK amid snow showers and flood warnings

5 hours ago 15,603 Views 2 Comments

Nearly 180 flood warnings remained in place across England at midday today.

'A real concern': A third of patients with Covid-19 in hospital contracted the virus while on wards, says Tánaiste
# Outbreaks
# Outbreaks

'A real concern': A third of patients with Covid-19 in hospital contracted the virus while on wards, says Tánaiste

6 hours ago 20,303 Views 38 Comments

‘They didn’t come in Covid positive, they picked up Covid while in the hospital,’ said Leo Varadkar.

Two men due in court after gardaí seize over €122k worth of suspected cocaine and cannabis
# Co Galway
# Co Galway

Two men due in court after gardaí seize over €122k worth of suspected cocaine and cannabis

6 hours ago 8,507 Views 0 Comments

Gardaí also seized almost €4,000 in cash, a weighing scales and mixing agent.

The Glastonbury Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row
# Cancelled
# Cancelled

The Glastonbury Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row

6 hours ago 9,357 Views 12 Comments

Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said they were “so sorry” to have to cancel the event.

Man jailed for abuse of partner in State's first coercive control conviction following a trial
# Daniel Kane
# Daniel Kane

Man jailed for abuse of partner in State's first coercive control conviction following a trial

7 hours ago 22,009 Views 0 Comments

The woman told the court she “might be dead or in a vegetative state” if doctors and gardaí had not intervened.

Woman stabbed in IFSC area of Dublin on her way home from work
# IFSC
# IFSC

Woman stabbed in IFSC area of Dublin on her way home from work

7 hours ago 48,496 Views 43 Comments

She is in a serious condition.

Thousands of bereaved demand full investigation into Northern Ireland conflict
# The Troubles
# The Troubles

Thousands of bereaved demand full investigation into Northern Ireland conflict

7 hours ago 6,305 Views 5 Comments

They want an independent team of detectives to search for leads for fresh prosecutions and other measures to recover information.

Michel Barnier says UK should find a 'clever solution' to row over EU ambassador in London
# Brexit
# Brexit

Michel Barnier says UK should find a 'clever solution' to row over EU ambassador in London

8 hours ago 21,470 Views 37 Comments

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator was awarded the European of the Year award by EM Ireland today.

Armed gardaí arrest man and woman over aggravated burglary in Cork city
# Garda Armed Support Unit
# Garda Armed Support Unit

Armed gardaí arrest man and woman over aggravated burglary in Cork city

8 hours ago 12,316 Views 0 Comments

The apartment owner was allegedly stabbed in the leg during the burglary.

Poll: Should a 'national voluntary collection' be set up for survivors of mother and baby homes?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should a 'national voluntary collection' be set up for survivors of mother and baby homes?

8 hours ago 26,067 Views 54 Comments

Senator Rónán Mullen said the money could be collected in addition to Church and State contributions to a redress scheme.

Every resident in Ireland will be offered the vaccine before September, says health minister
# Vaccination Programme
# Vaccination Programme

Every resident in Ireland will be offered the vaccine before September, says health minister

8 hours ago 41,697 Views 74 Comments

Carers and dentists are to be added to cohort 2 in the vaccine plan.

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond

10 hours ago 82,894 Views 220 Comments
  • Micheál Martin said Covid-19 transmission rates are too high to ease restrictions
  • Schools and construction are "essential" and will be examined separately to other sectors
  • Yesterday 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland
Michael Darragh Macauley brings curtain down on superb Dublin career
# Farewell
From The42
# Farewell

Michael Darragh Macauley brings curtain down on superb Dublin career

10 hours ago 19,300 Views 35 Comments

The midfielder won eight All-Irelands in a decade of glory with the Dubs.

File on Golfgate investigation sent to Director of Public Prosecutions
# Clifden Dinner
# Clifden Dinner

File on Golfgate investigation sent to Director of Public Prosecutions

10 hours ago 11,647 Views 3 Comments

The Oireachtas Golf Society guests are said to have been split into two separate groups to keep under the 50-person limit.

World Bank to fund Covid vaccine rollout in Lebanon
# Covid19
# Covid19

World Bank to fund Covid vaccine rollout in Lebanon

10 hours ago 8,703 Views 16 Comments

Lebanon has been logging some 5,500 cases a day since the start of the year.

The 9 at 9: Thursday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Updated 11 hours ago 11,730 Views 1 Comment

Here is what’s making the news headlines this morning.

Johnson warns more lives will be lost as UK records deadliest day of pandemic
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Johnson warns more lives will be lost as UK records deadliest day of pandemic

11 hours ago 25,740 Views 15 Comments

Boris Johnson said ‘the light will only really begin to dawn as we get those vaccinations out’.

Temperatures to drop as low as minus four in coming days
# Brrrrrrrrr
# Brrrrrrrrr

Temperatures to drop as low as minus four in coming days

11 hours ago 30,093 Views 20 Comments

It is a cold and frosty morning in many parts of the country.

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