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Bars, restaurants and live events must close at 8pm from today as part of new restrictions to tackle the Omicron variant.

Cinemas and theatres must also shut at the time, while many indoor and outdoor events have to be capped at 50 percent capacity.

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More than 35,000 vaccines were administered at vaccination centres across the country yesterday.

Huge queues formed at many sites after people in their 40s became eligible for a booster.

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Omicron has become the dominant strain of Covid-19 in Ireland in less than two weeks.

The Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan says it shows just how transmissible this variant is, with around 52 per cent of cases now due to Omicron.

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Gardai are appealing for witnesses to an incident on Saturday night in which 10 pedestrians were injured after a car mounted a footpath in Birr, County Offaly.

It happened at O’Connell Street in the town shortly after midnight.


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