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House sends Trump impeachment article to Senate

The US House of Representatives has presented a single article of impeachment to the Senate accusing Donald Trump of inciting the storming of the Capitol, setting in motion the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president. In a solemn procession last night, the nine House impeachment managers silently walked the article through the same ornate…

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Lockdown set to continue until March 5th, sources say

Ministers are set to recommend an extension to the Level 5 lockdown until March 5th. The Cabinet Covid-19 sub-committee met on Monday evening to agree new proposals for restrictions and travel curbs ahead of tomorrow's full meeting of Cabinet. According to The Irish Examiner, no decision has been made on the Leaving Cert or a…

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      Cork ICU nurse pleads with public to stay within 5km limits

      A nursing lecturer who has returned to the frontline during the pandemic has urged the public to stop leaving their 5km area, saying she is shocked by the amount of traffic she sees outside Cork University Hospital as staff attempt to save lives onsite. Dr Angela Flynn left active nursing in 2001 and started lecturing…

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          Police launch probe after crowds gather at republican funeral

          Police have launched an investigation after a sizeable crowd attended the funeral of a veteran republican in Derry city. Eamonn “Peggy” McCourt, from Creggan in Derry, died at the weekend having contracted Covid-19. His funeral was held on Monday in the city. Images later emerged of a large crowd following a hearse flanked by two…

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              Community vaccination will begin in February, despite supply disruptions

              Community vaccinations will begin as planned next month despite disruptions to the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Minister for Health said. Stephen Donnelly said on Monday that Ireland will receive a delivery within the expected range of doses for February, “although at the lower end of that range”. Non-healthcare workers over the age of…

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                  People Before Profit invites former Green Party members to join in open letter

                  People Before Profit (PBP) has invited former Green Party members to consider joining their organisation in an open letter. The letter urges former members to examine PBP’s "eco-socialist policies" and to “enter a dialogue” with the Opposition party. It comes as on Monday, South County Dublin Councillor Peter Kavanagh became another prominent member to resign…

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                    Coronavirus: Seven further deaths and 1,372 new cases

                    A further seven deaths and 1,372 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Republic. The latest figures show 1,948 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 219 in intensive care. The latest figures came as the Government discussed plans to introduce a raft of tighter measures around travel. Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said…

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                      Lidl to create 1,200 new jobs over the next year

                      German supermarket chain Lidl is to create 1,200 jobs in Ireland over the next year. The positions will be in a range of operational and office-based roles in stores, regional distribution centres and its head office in the capital.  The company intends to open six new outlets in Ireland this year and rebuild seven of…

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                        Man jailed for raping his younger sister 30 years ago

                        A Munster man who raped his younger sister in their family home in the 1980s has been jailed for five years. The man (48), who cannot be named for legal reason, told gardaí he believed the allegation was part of a “conspiracy” against him. He was convicted following a trial in November 2020 in the…

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                        Number of people charged with domestic violence surges amid pandemic

                        Domestic violence has surged since the start of the pandemic, with the number of people charged with related crimes last year rising by almost a quarter to 7,600. Garda sources said there was a significant increase in coercive control cases last year, which are often among the most extreme forms domestic violence. While there have…

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                        Five key points from the Covid-19 briefing

                        This evening the Department of Health was notified of seven further Covid-related deaths and 1,372  new cases.  It comes as the Minister for Health said that community vaccination against the virus will begin in mid-February, subject to regulatory approval. Here are five things we learned from this evening's briefing by the National Public Health Emergency Team: Continued improvement…

                        What’s on? 10 top telly tips for Monday

                        Tonight’s top telly includes Katie Price: Harvey and Me, another one-off special episode of Euphoria, a new run of The Bay, and Sharon Ní Bheoláin with the latest CrimeCall . . . Pick of the Day Katie Price: Harvey and Me, 8.30pm, BBC One Model and businesswoman Katie Price’s son Harvey was born with a…

                        More transparency needed around frontline workers yet to be vaccinated, says IMO

                        Consultant Matthew Sadlier of the Irish Medical Organisation has called for greater transparency about who has had the Covid-19 vaccine and how many frontline workers have yet to be vaccinated. Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland, Dr Sadlier said the issue was about trying to protect patients, vaccinating frontline workers would mean that hospitals could…

                        Cabinet to examine intensifying checks for people quarantining after travel

                        Ministers will today examine whether to intensify checks on people quarantining at home after travel, with fines under consideration for those found not to be complying with “stay-at-home” obligations. It is understood some Ministers want to strengthen arrangements for those required to isolate after travelling abroad, even with a negative PCR test, with mandatory home…

                        200,000 appointments cancelled for first-time patients due to pandemic

                        More than 200,000 first-time patients lost out on hospital plans last year as the pandemic pressure meant elective treatments were cancelled, new figures reveal. Care was cancelled for 200,291 people going to their first out-patient or in-patient appointment. As the Irish Examiner reports, the true scale of the problem is much higher as patients expecting…

                        Italian birth rates set to fall further

                        Remember in the first weeks of the pandemic last year when Italy was the focus of the outbreak? News out of China was sketchy, so most of what we saw and heard of the new virus was from northern Italy: ambulances racing along narrow and dark streets, locked down towns, rows of coffins in churches…

                        Trump impeachment article to be sent to US Senate today

                        US HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi is set to send the Senate a single article of impeachment today accusing Donald Trump of inciting the Capitol riot, formally triggering the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president. Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, vowed last week that the trial – scheduled to open in the second week…

                        Opinion: Is the Brexit war over or has it just begun

                        NIGEL FARAGE’S DECLARATION that the ‘war was over’ within hours of the UK/EU trade deal being reached was one that was seconded by many of the significant figures at Westminster. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, previously the Party’s chief cheerleader for a ‘People’s Vote’ repeating Farage’s choice of phrase and insisted that the question of…

                        Three-quarters of people say they will take Covid-19 vaccine

                        THREE-QUARTERS OF people will take a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the results of a new opinion poll. The survey shows that 75% of people will take a Covid-19 vaccine; almost one-fifth (18%) are unsure and 7% said they will not take one. The findings are from a survey carried out by Ipsos MRBI for the…

                        Ireland’s billionaires’ fortunes increase by €3.28bn during pandemic

                        The 1,000 richest people on the planet recouped their Covid-19 losses within just nine months, while it could take more than a decade for the world’s poorest to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, a new report from Oxfam revealed today. Mirroring this global inequality trend, Ireland’s own nine billionaires saw their fortunes…

                        Trump impeachment article to be served today

                        An article of impeachment against Donald Trump will be sent to the US Senate today paving the way for his trial next month. The former US president was impeached by the House of Representatives two weeks ago, with Democrats accusing him of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol building. US Senators will be sworn-in…

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