Top four things you need to know – Tuesday May 18

Cork’s hospitality sector is gearing up for reopening in just over two weeks time.

Hotels, guest houses and B&B’s have remained open for essential purposes only and have not been allowed to welcome tourists, conferences or events like Christmas parties since the outbreak of the Pandemic. 

The Health Minister says it may take weeks to get all of the HSE’s systems back operating following last week’s cyber attack.

But Stephen Donnelly says steady progress is being made, as work to rebuild it with back-up data continues.

Proposals to restrict investment funds block-buying new housing developments will go before ministers this morning. 

The government’s been working on measures since a public backlash to the selling off of an entire housing estate in Kildare. 


Irish Eurovision hopeful Lesley Roy takes part in this year’s semi-final tonight in Rotterdam looking for a place in the final.

The Dubliner will perform her song Maps at the competition looking for one of the 10 places available for Saturday’s showcase.

3,500 people will be allowed in the arena in Rotterdam on each night.

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