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He also confirmed the vaccine will be free of charge Micheal Martin says it’s “very possible” a vaccine passport could be introduced to allow people travel abroad and attend large gatherings. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he says Level 3 restriction are “not set in stone” for Christmas, and a variation’s being considered […]

His comments come after a rise in Covid-19 infections in recent days There were 456 new positive tests reported yesterday, and six further deaths. Dr Tony Holohan says that means the five-day average number of cases actually went up yesterday after three weeks in decline. Around a third, or 151 of the cases were in Dublin, […]

Another 10 people have died with Coronavirus and another 511 cases have been confirmed today in Northern Ireland. The Department of Health there says 2 of these deaths were outside the 24 hour period. Meanwhile, the DUP’s  being accused of using a form of ‘coercive control’ in its attempts to ease the North’s Covid-19 lockdown. […]

Services have been suspended under Level 5 of Covid restrictions Regina Doherty’s making the call, after the Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he thinks churches will be open in Christmas week. She believes mass greatly benefits churchgoers after a particularly tough year.

The video has gone viral across social media websites The ad which features a young boy – Conor, wishing for his Grandad to visit this Christmas amid Covid-19 restrictions, has gained over 230,000 views in two days. Cian Kearney, who plays Conor in the ad says he’s received a great reaction at school: ‘It was […]

The travel industry has been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic Michael Doorley’s comments come after the Government’s decision to adopt the EU’s traffic light system for international travel, as well as the opening of 2 drive-thru Covid-19 testing facilities at Cork and Shannon Airports earlier this week. Tests at these facilities start at 149 euro […]

254 people are receiving treatment That’s down from 354 two and a half weeks ago – while 35 people are in ICUs. The head of the HSE, Paul Reid, says the numbers are really encouraging. Donegal GP, Dr Denis McCauley, says a fall in the 14 day incidence rate to 129 cases per 100,000 also […]

Michael McGrath says there is no current plan to raise taxes However, he added it would be ‘foolish’ to rule revenue-raising measures out. He says government decisions made during the pandemic have led to a larger public service, and this will have to be paid for. He says a longer term plan for the public […]

A two hour meeting of political leaders yesterday evening failed to reach a decision However, there’s a general belief in Leinster House that Justice Woulfe’s attendance at the Golf-gate dinner was not a serious enough issue to warrant impeachment proceedings. Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy doesn’t believe it falls into the constitutional category of ‘stated […]

It comes following the release of the hospital waiting list figures They show there are more people waiting for their first hospital outpatient appointment than ever before. A record 613,000 patients are on this list, while 75,000 are waiting for inpatient or daycase treatment. Nearly 845,000 people are on some form of waiting list. IPA […]


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