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The 9 at 9 Special education to return to schools, an interview with the Taoiseach, and vaccine prioritisation.

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

1. #EDUCATION: All primary school children who have significant additional needs will return to the classroom next Thursday, RTÉ reports.

2. #COVID SURGE: Taoiseach Micheál Martin told Virgin Media News that, in hindsight, his Government wouldn’t have eased Covid-19 restrictions as much as they did in December. He also said St Patricks’ Day parades won’t take place this year.

3. #VACCINE: Despite what those online calculators tell you, it’s not possible right now to say exactly when you might get your vaccine

4. #US: Several House Republicans loyal to Donald Trump are under scrutiny for their role in potentially coordinating with the activists who helped plan the Capitol Hill riot.

5. #PROCUREMENT: The Irish Examiner reports that the HSE was aware of a number of red flags with an Irish media company’s deal to import ventilators from China, but proceeded with the contract as “clinical need outweighs the identified risks”.

6. #VACCINE PRIORITY: HSE boss Paul Reid has written to the Irish Prison Service to give his assurance that prison nurses will be vaccinated as frontline healthcare workers, understands.

7. #LEADER: Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party will elect a new leader today, in a key vote kicking off the race for Germany’s top job – Chancellor.

8. #COVID TRAVEL: From this morning, all passengers arriving into Ireland must provide a pre-departure negative or not detected Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

9. #HATE CRIME: Police have said they believe a fire at a building that houses the Belfast Multi-Cultural Association (BMCA) was a deliberate hate crime, the BBC reports.

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