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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Government

All time
Expert group to assess rollout of rapid antigen tests in 'various sectors'
Dr Tony Holohan said earlier this month that antigen testing is “just not as good as PCR”.
# Coronavirus
Minister claims he was speaking in 'personal' capacity when he called for second opinion on NPHET advice
NPHET issued advice to government yesterday.
# Delta Variant
Tighter travel restrictions on arrivals from Britain into Ireland take immediate effect
The Irish Government is closely monitoring the spread of the Delta variant here.
Fully vaccinated people travelling from Great Britain will still need to self-quarantine for at least five days.
There are no self-quarantine requirements for those travelling from the North - unless a passenger is travelling from Britain via Northern Ireland.
In the week up to Monday, there were 2,270 new cases of Covid-19 - a drop of 21% on the previous week.
# Solutions
The government could help solve the housing crisis if it borrowed several billion euro, says ESRI
Ireland faces another decade of rising prices and rents unless the government spends money building homes, the ESRI says.
# New Rules
NPHET recommends indoor dining and international travel to resume in July
The public health experts also recommended allowing up to 5,000 spectators in large outdoor stadiums from 2 August.
The Cabinet will meet to sign off on the eased measures.
5,000 spectators are set to be allowed attend outdoor events from 2 August.
The Health Minister has said: "NPHET’s view is the trajectory is positive."
Target to vaccinate 82% of adults by end of June 'likely to be missed by a few weeks'
Varadkar confirms pub and restaurant rules around time limits will be reviewed in a 'few weeks'
# Israel
Dáil passes motion condemning Israel’s de facto annexation of Palestinian land
A People Before Profit amendment to Sinn Fein’s motion was defeated.
Brendan Ogle: It's time to stop gaslighting the public over income inequality
The trade unionist takes issue with how household income is quantified and discussed in the public domain.
# Housing
Cabinet approves Affordable Housing Bill aimed at boosting supply
Aspects of the bill, including its shared equity scheme for first-time buyers, have been criticised.
# level 3 plus
At a glance: Everything you need to know about the reopening plan announced tonight
These are all the key dates you need to know.
The government agreed to ease a number of Covid-19 restrictions on a phased basis from next month.
Inter-county travel, more outdoor meetings and increased numbers at funerals and wedding services from 10 May.
The Taoiseach said: "Hope is returning."
Guests at wedding ceremonies to increase to 50 on 10 May - but only six allowed at reception if indoors
'A degree of normality is returning': Here's when restrictions are set to be lifted heading into the summer
Taoiseach announces reopening plan with haircuts, click-and-collect and garden meet-ups back from 10 May
Cabinet agreed a range of measures this afternoon.
Hairdressers and inter-county travel due to reopen on 10 May, while beer gardens and outdoor dining set for 7 June
Government likely to scrap €9 rule as minister says outdoors makes it safe 'not whether you eat chicken nuggets'
# leaking
Tánaiste has spoken to gardaí about GP contract leak
A spokesperson said Leo Varadkar made a full statement to gardaí and “answered all questions”.
# in the spotlight
Dublin training session a fresh headache for GAA as they close in on return to play date
Members of the Dublin squad were reported to have gathered for a training session at the Innisfails GAA club.
# Vaccination
Explainer: Gardaí and teachers unhappy as Ireland dumps vaccine roll-out plan to follow aged-based UK model
The overhaul of the vaccine categories follows recommendations from NIAC.
# Vaccines
Fully vaccinated people from two households now allowed to meet indoors without masks or distancing
This measure takes effect immediately.
# Return to Play
GAA county senior teams can train from 19 April, golf courses and tennis courts open from 26 April
The Government announced the latest on the easing of restrictions this evening.
# Coronavirus
'Cautious... that will be the guiding star': Cabinet sub-committee concludes meeting on Covid-19 recommendations
The meeting took place this evening and a full Cabinet meeting will take place tomorrow.
# zero covid
FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is the government changing the Living With Covid plan again?
We take a look for this week’s podcast episode.
# Return to Play
Inter-county GAA to resume at Level 4 with May start at earliest for 2021 season
Inter-county training is unlikely to resume until after 5 April.
# Living With Covid
Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap
Taoiseach Micheál Martin made the announcement this evening.
Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until 5 April
Schools will begin a phased reopening from 1 March
The childcare sector will begin to reopen from 8 March
The government will consider some easing of restrictions after 5 April
Coronavirus: 45 deaths and 575 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Michael McGrath: 'There's no going back, there can be no fourth lock down'
# Top Job
Majority of Italians signal support as 'Super' Mario Draghi sworn in as new prime minister
The veteran politician formerly held the top job at the European Central Bank.
# Italy
Mario Draghi says he has enough support to form Italy’s new government
Draghi has also submitted the names of his Cabinet members to President Sergio Mattarella, who has the job of naming them.
# level 5
Travellers into Ireland to be subject to mandatory quarantine at home or in a hotel, government says
Micheál Martin announced the extended measures this afternoon.
# level 5
Level 5 lockdown to be reviewed next week, but government expected to extend restrictions to late February
Government sources state that it is still their intention to get schools reopened in February.
# Advice
Factfind: Did the government actually follow NPHET's advice heading into December?
This week, Health Mininister Stephen Donnelly denied the government had gone against public health advice.
# every contact counts
Government monitoring case numbers but no restrictions on the cards this side of Christmas
Those in government circles are looking at the rise in cases in Europe, stating that Germany is a worrying example.
# student nurses
Explainer: What is the current situation with unpaid student nurse placements?
The government last week voted against a motion to pay student nurses on placement.
Taoiseach says reports of 'exploitation and abuse' of student nurses should be investigated
Taoiseach accuses opposition of 'playing politics' with 'simplistic motion' about student nurses' pay
# Lockdown
Taoiseach says 'active consideration' will be given to NPHET's Level 5 advice as leaders set to meet tomorrow
The Government will now have to decide if it will accept NPHET’s recommendation.
# new measures
Coronavirus: Entire country to be placed under Level 3 restrictions from midnight on Tuesday
NPHET had recommended that the country enter Level 5 – the highest level of restrictions.
# Living With Covid
'The outcome will be the same': Nationwide move to Level 3 will not stop spread of Covid-19, expert warns
Professor Sam McConkey believes case numbers will continue to rise if the Government rejects NPHET’s advice.
# Taking Stock
'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in
One thing is for sure, this government needs a win.
# employer liability
Documents show government unease at campaign to designate Covid-19 an 'occupational illness'
The Department of Business expressed concern about the liability for the State and businesses.
# working from home
Argentina lawmaker suspended after kissing his partner's breasts during video conference
Juan Emilio Ameri said he did not think he was connected to the internet at that particular moment.
# Coronavirus
Government will 'act on' any NPHET recommendations for Dublin before weekend, Helen McEntee says
Dublin has seen a considerable increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
# Guidelines
Any attendance at Leinster game likely to be made up of players and their families
The government’s new ‘Living with Covid’ document allows for up to up to 200 spectators.
# Government
Government will 'prioritise' schools staying open in new roadmap, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin also said he anticipates endorsing guidance from the CMO about Dublin-specific measures.
# Coronavirus
Micheál Martin: 'We won't be afraid to implement measures specifically in Dublin'
“The most important thing about Dublin is how to get to grips with the virus,” the Taoiseach said.
# Redundancy
Taoiseach slams ‘shabby, shoddy and unacceptable’ treatment of Debenhams workers
The dispute has lasted more than 150 days.
# vintner is coming
Schools are open, pubs are next: Government aims to reopen pubs 'as early as possible'
Ireland is the only country in the whole of Europe where pubs remain closed.
# Seamus Woulfe
'Judicial arm of government will have to deal with this': Martin says he can't call for Supreme Court judge's dismissal
Micheál Martin said the judiciary must deal with the matter.