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Ireland thanked for taking care of Ukrainian refugees

Ukraine's minister for foreign affairs has thanked Ireland for taking care of Ukrainian refugees.

More than a month into the war, which is the biggest attack on a European nation since World War II, more than 3.8 million people have fled abroad.

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine before dawn on Tuesday as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators met in Turkey for the first face-to-face talks in nearly three weeks, with Kyiv seeking a ceasefire without compromising on territory or sovereignty.

Pig farmers protest

Irish pig farmers have gathered outside the Department of Agriculture in protest, calling for the Government to implement a €100 million “rescue package” for the sector.

The demonstration in Dublin, organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association, comes amid the increased cost of feed and fuel, along with what farmers say are poor prices for pig meat.

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The IFA said that without a rescue package from the Government, the sector cannot survive its “deepest crisis in living memory.”

No plans for Covid-19 restrictions despite pressure on hospitals

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said there are no plans to reintroduce Covid-19 restrictions despite pressure on hospitals.

His comments come after the Emergency Department Taskforce, which includes representatives of hospital groups, the Department of Health, patient advocates, staff bodies and the HSE, met on Monday to discuss pressures on emergency services.

A letter requesting the reintroduction of public health measures was sent to Mr Donnelly and chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan on Monday evening.

The request included the reintroduction of compulsory mask wearing.

DAA redundancy plan criticised amid airport delays

Minister for State Jack Chambers has criticised DAA's pandemic redundancy scheme which he has said was short-sighted.

His comments come as Dublin Airport has advised passengers to expect lengthy queues in the coming days and week due to staffing issues.

During the pandemic, the airport lost 1,000 staff and is now trying to recruit to "ramp up" the service coming into the summer season.

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