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

The chief medical officer says the Covid pandemic isn’t over – and there’ll be an ‘ongoing need’ for some public health measures.

However Dr Tony Holohan will also tell the Oireachtas health committee today the current situation is ‘broadly positive’.

He’ll say it’s safe to return to normal activities, with cases and hospitalisations falling from the Omicron peak.

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The government did not oppose a Sinn Féin motion over the Kerry mental health scandal last night.

It called for supports for the 46 children who were ‘significantly harmed’ by the failings of a junior doctor in South Kerry CAHMS.

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Irish Rail received reports of the use of cocaine, ketamine and other drugs on trains last year.

They’re among 277 anti-social behaviour complaints the company received in 2021 – up from 258 the previous year.

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Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood’s continuing to be questioned by police, on suspicion of sexual assault and making threats to kill.

The player was further arrested yesterday – having already been detained over claims of rape.


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