A plan to hold a second set of Leaving Cert exams for students affected by coronavirus is under consideration by education authorities. A spokesman for Minister for Education Norma Foley said it remained her “firm intention” to hold a traditional Leaving Cert next June. However, pressure is growing on Ms Foley from Government backbenchers and students to offer Leaving Cert students the option of predicted grades or sitting written exams. The Irish Second Level Students Union also called for an alternative to the Leaving Cert to be offered. The department’s priority is to return special needs students in secondary schools – possibly towards the end of January – followed by sixth-year students and others in February.
January 16, 2021 01:00 UTC
A man who was caught with over €2 million worth of cocaine and heroin has been jailed for seven and a half years. The stop and search followed an earlier interception of a car in the Ballyfermot area when gardaí found approximately 20 kilos of heroin and cocaine. Gardaí arrested Kelly and carried out a search of a garage in the Kylemore Industrial Estate where Kelly was living at the time. During this search gardaí found cannabis resin with an estimated street value of approximately €10,000. The court heard that the combined estimated street value of the drugs was approximately €2.1million.
January 15, 2021 21:22 UTC
More than 1 in 17 people in Belmullet, Co Mayo have tested positive for Covid 19 in the two weeks up to January 11. More than one in 17 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Belmullet in Co Mayo in the last two weeks, new coronavirus data has shown. Belmullet has by far the highest incidence rate per 100,000 of the disease currently at 6031.7, almost double that of every other region. Dundalk-Carlingford (2,395) and Ardee (2,161) also have well above average disease incidence, as the county has the second-highest in the country at 2,462. Tallaght Central has the highest rate within the capital at 2,238, meaning one in 44 has been confirmed to be infected in the last 14 days.
January 15, 2021 11:03 UTC
The UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday that thousands of businesses should be insured for losses incurred due to a national lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic. In a test case that pitched the markets regulator against major insurers, the court found that business interruption policies held by pubs and other affected businesses applied to lockdown closures. The ruling has implications for a similar test case before the Commercial Court here in Ireland involving FBD Insurance. Judgement in that case was originally scheduled for today but was postponed pending the outcome of the UK case. The test case has been closely-watched in other countries where similar battles have been brewing.
January 15, 2021 11:03 UTC
After months of anticipation, the first Covid-19 vaccines finally started being administered in the UK last month. Amid the rollout, several rumours and myths have been circulating about the vaccine, including fears that the jab could affect fertility. Now, Professor Lucy Chappell, NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics at King's College London, is attempting to reassure women that the Covid-19 jab will not affect their fertility. More than a quarter of 18-to- 34-year-old women said they would say no to the jab, citing their concerns over the vaccine's effect on fertility and pregnancies. Professor Chappell's advice comes shortly after a poll revealed that young women are the most likely to turn down the Covid-19 vaccine.
January 15, 2021 10:48 UTC
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January 15, 2021 10:41 UTC
Heartwarming footage shows the inseparable friendship that was formed when an adorable dog took an immediate shine to his human baby brother. Pictured: Baby Theodore and HinckleyWhitney revealed Hinckley is obsessed with Theodore and wants to be involved in all of his activities. Pictured: Baby Theodore and HinckleyWhitney said Theodore and Hinckley love snuggling on the couch or on the floor during 'tummy time'. Pictured: Baby Theodore and Hinckley'Hinckley joins every feeding. Pictured: Baby Theodore and HinckleyWhitney said she can't help but laugh when Hinckley walks away with Theodore's dirty burp cloth.
January 15, 2021 10:36 UTC
Sarah Ferguson has revealed she wants to ask Shonda Rhimes to adapt her upcoming Mills & Boon novel into a TV series after binge watching the producer's latest series Bridgerton twice and becoming 'obsessed with it'. Sarah Ferguson has revealed she wants to ask Shonda Rhimes to adapt her upcoming Mills & Boon novel into a TV series after binge watching the producer's latest series Bridgerton twice and becoming 'obsessed with it'. 'The way [producer] Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes have created Bridgerton is fabulous and I was really impressed. … I definitely will be talking to Shondaland about making Her Heart for a Compass into a TV series,' she said. Shona Rhimes, is best known for her work on gripping US dramas, including Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal.
January 15, 2021 10:30 UTC
In a statement published on his social media accounts, Murphy explained that the time had come "to announce my retirement from the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team". Initially tasting Walsh Cup action in 2009, Murphy didn’t establish himself in the Kilkenny team until 2011, when he made both his League and Championship debuts against Wexford. Aerially strong and a sweet striker, he quickly established himself in a Kilkenny defence that would shed generational talents like JJ Delaney and Tommy Walsh after 2014. Read More"Thanks to all my teammates down through the year and the journey you brought me on," Murphy wrote in his retirement statement. A special thank you to all my relatives and friends also.
January 15, 2021 09:22 UTC
James Lenton, the chief financial officer of UK property giant Hammerson, is stepping down from the role. Hammerson co-owns Dundrum Town Centre, with the other half owned by Allianz. Hammerson also owns half of the Pavilions shopping centre in Swords, and the Ilac Centre in Dublin city centre. Last month Hammerson announced a secondary listing on Euronext Dublin in response to Brexit. Hammerson operates in seven different countries, with a number of flagship retail centres including the Bullring Birmingham.
January 15, 2021 08:03 UTC
The Office for National Statistics said UK gross domestic product at the end of November was 8.5% below its pre-pandemic peak. These four sectors accounted for nearly 80% of the fall in the all-important services sector. The services sector is now 9.9% below where it was in February 2020, before the pandemic hit the UK. British Chambers of Commerce economics chief Suren Thiru said: “The latest figures highlight the continued damage being done to the UK economy by coronavirus. “Labour’s priorities would be the priorities of the British people: securing our economy, protecting our NHS and rebuilding our country."
January 15, 2021 07:30 UTC
As it pertains to Munster, that interest has traversed the spectrum from player to fan to coach to potential recruiter. And then there’s Jack Crowley, who turned 21 this week, and who may turn out to be the best of the lot. Patience is a virtue in these situations and Jack is happy to bide his time and make his mark with Munster. Unique magic of The LionsThe debate surrounding the proposed Lions tour to South Africa this summer is somewhat different. The Lions test experience is in packed stadiums where the fans make it a truly visceral experience.
January 15, 2021 07:00 UTC
Zayn Malik has shared his latest album Nobody Is Listening, his first since becoming a father last year (Mark Runnacles/PA)Zayn Malik has shared his latest album Nobody Is Listening, his first since becoming a father last year. It is the former One Direction singer’s third solo album and follows on from 2018’s Icarus Falls. 🤞🏽 — zayn (@zaynmalik) January 15, 2021Following the release of the album, Malik tweeted: “Just wanna say, it feels great to share this with you all! everyone’s support and love means a lot, here’s to a great year hope it better than the last !”The album caps an eventful six months for Malik, 28. Icarus Falls, however, was a commercial disappointment and peaked at 77 in the UK album charts.
January 15, 2021 06:33 UTC
Beauparc Utilities, the parent of both Panda and Greenstar, is on the block as minority shareholder Blackstone looks to exit. Shuttered pubs will have to wait a bit longer to see if they can force insurer FBD to cover the cost of the interruption to their business, writes Aodhan O’Faolain. Ireland could lose up to €2 billion in tax revenue under such changes but it could be worse if the US continued to snub the OECD which is trying to orchestra a global agreement. Another Minister, Darragh O’Brien, told a housing conference yesterday that home ownership should be a cornerstone of Government policy. Stay up to date with all our business news: sign up to our business news alerts and our Business Today daily email news digest.
January 15, 2021 06:33 UTC
A Porsche driver facing charges after a horror Melbourne crash will fight separate allegations he put a noose around a woman's neck. Pusey was arrested and faced court last month on a series of fresh charges over alleged incidents at a Fitzroy property on December 27. 'Unfortunately for Mr Pusey there's police officers who saw him put a noose around her neck,' the magistrate said. Pusey is also accused of sending abusive and derogatory text messages and making menacing phone calls to another individual, and committing offences while on bail. Pusey did not apply for bail on Friday and is due back in court on March 9.
January 15, 2021 06:03 UTC