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Today’s News

Leo Varadkar defends Covid-19 payment anomalies as 'a price worth paying to protect incomes'

The Taoiseach was answering questions about reports that those who are not resident in Ireland could be claiming the Covid-19 payment.

Man (30s) arrested after attempted robbery at Drogheda newsagent

Gardaí operating a Covid-19 checkpoint nearby were alerted to the incident and arrested the man moments later.

Covid-19 stricken UK Health Secretary returns to work after seven days in self-isolation

Matt Hancock announced plans to test 100,000 people per day by the end of the month.

BAM 'welcomes' legal action taken against it by board of National Children's Hospital

The dispute relates around the validity of a contract to commence Phase B of construction of the Children’s Hospital without a design.

Worldwide cases top 1 million as six-week-old dies from Covid-19 in the US

Half the planet is under some form of lockdown as governments struggle to tackle the virus.

From The42 'I felt sick and insanely tired' - All-Ireland winner McGuinness recovering after Covid-19 illness On The Mend

'I felt sick and insanely tired' - All-Ireland winner McGuinness recovering after Covid-19 illness

Marian McGuinness describes what it is like to be diagnosed with the coronavirus, and her path to recovery.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Half a million Irish people are getting a social welfare payment due to Covid-19, and a million cases have been confirmed worldwide.

Government defers controversial 'School Inclusion Model' for SNAs

The Department is deferring the introduction of the new model due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Trailer Watch: What film will you stream this weekend?

Cinemas might be closed, but there are other ways to watch. Here are a few.

'All she cares about is when she sees you on the pitch, you can hear her going 'Dada''

Ian Keatley doesn’t need sports psychology tools right now, his family keep him firmly grounded in the here and now.

Your evening longread: What it's like living on the remote Faroe islands

It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

Leo Varadkar: Decision will be made next week on possible restrictions after 12 April

Simon Coveney said restrictions on public movement due to the Covid-19 emergency may be extended beyond the current 12 April deadline.

Miriam O'Callaghan to present Late Late Show again tomorrow as Tubridy thanks her for filling in

Tubridy said he wanted to thank everyone for their warm wishes.

Coronavirus: 13 more deaths and 402 new cases in Ireland confirmed

Health officials announced the latest figures at the Department of Health this evening.

Eddie Large, star of comedy double act 'Little and Large', dies after contracting coronavirus UK

Eddie Large, star of comedy double act 'Little and Large', dies after contracting coronavirus

The comedy star was in hospital being treated for heart failure.

Hundreds of home carers to be redeployed to nursing homes and residential care facilities

Carers will only be redeployed if they care for low dependency clients who can be cared for by a family member.

From The42 'If people are worried, you try to put their mind at ease' - Kerry footballer on life as a pharmacist PETER CROWLEY

'If people are worried, you try to put their mind at ease' - Kerry footballer on life as a pharmacist

Work in the family pharmacy in Killorglin takes precedence now for Kerry player Peter Crowley.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Almost 100 staff and residents in one nursing home test positive for Covid-19, Dáil hears

Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly raised the matter in the Dáil today.

Tax revenues last month almost €1 billion lower than March last year

An Exchequer deficit of €2.5 billion was recorded in the first quarter of 2020.

Quiz: How much do you know about the career of Shane Lowry?

As he celebrates his birthday, let’s test your knowledge of the 2019 Open champion.

Home baker creates ‘toilet paper’ cake during coronavirus lockdown

Kate Pritchett said her inspiration came from having toilet paper ‘on the mind a lot lately’.

Over 35k employers sign up for govt's wage subsidy and six-week-old baby dies in US: Today's Covid-19 main points

There are now 3,447 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

Want to help? Volunteer service and website for offers of assistance launched today

A new webpage for businesses seeking to provide supplies or services in support of the national response to Covid-19 is open.

Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic broke EU law by refusing refugees, European Court of Justice rules

They ‘failed to fulfil their obligations under European Union law,’ the ECJ held.

Govt launches 'befriending' phone-call initiative for older people in response to Covid-19 crisis

In the UK, a care home is inviting people to “adopt a grandparent” by holding video calls with its residents.

Burials and cremations will continue with 'utmost dignity', say funeral directors

Irish Association of Funeral Directors said that this was the ‘most difficult time’ they had ever experienced.

Michael D Higgins: Ireland owes 'enormous debt of gratitude' to Covid-19 essential workers

The president made an address to the citizens of Ireland on independent radio stations this afternoon.

Lynn Ruane, David Norris and Michael McDowell to return to the Seanad

Counting continues to fill seats on the Industrial and Commercial panels.

From The42 'We talked about it being a one campaign thing' - Sexton says captaincy may be reviewed due to disrupted season Leader

'We talked about it being a one campaign thing' - Sexton says captaincy may be reviewed due to disrupted season

Johnny Sexton discussed his Ireland captaincy, dealing with critisicm, and how he is staying fit during the lockdown.

Disney's Grafton Street shop gets green light for security gate to prevent rough sleepers

Planning permission was granted after revised plans for the mesh security gate were lodged.

'People are upset': Councils close allotments because of Covid-19

Locals have raised concerns about the closure of the allotments.

HSE in discussions with Irish pharma companies about 'ramping up' reagent production

CEO Paul Reid said the HSE has already secured some supplies from China.

Over 500,000 people either out of work or receiving pandemic payments, new stats show

The CSO released the figures this morning.

Cork hospital starts 'virtual' visiting for babies to help overcome Covid-19 restrictions

The new service allows parents to check in on their baby remotely from any device at any time.

Poll: Should the Dáil continue to meet in Leinster House during the Covid-19 crisis? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Dáil continue to meet in Leinster House during the Covid-19 crisis?

The Dáil is meeting for three hours this afternoon.

Two people hospitalised following domestic fire in Wicklow

The blaze happened at a property in Bray at around 6.35pm last night.

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