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Today’s News

The Explainer: What does the George Floyd killing mean for America?

On this week’s episode, Glenn Burkins joins us from North Carolina to talk about the impact of the protests.

From The42 GAA announce club fixtures to return on 31 July and county games from 17 October Roadmap

GAA announce club fixtures to return on 31 July and county games from 17 October

Club pitches will open from the end of June as the GAA announce their roadmap for the return to action.

Sofa Watch: The Late Late is finished for the summer - but Pat's back on TV for a 'big interview'

All you need to know about your Irish and international chat show options.

Coronavirus: 7 deaths and 28 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The Department of Health released the figures this evening.


Debunked: No, "COV 19" was not found inscribed on a circuit board for a 5G mast

The claim was made in a video that has gone viral on social media.

The 5 at 5: Friday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Pubs serving food can reopen on 29 June but with table service only

All other pubs can reopen on 20 July – three weeks earlier than originally planned.

From The42 'He was a very slight lad, and appeared unfit at times. Then all of a sudden, he'd get the ball and do a bit of magic' Duffer

'He was a very slight lad, and appeared unfit at times. Then all of a sudden, he'd get the ball and do a bit of magic'

How Damien Duff reached the very top as a player, and what he has been doing to ensure his coaching career is just as successful.

'New level of respect and acceptance' experienced by gardaí during Covid-19 restrictions

The Policing Authority published its fourth report into the use of new garda powers since 8 April.

Views from the bathtub: Luxury Laois retreat with striking modern design for €495k

No wedding bells for the time being as guidance on marriage ceremonies earmarked for later phases

Advice on weddings will be considered by health officials later.

'High-risk engagement': Hairdressers to remain shut until 20 July

You’ll have to wait a bit longer.

From The42 Greyhound racing to resume without spectators from Monday Phase Two Plus

Greyhound racing to resume without spectators from Monday

The government today announced the next phase in the lifting of lockdown restrictions, with groups of up to 15 people allowed to return to outdoor, non-contact training.

Funerals of up to 25 attendees permitted from Monday as church services set to resume from 29 June

The provision for funerals and religious services was announced by the Taoiseach today.

All travel restrictions within Ireland to be lifted on 29 June

Cabinet have signed off on an escalation of the government’s roadmap today.

'Phase Two Plus' to go ahead on Monday, pandemic payments to continue until August: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here are the main coronavirus stories you need to know today.

Playgrounds set to re-open from Monday

The government announced that children can return to playgrounds as the country embarks on Phase Two.

Groups of up to six people allowed to meet indoors or outdoors from Monday

Up to 15 people can also meet for outdoor sporting activities, including summer camps for children.

Most shops to reopen from Monday — shopping centres to reopen from 15 June

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that some business restrictions will be lifted from Monday.

Taoiseach announces 'accelerated' roadmap: Here's how Ireland now plans to reopen by 20 July

There will be four phases of easing Covid-19 restrictions, rather than five.

UK backtracking on key Brexit commitments, says Michel Barnier

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier lamented that no progress had been made in the fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks

Over 32,000 people sign petition calling for government to end Direct Provision

The system was set up as a temporary measure in 1999.

UK human rights watchdog to launch inquiry into racial inequalities surrounding Covid-19

The EHRC said it was a “once in a generation” opportunity to tackle deep-seated inequalities.

Investigation into late reporting of 244 cases of Covid-19 finds Mater Hospital acted legally

Controversy arose last month after it emerged that there was a delay in the reporting of the cases.

From The42 'I haven’t told many friends about the racist encounters on the football field' Stefan Okunbor

'I haven’t told many friends about the racist encounters on the football field'

Kerry All-Ireland winner and current Australian Rules player Stefan Okunbor on his experiences of racism in Ireland.

OPW confirms majority of Phoenix Park gates to remain closed to vehicular traffic

Many gates in the park were closed in March following the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.

Glock pistol and MDMA tablets worth €360,000 seized in Dublin

Three men were arrested, and they can be held for up to seven days.

Only the US and UK have more Covid-19 deaths than Brazil as toll exceeds 34,000

A further 1,473 deaths in the space of 24 hours saw the death toll in Brazil overtake Italy’s.

New York police officers suspended after 75 year-old shoved to ground and left in serious condition at protest

A video of the incident by local radio station WBFO went viral after being posted on social media.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

HSE says just one meat plant where contact tracing is at '60-70%'

Minister Simon Harris said yesterday that there “are a number of cases in which there are contact and communications difficulties”.

Poll: Will you wear a mask when you use public transport? Face Covering This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you wear a mask when you use public transport?

It will be mandatory in England from mid-June but advice on wearing face coverings here is guidance, not a rule.

High blood pressure can double risk of Covid-19 death, study says

The new research was published today in the European Heart Journal.

Professor Sam McConkey: The reality is it could be November before schools are back in full

But Professor McConkey says if we went for a trial return this month, schools could be up and running by September.

More Republicans rebuke Trump over lack of unity in America as memorial service held for George Floyd

After Lisa Murkowski added to the criticism of the president, he warned of the consequences if Republicans turn against him.

Businesses call for detail on Northern Ireland protocol from British government

A Brexit working group of NI businesses said more details were needed to help prepare for 1 January 2021.

Safety expert: 'Some businesses are using return-to-work plans as a fig leaf - they're not sure what it's meant to do'

Workplaces are grappling with the pandemic-related safety requirements ahead of reopening.

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire

False claims on Facebook suggests the flammable liquid poses a threat if left in a hot car.

Dublin Lord Mayor asks people to sign book of condolence for George Floyd rather than protest tomorrow

So far, 1,900 people have signed the book of condolence for Geroge Floyd whose murder has sparked protests around the world.

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