The top four things you need to know – Thursday February 2nd

Members of the travelling community say it is almost impossible to secure private rented accommodation in Cork.

The comments come as the Traveller Visibility Group say the housing needs of travellers are not being met and have likened the accommodation crisis to a pressure pot waiting to explode

Breda O’Donoghue of TVG says the community has been let down by successive governments who have been pursuing a failed State policy over the last 60 years.


People aged 18-49 can get a COVID-19 booster shot at a walk-in clinic this Bank Holiday weekend.

Clinics are available nationwide in 34 locations with at least one in each county.


Nearly 20 million new cases of Covid-19 were recorded worldwide, between January 2nd and 29th.

That’s a decrease of 78% compared to the previous 28 days.

114,000 deaths were also reported during that period – bringing the global death toll to 6 point 8 million.


The European Central Bank is expected to increase interest rates by half a point later today.

That’s despite eurozone inflation falling from 9 point 2 per cent in December, to 8 point 5 per cent in January.

Any increase will directly affect Irish tracker mortgage holders, as rates are automatically linked to the bank.


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