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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 15°C

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Department clarifies that hotel bars must close at midnight - even for wedding guests
All activities associated with bars must cease at midnight, a spokesperson said.
Government rolls back on plan to set up statutory office for Just Transition Commissioner
The plan to set up this commission was included in the Programme for Government.
Government urged to invest portion of sugar and betting tax in physical activity
The Federation of Irish Sport also has three other key ‘asks’ in its pre-budget submission.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and wife announce birth of baby boy
The Taoiseach congratulated Harris and his wife Caoimhe on the arrival of their second child.
Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?
There have been a lot of twists and turns. But why does it all matter?
Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone have been drawn back into controversy this week.
Developments included deleted and revealed texts, FOI requests and an Oireachtas committee.
Orla Dwyer takes a look back at what happened in late July and what the situation is now.
'You're trying to say an apple's an orange': Martin and Varadkar want perspective on Zapponegate
'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney
Government to ‘engage’ with Electric Picnic festival organisers
The Cabinet Covid-19 sub-committee met today to discuss the next steps in the easing of restrictions.
Events and hospitality reps welcome new guidelines, but question Government communication
“We were told that there would be no further restrictions lifted until September.”
Legal experts call for clarity on relationship between NPHET and government
A report said the public health team became the “de facto decision maker” rather than simply an adviser to government.
Government changes URL for site to request Covid recovery cert after spelling error
The initial URL of the website spelled certificate incorrectly.
Taoiseach says 'there's an obligation' on everyone to follow indoor dining rules ahead of Monday's reopening
A government statement said good indoor ventilation is “essential”.
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”.
Minister claims he was speaking in 'personal' capacity when he called for second opinion on NPHET advice
NPHET issued advice to government yesterday.
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.
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.
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'
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.
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.
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'
Tánaiste has spoken to gardaí about GP contract leak
A spokesperson said Leo Varadkar made a full statement to gardaí and “answered all questions”.
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.
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.
Fully vaccinated people from two households now allowed to meet indoors without masks or distancing
This measure takes effect immediately.
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.
'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.
FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.
The Explainer: Why is the government changing the Living With Covid plan again?
We take a look for this week’s podcast episode.
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.
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'
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
'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.