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The aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot, and the Leaving Cert u-turn – here’s what’s making headlines today.

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Updated Jan 8th 2021, 8:55 AM

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1. #US: Donald Trump has, for the first time, acknowledged his presidency was ending as calls grew for his removal from office for encouraging a mob to march on Capitol Hill. The only two women in Trump’s inner cabinet resigned overnight.

2. #CAPITOL HILL RIOT: A US Capitol police officer has died of injuries sustained during clashes with a mob of Trump supporters who overran a session of Congress.

3. #LEAVING CERT: Talks are due to take place between teachers’ unions and the Department of Education this morning after the Government reversed a decision to have Leaving Cert and special education students return to school buildings from next week.

4. #HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that an agreement with the private hospitals is being finalised as the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital continues to rise.

5. #TRAVEL: The Department of Health expressed “serious concerns” about international travel advice issued by The European Centre for Disease Control & Prevention in the run-up to Christmas, claiming it was inconsistent and lacking in evidence.

6. #CRECHE: The Irish Independent is reporting that the Government is looking at plans to force creches to refund parents if children can’t attend during Level 5 restrictions.

7. #BREXIT: Bloomberg is reporting that UK retailer Debenhams has halted online sales to Irish customers, while some sailings were canceled between Ireland and Britain.

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8. #BREXIT AGAIN: The Irish Times reports that Revenue is allowing hauliers to temporarily forgo customs requirements to allow them to move goods from Britain.

9. #WEATHER: A low temperature-ice Status Yellow warning is in place until 11am.

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