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Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report

The Taoiseach met with survivor and advocacy groups this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having' Travel

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'

Government aims to have travel traffic light system up and running by 8 November.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says he's determined to have Mother and Baby Homes report published 'as quickly as possible' COMMISSION REPORT

Taoiseach says he's determined to have Mother and Baby Homes report published 'as quickly as possible'

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman is due to receive the report tomorrow.

From TheJournal.ie Dr Nabarro says Ireland should use six weeks wisely to avoid 'yo-yo' lockdown effect Level 5

Dr Nabarro says Ireland should use six weeks wisely to avoid 'yo-yo' lockdown effect

The WHO special envoy says he doesn’t accept that the virus will inevitably require ‘draconian responses’ to be rolled out.

From TheJournal.ie Never the intention that mother and baby home legislation would cause 'such anxiety and anger', says minister Cabinet

Never the intention that mother and baby home legislation would cause 'such anxiety and anger', says minister

Cabinet is expected to discuss the fallout from the controversy over the handling of legislation which was passed last week.

From TheJournal.ie Rapid pre-departure testing will get loved ones home for Christmas, says Dublin Airport Authority Travel

Rapid pre-departure testing will get loved ones home for Christmas, says Dublin Airport Authority

Representatives from Ryanair, Aer Lingus as well as the Shannon Group and Rome Airport will also appear before the committee.

From TheJournal.ie Judges, lawyers, and gardaí to get specialist training to better support victims of sexual violence Court

Judges, lawyers, and gardaí to get specialist training to better support victims of sexual violence

A review into the legal protections offered to complainants in sexual assault cases was carried out following the high-profile Belfast rape trial in 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Normal Halloween celebrations are 'not going to be possible this year I'm afraid', says Holohan Halloween

Normal Halloween celebrations are 'not going to be possible this year I'm afraid', says Holohan

Kids won’t be able to call around to neighbours houses this weekend, says NPHET.

From TheJournal.ie NPHET yet to give advice on issue of people travelling home from abroad for Christmas Travel

NPHET yet to give advice on issue of people travelling home from abroad for Christmas

Irish aviation regulators are calling for mandatory pre-departure testing instead of quarantine restrictions.

From TheJournal.ie Government looking at rapid testing regime as means of easing Christmas travel restrictions Home For Christmas

Government looking at rapid testing regime as means of easing Christmas travel restrictions

A new test – known as the ‘LAMP’ test – could open up travel in the coming weeks, it’s hoped.

From TheJournal.ie EU traffic light system for international travel to commence in November Travel

EU traffic light system for international travel to commence in November

Cabinet agreed to align Ireland with the EU traffic light system.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines Level 5

Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines

There are about 25 reasons listed that allow people to travel beyond their 5km limit.

From TheJournal.ie Health Minister tells FF TDs that contact tracing 'didn't collapse', and asking patients to contact trace is 'one-off' Stephen Donnelly

Health Minister tells FF TDs that contact tracing 'didn't collapse', and asking patients to contact trace is 'one-off'

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the HSE has been repeatedly asked whether it has enough contact-tracing capacity.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What are the new Garda powers and what fines can be given? New Penalties

Explainer: What are the new Garda powers and what fines can be given?

The fines will not come into effect for another week or two.

From TheJournal.ie Anger mounts as government learns of contact tracing collapse impacting thousands through the media Contact Tracing

Anger mounts as government learns of contact tracing collapse impacting thousands through the media

The HSE is to ask more than 2,000 people who received a positive Covid-19 test result last week to alert their own close contacts.

From TheJournal.ie Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions Christmas Drinks

Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions

Once the six-week lockdown is over, it is envisaged that the country will remain at Level 3 until the New Year.

From TheJournal.ie Scheme offering employers €3,000 to take on apprentices extended into next year Re-training

Scheme offering employers €3,000 to take on apprentices extended into next year

Minister Simon Harris is due to announce 10,000 places for upskilling today.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach: 'It is time to go back to remote working. We know it works' Work From Home

Taoiseach: 'It is time to go back to remote working. We know it works'

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there has been a slow creep back to the offices.

From TheJournal.ie New restrictions: No visits to households allowed from tomorrow night, except for essential reasons Covid-19

New restrictions: No visits to households allowed from tomorrow night, except for essential reasons

Exemptions will be made on compassionate grounds and for essential reasons like childcare.

From TheJournal.ie New cost rental scheme will mean tenants could pay 25% to 30% below market rents, says minister Budget 2021

New cost rental scheme will mean tenants could pay 25% to 30% below market rents, says minister

The cost rental scheme will deliver 400 homes.

From TheJournal.ie Talks ongoing about holding large sporting events and concerts under Level 1 and 2 Matches And Gigs

Talks ongoing about holding large sporting events and concerts under Level 1 and 2

Minister Catherine Martin says she hopes some smaller live performances will take place before Christmas.

From TheJournal.ie Stay and Spend Scheme 'here to stay', say ministers Budget 2021

Stay and Spend Scheme 'here to stay', say ministers

Sinn Féin has called for vouchers to be given to people to spend in restaurants.

From TheJournal.ie Billions set aside to deal with Covid-19 fallout next year COME WHAT MAY

Billions set aside to deal with Covid-19 fallout next year

Contingency money and a recovery fund of over €5bn has been put aside for next year.

From TheJournal.ie Opposition TDs hit out at lack of 'certainty and hope' but minister says 'there's no crystal ball for the pandemic' Budget 2021

Opposition TDs hit out at lack of 'certainty and hope' but minister says 'there's no crystal ball for the pandemic'

This afternoon, the government unveiled its Budget for 2021.

From TheJournal.ie Support package worth millions for live gigs and music industry to form part of Budget Live Performances

Support package worth millions for live gigs and music industry to form part of Budget

Live music venues, big and small, will be able to apply for a minimum of €10,000 under the scheme,

From TheJournal.ie Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect? Budget 2021

Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect?

All will be revealed on Tuesday.

From TheJournal.ie 'No decision made' on extension to school mid-term break to curb virus Mid-term Break

'No decision made' on extension to school mid-term break to curb virus

Government sources say the move is being considered as an option but no decision has been made.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach doesn't know what NPHET will recommend, but says roadmap allows for graduated level increases Covid Roadmap

Taoiseach doesn't know what NPHET will recommend, but says roadmap allows for graduated level increases

Micheál Martin says NPHET were part of the team who drew up the roadmap which allows for county-wide measures also.

From TheJournal.ie 65 new contact tracers starting this week, but Taoiseach wants recruitment fast-tracked Health Service

65 new contact tracers starting this week, but Taoiseach wants recruitment fast-tracked

Public service workers that were transferred to help with contact tracing will only return to their roles when the recruitment drive is complete.

From TheJournal.ie 'We must not rob Peter to pay Paul': HSE to report back on late cancer diagnosis and outcomes Health

'We must not rob Peter to pay Paul': HSE to report back on late cancer diagnosis and outcomes

The Taoiseach said the lockdown did impact on the non-Covid illness.

From TheJournal.ie Level 3 enforcement: Taoiseach declines to give timeline on when fines could be introduced but says options will be discussed this week Level 3

Level 3 enforcement: Taoiseach declines to give timeline on when fines could be introduced but says options will be discussed this week

The Covid sub-committee met this morning to discuss enforcement of Level 3 restrictions.

From TheJournal.ie 'The impact of our actions on the planet is undeniable': Government launches Climate Action Bill Climate Action

'The impact of our actions on the planet is undeniable': Government launches Climate Action Bill

The 30-year programme commits to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

From TheJournal.ie NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors Covid-19

NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors

Varadkar floated the idea of fines with examples given such as a €50 fine for not wearing a mask.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says circuit break can't be ruled out to control Covid as sources say plans 'need to be worked up' Short And Sharp

Varadkar says circuit break can't be ruled out to control Covid as sources say plans 'need to be worked up'

The idea had been mooted recently for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

From TheJournal.ie Government raids €1.5bn rainy day fund for Budget 2021 Emergencies Only

Government raids €1.5bn rainy day fund for Budget 2021

The fund can only used to mitigate severe events – such as a pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie Concern that relationship between NPHET and government is 'changed forever' after yesterday's meeting Coronavirus

Concern that relationship between NPHET and government is 'changed forever' after yesterday's meeting

Some ministers said they only learned about the mooted new restrictions on Twitter.

From TheJournal.ie Indoor service banned at restaurants, bars and 'wet pubs' under Level 3 restrictions Level Three

Indoor service banned at restaurants, bars and 'wet pubs' under Level 3 restrictions

‘Wet pubs’ in Dublin will still be banned from opening unlike their counterparts in other counties.

From TheJournal.ie 'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in Taking Stock

'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in

One thing is for sure, this government needs a win.

From TheJournal.ie Green Party 'must keep fighting' for green change around the Cabinet table, says Catherine Martin Rural Ireland

Green Party 'must keep fighting' for green change around the Cabinet table, says Catherine Martin

The Green Party’s online convention is taking place today, with the theme ‘Ours For the Making’.

From TheJournal.ie Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says' Interview

Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says'

Making the tough decisions in government during a pandemic is not easy, says O’Callaghan.

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