Top four things you need to know – Tuesday August 17th

Alcohol action Ireland say over half a million Irish people are showing some evidence of alcohol use disorders.

A survey released today shows that Irish men can drink 17 standard drinks for as little as €7.65 while women can consume 11 drinks for just under five euro.

Minimum unit pricing is set to be introduced in January 2022 and will mean a standard drink cannot be sold for less than one euro.

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A member of NPHET says further restrictions won’t ease at the beginning of September if Covid cases continue to rise.

The five-day moving average has increased by 27%  in the past two weeks, and now stands at 1,854.

1,558 new cases were confirmed yesterday.

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There are calls for the passport offices in Dublin and Cork to reopen immediately, to try to address lengthy backlogs.

The Irish Travel Agents Association says the measure’s needed – as current delays are unacceptable.

It says people are being forced to cancel their holidays, as many passport applications are taking at least eight weeks to process.

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There are calls for the passport offices in Dublin and Cork to reopen immediately, to try to address lengthy backlogs.

The Irish Travel Agents Association says the measure’s needed – as current delays are unacceptable.

It says people are being forced to cancel their holidays, as many passport applications are taking at least eight weeks to process.

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