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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]