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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Family carers ‘devastated’ over vaccine list, Mother and Baby Home Commission won’t be extended, and J&J vaccine effective against variants.

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

IRELAND

7189 Lockdown A woman waits outside a shop in Dublin. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

  • The revised Living with Covid plan is a “wing and a prayer” strategy that contains nothing to give people hope, the Dáil heard
  • Family carers are “devastated” after the vaccination priority list announced yesterday failed to mention them
  • The government is not going to extend the term of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, despite mounting pressure from opposition TDs
  • John Delaney’s application to have an action over the inspection of documents seized from the FAI held in private is “very draconian,” the High Court heard
  • There will be a further extension to the expiry dates of driving licences due to disruption caused by Covid-19 restrictions
  •  The Taoiseach has said he’d “check out” why public Dr Gabriel Scally is no longer overseeing the implementation of CervicalCheck improvements
  • There were 56 deaths and 574 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Ireland.

WORLD

winter-weather-feb-24th-2021 An Egyptian goose walks through daffodils in St James's Park, London. Source: PA

#VACCINE DONATIONS: Ghana received the world’s first delivery of coronavirus vaccines from the United Nations-backed Covax initiative.

#VACCINE No 4: The US body responsible for approving vaccines said the jab developed by Johnson & Johnson is highly effective in preventing severe Covid-19, including the South African and Brazilian variants.

#DRUG HAUL: Germany and Belgium seized 23 tonnes of cocaine in a record haul of the drug in Europe.

PARTING SHOT

A meeting of Stormont’s Finance committee was interrupted this afternoon when a live pigeon was dragged into a video call by an attendee’s pet cat.

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That attendee’s name was… Colin Pigeon, would you believe. 

“I’ve never been interrupted by wildlife before,” he said after bring the situation under control. 

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