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Youghal shows mettle without its Ironman!

THIRD time lucky is Michael Brett’s mantra, as he looks forward to welcoming Ironman to Youghal in August 2021. The event, which saw 2,670 athletes from 62 countries converge in the Cork town in 2019, was due to be held there for the second time this summer but was cancelled as a result of the current pandemic. Mr Brett, General Manager of the Walter Raleigh Hotel described the cancellation as
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Worries over lockdown easing in Cork coastal villages and towns

CONCERNS regarding the easing of lockdown measures on May 18 resulting in swarms at coastal regions such as Youghal, Garryvoe and Ballycotton in East Cork have been raised at County Hall. Youghal independent councillor Mary Linehan Foley said she is very “concerned and worried” about an influx of people hitting the beaches when the carparks reopen. “I’m living in a beach area. I’m concerned and constituents are concerned about areas
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Supports Available from the Local Enterprise Offices of County Cork

Everything listed below is available to book through our website, or clients can contact the LEO through email, by phone, or on a social media platform (e.g. Facebook). LEO Cork North & West: T: 022 43235 / 023 8834700 E: northcork@leo.corkcoco.ie / westcork@leo.corkcoco.ie W: www.localenterprise.ie/corknorthandwest LEO South Cork T: 021 4285200 E: southcork@leo.corkcoco.ie W: www.localenterprise.ie/southcork Advice and Strategy for SMEs Business Advice Clinics A Business Advice Clinic is the first ‘port of
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Visitors told to stay away from Ireland’s offshore islands until August

THE PUBLIC HAS been advised not to visit any of Ireland’s offshore islands until at least August due to the current pandemic. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht this afternoon released a statement saying that the islands will not be open to visitors until phase five of the roadmap issued by the Government last week, which is 10 August. The Department’s statement said that it is of paramount importance
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This year’s National Ploughing Championships have been cancelled

THE ORGANISERS OF the National Ploughing Championships have announced that this year’s event has been cancelled. Anna Marie McHugh of National Ploughing confirmed the news on Today With Sean O’Rourke this morning. The 89th championships were due to take place in Carlow from 15-17 September, but have been postponed until next year instead. “In the interest of public health and safety it just wasn’t an option,” McHugh said. “The writing
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Leaving Cert: Here are the details of the new plan announced by the government

THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE this year will not go ahead as planned and instead now the 61,000 students who were due to sit the exams will receive ‘calculated grades’. Minister for Education Joe McHugh made the announcement today after receiving Cabinet approval. He said this was “not a perfect solution”, in fact he acknowledged it was one he had “massive reservations” about in recent weeks. However he said the reality of
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‘It’s not looking good’: Foreign travel looking ‘highly unlikely’ this year, says Harris

HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has said foreign travel for the Irish public is looking “highly unlikely this year”. The minister also confirmed that a working group has been set up by the Taoiseach to establish if it can be made mandatory for those returning to Ireland – Irish citizens or not – to self isolate for a period of two weeks. “At the moment it is not looking good for
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Rent freeze and eviction ban to be extended, says Housing Minister

HOUSING MINISTER EOGHAN Murphy has said he foresees the rent freeze and the temporary ban on evictions being extended further following the publication of the roadmap to lifting certain restrictions last night. Initially, a temporary ban on evictions and a pause on rent increases were introduced for a period of three months back in March, but the government warned at the time that it may be extended if deemed necessary. Speaking
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Commercial rates waiver and €10,000 restart grant – Government’s financial plan to reboot economy

Government ministers announced more financial measures today costing up to €6.5bn over the coming years to help “re-boot” the Irish economy. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said €2bn will be made available for loan guarantee schemes for small and medium businesses, a waiving of commercial rates for three months, and a deferral of tax obligations for a period. The measures are: A €10,000 restart grant for micro and small businesses based
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Government announces roadmap for exiting lockdown.

The government has published its hoped-for roadmap for emerging from the Covid-19 crisis. 5TH MAY: - 2k travel restriction for exercise extends to 5k. - Those cocooning can take exercise each day whilst avoiding interaction. STARTING 18TH MAY (Phase 1): - Up to four people not of the same household can meet outdoors. Avoid non-essential social visits. - Continue current restrictions on attendance at funerals to a maximum of 10
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How drugs and vaccines are being designed to fight Covid-19

News about studies into the drug Remdesivir has led bulletins across the world over the last 24 hours. Remdesivir is designed to target a specific process which takes place in a cell infected by the virus that causes Covid-19. Understanding that process, and the wider molecular biology of the virus, is what hundreds of scientists are trying to do across the world, to fight the pandemic. Already, they know the virus has weaknesses, and they're trying
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More than 70 complaints to GSOC over use of Covid-19 powers

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has notified garda management of more than 70 complaints from members of the public that mention aspects of the enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions as a factor. GSOC has said that many of the complaints have yet to be assessed to see if they meet the criteria set out in law to be investigated by the ombudsman. However in a statement GSOC said it took a decision to
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Minister does not envisage face masks being made mandatory

The Minister for Health has said he does not envisage the wearing of face masks to be made mandatory in Ireland. Simon Harris told the Dáil that advice on the wearing of face masks is expected to be issued to the public following consideration by the National Public Health Emergency Team. He said other countries have given public health advice on the wearing of masks and he expects that to happen
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Harris says more than 3,500 lives may have been saved by coronavirus restrictions

MORE than 3,500 lives may have been saved by the coronavirus restrictions, Health Minister Simon Harris has told the Dáil. But he cautioned "we must finish the job" and "stay united" if we want to continue to save lives. Mr Harris's remarks come as the government is tomorrow expected to set out a roadmap for easing restrictions. He said that when the restrictions were first announced the virus was spreading
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Holohan warns against relaxing restrictions as ICU numbers give cause for concern

The Chief Medical Officer has warned against relaxing restrictions, as any change could put Ireland's intensive care facilities in difficulty. A further 43 people have died, bringing the total of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland to 1,232. There is a total of 20,612 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Cork has fallen into third place with 1,146 cases, behind Dublin, 9,967, after months in second place for the highest number of
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Government sets out criteria for easing Lockdown

The Government has set out Ireland's five criteria for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions going forward. The five criteria for easing restrictions are: • Progress of disease • Healthcare capacity and resilience • Testing and contact tracing capacity • Ability to shield at risk groups, and • The risk of secondary morbidity. The easement of the current restrictions will be slow and gradual, and will be done in a stepwise tiered
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No evidence yet recovered Covid patients cannot be reinfected – WHO

The World Health Organization has said that there was currently "no evidence" that people who have recovered from Covid-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection. In a statement, the United Nations heath agency warned against issuing "immunity passports" or "risk-free certificates" to people who have been infected, saying the practice may actually increase the risk of spread as they may ignore standard advice. Chile said last week it would begin handing out
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Harris rules out ‘big bang’ of lifting restrictions

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said Covid-19 is still causing havoc, devastation, hurt and pain in Ireland, and if the Chief Medical Officer had to make a decision today on easing the current restrictions, he would be advising the Government against it. Mr Harris was speaking after the weekly meeting with medical experts from around the country at the Department of Health. The Chief Medical Officer had earlier said
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Calls for minister to address Junior Cert situation

The Education Minister is being called on to urgently address the situation regarding the holding of Junior Cert exams. Joe McHugh previously indicated tests would take place in September. However, recent discussions with student representatives, parents and schools has led to reports they could now be held in May. Schools in Galway and Kilkenny decided themselves this week to hold tests earlier. Labour Party education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says
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Statement from Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley

I am delighted to report following representations I made this week that the decision has been taken to resume acceptance of household cardboard and plastic with immediate effect. Civic Amenity Sites will starting immediately, accept the following household waste: · Waste for disposal - double bagged up to a maximum of 3 standard (80l) black bags per customer. · Glass Bottles. · Food and Beverage Cans · Paper · Cardboard
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List of Cancelled Events this Summer

The Government announced on Tuesday it was extending a ban on mass licensed gatherings of more than 5,000 people until the end of August. Mass gatherings which have so far been confirmed as cancelled include: Life festival – organisers said it will have “further information” in the coming days and that ticket holders will be contacted directly by ticket providers. Body & Soul festival – organisers have said the ticketing company will
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Human trials for Covid-19 vaccine to begin

Human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed at the University of Oxford are to begin tomorrow, the health secretary has announced. And one member of the Oxford team said that if trials are successful, millions of doses of vaccine could be available for use by the autumn of this year, in a breakthrough which would potentially signal the start of the world's slow emergence from an outbreak which has