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Irish - Today’s News

'Hundreds' of rolling checkpoints and community patrols - Gardaí to roll out high visibility operation for Level 5

The entire country has now entered Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Level 5 restrictions have just kicked in - here's what they are

Two households can meet outdoors for things like exercise, funerals allowed up to 25 mourners, and fines for breaching the rules.

Irish - Yesterday’s News

Children’s Minister to re-examine 30-year seal on mother and baby homes records

The remaining records would be sealed for 30 years under a 2004 Act.

NI Health Minister self-isolating after receiving close proximity notification from Covid app

Robin Swann received an exposure notification this evening from the StopCovid NI proximity app.

Health Minister tells FF TDs that contact tracing 'didn't collapse', and asking patients to contact trace is 'one-off'

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the HSE has been repeatedly asked whether it has enough contact-tracing capacity.

Here's how the RSA's driving services and NCT services are affected under Level 5

Driver theory tests are being suspended for a period of six weeks.

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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s your round-up of what made headlines today.

Your evening longread: The priest who left the church for love

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

Cervical, breast and bowel cancer screenings in Ireland operate at best global standards, reports find

The reports, authored by Prof Susan O’Reilly and Prof Risteárd Ó Laoide, were published today.

Man missing from Dublin found safe and well

Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance in the matter.

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'People are starting to grieve': Dingle locals remember Fungie as hopes of finding dolphin fade

The dolphin has not been seen since he disappeared last week.

Irish Sea checks will be ‘operationally effective’ by New Year even if facilities are unfinished

That’s according to Andrew McCormick, Stormont’s lead official on EU exit.

Midwife convicted of money laundering offences challenges HSE decision to dismiss her

The action has been taken by Samantha Sinnott, a midwife at Wexford General Hospital.

Gardaí investigating whether jury were secretly recorded during recent criminal trial

A 36-year-old man denies having taken any videos or photos of proceedings.

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From The42 Golf clubs to close under Level 5 restrictions Covid-19

Golf clubs to close under Level 5 restrictions

The GUI and ILGU say they have sought clarity over whether driving ranges and practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities.

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 1,167 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures come in ahead of the introduction of Level 5, which is due to take effect tonight.

GPs 'inundated' with calls from close contacts of Covid-19 cases due to HSE backlog issue

More than 2,000 people are being expected to do their own contact tracing this week.

Explainer: What are the new Garda powers and what fines can be given?

The fines will not come into effect for another week or two.

UK government suffered 'biggest political defeat' in House of Lords over Brexit bill, TDs are told

Members of the UK’s House of Lords addressed an Oireachtas Committee about the Internal Market Bill.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five stories, five minutes, five o’clock…

Catherine Day: 'Continued political oversight' needed to end Direct Provision

Dr Day said today the current Direct Provision system is “reactive” and said that people living in the system “bear the consequences” of its failures.

Dr Maeve O'Rourke: Here's a full analysis of the problems with the Government's Mother and Baby Homes Bill

Lecturer Maeve O’Rourke analyses the government’s nine main arguments in relation to the Bill.

DUP minister says he never tried to attribute Covid-19 spread to religion after nationalist/unionist comments

Edwin Poots has accused Sinn Féin of trying to “distort and twist” his comments.

Two men arrested over burglaries in shops, petrol stations and post offices across Munster

The burglaries took place over the last number of months.

50 nurses in each of the last two weeks have contracted Covid-19 - INMO

Phil Ni Sheaghdha says PPE has improved but greater supports are needed.

Anger mounts as government learns of contact tracing collapse impacting thousands through the media

The HSE is to ask more than 2,000 people who received a positive Covid-19 test result last week to alert their own close contacts.

UK government urged to support areas facing restrictions after 'grubby, take-it-or-leave-it' deal for Manchester

South Yorkshire will be the latest region to be put under Tier 3 of restrictions.

From The42 GAA confirm minor and U20 championships will be halted from midnight Level 5

GAA confirm minor and U20 championships will be halted from midnight

Dublin and Galway were set to meet in the final of the U20 Football Championship on Saturday, but that will not go ahead.

Batches of White Mausu sauce recalled by FSAI due to presence of pesticide

240g jars of the brand’s Cashew Crunch sauce are potentially unsafe.

Ulster Bank tells Donohoe 'no decision' yet taken on its future amid reports it could be wound down

The Minister for Finance met with representatives from Ulster Bank today.

Ireland to face England in Wembley friendly next month

Stephen Kenny’s men will square off with Gareth Southgate and his charges before Ireland’s Nations League clashes with Wales and Bulgaria.

From The42 Keenan and Connors handed debuts as Stockdale moves to 15 for Ireland Team News

Keenan and Connors handed debuts as Stockdale moves to 15 for Ireland

Ed Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park are set for their first caps off the bench against Italy.

Two teenagers assaulted and robbed in the early hours in west Dublin park

The incident happened in Porterstown Park on Sunday morning.

Michel Barnier says Boris Johnson must be willing to compromise too as deal remains 'within reach'

The transition period in which to agree a trade deal between the EU and UK ends on 31 December.

Rapid testing should be considered but it's not as accurate as the test we currently use, Hiqa says

The introduction of rapid testing could be effective in Ireland in future, but we need to see its “real-world performance” here first, Hiqa said.

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Poll: Will you make an extra effort to 'buy Irish' this Christmas?

Many Irish businesses have an online presence and in the run-up to Christmas will rely heavily on support here at home.

President says we can't 'continue with the mere placing of a green lens on economic policies' to save the planet

President Michael D Higgins gave a speech to the Engineers Ireland Conference this morning.

Man charged after €800k worth of cannabis and €80k in cash seized in Dublin

The drugs were discovered after a vehicle was stopped in the Clondalkin area of west Dublin yesterday.

Neale Richmond: When Boris refers to an 'Australia-style' deal with the EU, he's talking through his hat

The trade arrangements in place between Australia and the EU are nothing like a free-trade deal, writes Neale Richmond.

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