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# 2021

This year
# Evacuation
White House blames Trump and massive intel failure for botched Afghanistan exit
US intelligence services admit they had failed to understand the strength of the Taliban and the weakness of the Afghan government’s forces
Last year
# Michigan
Sixteen year old boy admits murdering four students in US school shooting
Ethan Crumbley withdrew his intent to pursue an insanity defence as part of the plea
# Health and Safety
Workplace deaths in 2021 fell to lowest recorded level
A significant amount of serious injuries and deaths occur in older, self-employed men involved in manual work
# Delays
Over 110 complaints made to ambulance service last year, with almost half in Munster
A spokeswoman said the National Ambulance Service receives over 365,000 emergency calls a year.
All time
# Year in Review
The year in photos: Images that tell the story of 2021 in Ireland
This year was full of Covid news, sporting success and Wally the walrus.
Surgeries and outpatient appointments deferred at five hospitals over Covid-related staff absences
The CMO has warned it is ‘simply not safe’ for people to meet in large numbers to celebrate the New Year.
# Weather
Ireland has hottest autumn on record, 'in line with human-caused climate change'
Several temperature records were broken in 2021, Met Éireann has confirmed.
# High hopes
4 League of Ireland players who moved across the water in 2021 and 4 who could follow
Ross Tierney and others who have signed, or could sign, for British clubs.
# Rescues
Coast Guard records 12% increase in callouts over the past year
There was a small reduction in the number of drowning incidents.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Our favourite explanations of the year
Here are some of the best bits of The Explainer from 2021.
# bumper year
Noteworthy: Community-sourced ideas and crowdfunded investigations win four awards this year
The Journal’s investigative platform published 14 investigations in 2021 and scooped 4 awards.
# finale
England a daunting challenge as Ireland look to finish Six Nations on a high
Andy Farrell’s men will need to be at their peak but that may not even be enough.
# looking ahead
Title winners? Relegation candidates? Our 2021 League of Ireland predictions
The42′s writers preview the new season.
# wearing the green
Government 'hearing reports' of St. Patrick's Day house parties and street parties being arranged
The Department of an Taoiseach warned that organising such parties is an offence.
Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand postponed until 2022
Ireland have yet to qualify for the World Cup but had hoped to take their final steps towards booking their place this year.
# Up and Running
Farrell's Ireland notch first win of Six Nations with six-try success over Italy
Will Connors scored a brace for Ireland as Craig Casey and Ryan Baird made their Test debuts.
Aoife Martin: Forget Twitter doom-scrolling. Books help you escape the lockdown blues
Our columnist says she found it hard to read books last year when the world was falling apart, but 2021 has so far reminded her of her love of reading.
# 2021
Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations
The ASTI has said the minister has agreed to work on the union’s concerns.
# 2021
Quiz: How well do you remember the longest January of all time?
Please don’t make me relive it.
Kerri Ní Dochartaigh on 2021: 'One thing is certain, and that is that there still is hope'
Writer Kerri Ní Dochartaigh explores the idea of the year ahead, taking in the ideas of time, borders, and family.
# Ready to go
Profiles, fixtures, TV - Everything you need to know about the Irish stars lining out in the AFLW
14 players are involved, with seven counties represented across eight clubs.
Ireland introduces mandatory quarantine and faces five more weeks of Level 5
It’s another significant day in the country’s response to Covid-19.
Level 5 until at least 5 March
Special education in February, other schools incrementally from March
Mandatory quarantine for arrivals, either at home or in a hotel
Extra gardaí at ports and airports
# 2021
Government hoping for things to be 'much better' from April - but no large gigs on the cards this summer
In terms of concerts or large outdoor events in the summer, one government source said “no chance”.
# Boost
Cobh Ramblers announce plans to field women's team again after lengthy absence
The Leeside outfit are hoping to play Women’s National League football in 2022.
# open thread
What should happen with the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour?
There appear to be three options as Lions bosses meet in the next month.
Secondary student: 'No one has asked us how we feel about returning to school'
Secondary student Beth Doherty says it’s unfair for Government to make sweeping decisions about school closure and exams in 2021 without consulting students.
Opinion: The true test of Biden will be his handling of climate change
Rory McNab says President-elect Joe Biden’s climate policies are ambitious, but if Georgia doesn’t go in the Democrats’ favour, he could be up against it.
# Babies
Baby joy of 2021 as the first newborns of the year arrive
Several babies arrived just after midnight, the first at Holles St in Dublin, to a mum diagnosed with Covid-19.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you making a New Year's resolution?
Or are you actually not that bothered about it at all?
# For auld lang syne
Crowds gather in New Zealand and China for New Year celebrations - but a muted tone is struck elsewhere
In New York’s Times Square, the usual overflow crowd was replaced with a group of specially invited frontline workers.
# Preview
Irish books to watch out for in 2021
Here are some names to remember for your book shopping next year.
Opinion: Securing the world’s data - Ireland’s rising role as a global data hub
Ireland is a well-placed host for the world’s data, explains Jacky Fox of Accenture, but we need to seize all future opportunities.
# New Year
Quiz: How much do you know about 2021?
You might know quite a bit already…
# Worry
France out-half Ntamack a doubt to be fit for start of the Six Nations
The 21-year-old fractured his jaw playing for Toulouse against Bordeaux.
# get reading
Book lovers - here's the international fiction to watch out for in 2021
From Irish to international authors, we have you covered.
'2020 is a complete wipeout. But we'll be back': Glimmer of light at the end of the Covid tunnel for those closed all year
Businesses that had to shut for most of 2020 are hoping for brighter days ahead in 2021.
# Property Market
4 property market changes to expect in 2021, according to an estate agent
From house prices to what will happen with supply and demand.
# Fill The Diary
County before club 'a no-brainer' for 2021 season as GAA unveil fixture plans
The GAA inter-county leagues are scheduled to start on the weekend of 27-28 February.
# 2021
Bye-bye cool grey, hello colour: The home design trends every 2021 buyer should know about
Elaine Verdon of Leo + Cici shares her trend predictions for the year to come.
# 2021
Government will look into whether to allow restaurants to stay open till 12.30am on New Year's Eve
Under the current rules, restaurants must close by 11.30pm.