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William (Bill) Brennan R.I.P.

William (Bill) Brennan R.I.P. The Death has occurred of William (Bill) Brennan, Behy, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, January 26th 2021; Peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Predeceased by his brothers James and Joseph. William will be sadly missed by his brother Richard…

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Number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 drops

The number of patients in hospital with confirmed Covid-19 has further reduced, according to latest figures from the HSE. There are 1,689 patients with the disease in hospital, down 134 compared with the same time yesterday. Of these patients, 215…


Biden presses Putin on Navalny arrest in phone call

US President Joe Biden signalled a tougher stance on Russia in his first phone call with President Vladimir Putin. The White House said Mr Biden raised concerns over human rights and “aggression” against Ukraine, but welcoming cooperation on a new…


Republicans unite behind failed impeachment challenge

Forty-five Senate Republicans backed a failed effort to halt former president Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, in a show of party unity that some cited as a clear sign he will not be convicted of inciting insurrection at the Capitol. Republican Senator…


Global Covid-19 case count passes 100m mark

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has passed 100 million since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP tally. Up to 9:30pm, a total of 100,010,798 infections had been reported, according to figures provided by national…



Teenager in critical condition after Dublin stabbing

Gardaí are investigating a stabbing involving two teenagers in East Wall in Dublin. Emergency services were called to East Road at 9.20pm following reports that a person was being attacked. Two teenagers, one of whom is believed to be 16 years old, have been taken…


Can Govt keep the public onside with no end in sight?

Since Covid restrictions became a part of life almost a year ago, Government ministers have frequently had to brace themselves for what they feared would be public resistance to the further crackdowns on personal freedoms which they warily agreed around…


Loyalist killer Stone released from prison on parole

Notorious loyalist paramilitary killer Michael Stone has been released from prison early on parole. In 1988 he killed three people in a gun and grenade attack on a republican funeral in west Belfast. The UDA member was released from prison…


Irish soprano Cara O’Sullivan has died

The death has been announced of the Irish soprano Cara O’Sullivan following an illness. Born in Cork, Cara O’Sullivan studied at the Cork School of Music and was one of the best known Irish singers of her generation. She won the…


Ireland’s Covid-19 death toll passes 3,000

Ireland’s Covid-19 death toll has passed 3,000 as the Department of Health today confirmed 90 further deaths. The death toll since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 3,066. Eighty-nine of the deaths announced today occurred this month. The…


New Covid measures do not go far enough – opposition

A number of opposition parties have claimed that the latest Covid-19 restrictions do not go far enough and only a 14-day mandatory quarantine regime for all incoming passengers will be effective. People travelling into the country without a negative Covid-19…



Schools: Govt eyes phased reopening in February, March

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said they are giving the Minister for Education “the space to work with the partners in education” on the issue of schools reopening, initially for students with special needs. Speaking at a briefing this afternoon following the…


The patients who caught Covid in hospital

“I’m looking out across Donegal Bay and Malin Beg. Can you see it? It’s covered in cloud. You might not be able to.” Paddy Clancy is pointing his camera out of the window of his bedroom to show his view…



Woman avoids jail after Westlife concert attack

A woman who launched a “frightening, vicious and unprovoked” attack on a fellow attendee of a Westlife concert 18 months ago has avoided a jail term. Jackie Walsh, 26, split the victim’s ear lobe during the attack after her earring…



WRC Covid ruling ‘a wake-up call’ for employers

An office-based worker here had no option but to resign from her job during the first Covid-19 lockdown after her employer rejected her plea to work remotely from home.  That is according to Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudication Officer Kevin…


US renews plans to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

The White House has said that it was expediting plans to put Harriet Tubman, a Black woman who escaped slavery and became a leader of the pre-Civil War abolitionist movement, on the $20 bill, a project that had been significantly…


IMF raises world economic growth forecast to 5.5%

The International Monetary Fund has revised upwards its forecast for growth in the world’s economy this year, based on the rollout of vaccines and financial support packages deployed by governments.  In an update to its World Economic Outlook published today,…



Pharmacists ‘sidelined’ in vaccination programme

Pharmacists have said they have been “sidelined” from the Covid-19 vaccination programme, for people aged over 70 years. The Irish Pharmacy Union says it has been given no written explanation as to why vaccination of patients over 70 is to…



WHO in new clinical advice for treatment of long Covid

The World Health Organization has issued new clinical advice for treating Covid-19 patients, including those displaying persistent symptoms after recovery. A study by the Office for National Statistics in the UK estimated that one in five people has symptoms that persist after…



Ardern expects NZ border to stay closed for 2021

New Zealand’s borders are likely to remain closed for much of the year as health officials assess global vaccine roll-outs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said. Ms Ardern said the emergence over the weekend of New Zealand’s first case of…


Weinstein Co to pay out $17m over sexual abuse claims

A US Bankruptcy Court judge has approved the Weinstein Co’s liquidation plan, which sets aside $17m for women who accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Judge Mary Walrath in Wilmington, Delaware, announced her ruling at the conclusion of a…


New study shows that you don’t lose if you snooze

Taking a “regular” afternoon nap may be linked to better mental agility, a study has found. Researchers found sleeping in the afternoon was associated with better locational awareness, verbal fluency and working memory. The study, published in online journal General…


Frontline doctor’s cartoons ‘capture a moment in time’

A doctor is illustrating the pandemic through cartoons, drawing inspiration for his artwork from what he witnesses on the frontline of Covid-19. Dubliner Eoin Kelleher is a trainee anaesthesiologist working at Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street, and until recently at University…


Thousands defy virus rules to protest Australia Day

Thousands of Australians defied coronavirus rules to protest the country’s national day, held on the anniversary of British colonisation of the vast continent that its Indigenous population marks as “Invasion Day”. Officially recognised as Australia Day, 26 January also sees…


Flaming Lips perform coronavirus-safe gigs

The pandemic has left the entertainment industry across the world in dire straits, but Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips have defied the odds with their first pair of coronavirus-safe “space bubble” concerts.  On Friday and Saturday at the Criterion venue in their hometown, the…


Prison standards improved during pandemic – report

Measures introduced to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic led to an improvement in Irish prison standards last year, according to the Irish Penal Reform Trust. Like other congregated settings, Irish prisons have faced huge challenges due to Covid-19. During the…



Independent inquiry to examine NI mother-and-baby homes

An independent investigation is to examine the running of mother-and-baby homes and Magdalene launderies in Northern Ireland. The announcement by the Stormont Executive follows a report by independent researchers into 10 homes and four launderies. They were run by Catholic…


Johnson to rule on plans for UK quarantine hotels

Boris Johnson is expected to approve plans to force some travellers arriving to the UK to quarantine in hotels to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants. The British Prime Minister will discuss proposals for arrivals to quarantine in designated…


145 fewer patients with Covid-19 in hospitals

There has been a further reduction in the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19, according to figures from the HSE. There were 1,803 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals around the country last night. That is a reduction of 145, compared…


AstraZeneca rejects ‘incorrect’ reports on jab efficacy

Pharma giant AstraZeneca has defended the efficacy of its Covid-19 vaccine after media reports said the German government had doubts about its effectiveness among those over 65.  The Handelsblatt economic daily reported yesterday that Berlin had estimated the efficacy of…


Second night of riots in Netherlands over curfew

The Netherlands was hit by a second wave of riots last night, as protesters again went on the rampage in several cities following the introduction of a coronavirus curfew over the weekend. Riot police clashed with groups of protesters in…


Cabinet to consider extending restrictions to 5 March

The Cabinet will consider today whether to extend the current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions until early March, as well as introducing a limited form of mandatory quarantine for certain visitors. The proposals were agreed by the Cabinet subcommittee on Covid-19…


House sends Trump impeachment article to Senate

The US House of Representatives presented a single article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday accusing Donald Trump of inciting the storming of the Capitol, setting in motion the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president. In a solemn…


Lidl to create 1,200 new jobs over the next year

German supermarket chain Lidl is to create 1,200 new jobs in Ireland over the next year.  The positions will be in a range of operational and office-based roles in stores, regional distribution centres and its head office in the capital. …



€96,000 income needed for cheapest Dublin apartments

A couple earning average wages still cannot afford even the cheapest new apartments in Dublin, according to a study. The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) also found most types of apartments are not economically viable for developers to build…


HSE spent €142.7m on overtime for health staff in 2020

Fifteen Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors each received overtime payments of over €100,000 in 2020, with one working up overtime of over €134,000, according to Freedom of Information documents released by the HSE. The figures show that the HSE spent  €142.7m on…




Five key points from the Covid-19 briefing

This evening the Department of Health was notified of seven further Covid-related deaths and 1,372  new cases.  It comes as the Minister for Health said that community vaccination against the virus will begin in mid-February, subject to regulatory approval. Here are…


Dublin councillor resigns from Green Party

Former Green Party councillor Peter Kavanagh said it had been a “very difficult decision” to announce his resignation from the party. I’ve taken the very difficult decision to step down as Urlabhraí na Gaeilge & Gnóthaí Gaeltachta and resign from…


42 Covid cases confirmed at Wexford meat plant

A meat processing plant in Co Wexford has confirmed 42 positive Covid-19 cases following screening of staff. Slaney Foods in Bunclody said this evening it is operating at a “significantly reduced capacity” as a result of the outbreak. “In line…



Covid-19: Seven additional deaths, 1,372 new cases

The Department of Health has reported seven more coronavirus-related deaths. A further 1,372 new cases of Covid-19 have also been reported. There are 219 people in intensive care with Covid-19, up 1 on yesterday. More to follow In Northern Ireland, 17 further deaths…


The $500k Secret Service bill for Trump’s Doonbeg visit

Protection for then-president Donald Trump’s two-day visit to his golf resort in Doonbeg, County Clare, in June 2019 cost the US Secret Service more than $524,000. Documents released to RTÉ News following a US Freedom of Information request show that the…


Court rules coursing cannot resume during restrictions

The Irish Coursing Club (ICC) has failed to secure a High Court injunction that would have allowed coursing to resume during the current Covid-19 restrictions.  In a written judgment delivered today Ms Justice Niamh Hyland said she was not satisfied…


Holidays abroad are ‘not deemed essential’

People are being reminded that travel to airports and ports should only be taken for essential reasons and holidays abroad are not deemed essential. Gardaí issued the reminder along with an update on the number of fines issued for non-essential travel…


Anti-curfew protests spark clashes in Netherlands

Protests against a curfew to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands degenerated into clashes with police and looting in cities across the country yesterday, authorities and reports said. Police used water cannon and dogs in Amsterdam, public television…


PUP numbers increase by 3% in the last week

475,000 people are set to receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week, an increase of 3% on last week’s total.  This week’s payments of €142.8 million will bring to €5.5 billion the amount the government has disbursed since the PUP…


Following the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

One warehouse in Dublin receives all the Covid-19 vaccines brought into the country, and for the past month they’ve been getting a shipment around once a week. At the moment, it is receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. In the…



Facemasks: Designers add flair to function

Face masks have become a fashion accessory over the past six months leading to many designers and businesses pivoting to meet the demand for a functional and fashionable  mask.  Irish designer Laura Weber embroidered the cream face mask and coat worn…



Little hope for more funds for Debenhams redundancies

The £55m purchase by fashion retailer Boohoo of Debenhams’ online business will have no implications for the liquidation of Debenhams’ Irish operations or for redundancy payments of former employees, the Mandate trade union has been told by Irish liquidators KPMG. …



AstraZeneca warned it must meet EU vaccine supply

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca that it must meet its contractual obligations in delivery supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine. Ms von der Leyen spoke to AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot by phone…



Public warned over Covid-19 vaccine fraud scam

Gardaí, the HSE and the Department of Health are urging the public to be aware of a number of scams relating to Covid-19 vaccination, after a number of people received fraudulent calls and messages looking for personal details in recent days….




Nine trapped Chinese miners confirmed dead – media

Nine more Chinese miners trapped underground for over two weeks have been confirmed dead, state media reported today, leaving one still unaccounted for after a blast at the site. “From Sunday afternoon to this afternoon, rescue workers have not stopped…


70 doctors responded to CUH call for ICU care

More than 70 doctors responded to a call by Cork University Hospital at the weekend to redeploy to its intensive care unit to deal with the surge in Covid-19 cases.  Chief Operations Officer for South/Southwest Hospital Group Dr Orla Healy said that while the…




Call for family communication supports in nursing homes

An association representing social workers is calling for HSE social workers to be part of Covid-19 response teams deployed to overwhelmed nursing homes, in order to assist communications with families. The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) says this is…


ASOS in talks to buy Topshop, Miss Selfridge brands

UK online fashion giant ASOS has confirmed it is in exclusive talks with administrators for Philip Green’s Arcadia retail empire.  The company said the ongoing discussions are about buying up Arcadia’s brands including Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT, sold…



Big consumer rebound expected after Q1 lockdown

The unleashing of €13 billion in household savings and significant pent-up demand will lead to a surge in consumer spending that will fuel a 5% growth in core domestic demand this year, new research from stockbroker Goodbody says. In his latest…


Biden to reinstate US Covid travel bans

US President Joe Biden will reimpose a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Ireland, Britain, Brazil, and much of Europe, a White House official said, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response. Mr…



Covid sub-committee to meet over maintaining measures

The Government Covid-19 sub-committee will meet today in advance of an expected decision tomorrow to keep the current health restrictions in place next month. The issue of mandatory quarantine for some arrivals here is set to be considered. The official…




Trump impeachment article to be served today

An article of impeachment against Donald Trump will be sent to the US senate today paving the way for his trial next month.  The former president was impeached by the House of Representatives two weeks ago with Democrats accusing him…


Interest rates on State savings schemes to be reduced

The interest rates on several State savings schemes are to be reduced, the National Treasury Management Agency has announced. The changes will also impact the prize bond fund, which has been growing in popularity. Under the changes, the prize fund…



NI has more pressing issues than a border poll

“If we keep turning up together here they’ll have to rename it the ‘Hill of O’Neill & Foster’,” quipped Arlene Foster on Thursday evening. The DUP leader and Northern Ireland’s First Minister had just finished a news conference with Deputy…


Covid-19 deaths so far this month approach 700

January has been a deadly month for Ireland, with Covid-19 deaths so far this year fast approaching 700. The Chief Executive of the HSE Paul Reid said that mortality has been “significantly higher” than any other time in the pandemic….


Five arrested after garda car rammed in Co Donegal

Five people have been arrested in Co Donegal after a car failed to stop for gardaí and a garda car was rammed.  The incident took place outside Donegal town at around 3.30pm this afternoon.  A detective unit on patrol came across…


NI Covid-19 restrictions to be reviewed in four weeks

Northern Ireland’s strict lockdown measures will be reviewed in four weeks’ time, the First Minister has said. Arlene Foster said people needed to work together and adhere to public health measures to “overcome this dreadful virus”. The post-Christmas lockdown was…


Germany buys antibody treatments used to treat Trump

Germany will become the first European Union country to start using the same experimental antibodies treatment credited with helping Donald Trump recover from Covid-19, health minister Jens Spahn said today. “The government has bought 200,000 doses for €400 million,” Mr…


Asia’s ‘El Chapo’ arrested by Dutch police

The alleged ringleader of Asia’s biggest crime syndicate and one of the world’s most wanted men has been arrested in the Netherlands, with Australian authorities pushing for his extradition to face trial. Police had been chasing alleged drug kingpin Tse…


‘Viable’ protest of Leaving Cert going ahead, ASTI says

The possibility of Leaving Certificate exams going ahead as normal is still “a live and viable” prospect, according to the General Secretary of one of the country’s secondary school teachers’ unions.  Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Kieran Christie, General Secretary of…


Kelly calls for stricter lockdown to suppress virus

The leader of the Labour Party, Alan Kelly, has said a longer lockdown should be implemented to suppress Covid-19 with what he described as a “national aggressive suppression strategy”. Speaking on This Week, he said the border should be policed…