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Today’s News

Dublin City Council says playgrounds will stay closed despite government announcement

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

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

Overhaul of Direct Provision system recommended by expert group tasked with improving residents' welfare

Direct Provision was set up as a temporary measure in 1999.

'It's a deviation': Government 'found a way around' NPHET advice on shopping centres and 20km rule

Tony Holohan had recommended shopping centres remain closed and people stay within 20km of home.


Garda investigation launched after dogs worth €5k found in the back of a van

The dogs are lurchers, beagles and a border terrier.

Your evening longread: How the 'Apple of pot' failed

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

'It's a great day for him': Trump suggests George Floyd would be happy about the US employment rate

Trump said the improving economy was the best thing to help imprive race relations.

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.

Phase Two (plus): Everything you need to know about the changes set to kick in from Monday

All retail shops to reopen, groups of six allowed to meet, and travel within your own county – some of the measures kicking in from Monday.

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

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…

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.

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.

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.

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