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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

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# 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.
# pandemic
India overtakes Brazil as world's second worst-hit country by Covid-19
India reported a new daily record of more than 168,000 cases.
# sex work
'Sex workers are seen as either criminal or victim, but we're just people trying to survive'
Kate McGrew on how the Covid-19 pandemic, legislation and stigma are making life more difficult for sex workers in Ireland.
# Mental Health
Pandemic is driving 'unprecedented demand' for suicide prevention and mental health services
Ella Arensman has been appointed Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health.
# Coronavirus
India tightens restrictions as Covid-19 cases hit new daily record of over 100,000
Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, recorded nearly 60,000 cases in the last 24 hours.
# Shebeen
Black market Guinness and garda raids: Hundreds of illegal shebeens believed to be serving punters every day
Gardaí have raided dozens of the illegal pubs.
# Lockdown
Sharp decline in recorded crime rates in 2020 amid pandemic
The biggest drop was in burglary and related offences, falling by over a third in 2020 compared to the previous year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland accept surplus UK vaccines?
Or should we stick to what we are already due to receive?
# Care homes
A year of lockdown in nursing homes: 'Staff and residents are now closer than ever'
We speak to two staff members tasked with keeping care home residents engaged during the pandemic.
# Mental Health
Plans underway for Ireland's first mother and baby mental health unit, amid Covid-19 delays
New and expectant mothers with severe mental health issues are currently admitted to a general psychiatric ward.
# Visiting
'Huge step in the right direction': Nursing home residents allowed two visits per week from today
New guidance on nursing home visits has taken effect.
# bidding wars
Some houses selling for €120,000 above asking price as virtual viewings become the norm during pandemic
Home-buyers have raised concerns about the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on house prices.
# tanzania
First female president of Tanzania sworn in after death of Magufuli from mystery illness
Questions remain over the true cause of the late president’s death, after multiple rumours he had Covid-19 or had sought treatment abroad.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 10 deaths and 646 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The latest figures were confirmed by NPHET this evening.
# Key Points
'We can't afford to deteriorate': The key points you need to know from tonight's NPHET briefing
A round-up of NPHET’s press briefing at the Department of Health this evening.
# payment
US Congress approves Covid-19 relief package, giving green light to stimulus checks of up to $1,400
The $1.9 trillion plan was approved today in the US.
# Domestic Violence
Two years on: Ireland is 'failing to act in spirit' of agreement to help women escaping domestic violence
The pandemic has led to a surge in domestic violence – but Ireland has less than one third of the number of refuge spaces that it should have.
# covid19
Family carers 'devastated' after being left out of changes to vaccine priority list
Yesterday the government announced people with underlying conditions that put them at high risk have been moved up the priority list.
# Frontline
Frontline healthcare workers should get pandemic compensation, INMO tells Oireachtas committee
An Oireachtas committee heard from healthcare representative organisations this morning.
# pandemic
Tourism firms can apply for grants of up to €200,000 under new scheme
Applications for the TBCS will open on 11 February.
# Interview
The challenges of being an Irish footballer and a teacher during the pandemic
Ireland international Nicola Sinnott balances elite sport with teaching in Enniscorthy.
# Bereavement
'We were unable to visit her or to say goodbye': The people behind the Covid death toll
As Ireland’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 3,000, we speak to some of the families behind the figures.
# Waiting Lists
Eye-care waiting lists continue to increase, with 23,700 waiting over a year
Optometrists have offered to help the Government with the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
# pandemic
Biden team says US will not lift travel bans, despite Trump statement
Trump said he would lift the travel ban on parts of Europe and Brazil.
# warning
Premier League footballers branded 'brainless' for breaching Covid-19 protocols to celebrate goals
Players who continue to hug and kiss after scoring have been reminded about unnecessary contact.
# Podcast
The Explainer: A GP, nurse, ICU consultant and contact tracer on what it's like working during the third wave
They speak to us about the challenges of this current phase of the pandemic.
# Coronavirus
1,700 Covid-19 patients in hospital and ICU figures surpass April peak
There are now 158 people with Covid-19 in intensive care.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates to remain in place until 31 March
Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme rates will also remain in place.
# Hospitalisation
What's the total ICU bed capacity for the latest Covid-19 surge?
The HSE has said it would, of course, continue to care for patients beyond capacity but the level of care would not be the same.
# covid19
Coronavirus: Six deaths and 6,110 new cases confirmed in Ireland
New figures were revealed by health officials this evening.
# Going going...
Lions to provide update on South Africa tour prospects in coming weeks
The statement comes after reports that the tour was ‘on the brink’.
# Coronavirus
Ireland's Covid-19 situation 'deteriorating at more rapid pace' than any other European country
The HSE has said we are heading into “a very volatile” period.
# Hope
Paul Reid: 'I'm certain we'll get back to hugging friends and not wearing masks'
In an interview with, the HSE’s CEO said the pandemic highlighted a number of health policy shifts that are needed.
# Revenue
'Final nail in the coffin for businesses': Revenue claw back of wage subsidy funding raised with Taoiseach
Those that fell short of their 25% loss estimation are being asked by Revenue to repay the wage subsidy.
# Explanation
Dortmund star in Qatar rehab despite pandemic
Erling Braut Haaland is out until January with a torn hip muscle.
# Threshold
Housing charity dealt with over 100 illegal or threatened evictions during pandemic ban
A ban on eviction notices and rent increases was put in place temporarily earlier this year.
# United Nations
Record 80 million people now displaced in 'bleak milestone', UN says
UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said this will “continue to grow unless world leaders stop wars”.
# Operation Faoiseamh
More than 100 prosecutions related to domestic abuse over past six weeks
Operation Faoiseamh was launched by gardaí on 1 April this year.
# Covid-19
Climate change means future pandemics are more likely
A deadly mix of extreme heat, air pollution and intense farming are combining to produce the “worst outlook for public health our generation has seen”, according to a new study.
# pandemic
Ryanair suffers 82% drop in passenger numbers in November
The airline carried just two million passengers last month.