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Here are the stories making headlines this morning.

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Updated May 14th 2020, 9:00 AM

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #DISCUSSIONS: The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet this morning to discuss the potential easing of Ireland’s Covid-19 restrictions next Monday. 

2. #SCRAPPED: Oppositions parties and healthcare unions have criticised the government after a scheme to provide childcare to health workers during the coronavirus crisis was scrapped due to poor uptake by providers.

3. #ABUSE: Garda management has written to the Data Protection Commissioner and social media companies over a number of online videos showing garda members being verbally abused while carrying out their duties at Covid-19 checkpoints.

4. #MENTAL HEALTH: The United Nations has warned that the coronavirus pandemic risks sparking a major mental health crisis across the globe.

5. #STANDOFF: Donald Trump has said calls by the country’s top medical adviser Anthony Fauci for a highly cautious lifting of pandemic restrictions are “not acceptable.” 

6. #DEEP CONCERNS: Inclusion Ireland has raised concerns over the issues experienced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families under Covid-19.

7. #DISCRIMINATION: A new survey has shown that six in 10 members of the LGBTI+ community in Ireland avoid holding hands with their partner in public.

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8. #GOVERNMENT FORMATION: Talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party at forming a government are set to continue this morning.

9. #REOPENING: Ikea has announced that it will reopen its two Dublin outlets next week if the government decides to begins phase one of its roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions.

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