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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 9 April, 2020

Today’s News

Framework document for new FF-FG government to be signed-off tomorrow

Both parties hope the document will convince smaller parties to enter government.

Boris Johnson 'in extremely good spirits' as he is moved out of intensive care in hospital

Johnson has spent three nights in ICU after contracting the coronavirus.

Your evening longread: The story of Phil Ochs, the folk singer who could've been as big as Bob Dylan

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

89-year-old man who died in nursing home had been waiting 15 days for Covid-19 test result

Jerry Ryan’s family said some eight residents are also waiting for their results back.

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Children's ombudsman calls on government to clarify plans for Junior and Leaving Cert exams

Schools across the country remain closed ahead of this year’s exams in June.

Martin says country 'not where it would like to be' in terms of testing volume and turnaround times

Speaking this evening at Leinster House, Martin said ‘there’s still a significant degree of work to be done’.

Covid-19: 881 more deaths in the UK as death toll approaches 8,000

The 881 new deaths is fewer than the rise of 938 that was reported yesterday.

Coronavirus: 28 more deaths and 500 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Health officials have said restrictions on public movement are not expected to be lifted this week.

'I want teams across the nation to see the senior Irish team and say, 'That's the way we want to play'

Stephen Kenny was unveiled as Irish senior manager this afternoon, and spoke about the players he rates, his style of play, and why he didn’t get a chance to inform Robbie Keane of his non-inclusion in the backroom team.

'I'm still in shock': Closure of Irish Debenhams stores described as 'troubling' and 'devastating'

One former Debenhams employee said she is “still in shock” after this morning’s announcement.

Warnings after people begin dumping face masks and gloves on the ground Coronavirus This post contains videos

Warnings after people begin dumping face masks and gloves on the ground

Councils have seen an increase in littering with medical equipment.

‘It's tough enough in there’: Nurse says patient awaiting Covid-19 test result spat on him several times

The staff nurse said he had to shower in a patient’s shower room afterwards due to the lack of “proper facilities”.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock.

Debenhams is closing all of its Irish stores and will go into liquidation

The company operates four stores in Dublin, two in Cork and others in Galway, Limerick, Newbridge, Tralee and Waterford.

Doctors to be sent to 'cover gaps' at Cavan General Hospital after Covid-19 outbreak among staff

It was reported today that two wards in the hospital were closed following an outbreak of infection.

From The42 The man tasked with continuing the progress made by Stephen Kenny with the Ireland U21s Succession

The man tasked with continuing the progress made by Stephen Kenny with the Ireland U21s

Jim Crawford takes charge of a group of promising youngsters.

Tom Clonan: Ireland's ICU guidelines for Covid-19 must safeguard people with disabilities

Rationing of critical care during any coronavirus surge must not happen at the expense of the most vulnerable, writes Clonan.

'We're talking about a few more weeks': Harris says Covid-19 restrictions 'won't be lifted tomorrow'

Current restrictions on public movement are in place until this Sunday, 12 April.

People on pandemic payment 'not classified as unemployed' but rate would be 16.5% if they were, says CSO

The rate would be the highest ever in the CSO’s series, dating back to 1998.

80% fall in visitors to Coillte forests, as public told to avoid scenic sites outside their zone

Amenities could be closed to locals if guidelines breached.

IMF warns of Great Depression-level impact, restrictions set to be extended: Today's Covid-19 main points

There is now a total of 6,074 confirmed cases in Ireland, and 235 deaths.

U2 are donating €10 million to fund PPE for healthcare workers in Ireland

The money will be spent securing personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

From The42 Why have we stopped producing top-level players? Ireland needs a new philosophy Crossroads

Why have we stopped producing top-level players? Ireland needs a new philosophy

Irish football requires a new plan if this decade is to be better than the last one.

'Ireland lost one of our greatest champions of children': Tributes paid to advocate Norah Gibbons

Gibbons was involved in several projects to protect the rights of children and vulnerable groups.

Poll: Will you watch a religious service online over Easter? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you watch a religious service online over Easter?

Many people are finding alternative ways to worship amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Italian PM: EU could fail over coronavirus pandemic

The EU is at risk of failure because of the Covid-19 crisis, Giuseppe Conte has said.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what you need to know as you start your day.

Covid-19 welfare schemes could cost Ireland €5 billion every three months

The figure is according to a new report from the ESRI.

Covid-19 restrictions expected to be extended in UK as death toll exceeds 7,000

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Boris Johnson while he is in hospital, will chair an emergency meeting today.

From The42 Hurling challenges in business and coaching for Cork All-Ireland winner as Covid-19 crisis continues Ronan Curran

Hurling challenges in business and coaching for Cork All-Ireland winner as Covid-19 crisis continues

Former Cork star Ronan Curran on hurling challenges on and off the field due to Covid-19.

Body of Robert F. Kennedy's 8-year-old great-grandson recovered after canoe trip accident

Maeve Kennedy McKean and her eight-year-old son, Gideon went missing last Thursday while canoeing.

Half a billion people could be pushed into poverty by Covid-19, warns Oxfam

A new Oxfam report calls for an economic rescue plan to prevent a damaging recession.

Aggressive public health measures halted the spread of Covid-19 in China, study shows

Scientists also warned there is a substantial risk of the virus being reintroduced from abroad.

Embracing the new normal after the Covid-19 shutdown - notes from a Kerryman in China

Greg McDonough says life is returning to some semblance of normal for his family after the shutdown in China.

'Really disappointing', 'it's not right': Dumping in Dublin has increased during the Covid-19 shutdown

Local authorities in the cities of Dublin, Galway, and Waterford have reported increases in illegal dumping in the past three weeks.

Debunked: A video called 'move your cucu' will not format your phone, but people still advised to be wary of scams

The WhatsApp message is reminiscent of a previous hoax text in 2015.

Some mothers allowed just 15 minutes with their premature babies due to coronavirus restrictions

Parents are asking for better communication about why the extreme restrictions in neonatal ICUs are necessary.

Yesterday’s News

Linda Tripp, whose taped conversations with Lewinsky led to Clinton impeachment, dies aged 70 RIP

'I shed another tear when I had a look': Dublin man's 'last goodbye' to brother from bench at hospital window

Padraig Byrne’s brother Francis passed away days after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Frenchman fined after crossing mountains to buy cheap cigarettes

He fell into a stream, in brambles, got lost and ended up contacting the emergency services.

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