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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Winter

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Quiz: Which city is this? (Winter edition)
Give it a go.
Last month
November 2023
Popular antibiotic in short supply amid ongoing medicines shortage problem
Several of the generic versions of Augmentin are not available.
This year
Public encouraged to get Covid-19 and flu vaccines ahead of winter virus season ‘peak’
The Chief Medical Officer has reminded eligible persons to boost their protection before the respiratory virus season reaches its peak.
Energy supply likely to fall short of winter demand, but by narrower margin than last year
The system is expected to be put under alerts but a system-wide blackout is seen as unlikely.
Chief Medical Officer warns of 'multi-pathogenic winter' as new Covid variant discovered
The BA.2.86 variant has been detected in several countries including the UK, but is not believed to be in Ireland yet.
Met Éireann issues winter weather warning for next week with low temperatures forecast
Some showers of hail, sleet and snow can be expected.
Last year
At least 47 killed after 'worst storm' in almost half a century hits US northeast coast
Much of the eastern United States is expected to remain in a deep freeze until tomorrow at least.
17 dead after days of heavy snow in Japan
Some areas have seen almost a metre of snowfall in 24 hours.
Thousands of flights cancelled across US as forecasters warn of ‘bomb cyclone’
Some places have experienced temperatures plummeting 10 degrees Celsius within a matter of hours.
Cold Snaps, Part Two: More dazzling photos of Ireland in the ice, frost and snow
We want to see your winter wonderland.
Opinion: In a cold snap our footpaths and cycle lanes should also be gritted by councils
Dr Emma Howard says councils should prioritise the gritting of walkways and cycle lanes as we face a climate crisis.
'There's an attempt to sanitise what we're celebrating': Dublin's live crib launches amid controversy
After much political wrangling, Dublin’s live animal crib was relaunched this morning.
Freezing weather, frost and snow: Here's what you need to know as the cold snap sets in
A Winter Weather Advisory is in place as the coldest temperatures in three years are expected this week.
Hail, sleet and snow on the way with winter weather advisory in place for the week ahead
Updates with potential warnings are to be issued by Met Éireann in the coming days.
Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid
The head of Nato has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to weaponise the coming cold season.
Eviction ban legislation passed by Dáil and Seanad
Under the bill, all notices to quit that are issued over the period of the emergency ban will be deferred until at least the end of March 2023.
Over 600k avail of flu vaccines as Covid cases dip
Meanwhile, the Department has purchased 15,000 monkeypox vaccines.
Gardaí arrest 14 in Offaly for separate offences
Gardaí from Tullamore, Clara and Edenderry carried out searches, patrols and checkpoints across the county.
Winter eviction ban being kept under review, says Taoiseach
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has consulted with the AG on the issue.
CRU says profit controls on energy can't be implemented on a domestic level
The chairperson of the CRU said the regulator was ‘deeply concerned’ by the increase in energy costs.
Electricity credits for householders will be universal payments and not targeted, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin said there are ‘huge questions’ around an electricity price cap.
Germany's Scholz accuses Russia of blocking gas turbine delivery and may rethink nuclear energy
Germany’s last nuclear plants are due to be shut but it ‘can make sense’ to keep them going amid high gas bills.
All time
Quiz: Which city is this? (Winter edition)
The most wonderful time of the year.
Irish winters likely to become wetter and warmer without significant climate action
Met Éireann has already observed an increase in winter minimum temperatures in recent decades.
Storm Arwen: Yellow wind warning for nine counties from tomorrow into Saturday
Storm Force 10 winds are expected along northern coastlines as Storm Arwen travels across the country.
ICU nurses: 'No more clapping by the public or lighting candles. At this stage, it's an insult'
Staff in intensive care units say they are at breaking point as a fourth surge of the pandemic hits.
Staff in intensive care units say they're at breaking point as a fourth Covid surge hits, Órla Ryan reports
"ICU nurses and doctors are absolutely exhausted and we haven't even hit the winter peak," one nurse said
Most ICU beds are full and the HSE is making efforts to increase surge capacity
Staff shortages force ICU nurses at St Vincent's Hospital to watch patients with baby monitor
ESB assures staff it had no hand in 'orchestrated' energy crisis, following TD's Dáil claims
Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen alleged in the Dáil that EirGrid made a €10 million initial payment to the semi-State firm on a €110 million contract.
HSE's Dr Colm Henry: 'We’re heading into a difficult winter, there’s no doubt about that'
However, he said situation in the health system is “different” than last year.
Taoiseach says 'evaluation' into State's handling of pandemic will be carried out early next year
The Taoiseach says he believes there will be a ‘challenging winter’.
It’s Groundhog Day in a time of pandemic
The annual ceremony foretelling the end of winter will be held in Pennsylvania, with no crowds allowed.
Three people dead after snowstorm causes chaos across Spain
Another 20cm was forecast to fall today in Madrid, with up to 50cm at higher altitudes.
'Amber alert' issued by Eirgrid as electricity system comes under pressure to meet demand
The warning came as Eirgrid are set to close two peat-fueled power plants in the Midlands.
No pause for breath as Irish provinces launch straight into European action
The Champions Cup kicks off on Friday night as Toulouse visit Ulster in Belfast.
Wintry week ahead as frost, hail and temperatures as low as -3 degrees on the way
Winter is coming.
Two thirds of people would prefer if the clocks didn't go back this weekend
The findings come from a new poll carried out this month.
All 600,000 children's nasal flu vaccine doses will be available by mid-October
All of the 600,000 children’s doses will also be available by this time.
People urged to be vigilant ahead of expected spike in burglaries
Burglaries and related crimes generally increase in the winter months.
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.
Ireland 'still in control' of Covid-19, says Acting Chief Medical Officer
Dr Ronan Glynn appeared on the Late Late Show last night.
Saidhbhín, Christoph and Phoebe: Names of 2020-2021 storms announced
The naming of storms has been shown to raise awareness of severe weather and help people stay safe.