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Government has no plans to expand CRSS criteria

The Government says it has no plans to amend the criteria for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) despite growing complaints from business groups that firms that need it are being excluded. An increasing number of firms are being told that…


Met Éireann issues snow warning for six counties

Met Éireann has issued a snow and ice warning for six counties with immediate effect. The yellow warning applies to Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. It warns of falls of hail, sleet and snow with Icy and…


Irish men face life sentences for 39 migrant deaths

Four people-smugglers are each facing possible life sentences for the killings of 39 migrants. The victims, Vietnamese men, woman and children, had hoped for a better life when they agreed to pay up to £13,000 (€14,590) a head for a…


Committee told more progress needed on transmission

Ireland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer has said that much more progress must be “achieved and sustained” over the coming weeks to bring the coronavirus under control. Speaking to the Oireachtas Committee on Health, Dr Ronan Glynn said that even though case numbers are reducing, hospitals…


Louth step up drive to build new €12m stadium

Despite dealing with hugely decreased income streams and the effects of the ongoing global pandemic, Louth GAA are finalising preparations to begin the tendering process for a new €12m stadium. Stadium chairperson Aidan Berrill and development committee members are completing design…


Highest weekly death toll in NI since pandemic began

Northern Ireland has recorded its highest weekly coronavirus death toll since the pandemic began. Another 156 fatalities occurred in the week of 9-15 January, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) said. The figure emerged as Stormont ministers decided…



Difficulties with NI protocol ‘predicted’, says Foster

Difficulties with the Northern Ireland Protocol were predicted months ago, Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster said. Hauliers have faced problems transporting stock to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK and pet owners face unnecessary veterinary procedures if they…


Teenager questioned over alleged assault in Dublin

A teenager is being questioned in connection with a serious assault in Dublin on Wednesday night.  A woman in her 40s was attacked and robbed on a pedestrian walkway in the Irish Financial Services Centre at around 9.30pm.  She was taken to the…


Republicans aim to delay Trump impeachment trial

Republicans in the US Senate have asked Democrats to put off the start of former president Donald Trump’s impeachment trial until mid-February, to give him time to prepare a defence against charges of inciting insurrection. It came after Democrats yesterday…


Navalny supporters plan protests over arrest

Before he returned to Russia, opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his supporters had anticipated he would be arrested and planned to force the Kremlin to release him by staging repeated protests, a close ally has said. Mr Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most…



Covid-19 deaths in Germany top 50,000

Germany has recorded more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, the Robert Koch Institute disease control centre has said. It said 859 people died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the…


102-year-old among those vaccinated at nursing home

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that by Wednesday night almost 122,000 Covid-19 vaccines had been administered to frontline healthcare workers, as well as to residents and staff in nursing homes. Yesterday, centenarian Norita Mills was the first to…


New supports for college students with special needs

Twenty-three higher education institutions are to introduce measures to help students with autism and special needs at a cost of €5.4m. Among the new are projects for students are the establishment of autism friendly rooms across nine different campuses. There…


EU leaders concerned over impact of Covid-19 variants

EU leaders have expressed grave concern over the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus and their potential impact on the pandemic in Europe.  Following a video conference of all 27 leaders, member states have agreed to intensify antigen testing…



Positive signs but Covid incidence still high – NPHET

The National Public Health Emergency Team has warned that despite solid evidence that the coronavirus is being suppressed, the incidence of the disease remains exceptionally high. Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that despite the recent reduction in case numbers…


Japanese PM insists olympics will go ahead

The Japanese Prime Minister said he was determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games, which are scheduled to begin on July 23. Yoshihide Suga’s comments follow a British newspaper report that the Japanese government has privately concluded that the Olympic Games…


Google threatens to block Australians over media law

Google has threatened to block Australians from using its search service unless the government changed landmark legislation to make the internet giant pay news outlets for their content. Google Australia managing director Mel Silva warned a Senate committee in Canberra…


EU gravely concerned about Covid variants

EU leaders have expressed grave concern over the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus and their potential impact on the pandemic in Europe. Following a video conference of all 27 leaders, member states have agreed to intensify antigen testing…




Next consortium withdraws bid for Arcadia group

Next has withdrawn from negotiations to purchase Philip Green’s collapsed Arcadia empire. Arcadia, which employed around 13,000 people and has 444 stores in the UK, collapsed at the start of December due to the impact of the pandemic, and retailer…


Tyrone school offers special kind of hope

In the wake of the Omagh bombing, four months after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, one of the defiant decisions made was to build a new model of shared education close to the town centre. The plan involved constructing…


EWSS could cost €3.7bn if continued beyond March

The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme would cost an extra €3.7 billion if extended beyond March to the end of this year, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed. Responding to a Parliamentary Question from Labour Finance Spokesperson Ged Nash, the Minister…


Podcast: Ep. 72 WHO’s In Wuhan

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Biden’s Peloton exercise bike may be a security risk

Joe Biden may have to find another way to stay fit at the White House, as experts worry the president’s Peloton interactive fitness bike could create security risks. Some of Peloton’s top features – internet connectivity, a camera and microphone…



Inside ICU: Units pushed to capacity as cases surge

“We’re going to flip her facing towards the ventilator” Seven members of the ICU team in Tallaght University Hospital ‘prone’ a patient. By now, the process of turning a patient onto their stomach is familiar treatment in ICUs across the…





Podcast: Norma Foley in the front line

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Italy PM under pressure to strengthen majority

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is under pressure from his coalition to quickly broaden his majority but has made little progress since narrowly surviving an attempt to sink the government, political sources said. After scraping through a confidence vote in…


Covax: The global plan to share Covid vaccines

The Covax programme, bolstered by the new US presidency, aims to secure enough Covid-19 vaccines this year for the most vulnerable 20% in every country, rich or poor. Top US government scientist Anthony Fauci told the World Health Organization (WHO) that…



CMO warned Govt that 1,000 people could die in January

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned Government last week that there could be at least 1,000 Covid-19 related deaths in January. In a letter to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, dated 14 January, Dr Holohan said modelling by…


Olympian Jerry Kiernan dies aged 67

Irish Olympian Jerry Kiernan has died at the age of 67. A long-distance runner, the Listowel native represented Ireland at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where he finished ninth in the men’s marathon. He won the Dublin Marathon in…


Mandatory quarantine ‘not workable’ – Tánaiste

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the mandatory quarantine of incoming visitors to Ireland would not be proportionate or workable. Speaking in the Dáil, he said inbound travel has now reduced to around 33,000 people per week and the vast majority…



At least 28 dead in Baghdad market blasts

Nearly 30 people at a crowded market in central Baghdad were killed in two bomb attacks, Iraqi state media said, the city’s deadliest such incident in three years. At least 28 people were killed and another 73 wounded in the…



Cairn’s planning permission for Montrose site quashed

Planning permission for Cairn Homes’ proposed development at former RTÉ land at Montrose in Donnybrook has been quashed by the High Court after objections from residents in the area. Cairn Homes had been granted full planning permission by An Bord…



Military staff will support services at NI hospital

Military staff will support work at Northern Ireland’s regional Nightingale facility, a health trust chief has said. Health Minister Robin Swann announced yesterday that more than 100 medically-trained military personnel will be deployed in Northern Ireland. It comes as hospitals…


Vaccine priority list ‘must be open to review’

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the Government “must be open” to reviewing the prioritisation list for Covid vaccines. He told the Dáil that he was “sympathetic” to the concerns raised by people with cystic fibrosis and other underlying conditions….


Man jailed for 10.5 years for coercive control

A 52-year-old man has been sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison with two-and-a-half years suspended for coercive control, intimidation and multiple assaults on his former partner over a two-year period between 2018 and 2020.  Daniel Kane from Scariff House, Waterville Terrace in…



Hauliers stage Brexit focused protest at Dublin Port

The Irish Road Haulage Association has written letters to both the Taoiseach and the President of the EU Commission to highlight the “serious and far-reaching challenges” hauliers are facing due to Brexit.  It also repeated its call for a single…





Families demand full investigation into NI conflict

Some 3,500 relatives of people killed during the Northern Ireland conflict have urged the British and Irish governments to fully investigate the decades of violence. They are seeking the long-delayed establishment of an independent team of detectives to pursue fresh…


On track: Russia lifts ban on female train drivers

Muscovite Sofia Dorofeyeva had always been drawn to the trains traveling across the vast expanses of her native Russia but until this year she and her female compatriots had been barred from occupying the driver’s seat.  From 1 January, Russia shortened the…


US inauguration: Who is young poet Amanda Gorman?

Poet Amanda Gorman became a sudden star at age 22 at President Joe Biden’s inauguration as she recited verse inspired by the Capitol attack, touching on how democracy “can never be permanently defeated.” Ms Gorman was the youngest poet to recite at an inauguration,…


Covid-19: 51 further deaths, 2,608 new cases

The Department of Health has been notified of 51 new deaths and 2,608 further cases of Covid-19. The number of patients in intensive care units is 214, up 4 from yesterday. Dept of Health notified of 51 further Covid-related deaths, 2,608 new cases…




Hollywood stars gather to usher in the Biden/Harris era

Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and Katy Perry were among the stars who gathered last night for a star-studded primetime TV special to mark US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris’s inauguration day. Actresses Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, and singers…


US coronavirus deaths top WWII fatalities

New US President Joe Biden has warned the worst of the pandemic is still to come, as the number of American coronavirus deaths surpassed the country’s troop fatalities in World War II. Coronavirus cases have surged past 96 million worldwide,…



Job vacancies remain 23% below pre-Covid levels

Job postings for the final quarter of last year were 23% lower than the same time in 2019, according to figures published by e-recruitment platform IrishJobs. Despite being in the grip of a third wave of Covid-19 cases, the jobs index…


File sent to DPP over Oireachtas golf dinner in Clifden

A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in connection with the Oireachtas Golf Society’s Dinner last August which became known as “Golfgate”.  Gardaí launched an investigation following the event on 19 August last year into what…


EU leaders to discuss 70% adult vaccination target

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin will join other EU leaders on video conference later today to discuss the target of vaccinating 70% of the EU’s adult population by the summer.  The issues of the threat of new variants of the Covid…


Covid-19: Incidence rate among over 85s rose sharply

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said the highly infectious nature of Covid-19 cannot be under-estimated, as well as the impact it can have on families and communities. The latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows…


Nóra Quoirin’s family to challenge inquest ruling

The family of Nóra Quoirin will challenge an inquest ruling that she died by misadventure after vanishing in the Malaysian jungle while on holiday, their lawyer has said. The body of the 15-year-old was discovered after a massive hunt through the rainforest…


Biden signs raft of executive orders on first day

US President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders to launch his administration, including a decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord and a mask mandate for all federal buildings. The orders included keeping the United States in the…



SF calls on Taoiseach to ‘act’ over GP contract leak

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has written to the Taoiseach Micheál Martin demanding that he “act” on new information relating to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s leaking of a GP contract. The contract had been negotiated between the Government and the Irish…


Study identifies genes associated with breast cancer

New research has identified a number of specific genes associated with breast cancer.  Scientists at NUI Galway, who were involved in the international study, say the findings will help to identify people with a higher likelihood of developing the condition,…




Calls for ‘fair and reasonable’ pay for student nurses

The Government has been strongly criticised for refusing to pay student nurses and midwives, while sanctioning an €81,000 per year increase for the next Secretary-General of the Department of Health.  During a debate on a Sinn Féin Private Members Motion on the…



China sanctions 28 former Trump administration members

China is to sanction more than two dozen officials and members of former President Donald Trump’s cabinet. This includes his secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for violating the country’s “sovereignty”, the country’s foreign ministry said. “China has decided to sanction 28 persons…


Gaga kicks off Biden’s inauguration ceremony in style

Lady Gaga launched US President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in style by performing a dramatic rendition of the US national anthem. Ahead of her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner, Gaga said on Twitter that she was praying for a day of peace. “My intention is…



Councils to consider apology over mother-and-baby homes

A number of local authorities are considering making an apology for their involvement in mother-and-baby homes. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman said that he believed an apology for their involvement in mother-and-baby homes was “necessary…


Sinn Féin’s O’Neill to back British Army assistance

Sinn Fein’s leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, has indicated she will support the use of British military personnel in the battle against the Covid-19 virus. Hospital services personnel have asked the Executive’s Minister for Health, Robin Swann, to access…


Call for UK govt to fund payments for Troubles victims

A former Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland has called on the British government to fund the cost of payments for victims of the Troubles. Baroness Nuala O’Loan issued her statement as the Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis, again outlined the…


Two dead after blast in religious complex in Madrid

Two people have died and another is said to be missing after a building belonging to the church collapsed in a central Madrid explosion, according to Telemadrid broadcaster. The mayor of Madrid said at least two people had died and said…







In Pictures: New chapter in US politics

Updated / Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 16:55 The White House on the morning of the presidential inauguration ceremony As Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, it will be an inauguration day with many differences.  The…