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Drop in hospital and ICU numbers as restrictions eased

Almost all public health restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland have been lifted, while HSE chief Paul Reid has said that now is a time for "optimism and hope".

Mistake to drop Digital Covid Certificates - Mills

The Government's decision to drop the requirement for the Digital Covid Certificate for hospitality was a mistake that they may regret, according to an expert in immunology.

At a glance: What's changing and what stays the same

The Government has agreed that most of the public health measures currently in place can be removed, following advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Dept investigation not 'transparent' - Rabbitte

A Government minister has criticised the appointment of a senior civil servant in the Department of Foreign Affairs to investigate a controversial gathering in the Department in June 2020.

Pennsylvanians told 'do not approach' missing monkey

Residents of Pennsylvania in the United Sates have been warned not to approach a monkey which is missing in the area following a crash involving a truck that collided with a vehicle taking about 100 monkeys to a lab.

Will looser Covid rules push up holiday prices?

The easing of Covid-19 restrictions has likely sparked thoughts of a long-awaited holiday in many minds, writes Adam Maguire, but people may need to brace themselves for higher prices this summer season.

Pair charged after cocaine found in suitcase at airport

A man and woman have been remanded in custody after airport customs officers intercepted a case with €740,000 worth of cocaine.

Time to begin moving on with the pandemic in retreat

It is time to face the change and what a change is coming now with the speedy lifting of restrictions.

What does Russia have to fear from the West?

Vladimir Putin does not regard Ukraine as a real country, and says Russia needs security guarantees, including a demand that NATO rule out any future membership for Ukraine. How real is the sense of threat driving President Putin's demands and what lies behind it?

Sinn Féin on course to be largest party in NI - poll

Sinn Féin remains on course to emerge from Northern Ireland's next Assembly election as the largest party, a new poll has suggested.

Ourselves again - but no guarantees about the future

It was a day of hope and optimism but also, as Taoiseach Micheál Martin reminded people, a time to reflect on the lives lost to Covid and the grief and anxiety felt by many.

Political advisers to hold four-way talks on Ukraine

Political advisers from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will hold "Normandy format" talks on eastern Ukraine in Paris on 25 January, a source in Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration has said.

Forcible occupation of Dublin's Rotunda Hall remembered

A ceremony was held today to mark the centenary of the forcible occupation of Dublin's Rotunda Hall by a left wing group protesting against unemployment.

Thich Nhat Hanh, poetic peace activist, dies at 95

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died today aged 95, surrounded by his followers in the temple where his spiritual journey began.

Back to nature: Forest bathing blossoming in Co Wicklow

While record numbers have taken up sea swimming during the pandemic, another form of 'bathing' is also growing in popularity in Co Wicklow - and no swimsuits are required.

Author and journalist Colm Keane dies aged 70

Author and former RTÉ journalist Colm Keane has died aged 70.

Has Brexit killed the UK landbridge for hauliers?

We learned a lot more this week about the shifting patterns of trade on our island.

UN condemns deadly Saudi-led coalition strike in Yemen

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen yesterday that reportedly killed at least 60 people in a detention center in the Houthi-held Saada province.

Galway man faces jail for 'assault' on NY flight

An Irishman who refused to wear a mask during a flight from Dublin to New York and threw a can at another passenger faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of assault, the US Justice Department said.

Idris Elba 'part of the conversation' to be next Bond

The producers of James Bond have said Idris Elba is "part of the conversation" to fill the 007 role.