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There are 211 people with Covid-19 in ICU, and 300 more on respiratory support
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# Paul Reid

There are 211 people with Covid-19 in ICU, and 300 more on respiratory support

15 minutes ago 788 Views 0 Comments

“We’re battling hard to sustain safe levels of care, but its getting harder,” HSE chief Paul Reid said.

Opinion: Fix the mortgage rate problem in Ireland by considering public ownership of banks
# Interest Rates
# Interest Rates

Opinion: Fix the mortgage rate problem in Ireland by considering public ownership of banks

28 minutes ago 1,519 Views 5 Comments

Cillian Doyle says there are positive international examples of how large banks taken into public ownership can work better for customer, environment and economy.

Republican Senate leader wants Donald Trump’s impeachment trial delayed
# Insurrection
# Insurrection

Republican Senate leader wants Donald Trump’s impeachment trial delayed

29 minutes ago 2,330 Views 2 Comments

Ahead of an insurrection on 6 January, Trump told thousands of his supporters to “fight like hell” against the election results.

10-year sentence following coercive control trial 'sends a strong message' to other women
# Domestic Abuse
# Domestic Abuse

10-year sentence following coercive control trial 'sends a strong message' to other women

1 hour ago 3,079 Views 6 Comments

The woman, who is the man’s former partner, said she “might be dead or in a vegetative state” if doctors and gardaí had not intervened.

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Vaccine roll-out lifts economic prospects but recent virus surge has impeded progress, says Central Bank
# Central Bank
# Central Bank

Vaccine roll-out lifts economic prospects but recent virus surge has impeded progress, says Central Bank

7 hours ago 5,368 Views 9 Comments

Irish GDP grew by 2.5% in spite of the pandemic, according to the updated data.

How does this week's Covid-19 data compare to last week's?
# Covid19
# Covid19

How does this week's Covid-19 data compare to last week's?

7 hours ago 11,120 Views 4 Comments

Public Health officials are urging people to stay at home as high levels of community transmission continue to pose a risk.

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Explained: The Covid-19 Vaccines

We have been answering readers’ questions in our Q&A and covering the roll-out extensively on The Explainer Podcast.

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Yesterday’s News

Facebook refers Donald Trump ban to its 'supreme court' to rule on whether suspension should stand
# Lifeline
# Lifeline

Facebook refers Donald Trump ban to its 'supreme court' to rule on whether suspension should stand

8 hours ago 15,244 Views 34 Comments

Trump was suspended after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January.

Covid curfew to take effect in Netherlands as lockdown tightens in bid to stem spread of virus
# Mark Rutte
# Mark Rutte

Covid curfew to take effect in Netherlands as lockdown tightens in bid to stem spread of virus

9 hours ago 21,370 Views 20 Comments

Home visits have also been cut as well as flights from Britain, South Africa and South America.

Burnley stun Liverpool as 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield comes to an end
# Upset
From The42
# Upset

Burnley stun Liverpool as 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield comes to an end

9 hours ago 33,706 Views 128 Comments

It’s the first time the Reds have been lost at home since April 2017.

Biden unveils sweeping Covid-19 plan in first full day in office
# First Day
# First Day

Biden unveils sweeping Covid-19 plan in first full day in office

Updated 9 hours ago 32,808 Views 39 Comments
  • The US is the world's hardest-hit country with more than 405,000 Covid-19 deaths.
  • The Biden administration is seeking $1.9 trillion from Congress for its Covid-19 plans.
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'As much as it came to an abrupt end, it was a bit of a blessing in disguise'
# Irish Abroad
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# Irish Abroad

'As much as it came to an abrupt end, it was a bit of a blessing in disguise'

9 hours ago 23,867 Views 7 Comments

Ex-Munster fullback Sean Scanlon has retired from professional rugby after seven seasons in the Championship.

Dr Holohan says 'no reason' to change his view on possibility of up to 1,000 Covid-19 deaths this month
# Chief Medical Officer
# Chief Medical Officer

Dr Holohan says 'no reason' to change his view on possibility of up to 1,000 Covid-19 deaths this month

Updated 10 hours ago 50,436 Views 52 Comments

Meanwhile, the latest letter from the Chief Medical Officer said that ‘optimistic’ projections show between 800 and 1,600 cases per day at the end of January.

Paul Murphy: It's time to break the cycle of lockdowns and go for zero Covid in Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Paul Murphy: It's time to break the cycle of lockdowns and go for zero Covid in Ireland

10 hours ago 62,818 Views 74 Comments

The RISE TD argues that now is the time for an overhaul of our approach to Covid-19 so we can make this lockdown the last.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
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# News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

10 hours ago 12,560 Views 0 Comments

Taoiseach indicates restrictions until at least late February, Joe Biden’s first full day in office, and the death of an Irish athletics legend…

Your evening longread: Joe Biden on having a stutter
# Your Evening Longread
# Your Evening Longread

Your evening longread: Joe Biden on having a stutter

10 hours ago 13,353 Views 10 Comments

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

CCPC rejects plans by four Irish banks to set up an industry-wide quick payment app
# Banking
# Banking

CCPC rejects plans by four Irish banks to set up an industry-wide quick payment app

11 hours ago 21,945 Views 31 Comments

The CCPC was notified of the proposal from AIB, BOI, KBC and Permanent TSB earlier this month.

Trailer Watch: Which film will you watch this weekend?
# Trailer Watch
# Trailer Watch

Trailer Watch: Which film will you watch this weekend?

11 hours ago 15,066 Views 17 Comments

Here are a few options for weekend watching.

R number drops to between 0.5 and 0.8 - but NPHET warns this will be 'really difficult to sustain'
# Reproductive Rate
# Reproductive Rate

R number drops to between 0.5 and 0.8 - but NPHET warns this will be 'really difficult to sustain'

12 hours ago 19,571 Views 23 Comments

Health officials have regularly sought to get the reproductive number below 1.

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return
# School Closures
# School Closures

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return

Updated 12 hours ago 56,052 Views 146 Comments

The Fórsa union has said it wanted special education back “as soon as possible” but criticised “running commentary in the media”

RTÉ received 27 formal complaints after contributor to US inauguration coverage called Joe Biden a 'criminal'
# Complaints
# Complaints

RTÉ received 27 formal complaints after contributor to US inauguration coverage called Joe Biden a 'criminal'

12 hours ago 52,660 Views 40 Comments

The broadcaster also received over 90 emails and a number of phone calls with “negative feedback” over the broadcast.

15% of staff at St James' Hospital in Dublin have Covid-19 antibodies
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

15% of staff at St James' Hospital in Dublin have Covid-19 antibodies

12 hours ago 18,068 Views 17 Comments

A total of 64% of 6,000 healthcare workers from the two hospitals participated in the study.

'It was the most special day of my career and I spent it with Jerry Kiernan'
# Memories
From The42
# Memories

'It was the most special day of my career and I spent it with Jerry Kiernan'

12 hours ago 22,843 Views 11 Comments

Sport Ireland CEO and former athlete John Treacy pays tribute to his late friend.

Vaccines: 257 people have reported suspected side-effects to the health products regulator
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Vaccines: 257 people have reported suspected side-effects to the health products regulator

13 hours ago 37,550 Views 40 Comments

121,900 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ireland to date.

'We still have a very large burden of infection': 51 deaths and 2,608 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

'We still have a very large burden of infection': 51 deaths and 2,608 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

Updated 13 hours ago 102,669 Views 174 Comments

The figures were confirmed by public health officials this evening.

Life on a Covid ward: 'We were the last people some patients saw, but many died on their own'
# Covid19
# Covid19

Life on a Covid ward: 'We were the last people some patients saw, but many died on their own'

13 hours ago 15,451 Views 7 Comments

Clinical Nurse Manager Bernie Waterhouse shared her experience of working on a Covid ward for the last ten months.

The Explainer: What are the issues with the mother and baby home report?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What are the issues with the mother and baby home report?

13 hours ago 4,312 Views 6 Comments

We outline what’s in the report, and talk to a historian about issues it raises.

There's been a 66% increase in eating disorder hospital admissions during pandemic in Ireland
# Eating Disorders
# Eating Disorders

There's been a 66% increase in eating disorder hospital admissions during pandemic in Ireland

14 hours ago 15,105 Views 23 Comments

That’s according to an article published in this month’s Irish Medical Journal.

At least 15 days before trapped mine workers in China will be reached, authorities say
# Explosion
# Explosion

At least 15 days before trapped mine workers in China will be reached, authorities say

14 hours ago 11,365 Views 10 Comments

One worker has died from head injuries in the explosion, state media said earlier.

Northern Ireland: Lockdown extended until 5 March, decision next week on opening schools at earlier date
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Northern Ireland: Lockdown extended until 5 March, decision next week on opening schools at earlier date

Updated 14 hours ago 41,340 Views 38 Comments

Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill said this afternoon that the health service is facing into its “toughest week”.

The 5 at 5: Thursday
# 5 At 5
# 5 At 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

14 hours ago 6,414 Views 0 Comments

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Irish MEPs call on Chinese government to allow Dublin man return home
# Richard O'halloran
# Richard O'halloran

Irish MEPs call on Chinese government to allow Dublin man return home

14 hours ago 40,348 Views 27 Comments

Richard O’Halloran from Foxrock hasn’t seen his family since February 2019.

Biden redecorates the Oval Office with a return of the blue rug and no sign of Winston Churchill
# Busted Loose
# Busted Loose

Biden redecorates the Oval Office with a return of the blue rug and no sign of Winston Churchill

Updated 14 hours ago 82,630 Views 60 Comments

It includes busts of Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt.

RSA 'experiencing delays' with online customer portal and call centre
# Driving Test
# Driving Test

RSA 'experiencing delays' with online customer portal and call centre

15 hours ago 18,374 Views 17 Comments

The RSA launched a new online portal in December.

Man hospitalised after being attacked by two men wearing balaclavas in NI home
# Dungannon
# Dungannon

Man hospitalised after being attacked by two men wearing balaclavas in NI home

16 hours ago 8,316 Views 4 Comments

The incident happened at a house in the Gortgonis Road area of Coalisland yesterday.

Vaccines: HSE says 121,900 vaccine doses have been administered so far in Ireland
# Covid19
# Covid19

Vaccines: HSE says 121,900 vaccine doses have been administered so far in Ireland

17 hours ago 28,715 Views 98 Comments

The HSE has provided an update on the vaccination programme.

Irish athletics great Jerry Kiernan has died aged 67
# RIP
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# RIP

Irish athletics great Jerry Kiernan has died aged 67

17 hours ago 95,908 Views 33 Comments

Kiernan finished ninth in the 1984 Olympic Marathon, and went on to coach many of Ireland’s top athletes.

Farmer shot dead by soldier in Northern Ireland in 1974 has been exonerated, family says
# Paddy McElhone
# Paddy McElhone

Farmer shot dead by soldier in Northern Ireland in 1974 has been exonerated, family says

17 hours ago 18,563 Views 14 Comments

Paddy McElhone, 24, died instantly near his home in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone, in 1974.

Storm Christoph: Residents evacuated across UK amid snow showers and flood warnings
# Storm Christoph
# Storm Christoph

Storm Christoph: Residents evacuated across UK amid snow showers and flood warnings

17 hours ago 19,300 Views 2 Comments

Nearly 180 flood warnings remained in place across England at midday today.

'A real concern': A third of patients with Covid-19 in hospital contracted the virus while on wards, says Tánaiste
# Outbreaks
# Outbreaks

'A real concern': A third of patients with Covid-19 in hospital contracted the virus while on wards, says Tánaiste

17 hours ago 24,826 Views 42 Comments

‘They didn’t come in Covid positive, they picked up Covid while in the hospital,’ said Leo Varadkar.

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