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Merrion Gate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste called on to explain 'grubby little episode'
# Covid Guidelines
# Covid Guidelines

Merrion Gate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste called on to explain 'grubby little episode'

Updated 2 hours ago 26,464 Views 58 Comments

The government yesterday said that outdoor events of up to 200 people can take place.

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister can't say if UN job offered to Zappone will be filled
# Freedom Of Expression
# Freedom Of Expression

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister can't say if UN job offered to Zappone will be filled

Updated 3 hours ago 10,688 Views 19 Comments

The DFA has said a decision on the next steps will not be taken until next month.

Friday 30 July, 2021

Fianna Fáil Senator says Zappone should turn down UN special envoy offer
# Freedom Of Expression
# Freedom Of Expression

Fianna Fáil Senator says Zappone should turn down UN special envoy offer

Updated Fri 9:30 PM 45,998 Views 105 Comments

The former minister is to be made a UN envoy.

Varadkar says indoor hospitality is 'working well' and urges compliance over bank holiday weekend
# Indoor Dining
# Indoor Dining

Varadkar says indoor hospitality is 'working well' and urges compliance over bank holiday weekend

Jul 30th 2021, 12:07 PM 17,468 Views 71 Comments

As of Monday, customers can avail of indoor hospitality if they have proof of Covid-19 immunity.

Thursday 29 July, 2021

President Higgins raises concerns about volume of legislation he's asked to consider in a short period
# Unprecedented
# Unprecedented

President Higgins raises concerns about volume of legislation he's asked to consider in a short period

Updated Jul 29th 2021, 8:30 PM 45,091 Views 94 Comments

The Ceann Comhairle and Cathaoirleach have said they “appreciated the concerns” raised by President Higgins.

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended
# Double Jabbed
# Double Jabbed

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended

Jul 29th 2021, 8:01 PM 43,867 Views 19 Comments

The HSE says that a 17 day gap for Pfizer is “safe and effective”.

Campaign of abuse against restaurants following the rules is 'reprehensible', says Taoiseach
# Vaccine Certs
# Vaccine Certs

Campaign of abuse against restaurants following the rules is 'reprehensible', says Taoiseach

Jul 29th 2021, 4:12 PM 30,460 Views 63 Comments

Hospitality businesses following vaccine cert rules have been the victim of an online campaign.

Don't expect a 'Freedom Day' but Taoiseach says lifting restrictions in September will be discussed next month
# Cautiously Positive
# Cautiously Positive

Don't expect a 'Freedom Day' but Taoiseach says lifting restrictions in September will be discussed next month

Jul 29th 2021, 1:35 PM 33,181 Views 28 Comments

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan yesterday raised the possibility of further restrictions being lifted.

Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Irish-language nursery school in east Belfast to relocate after 'social media hate campaign'
# Naíscoil Na Seolta
# Naíscoil Na Seolta

Irish-language nursery school in east Belfast to relocate after 'social media hate campaign'

Jul 28th 2021, 10:55 PM 21,768 Views 32 Comments

Naíscoil na Seolta is due to open in September but will now do so in another location.

'Reasons for optimism' from NPHET as Holohan raises prospect of lifting remaining restrictions
# Reasons To Be Cheerful
# Reasons To Be Cheerful

'Reasons for optimism' from NPHET as Holohan raises prospect of lifting remaining restrictions

Jul 28th 2021, 9:43 PM 57,882 Views 78 Comments

Holohan said that Ireland’s uptake of Covid-19 vaccines was “among the best in the world”.

'The benefits of vaccination exceed any risk': NIAC's Prof Karina Butler outlines advice to parents
# Child Vaccinations
# Child Vaccinations

'The benefits of vaccination exceed any risk': NIAC's Prof Karina Butler outlines advice to parents

Updated Jul 28th 2021, 7:25 PM 34,965 Views 111 Comments
  • Butler says parents of children with underlying conditions should avail of a Covid vaccine as soon as it is offered
  • Other parents should consider vaccinating their children knowing 'it is effective at preventing Covid'
  • Tony Hololan said that vaccinating children is a separate issue to the return of schools
Woman held in murder probe as child dies in Ardoyne
# Belfast
# Belfast

Woman held in murder probe as child dies in Ardoyne

Updated Jul 28th 2021, 6:02 AM 45,833 Views 0 Comments

Ambulance crews had earlier taken two children to hospital.

Tuesday 27 July, 2021

Construction to begin on €30m medical centre for Dublin’s homeless

Construction to begin on €30m medical centre for Dublin’s homeless

Jul 27th 2021, 10:39 PM 32,454 Views 38 Comments

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien visited the site this week.

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
# News Fix
# News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Jul 27th 2021, 8:52 PM 18,913 Views 4 Comments

Weddings to double to 100, vaccines for children and Olympics latest.

New Covid variants 'do not change' the measures needed in schools, Foley says
# Back To School
# Back To School

New Covid variants 'do not change' the measures needed in schools, Foley says

Jul 27th 2021, 4:43 PM 13,881 Views 12 Comments

The department is planning for a “full reopening” of schools in August/September.

Thursday 22 July, 2021

Irish holidaymakers in Malta end quarantine as Embassy warns against travel without Digital Covid Cert
# Gov Island
# Gov Island

Irish holidaymakers in Malta end quarantine as Embassy warns against travel without Digital Covid Cert

Updated Jul 22nd 2021, 7:29 PM 46,221 Views 40 Comments

Malta is the only European country not accepting HSE vaccination cards as proof of vaccination.

Wednesday 21 July, 2021

August wedding guest increase at risk as Ireland is 'without a doubt' in fourth wave
# Receptions
# Receptions

August wedding guest increase at risk as Ireland is 'without a doubt' in fourth wave

Updated Jul 21st 2021, 5:46 PM 57,325 Views 51 Comments
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a final decision would be made next week on wedding numbers
  • The context for the decision is the 'challenging' increase in Covid-19 infections
  • Leo Varadkar says cases may peak at 3,000-4,000 per day in the coming weeks but ICU admissions may peak at a 'manageable' 40-50
Malta confirms seven passengers from Dublin flight must quarantine over 'non-compliant' HSE certs
# Malta
# Malta

Malta confirms seven passengers from Dublin flight must quarantine over 'non-compliant' HSE certs

Updated Jul 21st 2021, 3:33 PM 104,678 Views 142 Comments
  • The Irish holidaymakers can leave quarantine if they obtain a Digital Covid Certificate
  • Minister of State Ossian Smyth has said he will do everything he can to ensure the certs are issued
  • The Irish Travel Agents Association says Malta is the only country not accepting HSE vaccination cards
Former minister and founder of the Progressive Democrats Des O'Malley dies aged 82
# RIP
# RIP

Former minister and founder of the Progressive Democrats Des O'Malley dies aged 82

Jul 21st 2021, 10:19 AM 56,147 Views 56 Comments

O’Malley’s ‘standing by the Republic’ speech is among the most famous ever in the Dáil.

Tuesday 20 July, 2021

Irish holidaymakers in Malta placed in mandatory quarantine after HSE vaccine certs not accepted
# Foreign Travel
# Foreign Travel

Irish holidaymakers in Malta placed in mandatory quarantine after HSE vaccine certs not accepted

Updated Jul 20th 2021, 8:35 PM 188,354 Views 177 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of the situation.

Footage of UK abattoir slaughtering racehorses 'does not happen here', Irish officials say
# Horse Racing
# Horse Racing

Footage of UK abattoir slaughtering racehorses 'does not happen here', Irish officials say

Jul 20th 2021, 12:05 PM 57,342 Views 0 Comments

The British Horseracing Authority has promised to examine content of the BBC Panorama investigation.

Monday 19 July, 2021

'Constantly engaged': Callers vent frustration amid 'issues' with Digital Covid Cert call centre
# Ticket To Fly
# Ticket To Fly

'Constantly engaged': Callers vent frustration amid 'issues' with Digital Covid Cert call centre

Jul 19th 2021, 5:15 PM 26,296 Views 34 Comments

Tourism Minister Catherine Martin has said there have been “issues” with the helpline.

Almost 200 HPV-positive smears through CervicalCheck need repeat test after samples expire
# Cancer Screening
# Cancer Screening

Almost 200 HPV-positive smears through CervicalCheck need repeat test after samples expire

Jul 19th 2021, 9:23 AM 29,881 Views 27 Comments

The samples expired after an increase in the number of cervical smear samples being sent in.

Leaving on a jet plane? Here's what you need to know about the return of international travel
# Holibops
# Holibops

Leaving on a jet plane? Here's what you need to know about the return of international travel

Jul 19th 2021, 12:02 AM 81,780 Views 44 Comments
  • Rónán Duffy outlines what to expect if you're thinking of taking a trip this summer
  • The Digital Covid Cert should make things easier but technically you don't need one
  • If you decide to go, what will the resorts even look like?

Friday 16 July, 2021

Taoiseach says Ireland's reopening has been 'slowest in Europe, wisely so'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach says Ireland's reopening has been 'slowest in Europe, wisely so'

Jul 16th 2021, 5:08 PM 26,886 Views 53 Comments

Micheál Martin was speaking as 1,200 cases of Covid-19 are expected to be confirmed today.

Thursday 15 July, 2021

Ireland will face its own challenges as part of the EU's mammoth 'carbon neutral by 2050' plan
# Fit For 55
# Fit For 55

Ireland will face its own challenges as part of the EU's mammoth 'carbon neutral by 2050' plan

Jul 15th 2021, 2:37 PM 6,862 Views 15 Comments

The ‘Fit for 55′ plan first aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

Government wins vote on indoor dining laws labelled as 'discriminatory' by opposition TDs
# Covid Pass
# Covid Pass

Government wins vote on indoor dining laws labelled as 'discriminatory' by opposition TDs

Jul 15th 2021, 8:09 AM 64,916 Views 197 Comments

12 government members were not present for the vote.

Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Micheál Martin says Fianna Fáil TDs will meet to review electoral performance after the summer break
# Soldiers Of Destiny
# Soldiers Of Destiny

Micheál Martin says Fianna Fáil TDs will meet to review electoral performance after the summer break

Jul 14th 2021, 9:16 PM 15,793 Views 47 Comments

Barry Cowen had written to party members and called for a special in-person meeting

Digital Covid Cert call centre got 4,000 callers on first day but most hung up before speaking to an operator
# In Your Inboxes
# In Your Inboxes

Digital Covid Cert call centre got 4,000 callers on first day but most hung up before speaking to an operator

Updated Jul 14th 2021, 4:09 PM 44,635 Views 67 Comments

The Government Chief Information Officer said he “hopes” most people got the information they needed.

Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Leo Varadkar says 105 minute time-limit for pubs and restaurants is 'under review' and he wants it gone
# Indoor Dining
# Indoor Dining

Leo Varadkar says 105 minute time-limit for pubs and restaurants is 'under review' and he wants it gone

Jul 13th 2021, 6:38 PM 43,289 Views 58 Comments

The Tánaiste denied that the time limit had no scientific basis.

'A society divided': Opposition lines up against government's indoor dining legislation
# Pubs And Restaurants
# Pubs And Restaurants

'A society divided': Opposition lines up against government's indoor dining legislation

Jul 13th 2021, 1:43 PM 30,816 Views 72 Comments

The government hopes the legislation will come into force sometime next week.

'The brand isn't as strong as it once was': How will Fianna Fáil react to last week's by-election result?
# Soldiers Of Destiny
# Soldiers Of Destiny

'The brand isn't as strong as it once was': How will Fianna Fáil react to last week's by-election result?

Jul 13th 2021, 12:03 AM 18,466 Views 49 Comments
  • Concerns about the future of Fianna Fáil's leadership have grown following last week's by-election, Rónán Duffy writes.
  • One councillor believes the party should re-connect with its voters, particularly at local authority level.

Monday 12 July, 2021

Irish people will begin receiving Digital Covid Certs from today - here's how the rollout will work
# Summer Travel
# Summer Travel

Irish people will begin receiving Digital Covid Certs from today - here's how the rollout will work

Jul 12th 2021, 6:10 AM 80,238 Views 20 Comments

Fully vaccinated people will receive their certs automatically.

Friday 9 July, 2021

Ivana Bacik promises to be 'strong, progressive, woman’s voice' as she's elected to the Dáil
# Dublin Bay South
# Dublin Bay South

Ivana Bacik promises to be 'strong, progressive, woman’s voice' as she's elected to the Dáil

Jul 9th 2021, 9:26 PM 25,633 Views 50 Comments

Bacik fills the seat left vacant by Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy.

AS IT HAPPENED: Labour's Ivana Bacik elected in Dublin Bay South after topping the poll
Live Jul 9th 2021, 9:10 PM

AS IT HAPPENED: Labour's Ivana Bacik elected in Dublin Bay South after topping the poll

Thursday 8 July, 2021

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'
# Housing
# Housing

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'

Jul 8th 2021, 1:38 PM 24,274 Views 78 Comments

Catherine Murphy said leasing properties from funds was “an abuse of public money”.

Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Johnson denies England is 'heading for a summer of chaos and confusion' amid rising Delta wave
# Delta Wave
# Delta Wave

Johnson denies England is 'heading for a summer of chaos and confusion' amid rising Delta wave

Jul 7th 2021, 1:20 PM 23,801 Views 16 Comments

The UK Health Secretary has said that cases may reach 100,000 per day.

Tuesday 6 July, 2021

Call centre will allow those recovered from Covid to call up to receive travel cert
# DIGITAL COVID CERT
# DIGITAL COVID CERT

Call centre will allow those recovered from Covid to call up to receive travel cert

Updated Jul 6th 2021, 9:50 PM 86,416 Views 127 Comments
  • Eligible people are to receive their cert automatically by email or by post
  • Government warns there may be 'teething problems'
  • The cert may be used as the basis for a Vaccine Passport for hospitality but Transport Minister says they are 'separate' issues
Dublin Bay South: Green candidate says 'sending a message to government won't build any homes'
# By-election
# By-election

Dublin Bay South: Green candidate says 'sending a message to government won't build any homes'

Jul 6th 2021, 4:47 PM 20,408 Views 61 Comments

Claire Byrne said that her party is ‘delivering’ in government.

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