Coronavirus articles about Ireland on 2020-10-20

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Why Is Ireland Choosing A 'seesaw' Approach To Tackling Covid-19?

Thejournal - Eire

TAOISEACH MICHEÁL MARTIN on Monday night confirmed the entire country will move to Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions for six weeks from Thursday onwards in a bid to tackle a spike in cases. Martin said it is “the core responsibility” of the government “to protect lives and to protect public health,....

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Schools To Keep Operating In Ireland During Level 5 Restrictions

Irish SUN

The Irish government has reaffirmed it's commitment to the safe operation of schools following the NPHET recommendation and subsequent government decision on Tuesday to move to Level 5. "A significant factor in the decision to move to Level 5 is that by doing so we can support our schools to....

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Nominations Sought For Annual Business To Arts Awards

The Irish Times

Businesses have been encouraged to show how they are they are supporting the arts in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of this year’s annual Awards. Nominations are being sought for the awards ahead of a virtual ceremony which will take place in April from the GPO. The closing date for applications is December 16th at 5pm.

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Digital Transformation Of The Health Service Is Happening Right Now

What's your name and what position do you hold? Eamonn Costello, CEO, patientMpower. What are your day to day responsibilities? My role is to talk to patients, clinicians and healthcare transformers, to channel their needs into the vision for our business and to empower my team to execute on our....

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Government Adds Powers For Gardai To Deal With Breaches Of Regulations

Irish Mirror

To deal with breaches of COVID-19 regulations. The new amendments will introduce a system of tiered fines, The new Health (Amendment) Bill 2020 will amend the Health Act 1947 to allow for a system of fixed penalty notices. It is planned to enact the legislation as soon as possible.

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Thousands Of Close Contacts Will Not Be Notified By HSE Tracers And Will Have To Seek Own Coronavirus Test Due To ‘unprecedented Pressure’

Irish Independent

Thousands of close contacts of confirmed cases will not be contacted by the HSE contact tracers and notified to seek a test due to “unprecedented pressures” on the contact tracing system. D ue to “high numbers” of positive cases from last Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 18 to 20), those who....

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Governments Should Do Everything Possible To Avoid 'draconian' Lockdowns - WHO

Irish Independent

Governments should be doing everything they can to defend people against Covid-19 without placing their country in “draconian” lockdowns, the World Health Organisations (WHO) special envoy on Covid-19 has said. D r David Nabarro said that authorities should instead implement the necessary steps to....

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NI Health Minister And CMO Reject Suggestion Covid-19 Spread Has Link To Political Affiliation

Thejournal - Eire

NORTHERN IRELAND’S HEALTH minister and chief medical officer have rejected the suggestion the spread of Covid-19 has any link to political affiliation. Robin Swann and Dr Michael McBride’s comments came amid the continuing fall-out from Agriculture minister Edwin Poots’ claim that the virus was more....

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Garda Group Raises Concerns Over 'practicality' Of Issuing On-the-spot Fines For Breaches Of Covid-19 Rules

Thejournal - Eire

THE ASSOCIATION OF Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has described as “concerning” and “unclear” new proposed laws which will give gardaí new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for a breach of Covid-19 restrictions. AGSI said they are concerned that the regulations were developed without any....

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People Who Throw House Parties Can Be Fined €1,000 And Jailed For Up To A Month Under Planned Law

The Irish Times

Gardaí will be given new powers to fine people who hold house parties or breach travel restrictions under new measures agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday. People who throw house parties can be fined €1,000 and jailed for up to a month under fresh proposals also agreed by the Cabinet tonight at its second meeting of the day.

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People Face €1,000 Or 1 Month In Jail If Gardai Catch Them Throwing House Party

Irish Mirror

Ravers will be fined €1,000 or face one month in jail if gardai catch them throwing a house party under new Covid-19 rules. On the spot fines up to €500 will also be handed out to people who flout lockdown rules. Refusing to wear a face mask in shops and on public transport and breaching the 5km....

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Golfers Remain In Dark Over Covid-19 Rules As Country Prepares To Enter Level 5

Irish Independent

Golf's governing bodies are seeking clarification on the sport's status in Level 5. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile. Golfers desperate to discover if they can play when Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions are imposed tomorrow remain in the dark. A s the country prepare to enter into Level 5, the....

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Level 5 Lockdown Ireland: All You Need To Know About The New Covid Laws And Fines

Irish Independent

The Government has decided An Garda Siochana need new powers to enforce public health restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the virus and here’s what they will involve: House Parties. You can now be issued with an automatic €1,000 fine or end up in prison for a month if you are found to be....

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NCBI ‘genuinely Concerned’ Over Viability Following Shop Closures

The Irish Times

The National Council for the Blind in Ireland said their ‘services throughout 2020 have been in high demand and we’ve responded accordingly’. File photograph: Getty The national charity supporting the blind has said it is “genuinely concerned” over its ability to continue to run services, due to an....

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Fines For Covid-19 Breaches Can Influence Behaviour But Will People Pay Them?

The Irish Times

Under new measures, those found engaging in non-essential travel more than 5km from home or refusing to wear a face mask in designated areas will likely face fines of up to €500. Gardaí will also have the power to issue €1,000 fines to organisers of house parties.

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CervicalCheck Tribunal To Begin Work Next Week, Cabinet Agrees

The Irish Times

The CervicalCheck Tribunal which is to investigate negligence in the State’s cancer screening programme will begin its work on October 27th, the Cabinet has decided. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to the Cabinet meeting proposing next Tuesday as the start date.

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Covid-19: Backlog Forces HSE To Skip Calls To Thousands Of Close Contacts

The Irish Times

Thousands of close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases from over a three day period will not be contacted by the HSE because the contact tracing system was overwhelmed by cases last weekend. The HSE has said that it will send a text message on Wednesday to between 2,000 and 2,500 people, who have....

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Pilots Enrol On CIT Course Designed To Help Stricken Aviation Industry

The Southern Star

CIT hasenrolled 120 students all of them commercial pilots - on its innovative Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Business with Aviation Studies, a European first. It’s part of their efforts to highlight what it calls the critical role of the aviation sector to the Cork region and to help one of the sectors hit hardest by Covid-19.

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Ballygowan Owner Upbeat On Annual Profit Outlook Ballygowan And Miwadi Owner Britvic Expects Its Full-year Group Earnings For 2020 To Be “slightly Ahead” Of Current Market Expectations. Analysts Expect Britvic To Post Full-year Earnings Of Around £161m (€178m) For This Year.

Irish Examiner

Ballygowan and Miwadi owner Britvic expects its full-year group earnings for 2020 to be “slightly ahead” of current market expectations. Analysts expect Britvic to post full-year earnings of around £161m (€178m) for this year. The British soft drinks group — which also owns the Club brand in Ireland....

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NEWS Covid-19: Fines Of €500 For Breaching Guidelines; €1,500 For Throwing House Parties On The Spot Fines Of Up To €500 Will Be Introduced For Those Who Breach General Covid-19 Guidelines.

Irish Examiner

On the spot fines of up to €500 will be introduced for those who breach general Covid-19 guidelines. The cabinet has agreed on a new set of graduated fines for those flouting lockdown rules, with the more serious offence of throwing house parties punishable with a €1,000 fine for a first offence, €1,500 for a second and €2,500 for a third.

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Warning Over Covid-19 Jobs Shakeout After Christmas

Irish Examiner

Retailers and restauranteurs will shake out large numbers of jobs after Christmas, even if they survive the new shutdown restrictions, a leading economist has warned. Professor Edgar Morgenroth at DCU Business School said that Level 5 restrictions have killed "the shimmer of light" for shops and....

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REVEALED: Gardaí Pinpoint Two-day Period When Most Burglaries Occur

Leinster Express

Operation Thor' began earlier this month with the aim of targeting the anticipated increase in burglaries that can occur in the winter months. An Garda Síochána would encourage you to 'Lock Up/Light Up' this winter to help keep your home safe. Thursday to Friday between 5pm and 11pm are the times....

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Bus Éireann Issues Updated Advice For Laois Commuters Ahead Of Level 5 Lockdown

Leinster Express

Bus Éireann is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 which will come into effect from midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21. Under Level 5 restrictions Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at a capacity of 25% and Government....

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Last Chance Salon: 'Devastated' Hairdressers Working 14 Hour Days And Already Facing December Waiting Lists Ahead Of Lockdown

Irish Independent

The good ol' short back and sides was much in demand on Tuesday as the countdown to lockdown pushed customers into overdrive with requests for the maximum cut possible. T he closure of the country's barbers and hairdressing salons for the maximum period in the last lockdown generated many grievances....

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Antrim Hurlers And Management Team To Be Tested For Covid-19 After Player Tests Positive

Irish Independent

A member of the Antrim hurling panel has tested positive for Covid-19. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile. ANTRIM GAA have made contact with Croke Park and will have their entire senior hurling panel and backroom team tested for Covid-19 after a member of the Saffrons' squad was confirmed positive.

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‘Waiting For Your Children To Die, Knowing That It Can Happen At Any Time, Is Crushing’

The Irish Times

“I am not sure anyone really copes with being told that all of your children are terminally ill and that there is no treatment,” Paula Naughton , mother of Archie, George and Isaac, says about hearing the news that her three sons had the genetic condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy. “Being told your child is going to die prematurely is horrific.

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Cian Lynch Reflects On His New Perspective For Limerick Hurling After Covid-19 Lockdown

Limerick Leader

CIAN Lynch made his Limerick senior hurling championship debut in a 2015 Munster SHC win over Clare. It’s been a hectic last six years for the 2018 Hurler of the Year in the green and white of Limerick. So much so, that the Covid-19 enforced lockdown since Limerick’s last game on March 7 was his longest spell away from inter-county colleagues.

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Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Thejournal - Eire

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news. IRELAND. Source: Sasko Lazarov Serious flooding hit parts of , with many businesses and shops left under a metre of water Cabinet agreed to that will allow them to issue fines to the occupier of a house where a house party or....

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Here's The Letter From Tony Holohan That Recommended Level 5 For Six Weeks

Thejournal - Eire

The 8-page letter sent by Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Thursday 15 October outlines a number of epidemiological data about Level 3 restrictions. Many of these pieces of data have been shared publicly at the Department of Health briefings and during media interviews conducted in the past five days.

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Unsecured Doors And Windows Account For Almost 1 In 5 Burglaries, Gardaí Say

Thejournal - Eire

UNSECURED DOORS AND windows account for almost one in five burglaries, according to An Garda Síochána. Gardaí released statistics on burglaries in Ireland ahead of the second EU wide Focus Day on domestic burglary tomorrow. Domestic burglary is a criminal offence that all European countries are fighting to eliminate.

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Feelings Of Loneliness And Depression Increased In 2020, New CSO Data Reveals

Carlow Nationalist

Feelings of loneliness, downheartedness, depression and nervousness are all on the increase in 2020, according to newly released statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The 2020 statistical yearbook, which contains data from all areas of Irish life, includes information on the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the country.

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People Who Throw House Parties Can Be Fined €1,000 And Jailed For Up To A Month Under New Proposals

The Irish Times

Gardaí will be given new powers to fine people who hold house parties or breach travel restrictions under new measures agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday. People who throw house parties can be fined €1,000 and jailed for up to a month under new proposals being considered by the Cabinet tonight at its second meeting of the day.

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Jamie’s Coffee Dock

Carlow Nationalist

Jamie McTernan with his horse box coffee dock in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. Photo: Michael O’Rourke. Elizabeth Lee. In the middle of Weaver’s Square, Baltinglass, is the dinkiest of horseboxes. Its gymkhana days are long gone, though, as it’s been repurposed as a coffee cart. Serving his customers is barman-turned-barista Jamie McTernan.

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Connacht Academy Player Tests Positive For Covid-19

Irish Examiner

A Connacht academy player has tested positive for Covid-19. The player, who is asymptomatic, was identified as a close contact of a positive case last week. He had been self-isolating since last Wednesday. All other tests carried out on Connacht players and staff this week have returned negative results, allowing training to resume today.

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NEWS Unions Issue Warning About Schools Reopening After Mid-term As The Country Moves To Level Five Restrictions, Education Unions Have Warned That The Safe Reopening Of Schools After The Mid-term Break Will Depend On Improvements In Contact Tracing And Safety Measures.

Irish Examiner

As the country moves to level five restrictions, education unions have warned that the safe reopening of schools after the mid-term break will depend on improvements in contact tracing and safety measures. Yesterday, the teaching unions and Fórsa, which represents 15,000 non-teaching staff members....

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Zach Tuohy's Proud Day Says His Son As A 'hardworking Lad Who Never Forgot His Roots' And Still 'loves Portlaoise'

Leinster Express

There will be big excitement in the Tuohy household and among the local GAA community in Portlaoise this weekend when former Laois and Portlaoise Gaelic Football player takes the field in the blue ribband event of Australian sport. Zach Tuohy will tog out with his club Geelong Cats in the AFL Grand Final.

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Limerick TD Wants Army Brought In To Enforce Level 5 Covid-19 Restrictions

Limerick Leader

LIMERICK TD Richard O’Donoghue has called for the army to be brought in to enforce level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. As the country gears up for the most severe of restrictions, including the closure of pubs, and non-essential retail, the Independent deputy also criticised the “minority of people who....

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Extra Day To Dáil Debate On Extending State’s Powers During Pandemic

The Irish Times

TD says if Government is going to ‘roll over’ any regulations they need to be debated. A Garda checkpoint mounted as part of Operation Fanacht on the M4 between Leixlip and Maynooth this month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien The Dáil is set to sit for an extra day this week in order to give more time....

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Normal People Star Paul Mescal Hottly Tipped To Be Named ‘Sexiest Man Alive'

Irish Mirror

Normal People star Paul Mescal is hottly tipped to be named the ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’ The 24-year-old shot to global stardom as Connell Waldron in the hit TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel. And the Co Kildare hunk is firmly in the running to claim the title as punters have backed him into 25/1 from 66/1 to claim the title.

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More Positive Covid-19 Cases In Creches Than In Our Schools

Herald

The percentage of children and staff who tested positive for Covid-19 in childcare facilities is more than double the number in both primary and secondary schools. N ewly released HSE figures show the percentage of positive tests is far higher among children and staff who attend creches than those in school.

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CMO And Deputy CMO Lay Out The Figures Behind Covid-19 Testing In Schools

Thejournal - Eire

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER Dr Tony Holohan has reiterated that health officials do not believe that Covid-19 is being accelerated by the attendance of children at school. Speaking this evening, Holohan said that he “doesn’t agree” with an assertion from the Fórsa trade union that schools should remain closed after next week’s mid-term break.

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Cricket In Bio-bubbles Can Affect 'mental Health', Says Morgan

Irish SUN

England's white-ball captain Eoin Morgan said players should have the freedom to withdraw from tours if the bio-secure bubbles are affecting their "mental health". West Indies toured England in June, a month ahead of their three-Test series to restart cricket after the coronavirus pandemic halted most major sporting events across the globe.

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How Belfast's Parks Promote Shared Space In A Historically Divided City

Irish SUN

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of urban parks as vital shared spaces which can benefit both mental and physical health. However, sometimes this sharing of space comes with complications. This is the case for Belfast in Northern Ireland, a city with a history of investigated how space is shared in parks in Belfast.

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Sheep Farmers Optimistic That Reduced Supply Will Boost Price

Irish Examiner

There is quiet optimism among sheep farmers for an increase in lamb prices at the factories, but it comes amid concerns over the worsening impact of Covid-19 restrictions at home and abroad. The week opened with quoted prices for lambs continuing unchanged from recent weeks at 490-510 cents/kg before the quality bonus is added.

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The Game Throws In At 7pm In O'Moore Park On Wednesday Night

Leinster Express

After the disappointment of seeing the Laois Minor hurlers fall at the first hurdle to Offaly last weekend, the Laois U-20 hurlers will be hoping that they can provide a welcome boost in morale against Carlow on Wednesday night in O’Moore Park. They were originally drawn to face Westmeath months ago before COVID-19, but the draw was redone.

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What We Learned From Today's NPHET Briefing

The Chief Medical Officer has said the burden of the coronavirus and the impact it is having are increasing. Dr Tony Holohan was speaking at this evening's news briefing by the National Public Health Emergency Team. Another 1,269 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed today, along with 13 more deaths.

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Gogglebox Ireland To Change Its Cast Due To New Covid-19 Restrictions

JOE

The new changes will be seen in this week's episode. Virgin Media has confirmed a number of changes to the cast of Gogglebox Ireland in preparation for the incoming Covid restrictions to impact production.​ Over the final two episodes of the season, there will still be a catch up of the week's....

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Firms May Have To Pay Tax On New COVID-19 Support Scheme

Newstalk

Some businesses may end up paying tax on funds received under the new COVID-19 Restrictions Support Scheme, Revenue has said. The tax collectors told Newstalk that money given to businesses would be "a reduction against deductible trading expenses". That means it would lower the amount of expenses....

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Deaths In Limerick - October 20, 2020

Limerick Leader

The death has occurred of Gerard Boland. Of Lynwood Park, Ballysimon Road, Limerick City. Peacefully, at University Hospital Limerick. Beloved husband of Rita and adored father of Gareth. Sadly missed by his family, nephews, nieces, the Boland and Robinson families, other relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

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Ireland's Sexton Says Sense Of Duty Must Not Become A Burden

Irish SUN

Johnny Sexton says Ireland must not let their sense of duty to raise the country's spirits weigh them down when they face Italy in their Six Nations clash on Saturday. The captain and other players have spoken about their responsibility to boost morale, with Ireland set to become the first EU....

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British Finance Chief Defends Government's COVID-19 Strategy

Irish SUN

Britain's finance minister Tuesday defended the government's localized three-tiered approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the country, saying another national lockdown would carry too heavy a cost. Finance Chief Rishi Sunak, also known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, spoke to the House....

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The Latest Covid-19 Figures For Each County

Leitrim Observer

The latest 14 day case record for Co Leitrim has shown that 81 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Leitrim between October 6 and October 19. In Cavan a further 693 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in same period while in Sligo 233 cases have been confirmed.

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School Ordered To Reopen After Closing Due To Covid-19 Fears

The Irish Times

Anne Lucey Jack Power Tarbert Comprehensive School in Co Kerry has been ordered to reopen by the Department of Education after deciding to close due to an ‘alarming increase’ in Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Giacomo Antonio Lombardi A secondary school in Co Kerry which decided to close due to an....

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Pandemic Is Bad Enough Without Edwin Poots Spreading Virus Of Sectarianism

The Irish Times

Perhaps it is only in Northern Ireland that tribalism could be injected into the Covid-19 crisis. Insinuating that nationalists are some sort of Covid super-spreaders, as DUP Minister for Agriculture Edwin Poots did, hardly assists community or political relations.

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One Hundred Irish Retailers For All Your Online Christmas Shopping

The Irish Times

From beauty and books to toys and tech, there’s a huge selection of homegrown companies to choose from. Irish retailers are facing a tough Christmas with new Covid-19 restrictions closing non-essential outlets. Photograph: iStock The weeks ahead are going to be incredibly hard for Irish retailers....

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Shops Mobbed As Panic Buyers Grabbed Clothes Other Items Before Ireland Shuts

Irish Mirror

Shops were mobbed today as panic buyers grabbed clothes, toys and other items before the country shuts down for six weeks on Wednesday night. Wind, rain and traffic jams did little to deter determined shoppers who battled the elements to get one final shopping spree in.

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Covid-19 In Ireland: Latest County-by-county Data

Breaking NEWS

The country will move into the highest level of restrictions under the Government’s five-level plan from midnight on Wednesday for six weeks in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he foresees a cycle of rolling level Covid-19 restrictions as the country tries to halt the spread of the virus.

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Fines For People Who Breach Covid-19 Restrictions ‘will Help Curb Virus’

Irish Independent

Penalties for people who breach Covid-19 restrictions will be “helpful” and “play a role” in curbing the spread of the virus, the chief medical officer said. L egislation to allow for the issuing of fines for people who do not adhere to the Government’s restrictions is expected to be passed by the Oireachtas in the coming days.

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Half Of People On Pandemic Unemployment Payment To Get €50 Increase

Irish Independent

HALF of those claiming the pandemic unemployment payment will get a €50 increase in their payment bringing it to €350 a week. A total of 122,000 people will benefit from the hike in payment from next week. The top rate at the moment is €300 a week so the increase will mean they get an extra €50 a week or €200 a month.

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Capacity On Public Transport Will Be Limited To 25%

Longford Leader

Bus Éireann is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 which will come into effect from midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21. Under Level 5 restrictions Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at a capacity of 25% and Government....

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Irish House Prices Could Buck European Trend And Fall This Year, Says S

The Irish Times

House prices in Ireland will buck the European trend and fall this year, according Standard & Poor’s (S&P). In a report on housing across Europe , the ratings agency predicts house prices in most markets are likely to rise further in 2020 despite the Covid-19 lockdowns and the unprecedented fall in economic activity.

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‘Tailored’ Loan Relief Better Than Blanket Breaks As Level 5 Looms – Central Bank

The Irish Times

Brian Hayes of the Banking and Payments Federation: ‘A wide range of solutions are being made available by lenders at this time and are being worked through with borrowers.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times Struggling borrowers will be best served securing “individually tailored” easing of....

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Northern Ireland Beginning To See Reduction In Rate Of Increase Of Covid-19

The Irish Times

Which has the highest rate of Covid-19 infection on these islands is beginning to see a slowing down in the rate of increase of the virus, it was reported on Tuesday. The added restrictions that are operating in the Derry and Strabane area, which is experiencing the highest incidence of the virus in....

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'Auction By Appointment’ For Marts Because Of Covid-19 Restrictions Those Attending The Mart Will Have Their Time And Mobile Number Recorded

Irish Examiner

Guidance has been issued by Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society (ICOS) for marts when the Level 5 restrictions kick in to force from midnight on Wednesday. The recommendations have been issued to mart managers and customers which follows negotiations held jointly between ICOS, Associated....

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Milk Price: Expectation That Price ‘will Move Up Again’

Irish Examiner

Milk market indicators have shown positive developments in the last number of days according to the Chairperson of ICMSA Dairy’s Committee, Gerald Quain. He said farmers were feeling increasingly confident about milk prices over the next few months. “The factor behind the improved forecast is an....

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Feelings Of Loneliness And Depression Increased In 2020, New CSO Data Reveals

By Muireann Duffy. Feelings of loneliness, downheartedness, depression and nervousness are all on the increase in 2020, according to newly released statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The 2020 statistical yearbook, which contains data from all areas of Irish life, includes....

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BREAKING: Laois GAA Call Time On Club Games Until 2021

Leinster Express

Laois GAA have communicated with the clubs of Laois that all outstanding 2020 club games, including County finals, have been postponed until 2021. There had been hope that when Laois exited the hurling and football championships that the remaining games could be played but in an email to clubs, they have now confirmed that will not happen.

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News Bus Éireann's Passenger Capacity Cut To Just 25% During Level 5 1 Hour Ago

Meath Chronicle

Bus Éireann has announced that its regular and Expressway services will be operating at a capacity of just 25% while the Government's Level 5 restrictions are in place. In a statement today, the national bus company said the Government's advice for people was to avoid public transport during the new lockdown which comes into effect on Thursday.

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Offaly Councillor Welcomes 16km Extension To Grand Canal Greenway

Offaly Express

Cllr Clare Claffey, Social Democrats councillor for the Birr Municipal District, has welcomed the proposed development of a greenway between Turraun and Shannon Harbour in West Offaly, and has called for the principals of universal design to be incorporated to this and all future greenway developments.

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Mixed Reaction To Introduction Of Covid-19 Fines

There has been mixed reaction to the news that gardaí are to be given additional powers to impose fines on those who breach certain Level 5 restrictions. The exact details of new on-the-spot fines are expected to be worked out in the coming days. It could mean penalties for those who break travel....

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Northern Ireland To Stick To Covid-19 Strategy

Northern Ireland is unlikely to alter its Covid-19 strategy despite the gear change by authorities in Dublin yesterday. Northern Ireland has one of the highest infection rates in Europe with a reproduction rate between 1.4 and 1.8. The number of cases in the last two weeks per 100,000 population is more than double that of the Republic of Ireland.

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Border Business Owner Expresses Concern Over Retail Remaining Open In The North

Irish Independent

A business owner in the border area has expressed concern that retail outlets in Northern Ireland will remain open while they shut in the Republic. N on-essential retail outlets will close from midnight on Wednesday when Ireland goes into a second lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Feelings Of Loneliness And Depression Increased In 2020, New CSO Data Reveals

Western People

By Muireann Duffy. Feelings of loneliness, downheartedness, depression and nervousness are all on the increase in 2020, according to newly released statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The 2020 statistical yearbook, which contains data from all areas of Irish life, includes....

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BREAKING: 74 New Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Limerick

Limerick Leader

THERE are 74 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick this evening, figures just out have revealed. It means there have now been 543 instances of the disease across the city and the county across the last fortnight, data from the Department of Health released this teatime shows. The incidence rate of Covid-19 in Limerick now stands at 278.

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Half Of Close Contacts Not Showing Up For Second Covid-19 Test

Thejournal - Eire

HALF OF PEOPLE who are deemed to be close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case are not turning up for their second test, health officials have said. Close contacts of people who are confirmed to have Covid-19 are tested for the virus twice whether they have symptoms or not.

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Coronavirus: 13 Deaths And 1,269 New Cases Confirmed In Ireland

Thejournal - Eire

A FURTHER 1,269 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, the Department of Health has said this evening. In a statement, it said that a further 13 people confirmed to have Covid-19 have died. It has been confirmed that all 13 have been recent deaths. This is the highest daily death toll from Covid-19 since 27 May.

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The Remote: The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Gogglebox Ireland And The Return Of The Champions League

Thejournal - Eire

THE REMOTE IS our weekly look at the upcoming TV listings. What With Everything, people are at home a bit more than usual these days so we’ve got you covered whether you want a solo TV night or one for all the family. We’ll focus mainly on free-to-air TV and freely available streaming services –....

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Department Of Education Finalises Accommodation Brief For New School Campus In Tuam

Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom The Department of Education has finalised the accommodation brief for a new school campus in Tuam. A Department spokesperson has confirmed the preparatory work required to advance the project to the next stage is now in train and the Department is continuing to liaise with the....

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Ireland Goes To Level 5

Irish Echo

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing the nation Monday. Julien Behal Photography/RollingNews.ie. By Anthony Neeson. The Republic of Ireland will move into Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions from Wednesday, the new measures lasting six weeks. The North is also moving into a new phase of severe restrictions (See Page 5).

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Ready For Level 5 Restrictions

Irish Echo

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr. Tony Holohan, and Dr. Heather Burns, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, in their last briefing before Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions come into effect in the Republic. Photo by Sasko Lazarov/ RollingNews.ie.

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Kim Kardashian Sparks Concerns For Kylie Jenner As She Misses Family Reunion

Irish Mirror

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Irish Teacher Says He's 'collateral Damage' And Pupils Have Been 'left Behind'

Irish Mirror

Teachers are “collateral damage” and pupils have been “left behind” without extra safety measures, a teacher has said. Glenn Tector, who teaches at Kilkenny College, has called on the Government to outline the additional measures being put in place to protect staff and students in Level Five.

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Exact Location Of 1,269 Coronavirus Cases As Meath Sees A Major Spike

Irish Mirror

A further 13 deaths and 1,269 cases due to Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet). Of the new cases 221 were in Meath, 203 in Dublin, 116 in Cork, 80 in Cavan and the remaining 649 cases were spread across all remaining counties.

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Level 5: Fines For House Parties And Breaching 5km Rule, While Permitted Funeral Attendance Up To 25

The Irish Times

Gardaí will be given new powers to fine people who hold house parties or breach travel restrictions under new measures agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday. Fines of €60 are being considered for people who breach the 5km restrictions due to come into force on Thursday.

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Ryanair Lags Rivals As Covid-19 Vaccine Hopes Buoy Markets

The Irish Times

Hopes for a deal in the Brexit negotiations as well as for progress in the hunt for a vaccine to the Covid-19 pandemic buoyed global markets on Tuesday, although it was not all plain sailing. Dublin. It was a relatively quiet day on Euronext Dublin which finished flat on the day while volumes were down 22 per cent compared with the 20-day average.

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Will Schools Remain Open During The Six-week Lockdown?

The Irish Times

Not so long ago there were siren voices warning that schools could become vectors of coronavirus infection when they reopened. But, two months on, latest official data paints an encouraging picture: schools are significantly safer places than the wider community.

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Feelings Of Loneliness And Depression Increased In 2020, New CSO Data Reveals

Breaking NEWS

Feelings of loneliness, downheartedness, depression and nervousness are all on the increase in 2020, according to newly released statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The 2020 statistical yearbook, which contains data from all areas of Irish life, includes information on the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the country.

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Covid-19 Latest: 13 Deaths, 1269 New Cases, 31 In Carlow & Kilkenny

KCLR 96 FM

13 coronavirus deaths are being reported today. 31 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed locally with 1,269 across all 26 counties. Carlow’s 14-day incidence rate is fast approaching 200 after 16 new cases reported today. There’s been 195 cases per 100,000 population over the past fortnight.

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Publicans Suing FBD Seek Aggravated Damages As Case Nears Conclusion

Irish Independent

Publicans suing FBD Insurance over its refusal to indemnify them for losses incurred by the Covid pandemic are seeking aggravated damages, the Commercial Court was told. M ichael Cush, senior counsel for two of the Dublin-based pubs, said it is “very difficult” to see the basis for which FBD had....

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WATCH: Dr Ciara Kelly Causes Twitter Storm With Level 5 Lockdown Comments

Longford Leader

Newstalk Breakfast presenter and medical doctor Ciara Kelly has caused a Twitter frenzy today and is the top trending topic in Ireland after comments about the new Level 5 lockdown. The entire country will re-enter a full-scale lockdown with a 5km travel restriction and the closure of non-essential....

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Coronavirus Contact Tracing System 'has Essentially Collapsed', GP Warns

Newstalk

A Dublin-based GP has warned that Ireland's contact tracing system 'has essentially collapsed'. Dr Maitiu O Tuathail says the system is simply not big enough to trace 1,000 people every single day here. "The WHO say you shouldn't use lockdown to control numbers, you should use lockdown to get your house in order.

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You Cannot Waive Rules For Every Sector That Says ‘it Didn’t Happen Here,’ Says Martin

Micheál Martin had a telling point to make about where Covid-19 was spreading as the country heads towards level 5 restrictions. There have been complaints from many different sectors pubs, restaurants, shops and hairdressers that they have been closed down despite no clear evidence that they are responsible for the spread of Covid-19.

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13 Deaths Reported This Evening From Covid-19, And 1,269 New Cases

Emergency services are attending the scene of a road collision on the Ballina to Crossmolina road. It's understood a number of vehicles were involved in the collision. Gardai are at the scene, and motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible. The road is; Irish Water says water supplies have....

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Bus Éireann's Passenger Capacity Cut To Just 25% During Level 5

Offaly Independent

Bus Éireann has announced that its regular and Expressway services will be operating at a capacity of just 25% while the Government's Level 5 restrictions are in place. In a statement today, the national bus company said the Government's advice for people was to avoid public transport during the new lockdown which comes into effect on Thursday.

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Gardaí To Get Powers To Break Up House Parties, Issue Fines

Irish Examiner

As part of tougher Covid-19 measures introduced by the Government, gardaí will be able to impose new fines on people holding house parties. The cabinet plan to bring in a system of graduated penalties for those found to be in violation of lockdown rules. As part of the new measures, gardaí will be able to call to a home to disperse a house party.

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Level 5 Lockdown: NCBI Will Lose €1m In Next Six Weeks

Irish Examiner

Ireland's blind charity the NCBI has said it is "genuinely concerned" over its ability to fund frontline services as it expects to lose more than €1m under to the closure of its shops for six weeks under the new Level 5 lockdown. The charity said the closure of its 114 shops around the country would....

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Eoin English: Flooded Traders Are Tired, Frustrated, Fearful The Save Cork City Group Which Has Mounted Legal Challenges To The Morrison’s Island Flood Relief Scheme Insists That A Tidal Barrier At Little Island Is The Only Viable Solution Tue, 20 Oct, 2020

Irish Examiner

They’re a resilient bunch, the proud traders of Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street , but this one has hit them hard. Another winter, another tidal flood event, and yet another debate about how best to protect Ireland’s second city from tidal flooding. After the most recent floods of 2009, 2012, and 2014,....

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Schools Can't Reopen 'unless Safety Measures Improve' Reopening After Mid-term Will Only Happen Only If Contact Tracing Is Elevated, Unions Warn Tue, 20 Oct, 2020

Irish Examiner

The reopening of schools after the mid-term break will depend on safety measures and contact tracing improving, education unions have warned. This Tuesday, teaching unions and Fórsa, which represents 15,000 non-teaching staff members including special needs assistants ( SNA s), have been meeting....

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1,269 New Cases And 13 Deaths

THE Department of Health has reported 1,269 new cases of Covid-19 and 13 deaths, all of which are recent. There are 22 new cases reported in Waterford today. Of the cases notified today; 657 are men / 609 are women; 63% are under 45 years of age; The median age is 34 years old; 221 in Meath, 203 in....

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NPHET'S LATEST UPDATE FOR TUESDAY

Leinster Express

As the countdown to Level 5 lockdown continues, another 13 deaths have been reported in Ireland this Tuesday, October 20. There are 1,269 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). Meanwhile Laois has seen a further rise in cases.

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FBD’s Interpretation Of Its Pub Policy Is ‘absurd’, Court Hears

FBD’s interpretation of a business interruption insurance policy sold to publicans would result in “absurd” and “anomalous” outcomes if upheld, the Commercial Court has heard. In a test case taken by four pub groups over the non-payment of business interruption claims relating to the Covid-19....

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Covid-19 Public Spending Unsustainable Without Vaccine – Donohoe

The Irish Times

A viable vaccine for Covid-19 is needed for the State’s budgetary sustainability, the Government’s two key financial Ministers have said. With expanded and enhanced support schemes set to cost the exchequer about €150 million a week on top of the sums allocated in the budget for the next six weeks,....

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Fianna Fail And Sinn Fein Leaders Clash In Dail Over Covid-19 Strategies

Irish Independent

A row has erupted between the Taoiseach and the leader of Sinn Fein over the strategy for dealing with Covid-19 on both sides of the border. M icheal Martin and Mary Lou McDonald clashed in the Dail on Tuesday over whether the Irish Government or the Stormont Executive was providing greater assistance to homeowners in the midst of the pandemic.

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Coronavirus Ireland: 1,269 New Cases Confirmed Today With 13 Further Deaths

Irish Independent

This comes a day after the government announced the country will be placed in a Level 5 lockdown with some exceptions at midnight on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. The exceptions include that schools and creches will stay open, 25 people will be allowed attend weddings and funerals, playgrounds....

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13 Covid-19 Deaths Reported This Evening In ROI

Highland Radio

13 additional Covid-19 deaths have been confirmed this evening, with 1,269 additional cases. 21 of the additional cases are in Donegal, with the 14 day incidence rate in the county now standing at 328.5 per 100,000 people, the sixth highest rate in the country. Sligo has overtaken Donegal today with 27 cases and an incidence rate of 355.

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Coronavirus: 1,269 More Cases, 13 Additional Deaths In Ireland

Newstalk

There have 1,269 more coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths in Ireland. There has now been a total of 1,865 deaths and 52,256 cases here. This includes the denotification of six confirmed cases. Of the cases notified on Tuesday: 657 are men/609 are women; 63% are under 45 years of age; The median age is 34.

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Visors Are "not Appropriate" Protection In Most Settings, Says CMO Dr Tony Holohan

JOE

"They do not provide the kind of protection that a face covering the provides." Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has called on members of the public to refrain from wearing visors and to instead wear face coverings. Plastic visors have become widely used to protect people in shops, bars and other settings from Covid-19.

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EU Focus Day 2020 - The Prevention Of Domestic Burglary In The Spotlight

#StopDomesticBurglaries Video of Crimecall on the 19 October 2020. EU Focus Day - The Prevention of Domestic Burglary in the Spotlight · 2nd EU Wide Focus Day on Domestic Burglary · EUCPN and 26 European countries coordinating an EU wide burglary prevention initiative.

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Number Of Vehicles Involved In Collision On Ballina-Crossmolina Road

Irish Water says water supplies have been restored to the majority of customers impacted by the burst water main on Emmet Street, Ballina earlier today, by isolating the section of main where the burst has occurred. However, due to the complexity of the; Gardai in Galway have seized cannabis worth....

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9 Counties With Lowest Rates Heading Into Level 5 And Best Placed To Beat Virus

Irish Mirror

Ireland is now on red alert, with the country set to adopt level five restrictions for the next six weeks in order to stem the tide of a virus that’s rampant throughout the country. A key metric considered by ministers and public health officials is the rate of infection in different counties per 100,000 of population.

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Bus Éireann Issues Level 5 Travel Advice

BUS Éireann is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 5 of Ireland’s Living with Covid-19 plan, which will come into effect from midnight tomorrow (Wednesday). Under Level 5 restrictions, Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at a capacity of 25% and government advice is that public transport should be avoided.

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Piano Of Mary Louise MacDonagh On Display At MacDonagh Museum

Tipperarylive

One of the oldest items on display in the MacDonagh Museum is the piano belonging to Mary Louise MacDonagh, the mother of Thomas MacDonagh. The Brazilian Rosewood square piano was manufactured in London in 1850 by Collard and Collard. The piano was given to Mary Louise by her father who brought it from London.

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UBS Quarterly Profit Doubles, As CEO Ermotti Bids Farewell

The Irish Times

On Tuesday posted a 99 per cent jump in third-quarter profit as heavy turnover in global markets helped the bank to a strong performance in investment banking and an unexpected rise in wealth management earnings. In chief executive Sergio Ermotti’s last month at the helm, net profit for the world’s largest wealth manager climbed to $2.

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First Look: Is The IPhone 12 Pro The Best Smartphone Out There?

The Irish Times

You know the drill by now: every September, Apple releases an updated version of its iPhone with a few new features, a more powerful chip, and maybe a bit of a redesign. This year, the Covid-19 pandemic delayed things, with Apple pushing the iPhone 12 launch to October.

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Thirteen Further Deaths And 1,269 New Cases Of Covid-19 Recorded In The Republic

The Irish Times

Thirteen further deaths and 1,269 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Republic, with the North reporting three deaths and 913 new cases. There have now been a total of 1,865 coronavirus related deaths, while the total number of cases now stands at 52,256. Of the cases notified today, 657 are men and 609 are women.

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Schools Should Not Reopen After Midterm Unless Safety Improves, Say Unions

The Irish Times

Andy Pike, Fórsa’s head of education, said current arrangements had not been sufficient to keep pace with the rise in cases and some schools had been left to fend for themselves without HSE intervention. Photograph: Alan Betson Schools should not reopen after next week’s midterm break until health....

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Paying Top-rate Covid Supports For A Year Would Cost State €16bn

Running Covid-19 payment supports at their top rate for an entire year would cost the state €16 billion, a level that is unsustainable, Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has warned. The government announced a reversal of recent cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) on Monday....

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Fines For Organisers Of House Parties Will Be Used As 'last Resort'

Thejournal - Eire

Updated 1 hour ago. CABINET HAS AGREED to give gardaí new powers that will allow them to issue fines to the occupier of a house where a house party or gathering is taking place. Gardaí will be allowed to call to homes or other indoor venue and ask those present to disperse.

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Level 5: Taoiseach Outlines R0 Target And Says 'reward Is To Get The Shops Open'

Thejournal - Eire

TAOISEACH MICHEÁL MARTIN has said that the target for the next six weeks of Level 5 restrictions is to “get the R number consistently below 1″. Speaking at Leaders’ Questions today, Martin said that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) would favour getting the R number to 0.

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Opinion: We Must Mind Our Mental Health As Level 5 Brings A Forced Introspection

Thejournal - Eire

A NEW SURVEY released on World Mental Health Day showed that one in two people feel their mental health has been affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown restrictions, lack of social interaction and economic uncertainty are all impacting people’s mental health and access to care which comes as no surprise.

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'A Distressing Development': Hospice Foundation Urges Government To Re-examine Visit Restrictions The Irish Hospice Foundation Says Older People In Care Homes Shouldn't Have To Suffer.

Irish Examiner

There are calls for the Government to re-examine visiting restrictions in nursing and care homes. Visits to long-term residential care facilities will cease under level 5 except in critical and compassionate circumstances. The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) says it welcomes the updated guidance on attending funerals.

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Holohan Said Move To Level 5 Or Face 2,500 Covid Cases Daily

Irish Examiner

Ahead of Level 5 lockdown restrictions being put in place, the country’s most senior doctor told the Government that Ireland could be facing up to 2,500 cases of Covid-19 daily by the end of this month. In a letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly from last Thursday, October 15, outlining health....

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Cork Credit Union Offers Discounted Virtual Shopping In Local Businesses

Irish Examiner

A West Cork credit union has preempted the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions by offering members a discounted virtual shopping experience in local businesses. Access Credit Union, which has 28,000 members in the region, has launched a 'Love Local' campaign in conjunction with Skibbereen Chamber of....

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Teacher Trade Union Reps Meet With NPHET Officials

Teacher trade union representatives have been meeting National Public Health Emergency Team officials to discuss their concerns around shortfalls in the State's contact tracing and testing systems. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland earlier today, head of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation....

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Government's Covid-19 Spending Unsustainable Without Vaccine, Donohoe Warns

The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (centre) with Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath and Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphries during a press conference to outline changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme on Tuesday.

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Limerick Chamber, Mayor And Council Issue Rallying Cry Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

Limerick Leader

THE mayor of Limerick Michael Collins, Limerick City and County Council and the Limerick Chamber have called on people to “shop local and early”. With Limerick and the rest of the country set to go into lockdown after tomorrow, Mayor Collins says this year of all years, people need to think of....

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Intel Donates 100 Sanitizer Units To Kildare Businesses

Leinster Leader

Intel have donated 100 hand sanitiser units to businesses in Kildare as part of a Covid prevention initiative that is been supported by County Kildare Chamber. The sanitiser units will assist businesses with their ongoing Covid prevention measures and have been distributed to businesses through the offices of County Kildare Chamber.

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Capacity On Public Transport Will Be Limited To 25%

Leitrim Observer

Bus Éireann, Ireland’s national bus company, is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 which will come into effect from midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, 21 October 2020. Under Level 5 restrictions Bus Éireann and Expressway services will....

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LIVE Covid-19 Ireland Cases Today As Dr Tony Holohan Speaks To Public On Level 5

Irish Mirror

Ireland faces cycle of rolling Covid-19 restrictions, Taoiseach tells Dail. The Taoiseach has said he foresees a cycle of rolling level Covid-19 restrictions as the country tries to halt the spread of the virus. Micheal Martin said he recognised that the introduction of level five restrictions would....

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Shamrock Rovers Hit By Two More Positive Covid-19 Cases In Squad

Irish Mirror

Shamrock Rovers have been hit by two more positive Covid-19 cases in their first-team squad. Mirror Sport has learned that two players were informed on Sunday that they had returned positive test results. Both individuals are among the six close contacts of striker Aaron Greene who, the club announced last Thursday, had contracted the virus.

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NPHET Letter Shows Reasons Behind Level Five Lockdown Amid 'escalating Concern'

Irish Mirror

A NPHET letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly last week outlined "deep and escalating concern" over the Covid-19 situation in Ireland before Level Five lockdown, which doctors "firmly believed" was "inevitable". , it stated that NPHET "continues to express deep and escalating concern" over transmission of here.

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Louth TD: Need For Shift In Government Mindset With New Restrictions

Dundalk Democrat

Louth Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick TD has called on the Government to place a renewed emphasis on the importance of test and trace for Covid-19, the implementation of fast turnaround diagnostic testing in schools, airports, ports and allow workplaces screen for asymptomatic cases.

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We’ll Still Be In Cycle Of ‘higher And Lower’ Restrictions Through 2021, Warns Taoiseach

Irish Independent

A see-saw period of more than a year of higher and lower controls can be foreseen, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil, adding that the country is now in a Covid cycle. I'm just being very candid, I do foresee a period where you will have periods of higher-level restrictions, followed by lower-level....

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House Prices To Fall 1.6pc This Year - Credit Ratings Agency

Irish Independent

THE Covid-19 lockdowns and the unprecedented fall in economic activity will lead to fall in house prices this year and the following year, a leading credit ratings agency has forecast. S tandard & Poor’s says Irish prices had already been softening ahead of the crisis. But the pandemic has added to downward pressure on prices.

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Westival Moves To Virtual World

The Mayo News

MAKING MUSIC Graham Sweeney, The Brennan Sisters, Matt Molloy & Friends, The Clew Bay Critters and Coda were all filmed performing live around Westport last week, and these performances will be shown online as part of Westival’s Grace O’Malley Music Sessions.

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NTA Statement On Moving To Level 5 Of Living With COVID

Under Level 5 of the Plan for Living with Covid-19, from Thursday morning public transport will operate at 25% capacity, primarily for the purposes of allowing those providing essential services to get to work. We expect that the overall national restrictions that will be in place under Level 5 will lead to a fall in demand for public transport.

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Cahill Putting Best Foot Forward For Offaly's Restricted Year

Offaly Express

BUILDING for the future and looking at the broader picture is very much in the frame for Offaly as they prepare for their Leinster U-20 Hurling Championship opener against Westmeath in Kilcormac's Faithful Fields this Wednesday evening. With lockdowns and a packed club programme restricting them,....

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Personal Best For McGlynn At World Half Marathon

Offaly Express

ANN Marie McGlynn continued her blistering run of form when she had a superb personal best of 71.40 at the World half marathon in Gdynia, Poland last Saturday. A resident in Strabane, Tyrone and racing for Letterkenny AC across the border in Donegal, McGlynn's time was also a new Northern Ireland record for the half marathon.

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Fine Structure Agreed For Covid Regulation Breaches

Highland Radio

New fines are being brought in for people holding house parties as part of tougher coronavirus laws. The cabinet's agreed to bring in a system of graduated penalties for those breaking the rules. It's expected people not wearing face masks in shops, or breaking the 5 kilometre travel limit, could also be fined under new Garda powers.

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Dublin City Council Will Not Reinstate Free Parking For Healthcare Workers

Breaking NEWS

Dublin City Council is refusing to bring back free car parking for healthcare workers despite calls by a traffic chief to do so. When coronavirus restrictions first hit the country last March, free parking was made available healthcare staff. The council now says the issue is for the health service and hospitals to deal with.

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Schools Can Be ‘assured’ Of Safe Return After Mid-term, Foley Says

The Irish Times

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said schools can be “assured” that all necessary measures will be put in place to ensure a successful return to school after the Halloween break. Ms Foley’s comments come after teachers’ unions expressed concern that children would not be able return to school....

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Is Reaching Zero COVID-19 Possible?

Irish SUN

Most scientists agree that stringent control measures, involving efficient contact tracing, testing and isolation, together with social distancing and mask wearing, are required to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. and New Zealand have all successfully used these approaches to suppress the virus.

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Level 5 Restrictions Will Reduce Capacity To 25% On Public Transport

Bus Eireann is advising that, under the level 5 restrictions from tomorrow night, Bus Eireann and Expressway services will only operate at a 25% capacity. Under Government advice, all travel should be limited within a 5km radius, unless travel is essential for work, education and other essential purposes.

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St Luke’s Warns The Hospital Is “extremely Busy” And Experiencing Delays

Carlow Nationalist

St Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny has today issued a statement advising the public that the hospital and its emergency department (ED) is currently “extremely busy and delays are being experienced presently”. “We advise visitors to only attend the hospital ED if absolutely necessary and to not bring children, if at all possible.

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Level 5 Guidelines For Bus Éireann Passengers

Carlow Nationalist

BUS Éireann, Ireland’s national bus company, is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, which comes into effect from midnight tomorrow, Wednesday 21 October. Under Level 5 restrictions, Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at a....

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S&P: Irish House Prices To Fall Next Year And Then Rise Strongly After Covid-19 Crisis Prices Set To Be Among Fastest Rising In Europe

Irish Examiner

Irish house prices could fall next year as Covid-19 supports for the economy come to an end but could then be among the fastest rising in Europe in the following two years as demand for housing continues to outstrip supply, according to a report by S&P Global Ratings. Prices here will fall by 1.6% this year and by 1.

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Fair City Cast And Crew To Continue Filming During Level 5 Lockdown Fans Who Want To See How Callum And Oisín's Mental Torture Of Paul Plays Out Or Those Invested In The Goings-on At The Hungry Pig Are In Luck.

Irish Examiner

Fans who want to see how Callum and Oisín's mental torture of Paul plays out or those invested in the goings-on at the Hungry Pig are in luck. Paul (Tony Tormey), Oisin (Stephen Ball) and Nicola (Claudia Carroll) in Fair City. Pictures: RTÉ. As the Government confirmed last night that the country....

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Food Strategy Being Developed For Dingle

Irish Examiner

A new food strategy is in the pipeline for Dingle that will see a complete overhaul in the way the peninsula’s offerings are promoted in the world of cuisine. A tender is currently being sought by North, East and West Kerry Development (NEWKD) for the advancement and provision of a training....

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Economist Laments “lack Of Political Leadership” Ahead Of Level 5 Return

THE desired impact of Budget 2021’s measures already feel like something of a historical footnote in the wake of last night’s Level 5 Government announcement, with the return to lockdown earning criticism from economist Jim Power. The decision led the Clonea-Power native to Tweet: “Level 5 restrictions.

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Lockdown ‘probably Necessary So Everyone Can Have A Nice Christmas’

Irish Independent

A second lockdown is looming over Ireland, and there is disagreement among the public over the right way forward. B ut there is a prevalence of hope, that suffering in the short term might allow for some semblance of normality for Christmas. Kevin Ball, from Firhouse in Dublin, is one of those taking the optimistic view.

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News Bus Éireann Services Will Operate At A Quarter Of Its Normal Capacity During The Level Five Restrictions.

Meath Chronicle

“Passengers are advised under no circumstance to use public transport if they are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms, nor should public transport be used to travel to or from a Covid-19 testing centre,” said Allen Parker, Bus Éireann Chief Customer Officer. “Customers will see the capacity limit of each vehicle clearly marked on the door.

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Government To Extend PUP At Cost Of €1.25 Billion

Evening Echo

The Government is expecting around 200,000 people to lose their jobs when Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions come in from midnight tomorrow. The lockdown measures will force businesses deemed non-essential to close for six weeks. Extra state supports worth €1.

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Two Donegal Projects Successful At National Heritage Awards

Highland Radio

Two Donegal projects were successful at the National Heritage Awards this morning. The on-line event, hosted by The Heritage Council, saw the ‘Heritage of Education’ Award go to the Rathmullan and District Local History Society for their ‘Rathmullan goes back to School' project during Heritage Week.

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Holohan Warned Government Of Risk Of Pre-Christmas Surge In COVID-19 Cases

Newstalk

He said: "The NPHET continues to believe a more aggressive strategy is necessary to achieve the levels of suppression that are necessary to bring this disease back under control in a shorter time period, thus mitigating increases in hospitalisation and mortality and allowing us to get to a point where restrictions can be lifted more quickly.

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Keelin Shanley, Luke O'Neill And Mary McAleese Among This Year's Irish Book Awards Nominees

Thejournal - Eire

KEELIN SHANLEY, LUKE O’Neill and Mary McAleese are among the nominees for this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. A wide range of authors feature across the 16 categories this year, which include novel of the year, children’s, cookery, crime fiction, popular fiction, nonfiction, sports, short story, poetry, teen and young adult and Irish language.

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'It's A Massive Sense Of Safety For Each Player' - Hurling Stars Back GAA Championship Start

Thejournal - Eire

Updated 28 minutes ago. LEADING HURLING STARS Tony Kelly and Cian Lynch have both given their support for the GAA All-Ireland championships to commence this weekend, insisting they are happy to play despite the introduction of Level 5 restrictions and the recent national rise in Covid-19 cases.

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S&P Sees Irish House Prices Falling By 1.6% This Year

The Irish Times

House prices in Ireland will buck the European trend and fall this year, according Standard & Poor’s (S&P). In a report on housing across Europe , the ratings agency predicts house prices in most markets are likely to rise further in 2020 despite the Covid-19 lockdowns and the unprecedented fall in economic activity.

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Three Deaths And 913 Covid-19 Cases Reported In Northern Ireland

The Irish Times

Northern Ireland has recorded three further Covid-19 linked deaths in the last 24-hour reporting period and 913 new cases of the virus, the North’s Department of Health has announced. The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 624. There have been 28,953 confirmed cases, 6,850 in the last seven days.

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CSO’s 2019 Yearbook May Show High Watermark For Employment And Travel

The Irish Times

Last year may prove to be a high watermark for employment, international travel, economic growth, consumer spending, marriages and many other aspects of modern life as they are measured by the (CSO) The impact of Covid-19 has hit all such activity hard and the CSO’s statistical yearbook for 2019....

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Six Nations There For The Taking, Says Ireland's Stockdale

Irish SUN

Jacob Stockdale insists Ireland can win the Six Nations as they prepare to return to action. Andy Farrell's side are fourth in the table, four points behind England and France, but those two teams have just one game remaining in the championship. Ireland host pointless Italy this Saturday in an....

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Dr Holohan's Latest Lockdown Comments As Ireland Gets Ready To Enter Level Five

Irish Mirror

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has insisted that Ireland’s public health bosses have “always been on the same page” as the Government when it comes to tackling Covid-19. Dr Holohan said new level five restrictions – announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin last night – can get Ireland down to less than 100 cases a day by the start of December.

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Target Of Lockdown Is To Reduce The R Rate Of The Virus, Says Taoiseach

The Taoiseach Míchéal Martin has said getting the reproductive rate of the virus consistently below one is the target of the new lockdown. The exit strategy involves getting the R rate as low as 0.5 if possible. Some tweaks have been made to the plan this morning - including increasing the number of people who can attend a funeral to 25.

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New Fines For People Organising House Parties During Covid-19 Restrictions

New fines are being introduced in for people organising house parties, as part of tougher coronavirus laws. The Cabinet has today agreed to bring in a system of graduated penalties for those breaking the rules. It's expected people not wearing face masks in shops, or breaking the 5 kilometre travel limit, could also be fined under new Garda powers.

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Explainer: What Is A Support Bubble?

With the country set to enter Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions for a period of six weeks, household visits are banned while the 5km travel restrictions will also come into effect. However, there will be a difference from the first lockdown as the Government has confirmed that support bubbles will be permitted.

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Viktoria (18) Needs To Raise €60k For Life Changing Surgery

A GO Fund Me campaign is aiming to raise €60,000 for life changing surgery for an 18-year-old Waterford woman that will help relieve the pain and complications of a disabling spinal condition and put a smile back on her face once more. Viktoria Jurekova from Norwood, in Waterford city, has been waiting five years for Scoliosis surgery.

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Déise Not Happy About Antrim Trip

Waterford senior football manager, Benji Whelan, with players Conor Murray and Paudie Hunt. The Waterford News & Star understands that the Déise management and players are not happy with having to travel to Antrim at the weekend in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions. Photo: Sportsfile. Saturday Next Portglenone, County Antrim 2 p.

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Covid-19: Couple Still Taking The Plunge And Are Set To Wed This Weekend

Dundalk Democrat

Local couple Aisling Neary and Colm McMahon were determined that the Covid-19 restrictions were not going to put a stop to their wedding and the happy duo are set to celebrate their special day this weekend. The blushing bride and her groom were not going to let the pandemic restrictions prevent....

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WATCH: Dr Ciara Kelly Causes Twitter Storm With Level 5 Lockdown Comments

Offaly Express

Newstalk Breakfast presenter and medical doctor Ciara Kelly has caused a Twitter frenzy today and is the top trending topic in Ireland after comments about the new Level 5 lockdown. The entire country will re-enter a full-scale lockdown with a 5km travel restriction and the closure of non-essential....

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Schools Can Be ‘absolutely Assured’ Adequate Measures In Place To Stay Open - Minister Foley

Irish Independent

Minister for Education Norma Foley has told school communities they can be “absolutely assured” that any public health measures needed to keep schools open and safe will be taken. M inister Foley, while speaking on RTÉ News at One, branded the criticism of the testing and tracing model in schools as....

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Public Consultation on Small Public Service Vehicle (Emergency Measure COVID-19) Draft Regulations 2020. 20 October 2020. Submissions can now be made on the below SPSV Licensing Fees. Small Public Service Vehicle (Emergency Measure Covid-19) (3 Fees) Draft Regulation 2020 by Maximum Permissible Age.

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UCD And Zurich Partnership To Bridge Academic Divide In Irish Education

UCD CASL

Posted 20 October, 2020. in partnership with Zurich Ireland (Zurich) and the Z Zurich Foundation (ZZF) has launched a three-year intervention programme aimed at fostering educational resilience in Ireland. The programme ' Power 2 Progress ' will support senior cycle students by providing expertise and resources to a number of DEIS schools.

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Bus Éireann Issues Level 5 Advice For Customers

Western People

Bus Éireann is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 which will come into effect from midnight tomorrow. Under Level 5 restrictions Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at a capacity of 25% and Government advice for Level 5....

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Level 5 Enforcement: Fines To Be Introduced For House Parties And Breaking 5km Rule

The Irish Times

Gardaí will be given new powers to fine people who hold house parties or breach travel restrictions under new measures agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday. Fines of €60 are being considered for people who breach the 5km restrictions due to come into force on Thursday.

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Covid-19: Everyone Needs To Act To Stop Spread, Tony Holohan Warns

Irish Examiner

Everyone needs to behave in 'a manner' that will drive down levels of Covid-19, the chief medical officers has warned. Dr Tony Holohan was speaking in the wake of the decision to move the entire country into a level 5 lockdown for the next six weeks. He said these measures are needed to protect....

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Train Disruptions From Portlaoise Station For Bank Holiday Weekend

Leinster Express

Irish Rail has announced that there will be line works on the Portlaoise to Limerick Junction rail line this coming October Bank Holiday weekend. Passengers will be offered bus transfers on Saturday, with Friday, Sunday and Monday travel services also altered.

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Holohan Targets Under 100 Cases A Day Within 6 Weeks

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said a reproductive number of 0.5 would be a sufficient level of transmission to move out of tighter restrictions. Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has said if coronavirus cases get down to less than 100 cases a day by the beginning of December, officials would....

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Three More Deaths And 913 New Virus Cases In NI

Meanwhile a DUP MLA has branded longer school closures advocated by some ministers in the Stormont executive as "child abuse". Paul Givan highlighted the negative impact on young people's educational prospects as he claimed several ministers were using children in the "most appalling way".

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Personal Injury Hearings Delayed Under Level 5

Any action involving witnesses which has already begun will continue. The judge in charge of personal injuries cases in the High Court has said hearings will not go ahead during Level 5 restrictions unless they are urgent. Mr Justice Kevin Cross has been dealing with a backlog of more than 300....

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GDP To Fall By 3.5% This Year Due To Covid Restrictions

The Minister for Finance has said the additional cost to the state of supports being put in place due to the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions will be €1.25 billion this year. Paschal Donohoe said this will lead to the deficit this year increasing to €23 billion, or 6.5% of national income.

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RTÉ 'wrong' Over Increment Pay Freeze - IRT

RTÉ was wrong to unilaterally freeze incremental pay rises earlier this year and should resume backdated payment to affected staff immediately, the broadcaster's internal Industrial Relations Tribunal has found. The ruling by IRT Chairman John Doherty also describes RTÉ's insertion of a new....

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Calls To Clarify ‘social Bubble’ Policy Ahead Of Lockdown

Irish Independent

Ministers have been urged to clarify guidance on “social bubbles” which limits them to people who have “mental health challenges”. A s part of its second lockdown strategy, the Government said it would introduce the concept to ease isolation issues. On Monday, ministers agreed to impose the highest....

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Shortage Of Bikes For Christmas - Shop Warns

Irish Independent

Retailers across the country are experiencing huge supply chain problems, as Covid-19 forced a number of factories in Asia to close during the year. L ouise Keane, of Dublin-based Joe Daly Cycles, said there have been “massive issues” with supply chain delays.

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'This Could Have Been Prevented': Anger At Lack Of Progress On Defences As Cork City Floods

Evening Echo

Speaking in Cork, the Minister said the climate is changing faster than the process that the Government can deliver the scheme and he appealed to objectors to consider withdrawing their objection. “Allow us in partnership to move forward with the people of Cork to delivering a good scheme for the....

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For Fiona O’Connor From Douglas And Her Husband PJ From Charleville, A Big Wedding Was Never On The Cards And So, The Pair Decided To Keep Their August Wedding Date, With Some Minor Adjustments To Suit Public Health Guidelines.

Evening Echo

WITH consistent changes to Covid-19 restrictions, uncertainty surrounding guest lists, indoor dining and gatherings, many 2020 brides and grooms opted to postpone their day until 2021. For Fiona O’Connor from Douglas and her husband PJ from Charleville, a big wedding was never on the cards and so,....

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Rathmullan And Glenswilly Projects Win Major Prizes

Donegal Democrat

The efforts of individuals, families and community groups across Ireland to preserve and promote our heritage were recognised at the National Heritage Awards that were held today, Tuesday, October 20. The online event, hosted by The Heritage Council and presented by RTÉ broadcaster Anne Cassin, saw....

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Sligo Chamber Says There’s Now An Urgent Need To Implement Adequate Supports For Business

Ocean FM

. The CEO of Sligo Chamber of Commerce and Industry says adequate supports for businesses must be implemented with a greater urgency. Aidan Doyle was speaking in the aftermath of last night’s confirmation by the Taoiseach that Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions are to be implemented for the next six weeks.

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Everything You Need To Know About Covid-19 Tax Relief

Silicon Republic

A week after the announcement of Budget 2021, we hear from Daniel O’Beirne of PwC to learn more about Covid-19 impacts on tax. This year’s Budget announcements were highly anticipated as workers across Ireland adjust to the economic impacts of Covid-19. During the proceedings on 13 October, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, TD, discussed a €3.

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Irish Couple Giving House And Car Away To A Lucky Someone For €5.50

Irish Mirror

A couple, who are planning to travel around Europe for a year in a camper van on a dream trip of a lifetime, are selling their house and car in a raffle to fund the adventure. Rose Jones and her husband Colin said they decided to take the novel approach to raise funds quickly as Covid-19 had halted....

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Tony Kelly And Cian Lynch Raring To Go For Clare-Limerick Clash

Irish Mirror

Tony Kelly and Cian Lynch are raring to go for Sunday’s Munster Championship opener after inter-county games got the go-ahead last night. The Clare-Limerick tie, which doubles up as the Allianz Hurling League final, is the first blockbuster pairing since the resumption of inter-county action and....

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13 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Galway Hospitals Today But None In ICU

Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom There are 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today, but none are being treated in intensive care units. That’s according to HSE figures which show that nationally, 315 COVID-19 patients are attending acute hospitals.

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Saolta Official Urges Patients Across Galway To Attend For Essential Scheduled Health Services

Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom The Chief Operating Officer of the Saolta hospital group has urged patients across Galway and the West to attend essential health services as the country prepares to enter a second lockdown. Ann Cosgrove has stressed that separate streams are in operation in medicine and....

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Over 1,000 Daily Calls Expected To Samaritans Amid New Lockdown

Breaking NEWS

Emotional support charity Samaritans is expecting to handle more than 1,000 daily calls from people struggling to cope with new restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19. The charity said it will be a challenge to meet the renewed demand for its services, as over 300 of its 1,500 volunteers are cocooning.

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ViewGabriel’s Appointments Uncertain As Covid-19 Isolation Continues

Research Professional

Research commissioner on sick leave but may keep some appointments remotely if able, Commission says. The EU research, innovation and education commissioner Mariya Gabrielwho announced on 10 October that she had tested positive for Covid-19could participate in some appointments remotely this week, according to a European Commission spokesperson.

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FAI To Consider Rule To Force LOI Clubs To Play Games Despite Positive Covid-19 Tests

Irish Independent

A positive Covid-19 test for Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne (pictured) and striker Aaron Greene results in the club having three games postponed. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile. The FAI will this week consider introducing a version of UEFA's rule about League of Ireland clubs being....

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KCLR Live: TJ Reid On Level 5

KCLR 96 FM

Local businessman and hurler TJ Reid has been telling KCLR Live that he’s not a fan of the Level Five restrictions. Almost 35,000 people have signed a petition calling for gyms to stay open during lockdown because it would help people escape from Covid-19 and be good for mental health.

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Mike Ryan, Phil Hogan And Taoiseach To Feature At Online MacGill School

Ocean FM

The Sligo-born executive director of the World Health Organisation, Dr Mike Ryan, will be among the guests at this year’s MacGill School in Glenties, Co Donegal, which starts on Thursday. The event, which will not be public, will be in video conference format and will be streamed online.

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Cahill Claims Number Of Mourners To Remain At 25

Tipp FM

It appears the restrictions on numbers attending funerals is to be eased. Many in Tipperary had expressed concerns that the move to Level 5 would result in just ten people being allowed to attend. The current limit on numbers allowed to attend funerals is 25.

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Raag Hotels To Invest €18m In New Irish Property

The Irish Times

British group believes Dublin poised to rebound from Covid-19 crisis. Raag caculates that it will cost around €18 million to build the hotel, which will employ between 30 and 35 people when it is operating. Raag Hotels is spending €18 million on a new property in the Republic that the British company says will created up to 35 jobs.

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Colossal Impact Of Pandemic On Labour Market Revealed In CSO Numbers

The Irish Times

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on employment, consumer spending and the wider eocnomy, new figures from the (CSO) show. The agency’s latest 2020 yearbook reveals the number of people classifed as being “away from work”, in other words employed but not working, rose by more than 400,000 during the initial lockdown.

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Former Hurlers Of The Year Cian Lynch And Tony Kelly 'grateful' To Be Back On The Pitch The Fixture Had Hung In The Balance Until Last Night's Confirmation That Despite The Country's Imminent Move To Level 5 Coronavirus Restrictions, Inter-county Games Will Still Be Able To Go Ahead

Irish Examiner

Former Hurler of the Year recipients Tony Kelly and Cian Lynch have admitted they are "grateful" to get the opportunity to face each other next weekend. Kelly's Clare will travel by car to face Lynch's Limerick in Thurles in the Munster quarter-finals on Sunday, a game that will double up as the Allianz League final.

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Leading Architect Comes To The Rescue Of Your Lockdown Home As Ireland Is About To Move To Level 5 Restrictions, We Talk To Home Rescue's Róisín Murphy About Maximising Living Spaces

Irish Examiner

The coronavirus pandemic has herded us off the streets and out of familiar zones like offices and other workplaces and forced us to retreat into rooms, apartments and houses we would otherwise spend so much less time in. Those four walls feel like they've been transformed into our whole world.

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Banking Industry Pledges Support, But No More Breaks

The banking industry has said it will continue to support customers through to the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, but has stopped short of offering further blanket loan repayment breaks. In a statement, the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland said its members recognise the financial challenges that moving to Level 5 poses for many people.

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Basis For Level 5 Decisions Should Be Laid Out In Full

. So many lives have been lost, more than 1,850 deaths associated with coronavirus here so far. As well as almost 51,000 confirmed cases. The pain and trauma is unimaginable for those who have not been touched in some way by this terrible virus. Like a stone into a lake, the ripple effects have moved out across the country.

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Vallance Expresses Concern About Long-term Resilience Of Sage

Research Professional

Chief scientific adviser says the work of the group has put a ‘strain’ on members. The government’s chief scientific adviser has described the long-term resilience of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies as a “big issue” that needs to be formalised.

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Level 5: Cabinet Agrees House Party Fines And Increased Numbers At Funerals

Evening Echo

Updated: 12.30pm. The Cabinet has agreed that gardaí will be given new powers to fine people who hold house parties in breach of Covid-19 restrictions. Under the new plans, gardaí can call to a door and break up a house party but they may not enter the home.

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BREAKING: Longford Concede Against Cork In Countdown To Championship

Longford Leader

Speaking to the Irish Examiner on Monday, Davis saw no reason why the Division 3 game against Cork should go ahead this weekend, and believes staging such dead rubbers gives “naysayers” ammunition to criticise the GAA for continuing with the inter-county season. “Our game against Cork on Sunday is a dead rubber.

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UCD And Zurich Partners To Bridge Academic Divide In Irish Education

UCD CASL

Posted 20 October, 2020. in partnership with Zurich Ireland (Zurich) and the Z Zurich Foundation (ZZF) has launched a three-year intervention programme aimed at fostering educational resilience in Ireland. The programme ' Power 2 Progress ' will support senior cycle students by providing expertise and resources to a number of DEIS schools.

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Thousands Of Pubs And Restaurants Face Failure If Indoor Dining Banned For Christmas

Newstalk

Failure to resume indoor dining over the Christmas period will spell “game over” for thousands of Irish pubs and restaurants. The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) issued the warning after the Tánaiste said he was not optimistic that indoor dining will be back on the table for Christmas.

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Call To Erect Memorial For Kildare People Who Died During Covid-19 Pandemic

Leinster Leader

Two councillors have jointly called on the Council to commission a permanent memorial outside Kildare Co Council's offices in Naas "to commemorate those people of Kildare who died during the Covid Pandemic and especially those frontline staff who passed away".

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Virtual, Tele, And Remote Health Are Now A Reality

What's your name and what position do you hold? Jim Joyce, CEO and Co-Founder HealthBeacon. What are your day to day responsibilities? I work with the talented team at HealthBeacon developing breakthrough digital health technology for patients on injectable medications.

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How The Rest Of Europe Reacted To Spiralling Cases As Ireland Heads For Lockdown

Irish Mirror

Thousands across Ireland got the news they’d been dreading on Monday, as the country plunged into a second lockdown. With cases rising at a dangerous rate, the Government took the decision to move Ireland into level five restrictions – the strictest tier on its Living with Covid plan.

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Jack P Shepherd On 20 Years With Coronation Street And Whether He'll Ever Leave

Irish Mirror

Actor has discussed being on Coronation Street for two decades and whether he will ever leave. The soap star, 32, has played popular cheeky chappy David Platt since the age of 12 and has been a part of one of Corrie's most popular families, the Platts. In a new interview with OK Magazine , Jack discussed his length of service at Corrie.

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Covid-19 Ireland Today: One Worrying Figure, Latest On Pubs And The Lockdown Aim

Irish Mirror

Households and businesses around the country are facing a bleak six weeks after the imposition of new level five restrictions yesterday. With case numbers rocketing, Taoiseach Micheál Martin last night announced that the whole country will be moved into a strict lockdown in a bid to rescue the Christmas period.

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Clare Covid Cases Have Levelled Out In Past Week – HSE Midwest

Clare

The HSE’s Direct of Public Health in the Midwest says the number of cases of COVID-19 in Clare have levelled out over the past week. 387 cases of the virus were confirmed in this county between October 5th and Sunday last, placing the incidence rate at 325.7.

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Only Urgent Personal Injury Cases Will Be Heard During Level 5, Judge Says

The Irish Times

Personal injuries actions before the High Court will not go ahead during the Level 5 coronavirus restrictions unless they are urgent, the judge in charge of those cases has said. Mr Justice Kevin Cross, who had begun to hear some cases from a backlog of more than 300 created during the lockdown....

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Government Planned To Extend Sweeping Pandemic Powers With 45-minute Debate

The Irish Times

Concerns have been raised after it emerged the Government planned to extend significant elements of emergency Covid powers after a Dáil debate of just 45 minutes. Members of the Dáil’s business committee were told on Monday that the Government intended to extend powers under Part 3 of the Health....

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Bus Éireann Issues LEVEL 5 Travel Advice As Capacity Is Limited

Offaly Express

Bus Éireann, Ireland’s national bus company, is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 which will come into effect from midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21. Under Level 5 restrictions Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at....

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Warning Of Hairdressing ‘black Market’ As Salons Inundated Ahead Of Level 5

Breaking NEWS

There are reports of busy hair salons and beauticians around the country today as people attempt to attend appointment before new Covid-19 restrictions come into force. Level 5 restrictions will see all non-essential retail and businesses shuttered, including hairdressers and beauticians.

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Tidy Tots Helping Clean-up Effort

Western People

Had a busy few months despite the pandemic but littering, derelict buildings and funding challenges threaten to undo the good work of local business owners and the committee. The Committee has reported healthy progress on the canal banks and other areas in the town and they praised residents and....

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Public Reminded Visiting Still Not Permitted At Mayo University Hospital

Visiting patients in hospital has been ruled out since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Mayo University Hospital is again reminding the public that visiting is still not permitted - other than in exceptional circumstances, and end of life situations.

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Ireland Goes Back Into Lockdown – Is It The Right Move?

Clare

The government has announced that the entire country will move to Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions on Wednesday night amid a surge in cases of the virus. Despite these being the most severe set of restrictions in the government’s Living with Covid roadmap, the announcement contains some ‘softer’ measures.

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Lockdown Limits Personal Injury Cases Before High Court To 'real Emergencies'

Irish Examiner

Personal injury actions before the High Court will not go ahead during the lockdown unless they are urgent, the judge in charge said today. (tues) Mr Justice Kevin Cross who had begun to plough through the 300-plus backlog of cases created during the first lockdown said only cases with a genuine urgency will now get the go-ahead.

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Latest Confirmed Covid-19 Positive Cases Continue To Rise

Leinster Express

Portlaoise hospital has the second highest number of critically ill Covid-19 patients admissions of all hospitals in Ireland according to the latest HSE report on the virus in Irish hospitals. The Covid-19 Daily Operations Update for Acute Hospitals, finalised for Midland Regional Hospital....

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Gardaí To Be Given New Powers To Break Up House Parties And Issue Fines

Irish Independent

Gardaí are to be given new powers which will allow them call to homes and order that house parties are broken up. T hey will also be given the power to stop people from entering house parties or indoor gatherings which are banned under the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions.

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Ireland's Rugby World Cup Qualification Hopes Thrown Into Chaos

Irish Independent

Ireland's bid to reach the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 has been thrown into chaos after European rugby chiefs again postponed a key leg of the qualification process. D espite this, Rugby World Cup 2021 hosts New Zealand announced that the draw for the competition will go ahead next month.

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Kilkenny Hurler And Business Man TJ Reid “not A Fan” Of Level Five Restrictions

KCLR 96 FM

Local businessman & hurler TJ Reid has been telling KCLR Live that he’s not a fan of the Level Five restrictions. Almost 35,000 people have signed a petition calling for gyms to stay open during lockdown because it would help people escape from Covid-19 and be good for mental health.

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Business Restart Grant Plus’ Scheme Is Currently Open For Applications

Donegal Democrat

To date, almost €15m has been paid out in grant funding under the Restart Grant Schemes to over 2,300 businesses in Donegal. Over 3,000 individual grant payments have been processed since the initiative was introduced in May 2020. The grants are provided as a contribution towards the cost of....

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“People’s Behaviour Is Why We’re Here”, Says Health Specialist

Highland Radio

A leading public health specialist in Donegal says while he empathises with local businesses and people having to move to Level 5, it is the actions of some that have led us to this point. House parties, family gatherings and the number of people exceeding the amount advised at certain events are....

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'A Kick In The Teeth': Limerick Retailers React To Level 5 Restrictions

Limerick Leader

Tomorrow night. For the next six weeks, Ireland will return to the highest level of Covid-19 measures in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus. For businesses, it means that only essential retailers will be able to remain open – although Parkway Shopping Centre boss Roger Beck acknowledged there....

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'It's Great The FAI Are Behind Us, Giving Us The Charter Flight In These Terrible Conditions With Covid'

Thejournal - Eire

Updated 30 minutes ago. IN AN IDEAL world, football is all that would be discussed as Ireland prepare for a monumental Euro 2022 qualifier, but unfortunately, the world is far from ideal right now. There are much bigger issues at play through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Hurling Ace TJ Reid Questions Government On Level 5 Restrictions

Irish Mirror

Kilkenny star TJ Reid took to social media to question the Irish Government's Covid-19 strategy after Level 5 restrictions were announced last night. The Ballyhale Shamrocks sharpshooter will be in action for Kilkenny in the coming weeks as elite sport has been given the green light to continue amid the new restrictions.

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Eddie Jones Names England Squad For Barbarians Match

Irish SUN

England coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday named a 32-man squad for Sunday's match against the Barbarians at Twickenham as he prepares his men for a busy autumn schedule. After the Quilter Cup match, which is an uncapped fixture, England travel to Rome to face Italy in the final round of the coronavirus-interrupted Six Nations on 31 October.

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‘Unlikely’ Bars And Restaurants Will Reopen For Christmas, Tánaiste Says

Carlow Nationalist

. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told publicans that it is “unlikely” bars and restaurants will reopen properly in time for Christmas. In a conference call with 10 business groups last night, Mr Varadkar said the country would likely be on Level 3 restrictions when it emerges from the imminent Level 5 lockdown.

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Calls For Galway Businesses To Apply For Restart Grant Before Deadline

Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom There are calls for Galway businesses to apply for the Restart Grant as the deadline for applications closes in ten days. CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery says hundreds of companies have not applied for the grant which provides key financial assistance.

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Primary School Teachers Concerned About School Safety 20 OCTOBER

20 OCTOBER 2020, 10:18 Primary teachers worry about school safety.

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Going To Higher Options This November? Plan Ahead!

The Irish Times

The pandemic has seen to it that Higher Options, Ireland’s main information-gathering opportunity for secondary school students, cannot be held in its traditional format this year. Instead, The Irish Times will bring Ireland’s top universities under the one digital roof.

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Aldi To Impose Limits As Christmas Toys Go On Sale

The Irish Times

German discount retailer Aldi is to limit the number of Christmas toys customers can buy, implementing a ticketing system overseen by store marshals. The company said it had assigned a store marshal to each store for its Christmas toy launch on Thursday, ensuring the system is followed and that social distancing is observed.

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Reckitt Lifts Sales View As Coronavirus Spurs Demand For Dettol

The Irish Times

Social distancing hurts condom sales and causes concern for infant milk prospects. Demand for cleaning products such as Dettol and Lysol pushed a much higher than expected rise in sales at consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg Demand for cleaning products....

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People Encouraged To Stay Active And Connected As We Head Into Winter Lockdown

Newstalk

People are being encouraged to ‘get out of their own heads’ over the coming weeks by staying active and staying connected. The country is preparing to move to Level Five coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday night with people asked to stay and work at home wherever possible.

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COMMENT-ANALYSIS Pádraig Hoare: Weary Businesses Robbed Of Last Chance For Trade By Floods The Floods, A Constant Menace Circling Cork For Many Years, Returned Once More.

Irish Examiner

The floods, a constant menace circling Cork for many years, returned once more. Many people arriving in Cork city after 10am could have been forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about, with entry roads clear and areas of business like the South Mall seemingly running like normal.

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Coach Companies Protest Exclusion From Covid Support Scheme

Coach operators and business event management companies are protesting at their exclusion from the newly announced Covid-19 compensation scheme. The payments of up to €5,000 per week are aimed at businesses which have been forced to close or trade at a very limited level due to the public health restrictions.

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Home-buyers ‘should Start Search By November To Benefit From Stamp Duty Holiday’

Irish Independent

Home-buyers hoping to benefit from the stamp duty holiday may need to get the ball rolling by the start of November, analysis suggests. T he stamp duty threshold on home purchases in England and Northern Ireland was temporarily raised to £500,000 in July and will remain in place until March 31 2021.

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Evictions To Be Banned For Duration Of Lockdown Under New Proposals

Irish Independent

Evictions will be banned throughout the second lockdown under proposals being brought to Cabinet this week. I reland will move to level five restrictions on Wednesday night for six weeks on the back of public health advice in a bid to weaken the transmission of coronavirus.

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Construction Industry Calls For Cross Border Covid Collaboration

Evening Echo

THE Construction Industry Federation and the Construction Employers Federation have jointly called on their members to collaborate on a cross border basis on tackling Covid-19. The construction industry straddles both jurisdictions with contractors and employees crossing the border in both directions daily.

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5 Hours Ago

JOE

"Many people have done everything that has been asked of them - but some have not." The government has agreed a plan to move the country to Level 5 restrictions with some changes from midnight on Wednesday for six weeks. It's understood the restrictions will be reviewed after four weeks.

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Level 5: What Is A Social Bubble And Who Can Have One?

JOE

New measures come into effect from midnight on Wednesday. On Monday night, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that the entire country will be moving to revised Level 5 restrictions this week to tackle the spread of Covid-19. This lockdown will be similar to Ireland's first, as tighter measures will....

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Ireland Announces Strict Six-week Lockdown As Covid-19 Cases Surge

Irish SUN

Ireland will be the first EU country to return to coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Monday, issuing a nationwide "stay at home" order but insisting schools will stay open. Measures coming into effect in Ireland for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday will see all....

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Vogue Williams Opens Up To Ryan Tubridy About Her Late Father And Lockdown Life

Irish Mirror

Vogue Williams has revealed how much she’s missing Ireland – specifically its chippers and Chinese takeaways – as well as sharing parenting tips for lockdown. The Howth native, who now lives in London with husband Spencer Matthews and their two young kids, let slip that she’s not been back in....

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Mary Bohannan Nee Davis – Killimer

Clare

Burrane, Killimer. Wife of the late Jackie. Peacefully at St Senan’s Nursing Home, Kilrush. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral mass will be held at St Imy’s church, Killimer, on Wednesday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Burrane Cemetery. O’Hallorans Funeral Home, Kilmihil – 065 905 0022 Add Your Condolence Below.

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Moycarkey Coolcroo AC Ask For Your Support In Club's Annual Clothing Collection Fundraiser

Tipperarylive

Cross Country Competition Update In line with the current Covid-19 guidelines, all upcoming County & Munster cross country fixtures have been postponed until we are back at Level 2. Any news updates on this will be posted to our website and Facebook page.

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Christmas Pints May Be Cancelled As Pubs Told It's 'unlikely' They'll Reopen This Year

Irish Independent

Christmas pints may be cancelled after business groups were told in a conference call with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar last night that it is "unlikely" pubs will reopen this year. A round 10 different business groups - including four of those in the hospitality sector - were told that when the latest....

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150,000 To Be Out Of Work Within Days As A Result Of Level 5 Lockdown, Taoiseach Micheál Martin Says

Irish Independent

The Taoiseach has warned that there are expected to be 150,000 people out of work in the coming days as a result of the Level 5 lockdown. M eanwhile Covid-19 is likely to be with us for the whole of 2021, and “come back to me about 2022 and 2023,” he declared.

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Businesses Call For More Supports Amid ‘devastating’ Restrictions

The Irish Times

Business groups have called for added supports for companies forced to close once again under the Government’s measures to try to suppress Covid-19 in Ireland , warning that tens of thousands of jobs were at risk. Chamber leaders around the country called on the Government to introduce supports for....

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Business Owners: How Will Your Business Cope With Level 5?

The Irish Times

As businesses across the country prepare to close or adapt to takeaway only on Wednesday as Level 5 restrictions are imposed to control the spread of Covid-19, The Irish Times would like to hear from business owners, managers and workers. Do you agree there’s a need for further restrictions? What....

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Heating Worries For The Elderly This Winter

Western People

In Mayo, 345 homes are on the waiting list for the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme making it the second-highest number by head of population and the fourth-longest behind Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Sinn Féin TD Rose Conway-Walsh has raised concerns for elderly people and those on lower incomes who....

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CF Pharma Ireland Ltd: This Week’s Hero Business Of The Irish Business Design Challenge

Kilkenny People

The Irish Business Design Challenge is a competition that recognises the resilience and innovation of Irish businesses that have adapted their business model and created solutions to overcome challenges presented by Covid-19. Each week in October, the judging panel is nominating ‘hero business’ as part of the challenge.

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Credit Unions And Pharmacies Top Covid-19 Consumer Test Customers Want To Deal With Companies That Have Their 'best Interests At Heart' Report Shows

Irish Examiner

Credit unions, pharmacies, and retailers were among the best performers of 180 brands for treating customers during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an annual survey. For the sixth successive year, credit unions topped the "consumer experience" satisfaction list, the report by brands researcher....

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Live: Cork City Experiences 'worst Flooding In Years'

Irish Examiner

The Minister with responsibility for flood protection is due to visit Cork city this morning to assess the damage caused by the worst flood the city has seen since 2014. Office of Public Works Minister Patrick O’Donovan will meet traders in the Oliver Plunkett St area - one of several city-centre....

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Limits On Funerals Will Become A Political Battleground

For the next six weeks, a maximum of 10 mourners may attend a funeral under the new Level 5 restrictions. By comparison, 25 people can attend a wedding - which is an increase on the six people specified in the original plan for Level 5 published a month ago.

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Deaths In Donegal - Tuesday Morning, October 20

Donegal Democrat

The following deaths have taken place: - Kathleen Elizabeth Patton, Ballyshannon and Enniscorthy. - Cormac Dinny Quinn, Glenties - Michael Conway, Tullycleave, Ardara - Seán McConalogue, Dublin and Carndonagh - Maureen Sweeney (née Martin), Summerhill, Donegal town - Mena Gallagher, Seascán Beag, Derrybeg.

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Drop In Cases At Sligo But Increase At Letterkenny

Donegal Democrat

Twenty-one patients confirmed with Covid-19 are being treated at Letterkenny and Sligo University Hospitals. The number of patients being treated at Letterkenny has increased by one to 17 in the 24 hours up to 8pm on Monday. There are two confirmed cases and one suspected case being treated in the hospital's ICU.

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Testing And Isolating Should Be Mandatory, Says Immunology Expert

Carlow Nationalist

Kingston Mills, Professor of experimental immunology at Trinity College Dublin, has called for mandatory testing and isolation for anyone identified as a contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Prof Mills said that the Government also needs to consider rapid testing methods using saliva.

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Have Your Say: How Will Your Business Survive Level 5?

The Irish Times

As businesses across the country prepare to close or adapt to takeaway only on Wednesday as Level 5 restrictions are imposed to control the spread of Covid-19, The Irish Times would like to hear from business owners, managers and workers. Do you agree there’s a need for further restrictions? What....

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Pandemic Payment Restored To €350 A Week

Leitrim Observer

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be restored to €350 for anyone who was earning €400 a week or more before the Covid-19 pandemic began. 244,000 people will receive the PUP today, which is 15,000 more than last week. Under level 5 restrictions all non-essential retail would close, while bars,....

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Calls For Families Who Claim They Being Intimidated By Drug Dealers To Contact Galway Gardaí

Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom There are calls for families who claim they are being intimidated by drug dealers to contact Galway Gardaí. Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley made the appeal at a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee this week. His comments come as concerns have been raised that a....

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Tipperary Deaths And Funeral Details, October 20

Tipperarylive

Marie Skett (née Costello) formerly Main Street, Littleton, Thurles, Tipperary. Marie Skett (née Costello), Wigan, Greater Manchester, UK and formerly Main Street, Littleton, Thurles. After a long illness bravely borne. Deeply regretted by her sons Paul and Anthony, grandchildren Liam and Robert,....

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'It Has Been Shambolic'- Head Of Teachers' Union Blasts Tracing In Schools

Irish Independent

The General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation John Boyle has said that tracking, testing and surveillance of Covid-19 in primary schools has been “shambolic”. D elays in contact tracing and testing in school communities are key concerns and teacher unions are demanding a step-up....

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Longford Sports Partnership Leads Way In Rolling Out Four Week ‘Activities For All’ Drive

Longford Leader

XFit for All is a national initiative aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities, families/carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community.

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Irish Contactless Transactions Rise By 15%

Business World

Contactless transactions rose by 15% year-on-year in Ireland alone, with the average purchase amount also increasing by over 25% due to the new contactless limit of €50 being introduced on 1st April earlier this year. Visa say the growing demand for contactless is visible across Europe, where over 75% of in-store Visa payments are now contactless.

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Union ‘cannot Be Convinced’ Children Will Safely Return To School After Mid-term

The Irish Times

A teachers’ union said it “cannot be convinced” children will safely return to school after the mid-term break in light of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the community. On Monday, the Government announced the country was moving to Level 5 of the Living with Covid plan, under which schools will remain open, from Wednesday.

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Older People Resolute In Maintaining Independence

Once again, restrictions are in place and once again those over 70 have been asked to restrict their movements. They've been here before and this time it's more grim. The nights are longer, the days are shorter and the clocks have yet to roll back. Older people living alone are fearful and some are angry that the country is back to Level 5.

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Fernando Gaviria Ruled Out Of Giro's 16th Stage After Second Positive Covid-19 Test

Irish Independent

Fernando Gaviria will not start stage 16 of the Giro dItalia after testing positive for coronavirus during Monday's rest day. Fernando Gaviria will not start stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia after testing positive for coronavirus during Monday's rest day.

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The New Flloodlights At Adrigole GAA Club's Pitch In West Cork.

Evening Echo

ADRIGOLE GAA Club recently installed new state-of-the-art floodlights which has ensured they are the first club in Beara to possess floodlights. The ambitious club have already used the brilliant new floodlights for training sessions and hosting various games.

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Irish Charities Come Together To Fight Virus

Evening Echo

SIX of Ireland’s leading international aid charities are teaming up to respond to the worsening global coronavirus pandemic and to save lives in some of the poorest and most fragile countries in the world. The global coronavirus pandemic is worsening and as we approach the grim milestone of 1....

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Cork Boxing In Mourning Over The Loss Of The Great Tim O'Sullivan

Evening Echo

CORK boxing was recently plunged into sadness following the death of Tim O'Sullivan, described by many as the public face of the sport on Leeside over many generations. O'Sullivan was the quintessential boxing man and participated in every aspect of the boxing as an athlete, coach, administrator and ambassador.

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Testing And Isolating Should Be Mandatory, Says Immunology Expert

Evening Echo

Kingston Mills, Professor of experimental immunology at Trinity College Dublin, has called for mandatory testing and isolation for anyone identified as a contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Prof Mills said that the Government also needs to consider rapid testing methods using saliva.

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Cahill: Increased Restrictions In The Best Interest

Tipp FM

The decision to move to Level 5 was a difficult one for the government according to Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill. However the Fianna Fáil representative said the move had to be taken due to the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases. The second lockdown is going to cost the state around €1.2 billion in increased social welfare payments alone.

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Tipperary Covid-19 Incidence Rate At 112.8 Per 100,000

Tipp FM

Photo © HSE. Moyle Rovers drive-through Coronavirus testing centre. 300 people with Covid-19 were being treated in Irish hospitals last night. A further 133 people in wards were suspected of having the virus and awaiting test results. 32 patients with the disease were in Intensive Care Units, according to figures released by the HSE.

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Ireland Can Roar Back To Claim Six Nations Title, Says Stockdale

Irish SUN

Jacob Stockdale insists Ireland can win the Six Nations as they prepare to return to action, even though England are firm favourites to claim the title. Andy Farrell's side are fourth in the table, four points behind England and France, but those two teams have just one game remaining in the....

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A Status Yellow Rainfall Warning Remains In Place Today

Up to 300 properties in Ballina are facing disruption to water supply today following a burst watermain on Emmet Street. Irish Water and Mayo County Council are carrying out repair work on the ground to restore water supply to properties in Emmet Street, The higher rate of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is being restored to 350 euro.

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Hundreds Of Ballina Properties Without Water This Morning

Western People

Irish Water and Mayo County Council are carrying out repairs to a burst water main on Emmet Street, Ballina to restore water supply to approximately 300 properties in Emmet Street, Bridge Street, Pearse Street, Bachelor’s Walk, Arbuckle Row, Castlecourt, Beleek Lodge, Dillon Terrace, Nally Street, Humbert Street, Belleekand the surrounding areas.

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Sligo Now Has The Fifth Highest Incidence Rate Of Covid-19 Nationally

Sligo now has the fifth highest 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country. They have 330 cases per 100,000 people and is followed in Connacht by Galway on 288, Leitrim on 237, Roscommon on 232 and Mayo has the lowest incidence rate in the province at 166 cases per 100,000 people.

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Testing And Isolating Should Be Mandatory, Says Immunology Expert

By Vivienne Clarke. Kingston Mills, Professor of experimental immunology at Trinity College Dublin, has called for mandatory testing and isolation for anyone identified as a contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Prof Mills said that the Government also needs to consider rapid testing methods using saliva.

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Deaths In Leitrim - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Leitrim Observer

The following deaths have taken place in the Leitrim area: Pauline Prunty (née Regan), Suncroft Court, Taylor's Hill, Galway City, Galway / Moycullen, Galway / Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim. Formerly New York and Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Dearly beloved wife of the late Patsy, much loved sister....

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Heads Of Teachers' Unions Blast Tracing In Schools As ‘shambolic’ And Question Safety Of Pupils

Irish Independent

The General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation John Boyle has said that tracking, testing and surveillance of Covid-19 in primary schools has been “shambolic”. M r Boyle said that he “cannot be convinced” by Micheál Martin’s comments that children will be returning to safe schools after Halloween.

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Eviction Ban Will Be In Place For Duration Of Lockdown - Darragh O'Brien

Newstalk

The Housing Minister says the ban on evictions will continue for the duration of level five restrictions. Darragh O'Brien says he wants such a measure to kick in 'automatically' whenever there's a lockdown. The second lockdown is going to cost the state around €1.

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European Stocks Edge Lower As Virus Worries Dampen Earnings Boost

Business World

The pan-European STOXX 600 was down 0.1% by 0708 GMT, tracking weakness in Asian markets. Ireland announced some of Europe's toughest COVID-19 constraints on Monday, while Italy, Spain and Britain also imposed curbs to limit the spread of the virus, raising concerns about the potential economic impact.

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New Survey Offers Badly-needed Boost To Local Shops

Western People

A survey conducted by financial service company Mastercard of European shoppers has found consumers are now more likely to shop local than they were a year ago. Three in four (74 percent) shoppers in Europe are now more likely to shop in their local communities than they this time last year.

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Kilkenny Councillor Welcomes Introduction Of 'support Bubbles' During Level 5 Lockdown

Kilkenny People

A Kilkenny county councillor who, last week, called for support bubbles to be allowed under lockdown, is welcoming the government announcement allowing support bubbles under Level 5 lockdown. Speaking after Taoiseach Micheál Martin's announcement of the tighter lockdown restrictions, last night,....

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The Pandemic & Me: Youth Perspectives On The Pandemic

Under the Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions announced last night, non-contact sports training can continue for school-aged children, outdoors in pods of 15. For many families, those sessions have become increasingly important, amidst concerns about young people's health and well-being.

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ViewChange The REF

Research Professional

Plans are afoot to reform the Research Excellence Framework. This morning, science minister Amanda Solloway will address the Higher Education Policy Institute’s webinar on the research landscape. She will tell her invited online audience that it is time for the Research Excellence Framework to be reformed.

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What Level 5 Restrictions Mean For Limerick Sport

Limerick Leader

Exercise and sporting events are impacted by the Level 5 restrictions announced by the government on Monday night. THE Level 5 restrictions announced by the government on Monday night in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 will have a significant impact on sport in Limerick and beyond.

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36 Minutes Ago Top Story

JOE

"We need to keep R close to 0.5 for six weeks." A public health expert has detailed exactly what must be done to suppress transmission of Covid-19 over the next number of weeks. Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the Chair of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, has said that the....

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345 Mayo Homes Still Waiting For Energy Upgrades

CONCERN has been raised for elderly people and those on lower incomes who have not had planned energy upgrades made to their homes this year due to the Covid-19 crisis. They are now set to be hit with higher fuel bills due to the carbon tax increase, says Mayo Sinn Féin TD Rose Conway-Walsh.

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New System Of Fines For Breaching Covid Restrictions To Be Discussed By Cabinet

A new system of fines for breaching COVID restrictions will also be discussed by Ministers today. Cabinet will likely give approval to a series of graduated fines for things like breaking the 5km travel limit and not wearing a facemask in certain settings.

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Nphet Letter To Government Predicts 50 Daily Cases By Christmas

Breaking NEWS

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) predicted around 50-100 Covid-19 cases per day by Christmas following six weeks of Level 5 restrictions. Government initially rejected Nphet's proposal but the restrictions will now come into effect from midnight on Wednesday.

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Don’t Panic-buy! Don’t Panic-buy! How To Spend Your Last Hours Before Lockdown

The Irish Times

DON’T: Shop till you drop. During the spring lockdown in Ireland , supermarkets quickly ran out of essential items such as pasta, rice and flour. Soap, disinfectants and sanitising products also disappeared from the shelves. However, supermarket managers are advising customers not to panic-buy this time round so stocks don’t run out.

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‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ – Activist Investors In Aryzta Call For Clarity On Takeover

Irish Independent

Activist investors in Aryzta have called on talks between the company and US hedge fund Elliot to be brought to “a swift conclusion.” The investors, led by Swiss group Veraison, say they expect both Aryzta and Elliott Advisors to comply with the "Put Up or Shut Up" rule and to provide clarity by the....

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The 8 At 8: Tuesday

Thejournal - Eire

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day. 1. #LEVEL 5: Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced that Ireland will move to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks in response to an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases. 2.

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Sligo Now Has The Fifth Highest Incidence Rate From Covid-19 Nationally

Sligo now has the fifth highest 14-day incidence rate from Covid-19 in the country. They have 330 cases per 100,000 people and is followed in Connacht by Galway on 288, Leitrim on 237, Roscommon on 232 and Mayo has the lowest incidence rate in the province at 166 cases per 100,000 people.

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The Entire Country Will Move To Level 5 Covid-19 Restrictions For Six Weeks

The government has approved moving the country to level five restrictions from midnight on Wednesday. A six week lockdown will be put in place following a recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency team. The measures put in place will be reviewed after four weeks if they are working effectively.

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Fines For Breaching Covid-19 Rules On Cabinet Agenda

The Cabinet will today consider a number of measures arising from the decision to move the country to Level 5 restrictions from midnight tomorrow for six weeks. Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien is expected to bring a memo to Government to introduce a ban on evictions for renters during the period of heightened restrictions.

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Only Captains To Get Hands On GAA Cups

Irish Examiner

Kerry captain David Clifford may be the only player permitted to touch the Allianz Football League Division 1 trophy in Austin Stack Park on Saturday. Victory for Kerry over Donegal, who face Tyrone in a knock-out Ulster SFC quarter-final seven days later, will see them claim the county’s 21st Division 1 title, their second in four seasons.

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GAA What Does Life Inside A GAA County Team Bubble Look Like?

Irish Examiner

An inauspicious email arrived early last week to the office of Fermanagh GAA, asking if they would name their panel for that weekend’s Allianz League game against Clare. Such efficient administration is a matter of course, but still it irked a few in a county who were busy putting together a medical....

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ECONOMY Restrictions 'will Put 60,000 Retail Jobs At Risk'

Irish Examiner

Tightened social restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of Covid-19 will put a further 60,000 retail jobs at risk, according to industry groups, which have also warned that many retailers are depending on the pre-Christmas trading period just to survive. Already 30,000 retail jobs have been lost since the Covid crisis hit Ireland in March.

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Gordon Elliott Throwing Everything At Trainers’ Title

Irish Examiner

When given with the opportunity to train Presenting Percy, Gordon Elliott was also presented with a great opportunity to win a second Cheltenham Gold Cup or, indeed, a fourth Grand National. More importantly, however, is the fact he is part of a team which will help him challenge for that thus-far elusive trainers’ championship.

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Level 5 Will Put 60,000 Retail Jobs At Risk, Warns Industry Group

Breaking NEWS

Businesses have expressed their disappointment and 'dismay' as Ireland prepares to enter Level 5 of the Government's Living with Covid-19 plan, with Retail Excellence warning that 60,000 retail jobs could be at risk. The restrictions, which come into place at midnight on Wednesday, will see only essential retail and services remain open.

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Level 5 Restrictions Bring Concern For Cork Retailers

Evening Echo

As Cork moves to Level 5 restrictions along with the rest of the country, there are concerns for the many retailers in the city and county who will be forced to shut their doors once again. In a letter addressed to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar ahead of the decision, Retail Excellence, a not-for-profit....

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Education Minister Reaffirms Commitment To Keeping Schools Open

Evening Echo

The Minister for Education has reaffirmed her commitment to keep schools open following the NPHET recommendation and subsequent Government decision to move to Level 5 of the Living with Covid plan. Minister Norma Foley said that a significant factor in the decision to move to Level 5 was that by....

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Ireland Will Be Back In Lockdown By February If We Reopen At Christmas - Prof Anthony Staines

Newstalk

On Breakfast Briefing with Shane Beatty this morning, DCU Health Systems Professor Anthony Staines said the lockdown will “certainly reduced the number of virus cases” but warned that six weeks will not be enough to get the country to a “level at which it would be safe to simply reopen again.

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Help Cancer Patients Buy Back Time

The Southern Star

The pandemic has delayed life-saving cancer research. But now a campaign to help scientists and patients ‘buy back time’ has been launched, and a Bantry cancer survivor explains why it's essential that it is supported. A BANTRY man who survived a rare cancer has appealed to others not to ignore....

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Expert Explains How Quickly Virus Can Be Suppressed During Second Lockdown

Irish Mirror

Ireland can have less than 200 Covid-19 cases per day by early December if everyone plays their part during the second national lockdown. Taoiseach Micheal Martin announced last night that the whole country would be placed under Level Five restrictions from late on Wednesday.

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Total COVID Cases Across Globe Surpass 40 Million

Irish SUN

The world has now surpassed 40 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, as surges of cases in Europe and the United States have led to more restrictions on residents. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 40.2 million people have been infected with the virus as of Monday evening, and more than 1.

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An Update...

Tipperarylive

Tipperary is about to hit a milestone in the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases. The latest news as of 6pm on Monday, October 19 has seen the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) be informed of an additional 1,031 confirmed cases. There were no additional deaths.

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Tipperary People! Where Can You Shop During Level 5 Lockdown For The Next Six Weeks?

Tipperarylive

The following is a list of essential retail outlets permitted under the Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions outlined by the Department of the Taoiseach on October 19. Retailers with mixed retail offering which have discrete spaces for essential and non-essential retail should make arrangements for the separation of relevant areas.

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The IFTAs Review: 'Absence Of Bloated Pomp And Smug Self-congratulation Actually Made Awards Enjoyable'

Irish Independent

Like so much else in this most worrying of years, Sunday night’s IFTA Film & Drama awards ceremony had to be curtailed because of Covid-19. N o Mansion House. No red carpet. No celebrities decked out in their finery, posing and pouting in a blizzard of camera flashes (and that’s only the men).

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EXPLAINER: What Is A Covid-19 'social Support Bubble' And Who Can Have One?

Tipperarylive

One of the biggest changes to restrictions as the country moves to Level 5 lockdown is the concept of a 'social support bubble' which has been added to the Living With Covid-19 plan. The new lockdown was announced on Monday evening by Taoiseach Micheal Martin.

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Level Five Restrictions For Carlow, Kilkenny & The Rest Of The Country From Midnight Wednesday (21st October)

KCLR 96 FM

Meanwhile, 300 people with Covid-19 were being treated in Irish hospitals last night. A further 133 people in wards were suspected of having the virus and awaiting test results. 32 patients with the disease were in Intensive Care Units, according to figures released by the HSE.

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New System Of Fines For Breaching Covid Restrictions To Be Discussed

Highland Radio

A new system of fines for breaching COVID restrictions will also be discussed by Ministers today. Cabinet will likely give approval to a series of graduated fines for things like breaking the 5km travel limit and not wearing a facemask in certain settings.

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Every Number Went From Bad To Worse Over Past 2 Weeks

It is two weeks since the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan first urged the Government to move the entire country on to Level 5 restrictions in order to suppress the second wave Covid-19 infections. On that occasion the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) was that the....

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Elite Cows Going Head-to-head For 'queen Of The Decade' Title

Irish Independent

An elite dairy ‘queen of the decade’ will be crowned when the cream of the nine cow champions from the last 10 years vie for the prestigious title at the virtual National Dairy Show. B ritish expert David Jones will select the winner from the Supreme Champions from 2010 to 2019.

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Marts To Remain Open Amid Stricter Covid Restrictions

Irish Independent

Precautions: Christy Coleman, left, from Ballymurphy, Co Carlow and Luke Doran, from Borris, Co Carlow at Blessington mart. Photo: Damien Eagers. Marts are expected to remain open as the country prepares for increased Covid-19 restrictions this week. Further, calls for viewing times to be allowed....

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How This Lockdown Will Be Different To March

Irish Independent

Eerie: Dame Street in Dublin lies completely empty just days after the lockdown was imposed in mid-March. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins. THE Government has decided on an altered Level 5 lockdown to stem the tide of the coronavirus. While there is a sense of deja vu, there will be differences from the first lockdown in March.

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HSE Warns Parents Not To Use Social Media To Track School Outbreaks The HSE Has Said That It Does Not Recommend That Parents Use Social Media To Track Covid-19 Outbreaks In Schools.

Irish Examiner

The HSE has said that it does not recommend that parents use social media to track Covid-19 outbreaks in schools. Parents have been using Facebook and WhatsApp groups to track and report outbreaks in schools due to what they feel is a lack of clarity from authorities.

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Daniel McConnell: Varadkar Backed Level 5 A Fortnight After Attacking The Proposal

Irish Examiner

Nphet hadn’t thought it through, they said. They, the medics, had sought to bounce government into a lockdown. The country wasn’t ready for Level 5, they told us. On Monday, October 5, the night Tánaiste Leo Varadkar went on Claire Byrne Live and monstered Dr Tony Holohan and Nphet, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland was 38,549.

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Streaming Services Set For Christmas Battle After Drama-filled Year

The Irish Times

On December 25th, 1914, French, German and British soldiers headed into no man’s land to exchange food, tobacco, souvenirs and Christmas greetings. No such unofficial truce will be undertaken in the great, if somewhat less consequential, streaming wars of the 2020s.

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‘Essential’ Retailers Risk A Firestorm If They Exploit The Closure Of The ‘non-essential’

The Irish Times

The arbitrary nature of the distinction between “essential” and “non-essential” retailers will be exposed over the coming six weeks or so, as the Republic returns to a state of near-lockdown to drive down coronavirus infection numbers. It will also be a test of solidarity among the different types of retailers.

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Gerry Thornley: After 32 Weeks The Six Nations Is Back Up For Grabs

The Irish Times

The 2020 Six Nations resumes this week 32-weeks after it was brought to a truly shuddering halt with the postponement of, first, the Ireland- Italy game and then the final round of matches. That it resumes with the same schedule at least affords the competition a degree of continuity, although....

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Zach Tuohy's Parents Wishing They Could Be In Australia For Grand Final

Irish Mirror

In any other year, Noel and Marie Tuohy would be jumping on a plane to Melbourne to see their son Zach play in the AFL Grand Final. But Covid-19 has ensured that the Australian rules showpiece has been moved from its traditional setting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to the Gabba in Brisbane for....

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John Kierans Column: We're All Fed Up Of Covid-19 But There Is Hope

Irish Mirror

I am sure all of you just like me are sick and tired of Covid-19. You’re fed up talking about it, fed up listening to it, fed up making sacrifices to try and stop it and fed up with experts arguing about it. For the first time in decades I stopped watching TV news or tuning in to current affairs....

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GLENVEAGH HOME MAGAZINE

Thejournal - Eire

AN POST INTENDS to allow free postage to and from residents in nursing and care homes ahead of an expected tightening of restrictions on social movement. Senders are advised to write ‘FREEPOST’ in capital letters on the envelope where they would usually put a stamp.

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Glenveagh Attracts Growing Hedge-fund Interest

The Irish Times

Swiss activist hedge fund Teleios Capital Partners has been quietly - but aggressively - building up a stake in Glenveagh Properties since global markets tanked in early March. Glenveagh said on Monday that Teleios, run by US investor Adam Epstein, had increased its holding in the company to just....

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Pre-flight Testing Needed To Avoid Airlines’ Oblivion – British Airways Boss Sean Doyle

Irish Independent

NEWLY-appointed British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle has warned that there’s a risk the airline industry “will not see beyond” the Covid crisis unless it can address the issue of how to get people flying again. Mr Doyle, who was previously the CEO at Aer Lingus, made the comments in an address....

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Róisín Ingle: And So We Go From ‘Level Whatever You’re Having Yourself’ To ‘Level Déjà Vu’

The Irish Times

I sat outside a friend’s Dublin city-centre restaurant recently, one of the lucky 15 allowed to dine for an hour and a half in the freezing cold. I nibbled on prawns, my shoulders wrapped in a blanket, and watched as he tried to manage his business in compliance with restrictions. It hasn’t been easy.

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19 October, 2020 - Statement From Minister For Education Norma Foley On Sustaining The Safe Operation Of Schools During Level 5 Measures

. Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has this evening reaffirmed her commitment to supporting schools to sustain the safe operation of schools following the NPHET recommendation and subsequent Government decision today to move to Level 5 of the Living with Covid plan.

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Connecting The Dots In Digital Healthcare

Health and social care services in Ireland are undergoing a system-wide reform and transformation following the ten-year vision set out in Sláintecare, published in August 2018. The reforms include a plan to put in place modern ‘e-health’ infrastructure and improve data, research and evaluation capabilities.

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1,031 New Cases Of Covid-19 And No New Deaths

Evening Echo

A further 1,031 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening by the Department of Health. No further deaths were announced this evening, meaning the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland is still 1,852. Tonight's figures brings the total number of cases in Ireland to 50,993.

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Pandemic Unemployment Payment To Be Restored To €350 A Week

Evening Echo

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be restored to €350 for anyone who was earning €400 a week or more before the Covid-19 pandemic began. 244,000 people will receive the PUP tomorrow, which is 15,000 more than last week. Under level 5 restrictions all non-essential retail would close, while....

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Breaking: Level 5 Restrictions May Be Introduced For Six Weeks, Reports Suggest

Evening Echo

Reports have emerged this afternoon that a countrywide move to Level 5 restrictions for a period of six weeks may be announced later this evening. A Cabinet meeting to sign off on further restrictions in a bid to curb rising Covid-19 case numbers is currently underway at Government Buildings, with a formal announcement due tonight.

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GAA Is All We Have Left To Get Us Through This Bleakest Of Winters

Evening Echo

HOW eager you are for the inter-county season to run from here until December probably depends on your personal circumstances. For some, the prospect of Covid-19 entering their household puts vulnerable family members at risk. Others believe their age-profile and health insulates them.

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Coronavirus Level 5: What Farmers Need To Know

Irish Farmers Journal

The Government is to move the entire country to the highest alert level of its coronavirus defence - Level 5. The change will take effect on Wednesday at midnight. Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that the restrictions will apply for six weeks. Level 5 was advised by NPHET two weeks ago and, at....

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Irish Farmers Journal Shortlisted For Four Newsbrands Awards

Irish Farmers Journal

The Irish Farmers Journal has been shortlisted for the news website of the year at the Newsbrands Ireland awards 2020 for its coverage of the beef protests around the country in the second half of 2019. Irish Country Living has been nominated for the newspaper magazine of the year award for its....

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The Only Way To Stop Spread Of Covid Is To Close Borders

Irish Independent

I’m an Irish woman living in Perth, Western Australia, fearful I won’t get home because of the ridiculous handling of Covid in Ireland. I am not a politician but I think anyone can see the Government’s handle on Covid is questionable. I understand it is not an easy position for any government to be....

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Larmour In Race To Be Fit For Next Year's Six Nations After Shoulder Op

Irish Independent

Jordan Larmour is in a race to make it back in time for next year's Six Nations, having been ruled out of action for up to four months after undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder. L armour will miss the conclusion of this year's tournament, starting with Saturday's encounter with Italy at the....

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Level 5 Liberty Puts Amateur Players In Difficult Place

Irish Independent

There was more than a touch of gallows humour to Pádraic Joyce's post-match press conference in Tuam Stadium on Sunday when he reflected on a defeat to Mayo that he described as the most embarrassing he had seen in his 43 years. A sked about the viability of an inter-county season continuing as....

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With A Little More Give And Take Between All Of Us, We Will Tackle Covid Together

Irish Independent

Count your blessings: ‘Ignoring our feelings does not work. They show themselves through our behaviours, our health and our relationships. Acknowledging them is an essential first step to managing them as well as we can.’ So here we go again! Most of us had settled into managing the restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 as best we could.

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Kiely Keen To Make Up For Lost Time But 'extremely Tough' Task Awaits

Irish Independent

John Kiely has been forced to re-adjust to Covid-19 even more than most between his position as principal of Abbey CBS in Tipperary town and his role as Limerick hurling manager but you won't hear any complaining about him being busier than ever. K iely would normally have wound down his....

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Poverty Is As Deadly A Killer As Any Virus

Irish Independent

I am fussy and pedantic around this cursed pandemic and obey the Covid covenants to the letter. We all need to do our bit and then some more. A major concern is that this global coronavirus pandemic has many ways of killing us off other than the obvious.

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'Hoping Against Hope' For Fungie As Search Halted Due To Weather

Herald

The search for beloved dolphin Fungie was suspended yesterday due to poor weather conditions off the Kerry coast. B oatmen scoured Dingle Bay in west Kerry for three days without a single trace of the Common Bottlenose dolphin being found. Fungie was last spotted by a fisherman on Thursday morning -....

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'There Is Hope' - Taoiseach Asks Us To Dig Deep As We're Locked Down

Herald

A Level 5 lockdown will come into force for the next six weeks after the Cabinet signed off on the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions. T he major escalation of Government-imposed coronavirus measures will see people hit with fines if they travel further than 5km from their homes.

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Covid-19: Policy Reversal Means State To Enter Level 5 Curbs For Six Weeks

The Irish Times

Following days of warnings from senior public health officials about the continuing spread of Covid-19, the Government last night reversed its previous stance and announced the introduction of Level 5 restrictions for the entire State for the next six weeks.

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Coronavirus: Why Level 3 Failed And Why Level 5 Might Too

The Irish Times

‘You need to enforce the rules.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Too many contacts. That is why Level 3 did not work, experts say, and why more severe public restrictions being set by the Government will not work either without greater public buy-in or enforcement.

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Full-back Or Wing, Jacob Stockdale Happy To Answer Ireland’s Call Whether He Is A Full-back Or A Wing, It Does Not Really Matter To Jacob Stockdale But As The Ulster Star Turns His Focus To Playing For Ireland, He Could Not Feel In A Better Place Ahead Of The International Challenges To Come.

Irish Examiner

Whether he is a full-back or a wing, it does not really matter to Jacob Stockdale but as the Ulster star turns his focus to playing for Ireland, he could not feel in a better place ahead of the international challenges to come. Jordan Larmour’s dislocated shoulder suffered 10 days ago, which is set....

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Proposal For 14-storey Tower Beside Victorian Market

The Irish Times

A 506-bed co-living development with a tower almost 50m tall – more than twice the Dublin City Council permitted height – has been proposed for a site beside the city’s Victorian fruit and vegetable market. The Fruitmarket Partnership has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to build a shared....

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Residents Support Elderly Man In Bid To Resist Notice To Quit Apartment

The Irish Times

A group of Dublin residents say they will “not back down” until what they describe as a move to evict an elderly neighbour is withdrawn by their landlord, an approved housing body. (81), who lives alone in an apartment in Ffrench Mullen House in Dublin 2, was served with a notice to quit by Tuath....

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Fintan O'Toole: System For Making Decisions On Pandemic Doesn't Work

The Irish Times

Dr Tony Holohan and team at a Covid -19 update press conference. ‘It is not the job of Nphet or of the Expert Advisory Group to make decisions. That’s the Government’s job – the experts advise and recommend, the Government chooses.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin Last Saturday there were....

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