The top four things you need to know – Wednesday January 5th

Teacher unions are warning of staff shortages and Covid-19 outbreaks ahead of the reopening of schools tomorrow.

Yesterday the Minister for Education said the return would be challenging but there was no public health rationale for keeping them closed.

Norma Foley’s comment followed a meeting with officials and education partners.


The Labour Party is calling for clarity for students on this year’s Leaving Cert.

It says this year’s cohort are at a disadvantage having missed out on a significant number of school days due to Covid-19.


Rules around close contacts are set to be reviewed by public health officials tomorrow.

It follows a request by coalition leaders to look at reducing the current isolation period due to Omicrons impact on vital services.

It comes as a further 21,302 Covid cases where confirmed here yesterday, while 884 people are in hospital and 90 in ICU.


A status yellow ice and temperature warning remains in place across the country this morning.

Met Eireann expect widespread frost and icy stretches to impact the country until 10am today.

Temperatures are expected to reach as low as -3 in many areas.


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