The top four things you need to know – Friday January 21st
A plan to lift almost all Covid restrictions will be finalised by the government later today.
NPHET has paved the way for a widespread reopening, with nightclubs set to return over the coming days.
The curfew for pubs and restaurants will also end, and Covid passes will no longer be needed to enter them.
Capacity limits at live events and matches will also be removed.
A public health expert says it seems like we might have ‘passed the peak’ of the Omicron wave.
He says it’s good positive tests are slowly decreasing, but we must be cautious because it may not be this way for all age groups.
10,571 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected, including 5,523 PCR tests and 5,048 antigen tests.
The Irish Second Level Students Union is describing a meeting with the Education Minister as a ‘really positive discussion.’
Norma Foley met stakeholders last night, on planning the format for this year’s Leaving Cert – no decision was made, with further talks in the coming days.
The Irish Second Level Students Union is calling for a mix of written exams and accredited grades this summer.
Two men in their 40s are due in court today, after a drugs seizure in Cork City.
56 thousand euro worth of drugs were seized on Wednesday and three arrests were made.
Two have been charged and are due to appear before Cork District Court at half ten this morning.
The third man who’s in his 30s remains in custody at Gurranabraher Garda station.