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# christmas - Today’s News

What is the new advice around household visits and travel?

The Government has announced its advice for December and the Christmas period.

New Toy Show children's charity appeal set up by RTÉ

Ryan Tubridy will launch the new fund on tonight’s Late Late Toy Show.

Cabinet to meet this afternoon to finalise details of Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas

  • Retailers, gyms and hairdressers are expected to reopen on Tuesday.
  • Cabinet is to decide on when household restrictions will be relaxed this afternoon.
  • A nationwide address by the Taoiseach on the new rules is expected this evening.

RDS Christmas Day dinner for homeless to be held as takeaway service outside Mansion House this year

Those in need can attend the mobile kitchen between 10am and 1pm on Christmas Day.

# christmas - Yesterday’s News

Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain

Dr Ryan said he doesn’t “envy” the Irish government and there are “no easy answers”.

'He's exempt. He's coming': Government confirms no restrictions for Santa travelling to Ireland this Christmas

Sinn Féin’s John Brady posed the question to Minister Simon Coveney as it is “playing on the minds” of children across the country.

# christmas - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves this weekend

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

# christmas - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Banking federation warns customers to be 'extra vigilant' of online scams in lead-up to Christmas

Figures from the BPFI show €22m was scammed through card fraud alone last year.

# christmas - Monday 23 November, 2020

White House presses on with Christmas tree ceremony despite coronavirus warnings

Public health officials have pleaded with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or spend the holiday with people from outside their household.

6,000 books gifted to children in direct provision, hospitals and homeless services across Ireland

There are over 2,100 children in direct provision and over 2,500 experiencing homelessness.

Poll: Do you plan to do most of your Christmas shopping in person? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you plan to do most of your Christmas shopping in person?

The Taoiseach has said that the country will move back to Level Three restrictions from 1 December.

Discussions being held between UK and Ireland over Christmas with Covid restrictions

It comes amid work within the UK to allow people to meet in a “careful and limited way” over Christmas.

# christmas - Sunday 22 November, 2020

Minister says Christmas 'free-for-all' could lead to January lockdown

Pippa Hackett said businesses reopening and closing again wouldn’t suit anybody.

# christmas - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Here's a list of Irish charities that have launched Christmas appeals

It’s the time of giving, after all.

Restaurant sector faces 'total collapse' in January if not allowed to open in December

The sector has warned it will lose out on 30% of its annual income.

'We can't judge anyone for whatever decision they make': Irish emigrants on why they're travelling home this Christmas

Many people are unsure of what to do and critical of mixed mesages from the government.

# christmas - Friday 20 November, 2020

'Social disapproval can be a good deterrent': The battle to ensure compliance with guidelines over Christmas

Research shows people’s main concern is about the health of their families and friends making it unlikely they will choose to put them at risk.

# christmas - Thursday 19 November, 2020

'People won't enjoy Christmas with the threat of another lockdown hanging over them', says Eoghan Murphy

Pressure has also been mounting on Micheál Martin to set out that the country will not return to another lockdown after Christmas.

Dublin Airport test centre expecting rise in Christmas demand as people get tested before visiting loved ones

The test centre at Dublin Airport is open to anyone who wishes to take a test.

# christmas - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Decision on what restrictions will be in place in December to be made next week by Cabinet

Level 5 restrictions are due to end on 1 December.

# christmas - Monday 16 November, 2020

Return of thousands of Irish people for Christmas could result in 'hundreds or thousands of cases' in January

Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn said he thinks the majority of people will decide “it’s simply not worth it”.

Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping?

There are 39 days left until Christmas.

# christmas - Friday 13 November, 2020

Poll: Have you put up your Christmas decorations? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you put up your Christmas decorations?

Did you put yours up straight after Halloween, or are you waiting until the last minute?

# christmas - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Cork towns and villages to switch their Christmas lights on at 7pm today

It’s part of Cork County Council’s ‘A Real Cork Christmas’ initiative.

# christmas - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Level 3 is December target but government could 'moderate' restrictions for certain sectors, says Taoiseach

Micheal Martin said he would give advanced notice to businesses ahead of December.

17 iconic Dublin buildings and city streets to light up in December for Christmas

All 17 locations will be lit up from the first week in December until the end of the month.

'Please bear with us': Huge spike in parcel volumes causing delays as Level 5 online shopping booms

Between the deluge of online orders and the need to social distance in depots, An Post has said “everything takes longer” this year.

# christmas - Monday 9 November, 2020

HSE boss says 'we have to be honest' about what Christmas will look once Level 5 restrictions ease

Reid told Newstalk Breakfast people will still need to limit their social contacts after 1 December.

# christmas - Sunday 8 November, 2020

Government criticised on lack of clarity over Christmas Covid restrictions

NPHET has warned that an easing of measures at Christmas risks a surge of the coronavirus in spring.

# christmas - Sunday 1 November, 2020

Confrontation with NPHET foreseen as government presses ahead with EU travel plan

Government sources have said Ireland has already agreed to be part of the new EU programme that will open up travel.

# christmas - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'

Government aims to have travel traffic light system up and running by 8 November.

# christmas - Wednesday 28 October, 2020

UK police could break up Covid rule-breakers’ Christmas dinners, warns commissioner

David Jamieson also spoke of his fears of a ‘time bomb’ of civil unrest.

# christmas - Monday 26 October, 2020

Poll: Will you do more of your Christmas shopping online this year? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you do more of your Christmas shopping online this year?

Many retailers – if they have an online presence – are depending on customers shifting to online sales.

# christmas - Saturday 24 October, 2020

How to support Irish businesses when buying gifts this Christmas

A new directory of Irish companies to buy gifts from was launched this week.

# christmas - Friday 23 October, 2020

Gardaí warn parents not to gift children quad bikes and scramblers for Christmas

An Garda Síochána and the RSA have launched a new public awareness campaign.

# christmas - Friday 9 October, 2020

Dublin businesses urge people to start Christmas shopping early to avoid large queues in December

DublinTown said 2020 has been “an extremely difficult year” for businesses.

# christmas - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Debunked: No, Smyths Toys is not closing its doors and going 'online only' in the run up to Christmas

Several claims online say the store is to stop retail sales from next week.

# christmas - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

What Christmas gatherings will be possible under the new Covid plan?

The plan is for the next six months so Christmas occurs right in the middle.

# christmas - Monday 14 September, 2020

Poll: Do you plan on doing Christmas shopping earlier this year? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you plan on doing Christmas shopping earlier this year?

It’s 102 days until Christmas.

# christmas - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

PSNI chief sorry for Christmas Day photo with armed officers in Crossmaglen

The photo, which Simon Byrne posted on Twitter, attracted considerable criticism.

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