Top four things you need to know – Thursday August 19th

A roadmap to end Covid-19 restrictions will be discussed this afternoon when senior ministers and health officials meet.

It’s the first covid sub-committee meeting in weeks, and will form the basis of a plan set to be announced later this month.

It comes amid a warning from the Chief Medical Officer of a continued rise in covid hospital and ICU admissions.

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Efforts are continuing to get Irish people in Afghanistan back home.

25 citizens and eight dependents are seeking to leave the country, with officials attempting to secure them places on flights out of Kabul airport.

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Walrus-chasers hoping to get a glimpse of the now-famous Wally off the coast of Cork are being urged to keep their distance.

The walrus was spotted yesterday with visible injuries.

Observers have noted the animal is becoming very stressed and agitated as boats have been travelling too close to him.

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A group representing the live entertainment industry say they feel like they are not being treated seriously by the government.

The Events Industry Alliance say they are very frustrated by the lack of a reopening date for the industry following a meeting with Arts Minister Catherine Martin yesterday.

The Minister is also said to be disappointed by the lack of support from her cabinet colleagues in her plan to reopen the sector, while those within the industry say they fear even more people will look for work elsehwere following a 17 month shutdown.


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