The Covid vaccination campaign will move to a new phase next week as the health service begins to administer third doses of the jab to vulnerable groups.
Paul Reid said that the campaign would take five to six weeks. The vaccines will be administered through vaccination centres, hospitals, care settings and through GPs, he said.
Wexford plane crash:
Air crash investigators are continuing to examine the wreckage of an aircraft that crashed in Wexford.
Four people were admitted to hospital after the plane crashed on Carnsore Point.
Two men, aged in their 20s and 50s, and two women, both aged in their 30s, are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Gardaí honoured almost 40 years on:
Gardaí involved in the rescue of Don Tidey, an IRA kidnapping victim, have been honoured almost 40 years after the event.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and interim Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys presented the Scott medal, An Garda Síochána’s highest honour, to 15 deceased and serving members of the force on Friday.
Supermarket executive Don Tidey was held captive for 23 days after being kidnapped outside his Dublin home as he took his 13-year-old daughter to school a month earlier.
Make Way Day:
Make Way Day aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by those with impaired mobility and disabilities, encouraging other road and footpath users to consider how their actions might impact someone with reduced mobility.
Gardaí are urging drivers to be considerate of other road users, particularly those with impaired mobility or disabilities, supporting Make Way Day '21.
People are also encouraged to use #MakeWayDay21 on social media to share images drawing attention to the problems caused by items, such as parked cars, bikes, and bin bags, being left on footpaths.