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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

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# Social Welfare
Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.6 million people in early December
The bonus will be paid in the week beginning 7 December.
# EPA report
Waste, greenhouse gases and traffic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ireland's environment
Information and statistics on this impact were included in the EPA’s new report on the state of Ireland’s environment.
# covid19
Coronavirus: Four deaths and 344 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Health officials confirmed the latest figures this evening.
# pandemic
'We can't judge anyone for whatever decision they make': Irish emigrants on why they're travelling home this Christmas
Many people are unsure of what to do and critical of mixed mesages from the government.
# lifting level 5
'People won't enjoy Christmas with the threat of another lockdown hanging over them', says Eoghan Murphy
Pressure has also been mounting on Micheál Martin to set out that the country will not return to another lockdown after Christmas.
# Coronavirus
Trust in vaccines vital to halting pandemic, warns WHO
A vaccine won’t be able to stop Covid-19 if people are reluctant to take it, a top WHO expert has said.
# policing authority
This map shows a breakdown of where Gardaí have used Covid-19 powers
The Policing Authority has said Garda powers to enforce Covid restrictions should be as limited as possible, and used sparingly.
# Doctors
'Significant concerns' about mental health impact of Covid-19 on practitioners, non-profit says
The Practitioner Health Matters Programme today released its annual report for 2019.
Opinion: Stink bugs, hairy mollies and hedge mustard - local nature in a pandemic
In this extract from her book, An Irish Nature Year, author Jane Powers explores the significance of nature throughout these strange times.
# Stormont
Polls and pandemics: How Northern Ireland's two leaders are facing defiance and disappointment
Both leaders have faced a difficult few weeks.
# Testing
Covid-19 testing lab to close this weekend over 'unavoidable staff shortages'
The HSE said that the closure would have no impact on testing responses.
# Business
The Square Tallaght postpones €100 million expansion due to Covid-19
Owners said that plans had only been temporarily halted.
# Arts
Arts sector: €50m support for live events announced in Budget 2021
Michael McGrath said Covid has had a “devastating impact” on arts, cultural and sporting activities.
# Coronavirus
New restrictions loom in North as nearly 2,000 new cases confirmed on island of Ireland yesterday
The figures seen yesterday in Ireland were the largest in several months.
# Parade
'Masks and missiles don't mix': North Korea holds giant military parade, ignoring pandemic fears
The state is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party.
'People are afraid': Only tenth of women invited for cervical cancer screenings made appointments
Out of 110,000 invitations, only 12,000 have come forward, according to CervicalCheck director.
# Travel
From Monday there will be no countries on Ireland's Green List
There were just four countries left on the list last week.
# services cut
People with disabilities have been ‘forgotten’ during pandemic, Dáil told
Day services have only reopened at 40% capacity.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 pandemic causing major disruptions to critical mental health services, WHO finds
The HSE’s winter plan has been criticised for not allocating enough funding towards mental health.
# Love is in the air
'What a crazy day': Couple marry at Dublin Airport after Covid-19 cancels wedding plans
Nico and Justine Buhler were married today at the airport.
# Strabane
46-year-old woman becomes first in NI to be charged with breaking Covid-19 regulations
The woman will appear in court tomorrow.
# Coronavirus
Trump is doing ‘very well’ say his doctors, but White House says his vitals had been ‘very concerning’
Donald Trump’s doctor provided the update this afternoon.
Glynn warns of 'significant escalation' of Covid-19 in Ireland as 10 deaths and 613 new cases confirmed
The Department of Health figures were confirmed this evening.
# UK
Boris Johnson to hold press conference as UK records biggest ever rise in new cases
The UK Prime Minister will take part in the Downing Street press conference today.
# Colleges
Students isolating in Queen's University Belfast accommodation after Covid-19 outbreak
The outbreak follows the re-opening of the university and the return of students.
# nine months
Global Covid-19 death toll passes one million - but the true figure is likely higher
The US has so far recorded the most deaths from the virus.
Level 3 restrictions on Dublin prompts surge in applications for Pandemic Unemployment Payment
The impact of the Level 3 restrictions is now being reflected in the PUP figures.
# Your Say
Poll: Should people be fined for failing to self-isolate?
England has introduced a fine of up to £10,000 for people who fail to quarantine.
# nphet
Decision expected this week on Covid-19 restrictions for Louth, Cork, Wicklow and Galway
Cases have been rising in Louth, Cork, Wicklow and Galway.
# outbreaks
How the new restrictions in Donegal are highlighting the lack of cross-border co-operation on Covid-19
The Level 3 restrictions in Donegal highlight the lack of on-the-ground co-operation along the border.
# Interview
Taoiseach: Changes allowing people to do some work without losing PUP could form part of Budget
Micheál Martin spoke to about the Dublin restrictions, the Budget and his backstage run-in with Mike Murphy in RTÉ.
# Winter
UK at coronavirus ‘tipping point’ with risk of 50,000 daily cases by mid-October
Boris Johnson is expected to announce new measures to curb the spread of the virus tomorrow.
# restrictions
North introduces limits on household indoor gatherings to tackle Covid-19 spike
The new measures were announced this evening by the First and Deputy First Ministers.
Online grocery sales are booming but an 'increased sense of security' is driving us back into supermarkets
Online grocery sales grew by nearly 122% in August.
# Level 3
Dubliners advised not to travel outside the county for either domestic trips or overseas journeys
Similar to the travel advice throughout the pandemic – it is not a criminal offence to travel beyond the county border or travel abroad.
# Dublin
Taoiseach confirms Dublin to enter Level 3, including ban on indoor dining for three weeks
The decision comes following a recommendation from NPHET.
# Dublin
Pubs and restaurants expected to close, but the data around Covid outbreaks paints a complex picture
The industry has said that few cases are linked to pubs and restaurants but international studies suggest dining out could be a factor in the spread of the disease.
# Town Hall
'It's close to criminal': Joe Biden blasts Trump's pandemic response
Joe Biden was taking part in his first town hall event.
# United States
Donald Trump disputes health officials on timeline for mass vaccinations
“We think we can start sometime in October,” US President Trump claimed.
# High Court
Ryanair is 'mischaracterising' Ireland's travel measures by calling them 'restrictions', court told
The State was responding in court to claims made by Ryanair about the measures.