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Last month
May 2023
EPA reveals Ireland's good and bad bathing sites as improvement continues
A report by
Jamie McCarron
79% of 148 bathing sites surveyed have ‘Excellent’ water quality while 97% meet the minimum standard.
This year
# Measles
Ireland has one of the lowest rates of measles immunisation in Europe
Measles rates in Europe went down during the pandemic, but it is possible that cases were underreported during that time.
Parents urged to check children are vaccinated against measles before travelling during Easter
The HSE is advising parents to make sure children are up to date with their MMR vaccines if they are travelling abroad.
Last year
# Infectious
Uptick in mumps in recent weeks as HSE advises MMR vaccine for anyone without two doses
Of 46 cases this year so far, nearly one-third were notified in July.
All time
# Controversy
The Zappone Saga: How the controversy played out in the past week, and why she had to quit
It started with one tweet a week ago – and ended with an extraordinary intervention by the Attorney General.
The saga began with a tweet last Tuesday and ended with Zappone's resignation
After a week of controversy, Zappone declined the role following news of a hotel gathering.
The outdoor party has drawn comparisons with last year's 'Golfgate' scandal, writes Céimin Burke.
In wake of Zappone hotel controversy, Government says outdoor events of up to 200 can take place
# Daft Report
Renters facing 'impossible situation' as new report shows drop in number of homes available
Rents across the country were 2.1% higher than at the end of 2020.
Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database
More than 1.5 million Irish users have been affected by the breach.
# oh vienna
Hotel quarantine: Why is Austria on Ireland's list of 'designated countries' but not France and Germany?
Officials want to add 17 EU countries to the list.
The myriad ways Brexit has permanently shifted the course of Northern Ireland's future
Northern Ireland’s elected reps weren’t at the Brexit talks, where very detailed aspects of NI trade were regularly discussed.
# Opinion Poll
More Covid restrictions or a faster return to normal? How the Irish public feels about public health rules
Amárach Research gives a glimpse into how people currently feel about restrictions.
# adrenochrome
Adrenochrome: why was a QAnon conspiracy drug name-checked at Dublin's anti-lockdown protest?
A false claim involving the chemical, RTÉ and dead infants was made at Saturday’s protest.
# richard o'halloran
Simon Coveney asks MEPs to delay EU resolution condemning Irishman's detention in China
Richard OHalloran has been prevented from leaving China since February 2019.
# does not compute
HSE boss told NPHET member he was at 'wits end' over post-Christmas Covid computer glitch
Ireland was likely experiencing record numbers of Covid-19 cases earlier than officially reported.
# Frosty
Snow, sleet and strong winds: What you need to know as the cold snap bites
A Status Yellow snow/ice warning is in place for most of the country today.
# student nurses
'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words
A number of nurses contacted Micheál Martin following a Dáil debate over pay in December
# Vaccines
GPs say they are ready to vaccinate over 85s as first doses set to arrive on Monday week
The vast majority of people over 70 will receive their vaccine at a GP surgery.
# Housing
Hundreds of tenants in rent arrears sent removal notices before Christmas despite Covid-19 eviction ban
An eviction ban for those in arrears has been in place across the country since late October,
# false news
Misleading videos of 'empty' hospitals being shared on social media are putting extra strain on health service, say hospitals
Footage shared online of hospitals that appear “empty” have falsely claimed that hospitals are lying about being under pressure.
# student nurses
'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words
A number of nurses contacted the Health Minister following a Dáil debate over pay in December.
# factfind
Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?
Debate about the safety of schools in relation to Covid-19 is ongoing.
# biden time
When does it start? Is it on TV? Will there be music? Everything you need to know about the US inauguration
Joe Biden will be officially sworn-in as the 46th president of the United States today.
# Legal questions
'We can't just say it's too difficult': Could criminal investigations into Ireland's mother and baby homes happen?
There have been calls for investigations following the publication of a long-awaited report this week.
# Coronavirus
'It won't be easy to control': How two new Covid-19 variants could wreak havoc on Ireland's virus response
The UK and South African variants have been recently confirmed in Ireland.
# Road Safety
90% of Irish motorists disqualified by a court in 2020 have not surrendered their licences
The figure was revealed in response to a Parliamentary Question last month.
# Swab
'Tis the season: Covid-19 tests are in demand this Christmas as people begin to travel home
Public health doctors have been urging caution about over-reliance on testing.
# factcheck
FactFind: Have Covid-19 vaccines been tested among older age groups?
Let’s take a look at how trials for the Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have involved older age groups.
# Covid-19
Health Minister criticised by union for not adhering to official recommendation on law to close meat plants
The National Outbreak Control Team urged the Minister for Health to enact the law in July.
# US Election
'We are not prepared for this at all': What happens if Donald Trump disputes the US election result?
Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to the result of this week’s presidential election.
# level 5
'Hundreds' of rolling checkpoints and community patrols - Gardaí to roll out high visibility operation for Level 5
The entire country has now entered Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions.
# in your pocket
Budget 2021: What measures kick in today?
A number of changes have already kicked in since yesterday’s announcement.
# Budget 2021
Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect?
All will be revealed on Tuesday.
# Case Study
Contact tracing concerns: School wasn't contacted by HSE until four days after confirmed Covid-19 case
A mother has raised concerns about the policy of schools not taking action until contacted by the HSE.
# restrictions
Coronavirus: The entire country is now in Level 3 - here's what that means
The new restrictions kicked in at midnight.
# Dying with dignity
Our 'last human right' or a 'slippery slope'? Inside the debate on assisted dying ahead of today's Dáil vote
TDs will vote today on whether to approve a bill that would legalise assisted dying.
# 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.
# Dying with dignity
Explainer: Everything you need to know about the assisted dying bill set to come before the Dáil
New legislation could soon see assisted dying legalised in Ireland.
# restrictions
'Dublin situation not looking good': Ministers concerns grow over capital moving to Level Three
Moving Dublin to Level 3 would be a significant step, the Taoiseach said.
# black lives matter
Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests
Parents, pupils and teachers have called for an update the school curriculum.
# Brexit
'This is not a drill': Big national effort needed in the next three months to prepare for Brexit
The action plan outlines the vital preparations that businesses should be taking in advance of 31 December.
# opening the doors
Publicans: 'It would be a body blow if Dublin pubs have to remain closed'
Yesterday, Cabinet agreed that ‘wet’ pubs can reopen their doors on 21 September.