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Coronavirus: Spain’s death toll rises by 832 overnight

Coronavirus: Spain’s death toll rises by 832 overnight

Spains coronavirus death toll rose by 832 cases overnight to 5,690, the health ministry said on Saturday, marking a new high in the daily rise in fatalities. The total number of those infected rose to 72,248 from 64,059 on Friday. Spain has been in almost t…

Laugh in the time of Corona: Favourite funny books

Laugh in the time of Corona: Favourite funny books

No, I dont want to read about the bloody plague, thanks. I want to smile, laugh even. if you feel the same way, These might help Funnily enough, when the world is going to hell in a tumbril, the last thing I want to read are Ten Terrifying Tomes about the E…

Coronavirus: Galwegians adjust to a new traffic-free reality

Coronavirus: Galwegians adjust to a new traffic-free reality

For years, city planners fretted over how to solve Galways absurd traffic problem, one which sees cars and trucks grinding slowly through narrow streets, before heading out to Salthill. Nobody thought of a pandemic. On Thursday, a day gorgeous and mild, no b…

Harris waiting on AG before enforcing emergency law

Harris waiting on AG before enforcing emergency law

The Minister for Health has said he is waiting on regulations from the Attorney General to enable him to give the Gardaí the power to enforce the emergency legislation restricting people’s movements and ordering venues or outlets to close. The legislation wa…

New limits on retailers allowed to remain open

New limits on retailers allowed to remain open

The Government has updated the list of retail outlets which it has deemed essential enough to remain open despite the new Covid-19 restrictions. It continues to allow food stores, newsagents, off-licences and others to keep their doors open, but withdraws fu…

Mandatory ‘stay at home’ order in effect

Mandatory ‘stay at home’ order in effect

A mandatory order for everyone to stay at home for a two-week period until 12 April, apart from certain exceptions, is in effect across the country. The significantly stronger measures to boost the fight against Covid-19 came into effect at midnight, and inc…

Wuhan eases travel restrictions after lockdown

Wuhan eases travel restrictions after lockdown

The Chinese city of 11 million people that was Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly has reopened after more than two months of almost total isolation.  Wuhan was placed under lockdown in January with residents forbidden to leave…

Covid-19: The race against time

Covid-19: The race against time

It’s a moment in history, in a race against time. The things we do now, will decide our future. Our fate and of others, is in our hands, literally. In years to come, people will likely speak of the pre-Covid and post-Covid period, such is the scale of chan…

Covid-19: Why the EU is haunted by the euro crisis

Covid-19: Why the EU is haunted by the euro crisis

The coronavirus does not recognise borders. But as the EU struggles with the Covid-19 catastrophe, the ideological borders of the euro crisis are back: north-south, creditor-debtor. This time the stakes are higher.  The problem during the financial crisis w…

Man in court charged with murder of Kilkenny pensioner

Man in court charged with murder of Kilkenny pensioner

A man (28) has appeared in court charged with the murder of Kilkenny pensioner Anne Butler. Trevor Rowe, Abbey Street, Kilkenny was remanded in custody after he was charged with the murder of the 71-year-old at her home at Maudlin Street in the city on March…

Garda operation under way as new restrictions begin

Garda operation under way as new restrictions begin

Gardaí have begun a major policing operation to support public compliance with the emergency health restrictions that commenced at midnight. Thousands of gardaí will be deployed all over the country on high-visibility mobile patrols and checkpoints, and at k…

Covid-19: Who are the essential workers?

Covid-19: Who are the essential workers?

The list of essential workers and those who will be free to travel for work purposes following the new Covid-19 restrictions will be published in full by the Government tomorrow. However, RTÉ News understands that the broad categories include those who work …

New restrictions: Exceptions for leaving your home

New restrictions: Exceptions for leaving your home

With effect from midnight tonight, for two weeks until Easter Sunday 12 April, everybody must stay at home in all circumstances: Except – To travel to and from work for the purposes of work only where the work is an essential health, social care or other es…

Covid-19: Taoiseach announces further restrictions

Covid-19: Taoiseach announces further restrictions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that from midnight tonight until 12 April, everybody must stay at home except in specific circumstances. He made the announcement in an update on the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at a press conference at G…

Covid-19: Three more deaths, 302 new cases in Republic

Covid-19: Three more deaths, 302 new cases in Republic

Three more people have died from Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team has revealed. One was a male in the north-west of the country, alongside two female patients in the east. There have now been 22 coronavirus-rela…

Irish citizens stuck on cruise during Covid-19 outbreak

Irish citizens stuck on cruise during Covid-19 outbreak

Up to a dozen Irish citizens are on board a cruise liner which is being refused entry to Panama after four passengers died from coronavirus and more than 140 others contracted the virus. RTÉ News understands the Irish passengers are on board the Seattle-base…

Man in court charged with murder of Kilkenny pensioner

Man in court charged with murder of Kilkenny pensioner

A man (28) has appeared in court charged with the murder of Kilkenny pensioner Anne Butler. Trevor Rowe, Abbey Street, Kilkenny was remanded in custody after he was charged with the murder of the 71-year-old at her home at Maudlin Street in the city on March…

Vacant property owners need to ‘answer Ireland’s call’

Vacant property owners need to ‘answer Ireland’s call’

A local authority initiative designed to bring vacant homes back into use is seeking property owners to answer Irelands call and make housing available for medics returning from abroad. Vacanthomes.ie was developed in 2017 by MayoCounty Council on behalf of …

Coronavirus: More than 900 die in Italy in 24 hours

Coronavirus: More than 900 die in Italy in 24 hours

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged by 919 to 9,134, the Civil Protection Agency said on Friday, easily the highest daily tally in any country since the epidemic began. Prior to Fridays figure, the largest daily toll was regist…

Coronavirus: More than 900 die in Italy in 24 hours

Coronavirus: More than 900 die in Italy in 24 hours

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged by 919 to 9,134, the Civil Protection Agency said on Friday, easily the highest daily tally in any country since the epidemic began. Prior to Fridays figure, the largest daily toll was regist…

France extends its lockdown until 15 April

France extends its lockdown until 15 April

France is extending by two weeks until at least the 15 April its stay-at-home order for all people to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, said on Friday. President Emmanuel Macron had ordered people in France to stay at home fr…

Central bank clarifies issues relating to insurance

Central bank clarifies issues relating to insurance

The Central Bank has told insurance companies that where there is ambiguity in the interpretation of the contracts of customers who are making claims arising out of the Covid-19 disruption, they must find in favour of the consumer. In a letter to insurers, s…

Coronavirus ‘drive-by’ party for Sligo girl’s birthday

Coronavirus ‘drive-by’ party for Sligo girl’s birthday

The friends of a 12-year-old girl held a surprise ‘drive-by’ party to celebrate her birthday. Katie Regan was unable to have a birthday party because of social distancing rules aimed at tackling the spread of coronavirus. The birthday girl from Rathcormac i…

Italy death toll ‘could peak within days’

Italy death toll ‘could peak within days’

Italy’s coronavirus epidemic could peak in the next few days, according to experts, but regional authorities warned the crisis was far from over, as four more frontline doctors died. The national health institute (ISS) cautiously suggested lockdown measures …

Covid-19: Spain virus death toll rises by 769 in a day

Covid-19: Spain virus death toll rises by 769 in a day

The death toll in Spain soared over 4,800 after 769 people died in 24 hours, in what was a record one-day figure for fatalities in the country. Spain has the world’s second-highest death toll after Italy, and has so far suffered 4,858 deaths, while the numbe…

British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating. Mr Johnson said he will still lead the government’s response to the outbreak. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coro…

Why are 25% of confirmed Covid-19 cases health workers?

Why are 25% of confirmed Covid-19 cases health workers?

One of the most worrying aspects of the crisis is the very high number of healthcare staff who have contracted Covid-19. At present about 25 per cent of confirmed cases are health workers. When you take out those health staff who contracted the disease abroa…

Rugby rape trial investigator appointed to senior Garda role

Rugby rape trial investigator appointed to senior Garda role

A serving PSNI officer has been appointed to one of the most senior positions in An Garda Síochána. Detective Chief Paula Hilman will become the second PSNI officer to take up a senior role in the Garda when she takes up the post of assistant commissioner la…

Murder trial jury must decide if accused woman was provoked

Murder trial jury must decide if accused woman was provoked

A murder trial jury must decide if a 47-year-old woman who stabbed her partner to death was provoked after he allegedly sexually assaulted her on a sofa in her home. Mr Justice Paul McDermott will finish charging the jurors on Friday morning in the trial of …

US Navy deploying hospital ships to assist Covid fight

US Navy deploying hospital ships to assist Covid fight

The US Navy is deploying hospital ships as part of the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The ships will act as referral hospitals for non-Covid-19 patients who have been admitted to regular, shore-based hospitals. This will allow these hospital…

China and US must ‘unite to fight virus’

China and US must ‘unite to fight virus’

Chinese President Xi Jinping in a call with his US counterpart Donald Trump said their countries should “unite to fight” the deadly coronavirus pandemic.  The two countries have clashed in recent weeks over the virus and Chinese state media said Mr Xi told M…

James Bond guns worth £100,000 stolen in UK

James Bond guns worth £100,000 stolen in UK

Five deactivated guns used in a number of James Bond films have been stolen. Beretta ‘Cheetah’ and Beretta ‘Tomcat’ pistols from Die Another Day and the iconic Walther PPK handgun used in A View to a Kill are among the weapons reported taken. The Metropolit…

‘Unprecedented’ demand for income supports

‘Unprecedented’ demand for income supports

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Irish trapped in Peru set to return home in coming days

Irish trapped in Peru set to return home in coming days

There has been a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to bring home Irish tourists and backpackers trapped in Peru since the outbreak of Covid-19. RTÉ understands that following a call between the Tánaiste and the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, diplomatic clearanc…

I enraged Johnson, I went for a walk in the park

I enraged Johnson, I went for a walk in the park

I enraged Boris Johnson last Sunday: I went for a walk in the park. Apparently this irresponsible behavior forced the British government to introduce a much more stringent lockdown. If only I had known. It was a glorious spring day, skies of pure blue, untr…

Emergency group to meet as Covid-19 deaths double

Emergency group to meet as Covid-19 deaths double

The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet today for the third time this week as the numbers of people in Ireland contracting and dying from coronavirus continues to grow. Yesterday, the Department of Health confirmed the deaths of a further ten peo…

NI ministers praise companies for aid in Covid-19 fight

NI ministers praise companies for aid in Covid-19 fight

The Stormont Assembly has praised nearly 100 companies in Northern Ireland for helping the health service source vital equipment to combat the impact of Covid-19. Ministers heading the departments of health, finance and the economy issued a joint statement t…

US coronavirus cases surpass both China and Italy

US coronavirus cases surpass both China and Italy

The United States has taken the grim title of the country with the most coronavirus infections, as the number of officially recorded cases around the world passed the grim milestone of half a million. The number of infections is overwhelming healthcare syste…

Coronavirus: Temporary morgue planned for a Kilmainham

Coronavirus: Temporary morgue planned for a Kilmainham

The grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham has been identified as a site of one of the temporary mortuary facilities that will be set up in the event of a large surge of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government disclosed on Thursday it was preparing for t…

Dáil passes legislation giving Government emergency powers

Dáil passes legislation giving Government emergency powers

The Dáil has passed all stages of an Omnibus Bill giving the Government extensive emergency powers to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and mitigate economic collapse. It came after a day-long debate on the Bill with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe saying St…

European leaders fail to agree stimulus package

European leaders fail to agree stimulus package

EU leaders have failed to reach agreement on a major stimulus package for the European economy in the light of the coronavirus emergency, following a six-hour video conference. Differences over the scope and nature of a financial rescue package prevented una…

Department confirms benefit payments being processed

Department confirms benefit payments being processed

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has said that nearly all unemployment benefit claims received since 19 March and up to close of business today will be processed for payment tomorrow and will hit customers’ bank accounts on Tuesday. …

Virus fallout could force politicians further apart

Virus fallout could force politicians further apart

The emergency laws passing through the Oireachtas are extraordinary not just in their scope and scale, but in how they have prompted the political system to quickly adapt. The wide range of provisions contained within the 36-page omnibus bill – which his ess…

Covid-19: 10 further deaths, 255 new cases in Ireland

Covid-19: 10 further deaths, 255 new cases in Ireland

The Department of Health has confirmed the deaths of 10 more people diagnosed with Covid-19, and a further 255 new cases. It brings the total number of deaths in Ireland to 19. To date, 13 males and 6 females with the virus have died. The median age among t…

Father, son accused of spitting on gardaí refused bail

Father, son accused of spitting on gardaí refused bail

A father and son have been refused bail after they were accused of spitting on two gardaí on duty in Dublin city centre. Dublin District Court heard concerns the incident was at a time of heightened public health fears surrounding the spread of Covid-19. Ju…

Student nurses will be paid during Covid-19 crisis

Student nurses will be paid during Covid-19 crisis

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced that student nurses will be paid for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. In a statement this evening, the minister said student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a Healthcare Assistant and be pa…

Penneys suspends rent payments to landlords for 37 stores

Penneys suspends rent payments to landlords for 37 stores

Penneys is withholding rent on its 37 stores in the Republic as part of a wider move by the clothing retailer to suspend payments to landlords during the coronavirus crisis. These are exceptionally difficult times and, like many retail businesses, we are loo…

Spouses of front line staff may get extra childcare supports

Spouses of front line staff may get extra childcare supports

Spouses of front line workers could be provided with extra supports to remain at home as part of a package of childcare supports aimed at freeing up workers crucial to the States response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Department of Children is understood to be…

Coronavirus: Student nurses will be paid for pandemic work

Coronavirus: Student nurses will be paid for pandemic work

Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed student nurses will be paid for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. All student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a healthcare assistant and be paid accordingly. Mr Harris said on Thursday …

Coronavirus: Landlord and tenant advice

Coronavirus: Landlord and tenant advice

Landlords and tenants will be feeling financial stress right now, and it is important that both parties recognise this and interact in a fair and transparent manner. Sean ONeill, director at real estate adviser TWM, believes a strong landlord and tenant relat…

Two men found dead after fire in Kells, Co Meath

Two men found dead after fire in Kells, Co Meath

Two men have been found dead following a fire in Kells, Co. Meath. In a statement issued this morning, the Garda said that members of the force and other emergency services units were called to the scene of a fire at a house in the town at around 3am this mo…

Coronavirus: More of your questions answered by experts

Coronavirus: More of your questions answered by experts

Question: What is a suitable disinfectant to use on household surfaces to ensure they are sterilised appropriately? Answer:Ultan Power, professor of molecular virology at Queens University Belfast, says that any solution or wipes with 60-70 per cent (isoprop…

RTÉ to broadcast ‘school on TV’ from Monday

RTÉ to broadcast ‘school on TV’ from Monday

RTÉ has confirmed that it will broadcast over an hour of “school on TV” to support primary school children and their parents at home. It is part of a cross platform teaching initiative that has been developed by RTÉ at short notice with the support of the De…

Doctors returning to Ireland, coming out of retirement

Doctors returning to Ireland, coming out of retirement

The President of the Medical Council, Dr Rita Doyle, has revealed that 121 new doctors have already joined the register of medical practitioners, with a roughly equal number returning from abroad or coming out of retirement to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.…

Dáil sits to debate emergency Covid-19 measures

Dáil sits to debate emergency Covid-19 measures

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WHO’s Ryan calls for global solidarity to fight virus

WHO’s Ryan calls for global solidarity to fight virus

The Executive Director of the WHO’S Health Emergencies Programme, Dr Mike Ryan, has called for global solidarity to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Irishman Dr Mike Ryan told RTÉ Radio 1’s Today with Sean O’Rourke that the centres of the epidemic are now in Eur…

Man held on suspicion of murder over Kilkenny death

Man held on suspicion of murder over Kilkenny death

Gardaí have said that a man being questioned in relation to the death of a 71-year-old woman in Kilkenny is being held “on suspicion of murder”. The body of the woman who was found dead in her home yesterday evening has been removed from the scene for a post…

Temporary closure of children’s hospital at Tallaght

Temporary closure of children’s hospital at Tallaght

Acute paediatric services at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin are being temporarily relocated to Crumlin and Temple Street hospitals because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Paediatric outpatient and urgent care centre services are being transferred to Connolly Hospital…

Economy to shrink by at least 7.1% due to virus

Economy to shrink by at least 7.1% due to virus

The Economic and Social Research Institute has said the Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest threat that the Irish economy has faced since the financial crisis.  In its quarterly Spring Economic Commentary, the ESRI said that if Government measures to combat th…

Warning Ireland could be overwhelmed by critical cases

Warning Ireland could be overwhelmed by critical cases

The National Public Health Emergency Team meets again today to consider a new risk assessment and guidelines for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also consider warnings from the European Centre for Disease Control that the intensive care system here m…

Two men found dead after fire in Kells, Co Meath

Two men found dead after fire in Kells, Co Meath

Two men have been found dead following a fire in Kells, Co. Meath. In a statement issued this morning, the Garda said that members of the force and other emergency services units were called to the scene of a fire at a house in the town at around 3am this mo…

Christchurch mosque attacker pleads guilty to 51 murders

Christchurch mosque attacker pleads guilty to 51 murders

An Australian man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealands worst mass shooting changed his plea to guilty in a surprise move on Thursday. Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link, admitted to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted m…

Parties make breakthrough on talks to form government

Parties make breakthrough on talks to form government

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have reported a breakthrough in talks on a new government, with both sides expecting negotiations on a new administration to accelerate in the coming weeks. In an agreed statement issued by both parties on Wedesday night, they said …

US Senate passes $2 trillion Covid-19 rescue package

US Senate passes $2 trillion Covid-19 rescue package

The US Senate has unanimously passed the nation’s largest-ever rescue package, a $2 trillion lifeline to suffering Americans, critically depleted hospitals and an economy all ravaged by a rapidly spreading coronavirus crisis. The measure cleared the Senate 9…

Covid-19: EU leaders discuss emergency assistance

Covid-19: EU leaders discuss emergency assistance

European Union leaders will hold a virtual summit this afternoon on the coronavirus emergency, with the agenda being dominated by questions of how to restore the EU to eventual economic normality, and how to mobilise huge levels of financial support to help t…

Dáil to debate measures helping renters hit by Covid-19

Dáil to debate measures helping renters hit by Covid-19

Measures to help renters who have been impacted by Covid-19 are due to be debated in the Dáil today.  The proposed legislation is aimed at making sure tenants who are under pressure to keep up with rent payments can stay in their homes for the duration of th…

Storm brewing in insurance industry over Covid-19 cover

Storm brewing in insurance industry over Covid-19 cover

A Covid-19 style pandemic should be a once-in-a-century event. On the face of it then, firms who have “business interruption” cover in their insurance policies and are impacted by the effects of the outbreak could be forgiven for thinking they could justifia…

New Zealand mosque shooter changes plea to guilty

New Zealand mosque shooter changes plea to guilty

The Australian accused of murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in last year’s mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has pleaded guilty to all charges in an unexpected reversal of his plea. Brenton Tarrant, 29, had previously denied 51 charges of murder, 40 of …

Dublin homeless services to gain 350 living spaces

Dublin homeless services to gain 350 living spaces

Dublin’s homeless services are to be given over 350 new living spaces because of a collapse in tourist bookings. The new accommodation will enable social distancing as a way of preventing the spread of Covid-19, according to housing authorities. A total of …

Man arrested after woman’s body found in Kilkenny

Man arrested after woman’s body found in Kilkenny

A man is in custody following the discovery of a woman’s body in Kilkenny this evening. Emergency services were alerted at about 6pm and a woman was found dead in a house on Maudlin Street in the city. The age of the woman is not yet known. It is understoo…

Danny McCoy: Rapid economic recovery from crisis is possible

Danny McCoy: Rapid economic recovery from crisis is possible

This crisis is unprecedented in terms of its pandemic qualities and different to anything we have previously experienced. The response from our society has been incredible in its unity and solidarity as exemplified by our public health experts. The economic r…

Parties make breakthrough on talks to form government

Parties make breakthrough on talks to form government

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have reported a breakthrough in talks on a new government, with both sides expecting negotiations on a new administration to accelerate in the coming weeks. In an agreed statement issued by both parties on Wedesday night, they said …

Covid-19: Resolute Macron says France ‘will not give in’

Covid-19: Resolute Macron says France ‘will not give in’

France is only at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, said President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night. But we will hold on . . . because we will not give in. We will hold on because we have the strength. Macron spoke outside an army field hospital …

Three arrested following series of crashes in Co Cork

Three arrested following series of crashes in Co Cork

Three juvenile males have been released after earlier being arrested in connection with a series of road crashes in Co Cork. The incidents happened in the Lehenaghmore, Ballycurreen and South Douglas Road areas shortly after 3pm, during which a White Audi A4…

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil hold ‘productive talks’

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil hold ‘productive talks’

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have said they “agree the need to form a strong stable government that will help Ireland recover post Covid-19”. Tonight, the two parties released a matching statement following what they described as a “productive meeting”. It sai…

Two more deaths and 235 new Covid-19 cases announced

Two more deaths and 235 new Covid-19 cases announced

The Department of Health has announced 235 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, as well as two further deaths. It brings to nine the number of deaths related to the respiratory illness in the country. The total number of cases in the state now …

Call for regular testing of health workers for Covid-19

Call for regular testing of health workers for Covid-19

SIPTU has voiced alarm about the number of healthcare workers testing positive for Covid-19, and has called for regular testing of all health staff. According to the Department of Health, staff on the front line of delivering care account for over a quarter …

Number of NI coronavirus deaths rises to seven

Number of NI coronavirus deaths rises to seven

The number of deaths of patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland has risen to seven. In today’s daily update, the Public Health Agency said there were 37 confirmed new cases of the virus in the region following 383 tests. Meanwhile, Amn…

At a glance: Latest global developments due to Covid-19

At a glance: Latest global developments due to Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 424,000 people and killed at least 18,000 across the world. More than 108,000 people have recovered so far, mostly in China. After a months-long lockdown, China’s Hubei province, home to more than 50m people, …

Further 28 deaths of people with Covid-19 in England

Further 28 deaths of people with Covid-19 in England

A further 28 people in England, who tested positive for Covid-19, have died, bringing the total of confirmed reported cases in England to 414. They included a 47-year-old who did not have an underlying health condition. The others who died, including one pe…

52 movies to watch on Disney+, from Jungle Book to Frozen

52 movies to watch on Disney+, from Jungle Book to Frozen

Keep the boredom at bay with singalongs and adventures on the latest streaming service 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) This Oscar-winning adaptation of Jules Vernes proto-steampunk novel was personally overseen by Walt Disney. James Mason is terrific as…

Job losses at local newspapers as ad revenue collapses

Job losses at local newspapers as ad revenue collapses

One of Ireland’s biggest local newspaper groups is laying off dozens of workers due to the collapse of advertising income during the Covid-19 outbreak. Journalists, photographers, advertising staff and other workers are being let go for six weeks from the en…

Govt looking at student nurses being paid

Govt looking at student nurses being paid

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government is examining the issue of student nurses working in hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency and not getting paid. He said the Minister Health Simon Harris would have proposals on the issue shortly. Mr Varadkar …

Spain’s coronavirus death toll overtakes China’s

Spain’s coronavirus death toll overtakes China’s

Spain’s coronavirus death toll has overtaken that of China, rising to 3,434 after 738 people died over the past 24 hours, the government said. Across the world, only Italy now has a higher death toll than that of Spain. In China, where the virus emerged late…

Payment of crèche fees welcomed by childcare groups

Payment of crèche fees welcomed by childcare groups

The Director of Policy and Advocacy with Early Childhood Ireland has described the decision by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to pay the fees of crèche workers as a win for parents. However, speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Frances B…

Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19

Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19

Britain’s Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office has said. The 71-year-old is displaying mild symptoms of COVID-19 “but otherwise remains in good health”, Clarence House said in a st…

President says give social distancing ‘a lash’

President says give social distancing ‘a lash’

President Michael D Higgins has urged the people of Ireland to “give it a lash” and observe social distancing. Speaking to FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock breakfast show, he described this week as a “crucial” one for Ireland and said we should look forward to…

Coronavirus: Guide to symptoms, testing and protection

Coronavirus: Guide to symptoms, testing and protection

As things stand, there are 375,498 confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 worldwide, with more than 16,000 deaths. There have been 1,329 cases of the virus in Ireland with seven deaths. How do I protect myself? Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly through…

Those seeking test must display two major symptoms

Those seeking test must display two major symptoms

New rules have been introduced for Covid-19 testing, which means patients will need to meet revised criteria to qualify in future. Patients will have to display two major symptoms – a fever and either a cough or shortness of breath – and fall into a priority…

Stark plea to Irish public from Italy’s worst-hit city

Stark plea to Irish public from Italy’s worst-hit city

A Co Mayo woman living in Italy’s worst-hit coronavirus city has urged the Irish public to abide by stringent new measures in this country. Ballina native Jacintha McCarthy lives in the city of Bergamo, in Lombardy with her husband and three young children. …

Olympic postponement triggers sporting backlog like no other

Olympic postponement triggers sporting backlog like no other

Were going to need a bigger sporting year. For all their apparent dithering and indecision, the agreement to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics into 2021 is already looking like the easy part. The reality and impact of unravelling and slowly beginning the Game…

World will need new financial system after Covid-19

World will need new financial system after Covid-19

The world as we know it is about to change radically as a result of Covid-19. How we live our lives, how we work, how we socialise and how money moves will change and profoundly. Well leave others to figure out the first three but in terms of how money moves …

China reports drop in new imported coronavirus cases

China reports drop in new imported coronavirus cases

Mainland China has reported a drop in new confirmed coronavirus cases as imported infections fell and no locally transmitted infections were reported, including in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak in China. China is ramping up quarantine…

Seanate, White House reach $2tn Covid-19 rescue deal

Seanate, White House reach $2tn Covid-19 rescue deal

US Senators and White House negotiators have reached agreement on the biggest economic stimulus plan in US history. The $2 trillion package of measures is designed to support families and businesses that are struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak.  …

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil set for government talks

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil set for government talks

Negotiators from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are due to meet later today for talks on government formation.  The negotiations will be the first discussions since the Fine Gael parliamentary party gave the green-light to the process, when last Thursday, Fine Ga…

Closure of marts a major issue for farmers

Closure of marts a major issue for farmers

The decision by the Government to ask all marts to close from today presents huge issues in the farming sector. It means that farmers will have no outlets to sell cattle or sheep. Those involved in running marts described the decision as “disappointing”. S…

At a glance: Latest global developments

At a glance: Latest global developments

The United States could become the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as India announced a full 24-hour, nationwide lockdown in the world’s second-most populous country. More than 395,500 people have …

Nothing off limits in Varadkar plan to stem coronavirus

Nothing off limits in Varadkar plan to stem coronavirus

The Government unveiled two major initiatives on Tuesday in the nothing-is-off-limits struggle to tackle the coronavirsus. One is economic, to ameliorate the fallout from the suspension of most commerce in the State, and one is social, applying further restr…