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# midnight-must-read - Yesterday’s News

It's a dirty, time-consuming job so why would Paschal want to become head of the Eurogroup?

Experts say that increased Irish influence in Europe could come at a cost.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 9 July, 2020

Covid-19 puts brakes on expansion of 24-hour bus services in Dublin city

The National Transport Authority has said additional PSO funding will be needed this year to continue delivering the existing level of services.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 3 July, 2020

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland

A Hiqa report has noted a 13% increase in deaths in Ireland during the pandemic.

Central Bank: Early signs of recovery are visible but Ireland's economic future remains uncertain

Real-time economic data suggests the worst of the decline was experienced in April.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Over 100 days on from shutting their doors, just under half of Ireland's pubs are geared up for re-opening

In Dublin, vintners estimate around 50-60% of pubs will re-open from Monday. For the rest of that country, that number is closer to 40%.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Government accused of 'dividing' Ireland's west coast islands over whether or not to reopen as part of Covid-19 road map

The Cabinet is expected to decide this week whether the islands are to re-open on 29 June.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Childcare providers to tell TDs uncertainty is having 'profoundly stressful impact'

The Oireachtas Covid-19 committee will hear about concerns in the sector today.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 20 June, 2020

A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat

On Wednesday evening, it was announced that Ireland had won a two-year stint on the UN Security Council.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 19 June, 2020

'We've been thrown to the lions': Taxi drivers could be off the road for weeks due to NCT delays

Some drivers can’t get NCT appointments before their taxi licence expires.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 18 June, 2020

'There's a lack of understanding of the business': Pubs frustrated by late timing of re-opening guidelines

New guidance on the re-opening of pubs was published by Fáilte Ireland last night.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 15 June, 2020

'The stress is real. And growing': Wage subsidy recipients with mortgage approval uncertain if they can buy home

Some applicants have been told by their bank they can’t draw down their mortgage if they’re in receipt of the wage subsidy scheme.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 13 June, 2020

Timeline: The key dates in Ireland's initial response to the global Covid-19 pandemic

We take a look at the events leading up to the decision to bring in Ireland’s first major coronavirus measures.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 8 June, 2020

National hosepipe ban to kick in tomorrow and last until 21 July

The managing director of Irish Water said it is time to “get serious” about this issue.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 7 June, 2020

'What was all our hard work for?': Couple have mortgage approval pulled because one is on wage subsidy scheme

Labour’s Ged Nash says the Minister for Finance must urgently raise the issue with the main banks.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 6 June, 2020

Q&A: How the extended pandemic payment schemes will work

The schemes will last throughout the summer into August. Here’s what it all means.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 5 June, 2020

Airbnb plans to cut 35% of its Dublin workforce with around 190 jobs to go

Employees are being consulted as part of the redundancy process.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 31 May, 2020

'It wouldn't be a failure': Why there may be more clusters as Ireland re-opens and the plan to manage them

Dr Tony Holohan said this week we’re “better placed” now to deal with an outbreak or cluster now than we may have been in February.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Debunked: Do European air travel guidelines show there is no need to quarantine visitors from overseas?

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary made a number of claims about Covid-19 and air travel on radio this week.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 28 May, 2020

'No plans' to review co-living accommodation guidelines despite Covid-19 crisis, Murphy says

The Minister for Housing said co-living developments would “play an important role in catering for the diverse needs of the overall population”.

ESRI warns against austerity measures in short-term as economy heals from the pandemic

The think-tank has sketched the likely impact of the virus across a range of Irish economic indicators.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 25 May, 2020

Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April

Many complainants raised concerns about social distancing and infection control measures in homes as the virus spread.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 23 May, 2020

A €20m budget and just 67 field inspectors: Is the HSA up to the task of policing the Covid reopening?

Success in re-opening in Ireland is relying on community transmission of Covid-19 not to rise sharply again.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 16 May, 2020

Phase One: What can you expect when you go to a hardware store next week?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that Ireland will enter Phase One of easing restrictions on Monday.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 15 May, 2020

Most Irish people don't expect a 'return to normality' until 2021

Seven in 10 people think we’ll have some form of social distancing in place until at least June 2021.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 14 May, 2020

'We had bottles thrown at us, a woman spit on us': Six in 10 LGBT people avoid holding hands in public

Three in 10 people avoid certain locations for fear of being assaulted, according to a new survey.

Gardaí contact Twitter and Data Protection Commissioner over videos of officers being abused at Covid checkpoints Abuse This post contains videos

Gardaí contact Twitter and Data Protection Commissioner over videos of officers being abused at Covid checkpoints

A number of videos have been posted online in the last month.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 7 May, 2020

The public will no longer get to know how much former Taoisigh and ex-ministers are paid

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty has said that it’s important for transparency on the issue and added: “At the end of the day, it’s public money.”

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

'It's a perfect storm': Sharp rise in Rent Supplement payments raises concerns over post-Covid crisis

There has been a 15% increase in the number of people receiving Rent Supplement since Covid-19 restrictions began.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Masturbation, sex toys and multiple partners: Emails show how the HSE drafted its Covid-19 sex guidelines

The guidelines were drafted late in March after a radio interview by the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 26 April, 2020

Re-opening Ireland: 'We have one shot at this and we have to make sure we hit the target'

As we await the government’s road-map to re-opening, plans are already afoot for what the “new normal” will be.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 25 April, 2020

'Addiction doesn't stop during a pandemic, it gets worse': Methadone waiting lists virtually eliminated amid overdose fears

Drug users are at an increased risk of contracting Covid-19 – many suffer from underlying health conditions and don’t have a safe place to self-isolate if needed.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Five more areas become Rent Pressure Zones as national average monthly rent stays over €1,200

There is currently a rent freeze and a ban on evictions in place as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Mast destruction: How community opposition paved the way for the 5G coronavirus hoax

The 21st-century conspiracy has its roots in decades-old fears about mobile infrastructure.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 13 April, 2020

'It should not be seen as the government having sold out': Ross's message to officials before FAI bailout

There was a lot of back and forth before the government agreed to bail out the FAI in late January.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Shuttered shops and scaled-back soup runs: Covid-19 leaves Ireland's rough sleepers in the cold

New measures have seen ‘soft’ services for homeless people close across the country.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 23 March, 2020

'Times are strange and we're being thrown right in': Student nurses joining the frontlines in Covid-19 crisis

Student nurses often do their work placements without pay.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 22 March, 2020

'Let's raise a glass to all the mammies of Ireland': Keeping your distance while celebrating Mother's Day

Some residents on the South Circular Road will be toasting to mothers from their front gardens this year.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 20 March, 2020

Fundraiser set up by Irish researchers developing emergency ventilators for Covid-19 patients

The group is hoping to have a fully functional prototype by next Friday.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 16 March, 2020

'State should be concerned': National Lottery lobbied for change in law to prevent bookies taking lotto bets

The National Lottery said being able to bet on the lotto in bookmakers “diminishes the attractiveness” of its products.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 15 March, 2020

St Patrick's Day parades may be cancelled over Covid-19, but they're 'going virtual' for the occasion

A campaign online is encouraging those left disappointed by the cancelled parades to still share their stories and images online this Tuesday.

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