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Ministers at Stormont will meet later to discuss the easing of lockdown measures in Northern Ireland. It is expected to include dates for when things like hairdressers, non-essential retail and other businesses can reopen. Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill, has suggested it will span “months”. Virologist at Queens University in…

A Donegal GP says there greater confidence among people living in Northern Ireland of emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic compared to those living in the south.   The confidence levels are being linked to the public’s confidence in the roll out of vaccination processes. Some public health experts are concerned…

Republic of Ireland residents have been warned not to book Covid-19 vaccination jabs at centres in the north unless they are registered with a doctor there or have or have an NHS number.   It’s being reported that hundreds of people from the south have been turned away from vaccination…

Rural TDs are calling on the government to reopen places of worship in time for Easter.   The Rural Independent Group will raise the issue in the Dáil later, claiming Ireland is an “outlier” when compared to other European countries.   Under Level 5 restrictions, places of worship are only…

Schools are to remain closed in Northern Ireland for the foreseeable future. The Stormont Executive will meet today to finalise a tightening of the current six-week lockdown. It will include an extended period of remote learning and new rules on travel. First Minister Arlene Foster says stay-at-home laws will also…

The WHO should appoint experts to deal with the Covid-19 crisis in Northern Ireland, according to Professor Gabriel Scally.   The Stormont Executive are meeting today to consider whether more restrictions are needed, after the lockdown was lifted last Friday.   There were 510 cases confirmed yesterday, and hospitals are…

Professor Gabriel Scally is calling for Northern Ireland to go back into lockdown.   Health minister Robin Swann will bring a number of new proposals to the Stormont Executive today, to limit the spread of Covid-19.   Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill says there’s ‘no doubt’ intervention is needed.  …