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# Healthcare
One in four Irish people say their mental health declined during pandemic, survey shows
The RCSI survey found that one in five said their general health declined during this time.
# Study
Pfizer vaccine's effectiveness against Delta variant 'declines faster' than AstraZeneca
Scientists said that the level of protection offered by both vaccines is still quite high.
# pandemic
Seven in 10 people think live outdoor music events should go ahead this year
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should be allowed to take place in 2021.
The majority of people think live music events should go ahead this year, according to a new opinion poll
Three in 10 people disagree, citing concerns about Covid-19
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should take place, Órla Ryan writes
Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines
# spend spend spend
Government spent €30.6 billion on social welfare payments in 2020, up 46% from 2019
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys described the increase as “extraordinary”.
# Vaccines
US rebuffs WHO call for moratorium on Covid booster vaccines
“We cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it,” the WHO chief said.
# pandemic
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.
# pandemic
Outbreaks in China and Australia prompt stricter Covid measures
The WHO has urged countries to contain the Delta variant.
# pandemic
'A very unique year': Big drop in the number of dogs destroyed at Irish pounds in 2020
171 dogs were put to sleep in pounds last year.
# Back To School
Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey
63% were concerned about their children’s emotional development and 51% were concerned about social skills.
# covid cases
Coronavirus: 1,377 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The number of young people contracting the virus rose sharply this week.
# concerns
'I'd be shocked if players aren't starting to question how smart it is to stay'
It has been a chaotic week for the Lions in South Africa.
# Boost
Lions player who was positive for Covid yesterday returns negative result today
The tourists’ MD confirmed that some members of the set-up had opted against vaccination.
# pandemic
Lions confirm positive Covid-19 case leaving tonight's Sharks game in doubt
Two players and two other members of staff have been identified as close contacts.
# Off
Boks' clash with Georgia cancelled due to 16 Covid cases across both camps
SA Rugby will plough on towards the Test series despite a third wave of the virus in South Africa.
# Public Health
Dr Mike Ryan: 'We're underestimating the tsunami of mental health issues emerging'
Dr Ryan also spoke of how inequality has led to poorer outcomes for marginalised groups during the pandemic.
# pandemic
Covid continues to loom large in South Africa as Lions Tests come into view
The tourists are being tested three times a week and sticking to strict protocols.
# coronavirus newsletter
Not just a cough and a fever: What we know about Covid-19's symptoms now
We all need to be on the lookout for a myriad of different symptoms.
# Kilmainham
Gavin James and Denise Chaila to headline pilot festival today
Some 3,500 people snapped up tickets for the concert.
# pandemic
Ten months added to expiry date on driving licences
The extension will apply to driving licences expiring from 1 July to 31 October 2021.
# pandemic
'Just ignore the bell': Whistleblowers raise concerns about patient care in nursing homes
In some homes Covid-positive and Covid-negative residents were placed in the same areas, Prime Time reported tonight.
# Mental Health
'Significant jump' in number of applications made by gardaí to involuntarily detain patients
2020 figures show that, for the first time, the highest number of applications to involuntarily detain mental health patients came from gardaí.
# protocols
Boks boss Nienaber 'can’t see the Lions tour being in jeopardy' due to Covid
The Lions and Springboks are in bubbles that limit their contact with the outside world.
Travel abroad jumped by 23% last month as 85,000 travel from Ireland overseas
The number of departures from April to May increased by a third.
# pandemic
Lions land into Johannesburg as South Africa tightens Covid restrictions
The third wave of the virus has hit South Africa hard.
# Aviation
'It will wither on the vine': Concern over future of Waterford Airport as government pulls emergency funding
A further €5m in Government investment has also been placed in doubt.
# Live Music
Musicians call for clear plan to reopen live entertainment industry
Up to 100 demonstrators took part in a protest in Dublin calling for a commitment from the government to reopen the sector.
# What's Another Year?
'Exhausted all possibilities': All Together Now festival cancelled until next year
The music festival in Co Waterford has been rescheduled for July 2022.
# Air Travel
Aer Lingus losing €1 million a day because of Covid-19 and travel restrictions, says airline's chief executive
The airline’s CEO and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer appeared before a committee this morning.
# Public Opinion
Ireland's Covid measures consistently less restrictive than majority wanted – ESRI
‘Overwhelming majority’ have supported public health measures and would have preferred them to be more restrictive.
Levels of recorded crime fall sharply during the Covid pandemic - except for fraud
However, the number of fraud incidents increased in the last year by more than 13% compared with the previous year.
# Mental Health
97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression
Six in 10 people are struggling with suicide ideation and half are struggling with self-harm, according to a new survey.
# Mental Health
'I was stuck in a room with no privacy': Fears that pandemic will have long-term impacts on disadvantaged young people
A new report from the Irish Youth Foundation has been published today.
# Patents
Countries urge broader patent waivers beyond Covid-19 vaccines
More than 60 countries support the waiving of patents for medical tools needed to fight the pandemic for three years.
# barring orders
'If I didn't run, he would have killed me stone dead': Domestic abuse survivors say more support is needed
Over the course of the pandemic some people have been trapped with their abusers 24-7, Órla Ryan writes.
Over the course of the pandemic some people have been trapped with their abusers 24-7, Órla Ryan writes
One domestic abuse survivor says people who breach barring orders should be automatically jailed
NGOs are calling for a new ministry dedicated to domestic violence
West Cork domestic violence charity purchases first safe house after private donation of €400,000
Two years on: Ireland is 'failing to act in spirit' of agreement to help women escaping domestic violence
# covid19
WHO approves China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine
This is the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality.
# Aislinn and Roisin
'The eating disorder crept in': Kilkenny twins on their experience dealing with anorexia during lockdown
Aislinn and Roisin Duggan (23) are in recovery after several years dealing with their eating disorders.
# long covid
Over-active immune response could be one reason for long Covid, study says
The researchers said the findings may be of value for future studies in this area.
# Travel
Spain says it is ready to welcome tourists from June
MEPs will today vote on a proposal for Digital Green Certificates.
# pandemic
India's official Covid-19 death toll passes 200,000
Many experts suspect that the true death toll is higher than this.
# Alcohol
People in Ireland drink, on average, the equivalent of 40 bottles of vodka a year
Every person in Ireland aged 15 and over drinks, on average, 10.8 litres of pure alcohol each year, according to new figures.