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Today’s News

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.

Yesterday’s News

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

New restrictions and a rainfall warning – it was one of those days.

'Pull together and follow the spirit of the rules': Taoiseach confirms entire country will move to Level 5

The announcement comes two weeks after NPHET first recommended that Ireland move to Level 5.


Coronavirus: No deaths and 1,031 new cases confirmed in Ireland

There are 34 people in ICU, and there have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Sunday 18 October, 2020

Gardaí in Cork investigate allegation of person voting twice in the general election

It is understood that the allegation concerns the Cork North Central electoral constituency.

Friday 16 October, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s a round up of the news that hit the headlines today.

Mario Rosenstock's 'Sunday Roast' slot on TodayFM has been cancelled

The comedian said his Gift Grub segment on the same radio station would continue.

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 1,000 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?

It has changed a bit since the last time NPHET recommended Level 5.

China's Covid-19 vaccine candidate is safe and prompts antibody response - early results from study

This vaccine includes the killed virus mixed with aluminium hydroxide, which is known to boost immune responses.

Thursday 15 October, 2020

If current restrictions have no effect, there will be 400 people with Covid-19 in hospital by Halloween

A number of stark figures were given at tonight’s Department of Health briefing.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin criticises anti-mask demonstrations

He said that “behind outward talk of respecting individual liberties there was also strain of negation of the virus”.


EU Summit: Today is Boris's deadline day for a trade deal - but talks are still stuck

A draft deal hasn’t been created yet, with wide gaps remaining between the two sides on State aid and fisheries.

Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Coronavirus: Five deaths and 1,095 new cases confirmed in Ireland

“This situation is extremely concerning. Every single one of us has a role to play,” Dr Tony Holohan said.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five stories, five minutes, five o’clock…

Fourth resident at Laois nursing home dies after contracting Covid-19

On Monday, three residents were confirmed to have died at Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home in Portlaoise.

Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Chief Justice expresses 'very serious concern' at delays as Seamus Woulfe requests third postponement of meeting

The two judges were set to meet to discuss the ongoing fallout over the Golfgate dinner.


Monday 12 October, 2020

Over €8 million worth of drugs, some hidden on a horse-box roof, seized by PSNI detectives in October

Around £1 million worth of suspected cannabis was seized by the PSNI on 3 October after being strapped to the roof of a horse box-type vehicle.

Gardaí investigating after man found on N3 dies in 'unexplained circumstances'

The man was found at the Snugborough Road Bridge by the N3 and was brought to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Ian Bailey won’t be extradited, the UK’s new Covid plan, and suspected Shebeens.

Young doctor on contracting Covid-19: My oxygen dropped and I was unable to finish a sentence

Dr Owen O’Flynn said it was “disappointing” to see some people flouting the rules, adding that the guidelines were there for a reason.

Friday 9 October, 2020

Charities Regulator appoints inspectors to investigate Bóthar

The Charities Regulator has been engaged with the charity since early this year.


Man (20s) taken to hospital with serious injuries after Cork city assault

The man’s injuries are believed to be serious, but not life threatening.

Simon Coveney: UK has given assurance that there is no block of Covid-19 Northern Ireland funding

Coveney said that he was told by Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis that “finance from London shouldn’t be a problem”.

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Poll: Which John Lennon is your favourite John Lennon?

And no, ‘all of them’ isn’t an option.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Donald Trump plans Florida rally, youth unemployment, and contact tracing problems are in the news this morning.

UK strategy to propose Internal Markets Bill likely 'a high stakes gamble'

A comprehensive report analyses the policy decisions around the Internal Market Bill, and where it leaves Brexit trade talks.


Contact tracing concerns: School wasn't contacted by HSE until four days after confirmed Covid-19 case

A mother has raised concerns about the policy of schools not taking action until contacted by the HSE.

Thursday 8 October, 2020

Around 17,000 UK driver licences in Ireland need to be traded in before the end of the year

The NDLS is expecting a surge in applications in the final weeks before the transition period ends on 31 December.

Wednesday 7 October, 2020

QAnon: What is this conspiracy and why has Facebook banned it?

More time on the Internet due to the pandemic, coupled with Facebook’s recommendation algorithms, has added fuel to the QAnon fire.

Tuesday 6 October, 2020

Increasingly worried, supportive of restrictions: What opinion poll findings tell us about Ireland's perception of the pandemic

The latest public opinion survey shows that more people are worried about Covid-19.

Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation?

The Tánaiste and other ministers have been outlining the reasons why over the past few hours.


Monday 5 October, 2020

What has led to this latest NPHET recommendation? Here's the relevant data

Clusters, incidence rates, hospital capacity, and the other virus trends that has NPHET worried.

Poll: Do you think Ireland should go into Level 5? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think Ireland should go into Level 5?

The coalition leaders are to meet the CMO Dr Tony Holohan today to discuss the recommendation.

Explainer: What restrictions are in Level 5?

No social gatherings at all, no dine-in bars, but schools and creches stay open.

Thursday 1 October, 2020

Brexit: European Commission begins legal action against UK over Internal Market Bill

The Bill threatens to overwrites parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, which the UK government admitted was a breach of international law.

Irish government won't be contributing to the DeSouzas' legal bill

The legal case taken by the DeSouzas was “a private case in respect of an immigration application”, the Irish government said.


Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Harris estimates 1,000 additional college places may be required to deal with calculated grade errors

When asked by in the Dáil earlier, Taoiseach Micheál Martin admitted that there had been two errors made in the Leaving Cert standardisation process.

'Only realistic solution' to save Post Office Network is State funding of €17m

The report, which doesn’t take in the warns starkly of the need for this action to be taken within months.

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