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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C


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# national car test
Revealed: The makes, models and test centres with the highest (and lowest) NCT pass rates
Three of the top four cars are SUVs.
# watchful eye
Parents of Irish teenage Instagram users can now supervise their child's account
Parents can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools.
# Changes
Elon Musk says governments and businesses could face ‘slight cost’ to use Twitter
The billionaire prospective owner of the platform has suggested a number of changes to the site.
# Frances Haugen
Facebook whistleblower tells TDs that harm from metaverse 'could be worse'
Facebook employee-turned-whistleblower Frances Haugen has made a number of blistering claims about the social network.
# Bills Bills Bills
Explainer: Who benefits from the €200 electricity rebate and how do I make sure I do?
A quick guide to the new electricity credit scheme.
# Childcare Crossroads
Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare
As part of a Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive into childcare, we look to how other countries are managing the sector.
Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers
A report by
Peter McGuire
A legal right to a childcare place, a purpose-built afterschool system and dramatic hike in public funding would help create a sustainable model.
Cost of childcare in Ireland is among the highest in the EU and parental leave entitlements among the worst, writes Peter McGuire.
This Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive finds that planned State investment will not deliver a sustainable, universal, model of care.
While the ECCE preschool scheme deemed a success, care for under-3s and primary school children is inconsistent.
All time
# ticket to fly
'Constantly engaged': Callers vent frustration amid 'issues' with Digital Covid Cert call centre
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin has said there have been “issues” with the helpline.
# Back To School
Parents spending almost €1,500 a year sending children to secondary school - survey
The average debt parents find themselves in is €336.
# bank of mum and dad
People split on mortgage lending rules but strongly opposed to limits on inheritance from parents
An overwhelming majority do not favour limits on the money people can receive from parents.
# Childcare Costs
Unicef: Ireland one of the most expensive countries for childcare as half of salary is average cost
Ireland is in line with other rich countries such as Switzerland and New Zealand in the cost to care for two children.
China is now allowing couples to have three children - state media
The change is being made due to concerns over an ageing workforce and economic stagnation.
# Key Points
'First green shoots of spring': The key points you need to know from tonight's NPHET briefing
A round-up of NPHET’s press briefing at the Department of Health this evening.
Employees could be given a legal right to request home working, Tánaiste says
Leo Varadkar said the idea is being considered as part of a public consultation.
Tomorrow I'll climb my 50th peak as part of a lockdown-interrupted charity challenge. Here's what I've learned
At times drumming up the publicity needed to generate funds turned out to be harder than the actual mountain-climbing, writes Dermot Behan.
The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'
‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’
Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services'
The National Maternity Strategy recommendations have been watered down or sidelined, writes Dr Krysia Lynch of AIMS Ireland.
# State Exams
Northern Ireland GCSE students will now be awarded teachers' grades without standardisation
This comes after accusations of inequality over the calculated A-level results, which were issued to students last Thursday.
Considering homeschooling this September? Here's everything you need to know about the practical steps to take
There’s already an active community of homeschoolers in Ireland and getting started is not a difficult process, writes teacher and homeschooler Cliona Brophy.
# Explainer
What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?
There has been concern from the start about ‘standardising’ Leaving Cert grades – this has been somewhat vindicated this week.
What we can learn from the world's 'Blue Zones' - where people regularly live into their 90s and 100s
Lifestyle changes can cure some diseases and significantly extend our lives, writes Professor Ciaran O’Boyle.
# Back To School
Pre-assigned seats and face masks: The new rules for Irish schoolchildren getting the bus
The rules will be in place on School Transport Scheme services operated by Bus Éireann.
# Back To School
1,000 extra secondary teachers: Government unveils €375m plan to re-open schools at end of August
All schools have been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
# parent rights
Stateless children and parents who are legal 'strangers': the Irish families left in limbo
It has been 15 years since the State was told to legally protect the rights of families using ‘non-traditional’ conception methods.
# Covid-19
'Longer work days' and 'virtual clinics' among HSE suggestions for healthcare workers with children
The HSE has acknowledged that the government childcare scheme “does not address the majority of situations”.
# online help
From art to fitness, here's how to keep your kids entertained online during social distancing
People are using their skills to help parents through online videos and downloads.
# ge2020
Q+A: Here's what the parties say they will do to reform childcare in Ireland
After a childcare protest marched across Dublin today, here’s a look at what the political parties are promising.
# Early Years Alliance
'This is huge': Thousands of childcare protesters march across Dublin city
The Early Years Alliance said the crisis was caused by the government’s “chronic under-investment” in the industry.
Opinion: Religion is a choice - not an obligation. Let's make religious classes opt-in
Our schools may be Catholic, but young Irish families, increasingly, are not, writes David Graham of Education Equality.
# Baby Boom
Two babies delivered with help of Dublin firefighters today
DFB estimates that it assists in about 30 births a year.
# screen time
Toddlers who view screens for over three hours a day are 'less physically active at age five'
That’s according to a new study carried out on 500 children.
# christmas watch
11 Netflix hidden gems to watch this Christmas break
Tired of aimlessly searching? We’re here to help.
Quiz: How well do you remember these Christmas movies from the '00s?
Test your festive knowledge.
# sit back and relax
Here are some Christmas-themed movies and shows available to watch on streaming services
This will save you from boredom over the festive season.
# Christmas time
Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?
Just how does he do it? It takes an awful lot of hard work.
No turkey for Christmas dinner? Here's a vegan recipe from the head chef at Cornucopia
No animal products? No problem. A recipe for celeriac strudels with portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes.
# Careful Now
'Don’t wash the turkey' and other important tips to prevent making your loved ones ill this Christmas
Safefood said for 25% of people, this will be their first time cooking Christmas dinner.
From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas
There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.
# happy christmas to flu
From vaccines to sneezing etiquette: Here’s how to get through the flu season
Did you know that you can get the flu vaccine in some pharmacies for as little as €20
# vaping
'We're on to you': Harris says flavoured e-cigarettes target children and he wants them banned
Some vaping packaging is trying to make it attractive to children, according to the health minister.