The Government plans to keep schools open under Level 5 of the Living with Covid plan. File photograph: The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions raise concerns about safety of schools and ‘shambolic’ testing system

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the  nation at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday night. Photograph: Julien Behal/Pool/AFP via Getty

Public to stay within 5km of home but social bubbles for some and two households allowed to meet outdoors

Aaron Brady. Photograph: Collins Courts

Brady was jailed last week for 40 years for capital murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe

Counsellor Bernie Hackett: ‘Anxiety and depression would be quite prevalent in the presenting issues for clients at the moment.’ Photograph: Conor Healy/Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy

Working from home can add to stress, anxiety and loneliness, says Wexford counsellor

61% of outbreak-linked cases found in private homes in last seven weeks

DeLoughry’s Gala Service Station has been revealed as the shop that sold Wednesday’s  September 23rd Lotto jackpot. Photograph: Vicky Comerford / Mac Innes Photography

The family said they intend to use money to pay off their mortgages

President Michael D Higgins: necessary to look beyond growth to measure economic success. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Global, unregulated version of economy is greatest threat to democracy, Higgins tells conference

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of FSAI, said it is ‘disconcerting’ that the authority needs to take enforcement action for pest control issues.

FSAI found accumulation of sewage and wastewater in basement of restaurant

Joël Durand, owner of Blackrock Cellar off-licence in Dublin, has already reduced his opening hours, and now closes at 8pm instead of 10pm, because ‘there is no business after 8pm’. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Politicians have suggested reducing opening hours for off-licences in bid to curb Covid

‘We know there’s been much anxiety for those coming through the Leaving Cert year and now facing the prospect of attending college remotely or not at all,’ said Joseph Duffy, chief executive of Jigsaw. Photograph: iStock

Jigsaw has had 25% increase in referrals over past two months

 Pictured in Bray, Co Wicklow are Stephen Kavanagh (left), manager of The Anchor, and Shane O’Farrell (right), owner of several pubs in the area, including The Anchor, The Ardmore, Max & Harvey’s, The Wild Goose and Butler & Barry’s. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Wicklow publican lays off 115 staff as Level 3 restrictions begin

Bishop of Cloyne William Crean said introducing the ‘Dying with Dignity’ bill during a pandemic is ‘disingenuous and unneccesary’.

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny introduced Dying with Dignity bill last week

Nine-year-old Lucy Beth Duffy, from Beaumont in north Dublin, won the design-a-kit competition. Photo: Manchester City Football Club

Lucy Beth Duffy completed the design ‘to keep busy’ during Covid lockdown

Rachel O’Neill in Clontarf, Dublin: ‘I kind of feel like I’m just sitting here waiting for something.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Restrictions on gatherings and usual meeting places have forced people to adapt

The average length of stay on outbound trips was 7.2 nights. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

€5.3bn spent on holidays abroad in 2019; increase on 2018 in number of domestic trips taken

Victoria Xu (17), who attended The Institute of Education in Dublin, had six of her Leaving Cert marks downgraded through the calculated grades process.

Victoria Xu missed out on university place after losing 66 points in standardisation process

There will be heavy and, at times, intense rainfall with totals of 25mm to 40mm expected. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Rest of week and weekend forecasted to turn cooler and more settled

The man  was travelling on an electric scooter from the direction of Slane. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly

Man’s remains discovered in ‘unexplained circumstances’ close to electric scooter in Harmonstown

Marie Cronin, St Vincent de Paul east region president, operates a food bank in Dublin. ‘It’s more time consuming now,’ she says. ‘There’s more paperwork, there are more phone calls, more effort. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lack of face-to-face interaction due to Covid-19 has made volunteers’ work more difficult

‘There are currently 25 patients on the waiting list for lung transplant at the Mater,’ Prof Jim Egan said. File photograph:  Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

Ireland has sixth highest rate of lung transplants in the world, report says

The hotel said the offer ‘was merely a way to recoup our costs from stock ordered for the full house of residents that cancelled on Friday evening’. Photograph: iStock

The Beach Hotel, Downings apologises for ‘any unintentional offence’ caused by offer

Partners of pregnant women in the NMH and the Coombe are not permitted to attend the 20 week anomaly scan. Photograph: iStock

Partners of pregnant women in these hospitals not permitted to attend certain scans

 Areas where more than 25 per cent of the population live in rented accommodation are worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). File photograph: The Irish Times

A total of 1,503 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed last week

A woman walks past a sign in Stranorlar, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Health officials appeal to teenagers and those in twenties, thirties reduce social contacts

Locals Don McMenamin and his wife Lorraine with their daughter, Laura (9), on their way to Laura’s First Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Government’s elevation of Donegal comes after substantial rises in infections in county

The Catholic church ‘is 1.2 billion people which is why I stay’, former president Mary McAleese told BBC 4 Woman’s Hour programme. File photograph:  James Forde for The Irish Times

McAleese says church hierarchy is a ‘small, self-serving hermetically-sealed group of men’

Catherine Murphy, PAC member and Social Democrats TD for Kildare North, told a hearing of the committee that funding shortfalls had led to a ‘high degree of casualisation’ of staff, including lecturers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Public Accounts Committee to query impact of gaping deficits in third-level funding

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn and Taoiseach Micheál Martin  during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Government Buildings. Photograph: PA Photo

‘Total panic’ reported within hospitality sector

Taoiseach Micheál Martin on a visit the Oliver Bond flat complex in Dublin on Thursday. He said there was general rising trend of Covid-19 cases across the country.   Photograph: Julien Behal

‘Imperative’ for counties with high numbers to reduce spread of virus - Taoiseach

Researchers found that despite the higher salaries of the top 10 per cent in Ireland compared to the other three countries, high earners in the State are more likely to feel insecure about their financial stability. File photograph: iStock

Some 28% of Ireland’s high earners report experiencing some level of financial difficulty

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has called on the Government to increase maternity, paternity and parent’s benefit to €295 per week. Photograph: iStock

NWCI also seeks investment in early years education rising to 1 per cent of GDP over next decade

The donations, the alliance says, will go towards food, water and medical care, as well as providing soap, masks and “vital information” to prevent the spread of the virus. Photograph: iStock

The group will assist countries ‘already struggling to cope with the impact of conflict and displacement’

Third-level students should consider not returning home at the weekends during the academic term, in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19, chairman of CAO board says.

Professor Ó Dochartaigh said ‘in ideal world’ students should go home ‘only occasionally’

Forecast temperatures for 1pm, Tuesday, next week. Image: windy.com

Weather next week is expected to be warmer, with spells of rain

Mental health service users  in long-term residential units may be particularly susceptible to developing Covid-19 because of pre-existing medical conditions and other factors. Photograph: Istock

There were 17 coronavirus related deaths of residents in mental health facilities

The Dublin Simon Community has reported an 18 per cent increase in demand for homeless healthcare services. File photograph: The Irish Times

Dublin Simon Community says it made two suicidality-related interventions on average per day in 2019

For countries within the Schengen area, the restrictions on travel were lifted on June 15th, and restrictions between the Schengen area and non-members of the European Union came to an end on July 6th. Photograph: Getty Images

Difficult to determine what qualifies as essential travel, Oireachtas committee hears

Disputes over the status of Irish in Northern Ireland played a significant part in the collapse of the power-sharing executive in Stormont in 2017.

Report by Council of European Ministers calls for implementation of Irish Language Act

Breege O’Donoghue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Breege O’Donoghue steps down after travelling to Spain during the summer

Heavy southbound traffic on Dublin’s M50 after a fatal accident on Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: Alan Betson

The incident occurred just before 3pm on Tuesday afternoon

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dr Ronan Glynn voices concern over Dublin trend, with 182 new cases in the county

A spokesman for the gardaí confirmed they are investigating an assault at Finglas at 2.20am on Sunday, September 6th.

The man, from India, said he received a stab wound in his leg during the assault

Leaving Cert students Micah Darcy and Robert Meehan, from Malahide Community School in Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Students feel ‘hard done by’ due to lack of celebration as tame nights planned

Two additional pop-up coronavirus testing facilities will open in Dublin this weekend. File photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Centres will increase testing capacity by between 180 and 200 tests per day, HSE says

File photograph of Dr Ronan Glynn at a press briefing. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sligo, Mayo and Leitrim currently have the lowest levels of Covid-19 infections in the State

A woman shelters from the rain on Dublin’s O’Connell Street in June. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Up to 11 stations had coldest summer in five years, says Met Éireann in seasonal report

HSE: 1.28 million applications now have the Covid-19 tracker app installed

HSE says 1.28 million devices have the application downloaded

The highest enforced deprivation rates were among people living in households with one adult and one or more children aged under 18. File photograph: Getty

Almost 18% of people endure ‘enforced deprivation’, compared to 15% in previous year

Thiago Cortes died after his bike was struck by a car at North Wall Quay. Photograph: Facebook

Thiago Osorio Cortes (28), from Rio de Janeiro, was delivering food at time of incident

There has been an increase in the number coronavirus cases in the coastal town of Skerries, according to local residents. Photograph: iStock

Local residents have said there has been an increase in positive coronavirus tests

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a Dublin crash involving a car and a cyclist. File photograph: The Irish Times

Car failed to remain at crash site on Dublin’s North Wall Quay, gardaí say

According to the HSE guidance on face masks, a cloth face covering should cover the nose and go under the chin. Photograph: iStock

Coverings should cover the wearer’s nose and go under their chin

Learning activity, such as laboratories, workshops, studio-based activities or those that require special equipment, will occur on-campus but will be subject to appropriate social distancing and PPE. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Institute outlines new ‘blended learning’ to protect the welfare of students and staff

A dog sticks its head out a window of a passing car on Dublin’s Merrion Road last week. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The number of vehicles on the road still remains much lower than this time last year

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. File photographL: Nick Bradshaw

Simon Coveney, Maireád McGuinness and Frances Fitzgerald comment on EU Commissioner role

Gardaí are investigating the  death of Darragh Sheehan  who was  found unconscious  outside the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Photograph: Eye Focus

Deceased was found unconscious outside a hotel in Killarney on Saturday night

A family carer can nominate two people who will step into their caring role in the event of an emergency. Photograph: iStock

Emergency card to give peace of mind to carers should something unexpected happen

Many services for older people and those living with dementia closed at the onset of the pandemic and have not yet reopened. Photograph: iStock

People with dementia reported to display increased confusion, aggression, anxiety

Teena Gates with her father, Terry Martin (95). Photograph: Alzheimer’s Society

Looking after her dad during Covid-19 has brought added challenges for Teena Gates

The Irish Heart Foundation said more than  53 per cent of those surveyed were  sitting down for  an average of two hours and 40 minutes longer per day than when in their usual place of work.  Photograph: Getty Images

Working from home survey prompts warnings of higher risk of stroke and heart disease

A screengrab from one of the videos that claims to show a group of people singing and dancing on the streets of Killarney on Saturday night.

Video shows people drinking and chanting, without observing social distancing rules

The Cabinet decided on Friday that ‘wet’ pubs – ones which do not serve meals – will not be permitted to open next week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vintners’ groups say Government’s support package is a 'slap in the face'.

The drugs and cash seized by gardaí in Temple Bar. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí find cannabis, MDMA and LSD as well as €14,000 in cash at Dublin 2 apartment

The text messages contain web links which the recipient is told to click on. Photograph: iStock

Department said it does not ask for financial details through texts or social media

Fine Gael councillor Kenny Egan has resigned the party whip. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Egan did not restrict his movements on returning from boxing event in Britain

Members of the public in Dublin on Friday as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

No further deaths reported but a second case of Covid-19 is identified in prison system

Captain of the guard John Flaherty has been urged to make a statement on his attendance at the Clifden golf event given the seniority of his role within Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Despite role applying Covid-19 guidelines in Dáil John Flaherty was at golf society event

RTÉ broadcaster Sarah McInerney, who will co-present Radio 1’s Drivetime show with Cormac O’hEadhra.

Reshuffle moves Mary Wilson to Morning Ireland and Bryan Dobson to News at One

Co Cork bore the brunt of the recent unsettled weather brought on by Storm Francis. Photograph: Damien Storan/PA Wire

Notice covers Munster and several other counties in south of country

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

A list of all those known to have been among the 80-plus guests at controversial dinner

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

Here is everyone known to have been among the over 80 guests at the controversial dinner

A chub fish from the River Inny. Photograph: Inland Fisheries Ireland

Chub is a potential carrier of fish diseases and parasites

Southern counties are expected to experience particularly heavy rainfall in the next day or so. Photograph: Tom Honan

Orange rainfall warning and yellow wind warning in place for Tuesday

An area officer for the Irish Coastguard has praised five teenagerss in Cork for their efforts in rescuing a father and son who were swept out to sea on an inflatable on Sunday. File Photograph: Collins Dublin

It is understood the child (9) was swept out to sea on an inflatable device

Former minister for agriculture Dara Calleary: ‘I apologise in particular to health care workers and their families.’  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Former minister apologises to healthcare workers after attending golf event with more than 80 people

TDs Dara Calleary and Noel Grealish and Senator Jerry Buttimer

More than 80 people were at society event in Clifden amid Covid-19 guidelines

McMahon’s pub restaurant where director Angela McMahon ‘what’s the logic’ of a county-wide lockdown? Photograph: Mark Hilliard

‘Businesses that are nowhere near the meat plants are bearing the brunt. Why don’t they use a map?’

Public health doctors were particularly concerned about the number of close contacts as a result of “socialising around sporting activity, house activities... social engagements and car sharing”, acting chief medical officer   Dr Ronan Glynn  said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Covid-19 advice is based on a ‘very simple’ message, says acting CMO

 Paddlers and swimmers at Seapoint in Co Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Do not swim’ notices go up at Wexford beaches amid reports of high bacteria levels

The whales stranded at Rossnowlagh beach in Co Donegal. Picture: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Volunteers are attempting to keep last whale hydrated at Rossnowlagh

Gardaí made two arrests following the discovery of a quantity of suspected drugs in Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Suspected cannabis herb and cocaine discovered after gardaí stop and search car

The projects are located in the TU Dublin Tallaght and Blanchardstown (above) campuses; in Cork IT and IT Tralee; in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire; and in Athlone Institute of Technology. File photograph: itb.ie

Pledge to deliver 11 buildings set to facilitate extra 8,000 student places upon completion

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Heather Humphreys.

Number claiming PUP falls to 232,400, down 61% from peak of 598,000 in early May

Allergy tests will be performed at one year and two years old to detect if they have developed markers of allergic conditions.  Photograph: iStock

1,000 babies born between March and May will be looked at

People pass graffiti in Dublin City centre. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister for Health warns more deaths likely to follow spike in confirmed cases

In Ireland, HPV infection caused up to 420 cancer cases each year between 2010 and 2014, with as many as 130 dying each year from HPV-related cancers. Photograph: Matthew Busch

Lack of understanding of sexually transmitted virus contrasts with danger of prevalence

File photo. Post box  in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Other countries have resumed service but introduced size restrictions on items

Detectives from the PSNI’s serious crime branch attended a house in Windermere Road in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/EPA

Police said the woman died on Sunday evening

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the National Public Emergency Team will meet on Monday to review and discuss the case figures    “and will make any necessary recommendations to Government which are required to protect the vulnerable, continue with the resumption of healthcare services and ensure the safe reopening of our schools.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some are socialising recklessly, he warns, as Nphet prepares to meet Monday to consider ‘any necessary recommendations’

One of the accommodation units at Glamping under the Stars in Co Laois. Photograph: Glamping under the Stars

Glamping under the Stars enjoying ‘huge demand’ as escape during Covid-19 restrictions

Walsh’s Mushrooms said that as a business ‘we have stringent measures in place to control Covid-19 since March and we have had no incidence of Covid-19 up to this point’.

Walsh’s Mushrooms in Golden finds 11 workers have contracted virus after testing

Chief Supt Simon Walls said the reports show there is no let-up from scammers who “will do whatever they can to con people out of their hard-earned money”.

Scammers posed as online retailer requesting payment and as a firm offering a refund

An RNLI lifeboat attended an incident in which a cruiser ran aground. Photograph: RNLI

RNLI lifeboat responds after alarm is raised just before 9.30pm on Thursday

Declan Peelo says his income has been reduced to between 30 and 50% of pre-Covid takings, depending on the day. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Business down, streets quiet, ranks full and effects of home working leave drivers reeling

 Taxi drivers estimate business at Dublin Airport is 10 per cent of pre-Covid levels and business during the day is 20 per cent, while nighttime and weekend business is 2 per cent. Photograph: Tom Honan

Calls for financial support amid claims ride demand as low as 2% of pre-Covid-19 level

After a night of torrential rain, the river Roury broke its banks at 4am causing flooding in Rosscarbery and causing parts of the N71 to close. Photograph: Andy Gibson

Some roads in Cork were impassable on Thursday morning due to torrential rain

23 per cent of children are reported to have difficulties in relation to social skills due to the lack of social interaction.

Parents report a decline in the skills and abilities of their children with autism

It is now recommended that teachers and secondary school students wear face coverings. Photograph: iStock

All staff and students using school transport service must wear face covering

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