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This month
May 2023
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Furlong 'good to go' for Champions Cup final despite sitting out Captain's Run
The prop has struggled with calf injuries this year.
This year
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'No current plans' for pick-up and drop-off charges at Dublin Airport despite planning approval
DAA was given the green light to introduce a new tolling system for motorists dropping off and collecting passengers at the airport.
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Blackburn star in line for Ireland call-up after receiving international clearance
Sam Szmodics has impressed in the Championship this season.
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Wales-England goes ahead after strike threat from Welsh players averted
Strike action had been threatened as a result of contract disputes with the Welsh Rugby Union.
Last year
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Players involved in LIV Golf will not be barred from Masters
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson are among the top players to have joined LIV.
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AIB cleared to acquire €4.2 billion Ulster Bank loan porfolio
Ulster Bank is set to withdraw all of its banking services from Ireland.
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EU clears Moderna vaccine for young children and Pfizer boosters for over-12s
The Moderna vaccine for younger children will be a half-dose of what is given to older teenagers and adults.
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All-Ireland football championship to be revamped in 2023 as Green Proposal passes Congress
GAA approves plan to introduce tiered championship and round-robin format from 2023.
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Russian skater Valieva cleared to continue at Olympics despite doping
The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected a number of appeals to have the 15-year-old’s suspension reinstated.
# key dates
At a glance: The vast majority of Covid measures lift from 6am – here's what you need to know
All the key points and dates you need to know.
From tomorrow, visiting rules will be scrapped and any number of households will be allowed to gather.
Bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be allowed to operate normal trading times without Covid passes, masks for customers or social distancing.
The phased return to the workplace will begin on Monday.
All time
# New Year's Day
Carty a doubt as Connacht and Munster push on with prep for inter-pro
Both provinces have high player availability but will undergo further testing later this week.
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With just 9 senior outfield players to choose from, Benitez left stunned as Everton game gets green light
The manager revealed five members of his squad tested positive following a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
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Rangnick granted work permit to take charge of Man United
The 63-year-old’s first game at the helm will be at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
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Munster have been given the go-ahead to fly home from South Africa
Two members of the touring party will have to remain in Cape Town.
# holy cross college
Controversial development of 1,600 rental units in Drumcondra granted approval
The development has been the focus of significant public opposition, including from Dublin City Council.
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'We've got to be thankful to the English FA, clubs and managers that gave the players the green light'
Jim Crawford was relieved after the majority of the Irish U21 squad were permitted to travel to Montenegro.
# new owners
Amnesty voices 'sportswashing' fears over Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle
The controversial takeover bid previously hit the rocks last year after an outcry from Qatar-based beIN Sports.
# Kevin Street
Green light for €475 million DIT Kevin Street redevelopment plan
DCC granted planning permission for the scheme last year but the decision was appealed.
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Basketball's '21/22 National League season to finally begin in October
Senior Super League and Division One clubs will be allowed to resume collective training from this day next week, 23 August.
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What's happening with public transport in your county right now? Here's a rundown
From greenways to bus shelters, here are some of the key transport projects underway in each county.
We spoke to city and county councils around Ireland to find the latest details on transport infrastructure.
From greenways to bus shelters, here are some of the key transport projects underway in each county.
'The land that transport forgot': Locals say Donegal needs better buses and return of rail
Number of security officers on Luas temporarily increases by 30% after report on women’s safety
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Confirmation of planning permission a 'momentous' milestone for Casement Park redevelopment project
Construction is set to commence in the first half of 2022.
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GAA confirm crowds of 500 permitted at National League games in Northern Ireland
The development only applies to games which take place in the Six Counties.
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Almost 40% favour legalising cannabis for recreational use, over 90% in favour of medicinal use
New polling by Red C on behalf of The Journal shines a light on the nation’s views on legalising cannabis.
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Highly-rated Sevilla midfielder Ryan Johansson wins long battle to represent Ireland
The former Bayern Munich midfielder has won a lengthy battle with Fifa.
# Return to Play
Outdoor team sports training can resume on 10 May and matches without spectators from 7 June
Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will also be able to reopen their doors on 7 June,
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Uefa to allow expanded squads of 26 at Euros this summer
England manager Gareth Southgate looks to be among those that would benefit most from the changes.
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France v Scotland Six Nations match to be played as scheduled this weekend
Tournament organisers ‘continue to monitor the situation very closely’ ahead of Sunday’s game.
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No place for Shamrock Rovers II, Treaty United confirmed as new entry to League of Ireland
10 teams have been confirmed to compete in the First Division in 2021.
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Eamon Ryan u-turns over Limerick road project, says it will be delivered 'without delay'
Minister Eamon Ryan was accused of acting “in clear breach” of the Programme for Government last week by FF Willie O’Dea.
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EU medicines agency approves Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for everyone over 18
The EMA’s AstraZeneca decision has been the subject of intense speculation.
Vaccine touted as 'game-changer' due to relative ease of transport and storage
EMA notes it cannot estimate efficacy for over 55s
AstraZeneca dispute with EU sees contract published
Ireland due to receive over 280,000 doses in next two months
Dr Colm Henry: There was a 10-fold increase in people sick with Covid from start of December to January
Explainer: What's happening in the row between the EU and AstraZeneca?
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French government gives Six Nations the go-ahead
The France national team will be given a quarantine exemption for the competition, though the decision is being kept under review.
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10 days out from Six Nations, organisers still await final decision from France
French authorities have expressed concerns over the ‘UK strain’ of Covid-19.
# Brexit
'Extremely small' number of consignments refused at Dublin Port for having incorrect documents
Four vans looking to travel to the UK had issues yesterday at Dublin Port.
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Man United gets go-ahead to trial 'safe-standing' at Old Trafford
1,500 barrier seats will be installed at the Premier League club’s ground early next year.
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'It's a massive sense of safety for each player' - Hurling stars back GAA championship start
Tony Kelly and Cian Lynch are happy to see Sunday’s Munster hurling clash set to go ahead.
# Testing
Green light! Irish rugby gets the all-clear to return this weekend
The latest round of Covid-19 testing in the provinces returned zero positive tests.
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Good news in athletics circles as national championships to proceed as planned behind closed doors
The 148th consecutive edition of the championships kicks off at Santry’s Morton Stadium on Saturday.
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Carlow GAA club cleared to return to play following player's positive Covid test
An Old Leighlin GAA player had tested positive but further tests within the club have now come back negative.
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FAI board approves format for League of Ireland restart on 31 July
Some Premier Division clubs were against the relegation plans in particular.
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'Excited' about knockout football championship and fears over future of family-run pub during lockdown
Kevin Cassidy talks about the exciting battles that await in the GAA season, and life in lockdown.