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A 50% drop in cancer referrals, a Debunked golfing message, and a supermoon tonight.

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Updated May 7th 2020, 8:56 AM

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #FOI: It will now no longer be possible for the public to know how much former Taoisigh and ex-government ministers are paid as part of their pensions each year. 

2. #CANCER REFERRALS: The average number of patients with suspected breast, lung, prostate and skin cancer being referred weekly to hospital clinics has dropped to less than half of that prior to the announcement of Covid-19 restriction measures. 

3. #CORONAVIRUS: The Irish Independent is reporting that a whistleblower in a HSE nursing home has made a protected disclosure over the handling of a Covid-19 outbreak at the facility, where a number of patients have died.

4. #AER LINGUS: Willie Walsh is delaying his retirement from International Airlines Group for a number of months but will step down as CEO in September. 

5. #TIMES OF CRISIS: US President Donald Trump has said the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the United States harder than Pearl Harbor or the 9/11 attacks.

6. #DEBUNKED: A letter purporting to be from the Golf Union of Ireland claimed that golf courses were going to reopen from Saturday 2 May circulated on social media – it’s not true, of course. 

7. #LAST ON THE LIST: Some businesses, including tattoo parlours, are dismayed that they wouldn’t be reopening until August under the government’s current plans.  

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8. #U-TURN: The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has expressed its “deep disappointment” that Garda management has decided not to push for priority Covid-19 testing for its members.

9. #CHIN UP: The last supermoon of the year will – weather permitting – be visible in Irish skies tonight. 

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