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# Explainer
Explainer: What's the latest advice about Covid-19 symptoms and when should you seek a test?
Hrere’s another look at Ireland’s testing system and how it works.
# Explainer
A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it
Here is the thought process behind the Plan C for the Leaving Cert, the appeal process, and where it could all go wrong.
# Coronavirus
'I urge you to use common sense': Praise and criticism in public's emails to Leo during start of lockdown
Correspondence sent to Varadkar shows how the public reacted to the crisis in its initial weeks.
# Covid-19
Asylum seeker says Direct Provision workers' hours were reduced at meat plant
This comes after clusters at four meat plants led to a localised lockdown in Kildare, Offaly and Laois.
# Dublin
Preservation Society takes legal action against An Bord Pleanála over 130-bed co-living development
The North Great George’s Street Preservation Society has lodged a judicial review over numerous concerns it has about the development.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Will children be taught how to masturbate as part of their education from September?
The claim had been made by social media users.
# Interview
State plans to buy up Airbnb properties, says Housing Minister
In a wide-ranging interview, the minister said his department is drawing up a detailed submission which will seek to acquire properties.
# Interview
'It's like Jesus, they're back': Alan Kelly on FF's return, Coveney's garda car 'shame', and advice for the Greens
Labour’s Alan Kelly now finds himself in opposition – and he seems to rather like it.
# Green shoots
What to expect in the first 100 days of the new FF-FG-Green government
There are big challenges ahead. Here’s what to look out for.
# brexit talks
So long and thanks for all the fish: Irish fishermen say UK Brexit position could spell 'unmitigated disaster'
Today had been the date set for both sides to reach an agreement on fisheries. But of course, more time is needed.
# Childcare
'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open
Providers say they’ve done everything they can to make things seem normal for children.
# Galway
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.
# Childcare
Childcare providers to tell TDs uncertainty is having 'profoundly stressful impact'
The Oireachtas Covid-19 committee will hear about concerns in the sector today.
# Covid-19
'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.
# Explainer
Women make up the majority of Covid-19 deaths and confirmed cases in Ireland. Why?
“Whether it’s paid or unpaid, it’s women who are predominantly doing care work,” Orla O’Connor of the NWCI said.
# Howth
'I don't believe they'll fix it by 2024': Irish Water inspects raw sewage spilling into Doldrum Bay
“They’ve failed to keep any of their promises to date,” one local said of the water utility.
# Childcare
Childcare crisis: 'I looked at my 14-year-old and asked 'Will you manage babysitting the others?''
Childcare providers won’t be returning until 29 June – and even when they do return, it isn’t clear how many children they can take in.
# phase two plus
The next phase: Here's what's allowed from today as Phase Two of the 'accelerated' roadmap kicks in
There are now four phases of easing Covid-19 restrictions, rather than five.
# easing lockdown
Cabinet set to sign off on Ireland proceeding to Phase Two of reopening
There will be some changes to the published roadmap.
# Unemployment
Ibec warns of the 'sharpest compression of economic activity in living memory'
The business lobbying group forecasts Irish unemployment to level off at 16% and GDP to contract by 11% for the year.
# debunked
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.
# clusters
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.
# Open for Business
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.
# justice department
'We've been firefighting': Inside the State's response to Covid-19 in Direct Provision
There are now 149 cases of Covid-19 in Direct Provision.
# State Exams
Why was the 29 July date cancelled? When will results be out? Questions about the new Leaving Cert plan answered
Here’s the detail and practicalities of what’s been decided.
# The other crisis
'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.
# let's talk about sex
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.
# rent index
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.
# Conspiracy Theory
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.
# Covid-19
Over 117 million children at risk of missing out on measles vaccine due to pandemic
Vaccination campaigns have been postponed in 24 countries to help prevent further spread of Covid-19.
# Upper House
Counting in Seanad election to begin today - but access to count venue will be restricted
This has been an election like none other for candidates hoping for a seat in the upper house.
# Coronavirus
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.
# from a distance
'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.
# emergency ventilators
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.
# Leinster House
Limited number of TDs to attend Dáil sitting to pass emergency Covid-19 legislation
Some have called for a time limited ‘sunset clause’ to be included in the Bill relating to detentions.
# Coronavirus
What 'flattening the curve' means and how you can make a difference
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the next seven days are “vital” with Covid-19.
# Lockdown
Coronavirus: Schools 'actively working on contingency plans' in case of nationwide closures
No closures have been implemented but this is being constantly reviewed.
# Covid-19
Tesco 'apologises unreservedly' after customer in self-isolation has details leaked on WhatsApp
The Data Protection Commissioner will now investigate the alleged breach.
# Immigration
Chinese man's deportation stopped after State 'misleads' High Court about his registered address
The finding was made by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys last month.
# Coronavirus
Dublin's hosting of Euro 2020 games this summer will be 'monitored very closely' - Shane Ross
The Aviva Stadium will host three group games and one Round of 16 game this June.