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Hopes for tourism boost as hospitality sector reopens

Hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and hostels can reopen from today, as the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on the tourism and hospitality sector begins. However, services including leisure facilities, as well as indoor restaurants and bars, are...

Cabinet signs off on reopening plan for May and June

The Cabinet has agreed to the reopening plan for the country throughout May and June. The Government has approved the plan that will allow people travel across the country from 10 May. On the same day hairdressers will reopen, along with libraries, museums and...

Phased easing of Level 5 restrictions under way

Public health officials have appealed to people not to let their guard down as the phased easing of Covid-19 restrictions begins. The 5km travel limit is among the measures lifted from today, with residential construction work also restarting and all children...

Changes at a glance: From sport to meeting friends

The Government has announced tonight it will implement some easing of restrictions under the Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery Plan 2021. These new measures will take effect on a phased basis, beginning from today with a "vaccine bonus" for those fully vaccinated. So...

350,000 pupils return to schools as phased reopening continues

  The phased reopening of schools has continued with the return of around an additional 350,000 children and teenagers to their classrooms. All remaining primary school children were due to go back this morning, as well as fifth year students at second level....

Lockdown dealt €2bn hit to construction output in 2020 – report

  Analysing official data, the report concluded that the shutdown - which started on 27 March - led to a contraction in the value of construction output of around 7.3% to €24.7bn. It estimates that the contraction this year will be of the order of €3bn. On the...

Around 30,000 people face AstraZeneca vaccine deferral

  The Minister for Health has said he has no hesitancy in temporarily stopping the AstraZeneca vaccine being administered. Stephen Donnelly said clinical leaders need to take a very safety conscious approach. He said he hoped that the European Medicines Agency...

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