Top four things you need to know – Thursday September 23rd

Childcare providers are warning the decision to allow asymptomatic children who are close contacts remain in creches will result in increased closures this winter.

Yesterday it was announced under 12s who attend primary schools or childcare facilities and have no symptoms won’t have to restrict movements from Monday.

The Chief Medical Officer says, given the importance of education, now is the right time to make the change as the data shows the facilities are low risk.


The temporary closure of Cork Airport has put some people off international travel, according to a Cork travel agent.

Tom Randles from J. Barter Travel in the city centre says they’re expecting a boost in inquiries from people in the lead up to the reopening of the airport on November 22nd.

Seven people were hospitalised after armed Gardai were called to violence in a Galway cemetery yesterday.

About 30 officers responded to the incident in Tuam at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were brought to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.


The Foreign Affairs Minister is holding talks with the speaker of the US House of Representatives today.

Simon Coveney and Nancy Pelosi are meeting in Washington DC to discuss Brexit, Northern Ireland and the pandemic.


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