The top four things you need to know – Tuesday February 1st

Students will sit the traditional Leaving Cert this summer – with greater choice than usual.

Education Minister Norma Foley will bring this proposal to cabinet this morning.

Students had been calling for a combination of written exams and accredited grades – similar to the past two years.


Government ministers will discuss a plan to financially compensate the victims of the Kerry mental health scandal today.

A review last week found 46 children were ‘significantly harmed’ after being prescribed inappropriate medication, in South Kerry CAMHS.

Many families intend taking High Court action – but the government wants to settle the issue away from the courts.


Gardai believe an attack on a 17-year-old girl in Kilkenny yesterday may have been an attempted abduction.

The teenager was out walking in the Johnstown area at around 12 midday.

She was approached by a stranger, believed to be a man in his 40s, and assaulted.


Up to 44,000 Irish people won’t be able to have unrestricted travel in the EU from today.

Vaccine certs now expire after nine months if you haven’t had a booster or additional dose.

The HSE says 480,000 people were fully vaccinated before last May, and about 44,000 haven’t had a third jab.


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