The top four things you need to know – Tuesday September 14th

The Foreign Affairs Minister’s facing mounting calls from the opposition to resign ahead of a no confidence motion in the Dail tomorrow.

The motion centres around Simon Coveney’s handling of the appointment of Katherine Zappone to a UN Special Envoy role.

He has faced criticism for offering the newly created job to a former minister without it being publicly advertised.

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The closure of Cork Airport and winter months will affect Cork hotels.

That’s according to the Irish Hotels Federation who are calling on the government to extend supports to help with the 5.3 billion euro hit to Irish Hotel Revenue as a result of Covid-19.

With the summer over, the sector is entering an uncertain nine months as booking levels fall sharply in the absence of overseas visitors which would normally sustain the sector during the off-peak season.

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The head of the HSE’s test and trace programme says all available capacity’s being utilised to deal with the huge volumes presenting for a Covid-19 test.

A new record of 23,000 community tests was set yesterday.

But that increased to almost 30,000 when hospitals and serial tests were added.

The Chief Medical Officer has re-iterated that children should not go to school if they’re displaying Covid symptoms.

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Garth Brooks is reportedly close to agreeing a deal for three gigs in Dublin next September.

Virgin Media news reports talks are at an ‘advanced stage’ for the megastar to play Croke Park on the 9th, 10th and 11th of that month.

It’s now seven years since the infamous ‘five in a row fiasco’ that saw him sell out, and then cancel five gigs when a license was refused for two nights.


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