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Today’s News

The top eight moments from this year's Late Late Toy Show

From heartfelt moments to strict social distancing, here are the best moments from the 2020 Toy Show.

Covid-19: Here's what changes kick in next Tuesday and throughout December

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that shops, restaurants, gyms and some pubs will reopen next week, and that its advice is that household visits will be allowed at Christmas.

Covid-19 has 'dramatic effect' on government mortgage scheme for first-time buyers as drawdowns plummet

Approvals and drawdowns on the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme fell significantly from March onwards.

Yesterday’s News

Micheál and Leo's December plans? A haircut, the gym, a meal with friends, and lazy days at home for Christmas

The three party leaders have yet to enjoy a pint together since they all entered government.

Vodafone Ireland 'in process of restoring service' after data service issues

Many customers were worried they will not be able to watch the Late Late Toy Show, which has just started.

Man charged after two people found concealed in truck at Rosslare port

Gardaí said both of the people found in the truck have been offered accommodation and welfare services.


Taoiseach says 'strong evidence' that reopening wet pubs would mean 'far higher numbers far faster'

Restaurants will be allowed reopen from next Friday.

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s your round-up of what made headlines today.

NPHET warned R number would be impacted if hospitality and home visits were allowed

It said that “the disease trajectory could once again turn quite quickly” in Ireland.

Vardakar: 'We're asking people to put off their trip, but if they have to come home please follow the rules'

The government says it is up to individual families to decide if someone coming home is essential.

Your evening longread: The two sides to Diego Maradona

We bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

Face masks are now recommended 'on busy streets' and public asked to use 'common sense'

The government updated its guidance on mask-wearing this evening.

Golf clubs to reopen from Tuesday, while gyms to be used for individual training only - not classes

Players will be able to play at golf clubs outside of their own county from 18 December, in line with the general easing of travel restrictions from the same date.

No changes to limits for weddings and funerals, places of worship to reopen next Tuesday

As we exit Level 5, people will have been wondering about whether they can attend mass or other religious services.

What is the new advice around household visits and travel?

The Government has announced its advice for December and the Christmas period.

Confirmed: Shops, restaurants and some pubs reopen next week, green light for household visits at Christmas

  • From next Tuesday retailers, hairdressers, gyms, museums and cinemas will reopen and religious services can resume.
  • From 4 December restaurants and bars that have a kitchen on-site can serve customers indoors.
  • From 18 December inter-county travel will be allowed and three households will be able to mix indoors.

Coronavirus: Seven deaths and 206 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by health officials this evening.

Public health doctors vote in favour of industrial action in row over lack of consultant status

The IMO says the issue involves only 60 public health doctors.

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The 5 at 5: Friday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

As it happened: Taoiseach announces re-opening of restaurants from next Friday and household visits from 18 December

  • Retailers, gyms and non-essential services like hairdressers to open from next Tuesday.
  • Restaurants and gastropubs to open from next Friday.
  • Restrictions on inter-county travel and ban on household visits to remain in place until 18 December.

Top nuclear scientist was 'assassinated', says Iran's defence minister

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died in hospital from wounds suffered during an attack by “armed terrorists”, the country’s defence ministry said.

Scheme to conserve historical shopfronts given Irish language funding boost

It’s an effort to promote historic shopfronts using the Irish language.

From The42 Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport On The Box

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport

There’s plenty of live action to look forward to this weekend.

Talks on 'almost impossible' trade deal spill into weekend as focus shifts to fisheries

Although the focus has mostly been on State aid and the level-playing field, that is shifting to fisheries in the past few weeks.

All-Ireland winner Kerrigan retires after 13 seasons with Cork

Paul Kerrigan made his Cork debut in 2008 and was one of the last playing non-Dublin All-Ireland winners.

Ethiopian prime minister rejects dialogue with Tigray leaders amid fears of assault on regional capital

People are fleeing the Tigray capital in fear of an imminent government offensive.

PSNI to pay £875k damages to two journalists inappropriately arrested over material in Troubles documentary

McCaffrey and Birney were arrested over the alleged theft of a police watchdog document that appeared in their film No Stone Unturned.

Cabinet to meet this afternoon to finalise details of Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas

  • Retailers, gyms and hairdressers are expected to reopen on Tuesday.
  • Cabinet is to decide on when household restrictions will be relaxed this afternoon.
  • A nationwide address by the Taoiseach on the new rules is expected this evening.

New Rosslare to Dunkirk ferry route announced as businesses urged to avoid UK landbridge

The new service will start in January and operate six times per week.

RDS Christmas Day dinner for homeless to be held as takeaway service outside Mansion House this year

Those in need can attend the mobile kitchen between 10am and 1pm on Christmas Day.

What does this week's Covid-19 data tell us as we prepare to leave Level 5?

Ireland’s national incidence rate has dropped by 22% in the past 14 days.

Belfast man jailed for at least 22 years over murder of Northern Ireland prison officer

Adrian Ismay died 11 days after a bomb exploded underneath his van.

'Abuse is never part of the job': Calls for employers and consumers to respect retail workers this Christmas

Trade union Mandate said it has received numerous complaints from retail workers.

Academic detained in Iran for two years returns to Australia

Kylie Moore-Gilbert was freed this week after 804 days behind bars.

Poll: Will you watch the Late Late Toy Show? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you watch the Late Late Toy Show?

It’s one of the most hotly anticipated nights of the Irish TV year.

Covid-19: Northern Ireland re-enters 'circuit-breaker' lockdown after seven-day easing of restrictions

First Minister Arlene Foster said last night that the next two weeks are “crucial”.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

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