Top 4 things you need to know – Wednesday May 19

The top 4 things you need to know for Wednesday morning May 19th.

Calls for the introduction of supports for aviation workers are intensifying following the latest blow to the sector. 

It’s after Aer Lingus told almost 200 ground staff and cabin crews based at Cork Airport that they will be laid off without pay for three months from September. 

The airline has blamed the move on a loss of over €460 million since the start of last year.


The head of the HSE is describing the ransomware attack as ‘unfair, unjust and incomprehensible’. 

Paul Reid says he’s ‘gutted and angry’ after what the country’s been through with Covid-19. 

The executive says the ransomware attack has will take several weeks to resolve. 

The Covid-19 vaccine portal has opened for 49 year olds to register.

High risk patients and frontline healthcare workers who have yet to receive an appointment can also register.

People will be given Pfizer or Moderna when vaccinations start later this month. 


Ireland has missed out on a place in the Eurovision Grand Final.

Leslie Roy performed her song Maps in the first of this week’s semi-finals in Rotterdam last night.

Despite being well received by the audience, the Dubliner failed to get the required number of votes.


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