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Today’s News

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.

Simon Coveney: 'Covid-19 restrictions may go on beyond 12 April'

Coveney said bed capacity is doubling, but government is not sure if it will be enough.

Govt launches initiative to phone older people to check on wellbeing during 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.

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'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.

'Routine and structure has vanished': Autism community appeals for public support as it copes with Covid-19 crisis

AsIAm CEO Adam Harris said: “More than most, more than ever, we need your support now.”

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s a round-up of this morning’s main stories.

Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger dies of complications from Covid-19

The 52-year-old Emmy and Grammy winner died after being on a ventilator for several days.

Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

The 74-year-old is also working with her children’s charity to read a children’s book on YouTube every Thursday for 10 weeks.

Worldwide cases near one million while six-week-old dies from Covid-19 in the United States

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

A nurse returning to work at the frontline: 'Not all heroes wear capes, but they all need a face mask'

I left nursing years ago and now I feel I have a duty to return, but the odds are against us, writes Deirdre Mullins.

Coronavirus: Dáil set for three-hour sitting despite debate over whether it's 'essential'

The Dáil last sat a week ago as it concluded a marathon debate on emergency Covid-19 legislation.

'It was shaping to be a very strong year': How will the coronavirus crisis impact people buying houses?

All of these indicators suggested a market that was growing, with supply remaining low relative to demand.

Yesterday’s News

Ireland gives €10 million to UN fund to help vulnerable countries tackle Covid-19

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that “helping them is not only the right thing… it is also the sensible thing for Ireland to do.”

Daft.ie is helping provide free accommodation for doctors and nurses battling the Covid-19 pandemic

It’s expected that a feature allowing doctors and nurses to self-isolate outside of hospitals will be live by next week.

Russia’s failure to respond to concerns about fair trial rights compels judge to “terminate” extradition

Igor Khatlamadzhiyev (37), was wanted for a number of alleged thefts and robberies in Russia.

US Navy evacuating virus-struck aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt

Pentagon officials admitted the Roosevelt’s plight was a challenge for military readiness.

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The second series of the fly-on-the-wall documentary has been released on Netflix.

Quiz: How well do you know Matt Damon?

The film star is still in Ireland after a film shoot was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s everything that hit the news headlines today – with a special blast-from-the-past Parting Shot.

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7 big questions for Irish football as Uefa call off Slovakia play-off again

When is the game likely to be played? And what happens with the McCarthy/Kenny succession plan?

Don Conroy launches his new Youtube channel: 'People want their kids to experience what they did when they were young'

Conroy plans to provide free drawing tutorials over the coming weeks. It came about, he says, by popular demand.

Leo Varadkar: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could agree basis for government by next week

“We hope certainly this week, or next week, to agree a joint document with them,” the Taoiseach said.

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