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Today’s News

The Explainer: What led to Ireland moving to Level 5 restrictions?

We take a look at the facts and figures on this week’s podcast.

Under-staffing issues in health service 'exacerbated by Covid-19 absenses'

The INMO will appear at the Dáil’s health committee today.

Why is Ireland choosing a 'seesaw' approach to tackling Covid-19?

The Taoiseach said certain approaches, such as ‘Zero Covid’ or herd immunity, are not realistic for Ireland.

Direct Provision should end by 2023 with amnesty offered in 2021 for some - Day report

A report drawn up by former Secretary General of the European Commission Dr Catherine Day has made a number of sweeping recommendations.

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Yesterday’s News

NI health minister and CMO reject suggestion Covid-19 spread has link to political affiliation

Minister Edwin Poots claimed Covid was more rife in nationalist areas than unionist areas by a factor of six to one.

French teacher's killer had been 'in contact' with a pupil's father before attack

President Macron said that a pro-Hamas group active in France would be dissolved for being “directly implicated” in the murder.

Rashford the hero again as United seal late win over PSG

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were 2-1 winners in Paris, a perfect start to their Champions League campaign.

Garda group raises concerns over 'practicality' of issuing on-the-spot fines for breaches of Covid-19 rules

It is understood fines of €1,000 will be issued to those who organise house parties during the Level 5 restrictions.

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Fines of €1,000 for house parties, and up to €500 for other breaches of Covid-19 rules

Gardaí will still not be allowed to enter someone’s home.

Here's the letter from Tony Holohan that recommended Level 5 for six weeks

The Chief Medical Officer sent the letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly last Thursday.

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Cork floods, Manchester row, eviction ban – here’s a round-up of what happened today.

Your evening longread: How our mind-boggling sense of smell works

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

Unsecured doors and windows account for almost 1 in 5 burglaries, gardaí say

Tomorrow marks the second EU wide Focus Day on domestic burglary.

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Man arrested, €800k of cannabis and €80k cash seized after gardaí stop and search vehicle

The vehicle was stopped in the Clondalkin area of west Dublin today.

Judge orders speedy release of Ghislaine Maxwell transcripts

Maxwell has been incarcerated since her arrest in early July.

CMO and Deputy CMO lay out the figures behind Covid-19 testing in schools

Close contact testing in schools has yielded a positivity rate of 2.8%.

The Remote: The Trial of the Chicago 7, Gogglebox Ireland and the return of the Champions League

We’ve got you covered whether you want a solo TV night or one for all the family.

Half of close contacts not showing up for second Covid-19 test

Close contacts are tested twice whether they have symptoms or not.

'Immoral': Mayor informed of £22 million for Greater Manchester during press conference

A Labour MP tweeted that they had been informed the £22 million would only go towards helping the test and trace system.

Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions

Once the six-week lockdown is over, it is envisaged that the country will remain at Level 3 until the New Year.

US government sues Google over its 'illegal monopoly' on internet search and advertising services

The case is one of the country’s biggest antitrust lawsuits in decades.

Coronavirus: 13 deaths and 1,269 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed this evening.

'It's definitely always been in my head' - from Kerry roots to chasing glory in AFL Grand Final

Mark O’Connor on the Irish interest in next Saturday’s AFL Grand Final with his club Geelong after a strange and dramatic season.

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The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Five stories, five minutes, five o’clock…

Garda launches High Court challenge aimed at preventing dismissal from force

The action has been brought by Garda Paul Mulcair, who is stationed at Kinsale Garda Station in Co Cork.

Level 5: Taoiseach outlines R0 target and says 'reward is to get the shops open'

Michéal Martin says the aim is to “get the R number consistently below 1″.

Taoiseach pledges support for businesses in Cork after severe flooding

High tide was expected at 8.35am, and brought heavy flooding to areas of the city.

'There is no logic to it': Garden centre owners wonder why they're being forced to close their doors in Level 5

Along with other ‘non-essential’ retailers like bookshops, they can operate online.

Opinion: We must mind our mental health as Level 5 brings a forced introspection

Author and advocate Cathal O’Reilly has struggled with his own mental health in the past. He shares his thoughts on Level 5 and how to handle it.

Resignalling project to impact Irish Rail services through Connolly for next three weekends

The €120 million project will result in the resignalling of the Dart network from Howth/Malahide to Sandymount.

Greater Manchester to face stringent restrictions after talks to reach support deal with Westminster fail

Regional leaders are locked into a battle with the government in Westminster as new restrictions loom.

From The42 'It's a massive sense of safety for each player' - Hurling stars back GAA championship start Green Light

'It's a massive sense of safety for each player' - Hurling stars back GAA championship start

Tony Kelly and Cian Lynch are happy to see Sunday’s Munster hurling clash set to go ahead.

The CSO has alerted the gardaí after extracts from the 1926 Census were published on social media

The individual who posted the information was contacted by the CSO and has agreed to remove the material.

Man given partially suspended sentence for sexually abusing young niece over two-year period

The man was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Danish man jailed for murdering journalist on submarine arrested after attempted prison break

Peter Madsen is serving a life sentence for the murder of Kim Wall.

Keelin Shanley, Luke O'Neill and Mary McAleese among this year's Irish Book Awards nominees

Once again, TheJournal.ie is sponsoring the Best Irish Published Book award.

Man appears in court charged with running six brothels in Dublin

Hani Ali Showky is accused of running brothels in Smithfield, Rathmines, Santry and Northwood.

Three deaths and 913 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Northern Ireland Department of Health this afternoon.

U-turn on mourners as 25 people will now be allowed at both weddings and funerals

Cabinet has agreed to a change in the Level 5 guidance.

From The42 'It's great the FAI are behind us, giving us the charter flight in these terrible conditions with Covid' Precaution

'It's great the FAI are behind us, giving us the charter flight in these terrible conditions with Covid'

Virus threat overshadows monumental week for Irish women’s football – but Girls in Green covering all bases.

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