Video: Bunting for Kellie Harrington, Covid latest and bishops rebel over guidelines

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Dublin bunting for Kellie Harrington

Kellie Harrington said she was "overwhelmed with emotions" after claiming Team Ireland's fourth medal of the Tokyo Games.

The Dublin woman saw off the challenge of Algeria's Imane Khelif to take a win by a unanimous decision in their quarter-final fight.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin took to Twitter this morning to praise the Lightweight boxer, saying she has "created another piece of history in the boxing ring".

Back at home, Harrington's family said they are "absolutely buzzing" after her win, with brother Joel saying he was "kind of at a loss for words".

Multi-vehicle crash

A man in his 80s has died and five others have been injured in a road crash in Co Laois.

Gardaí are investigating the three-car collision on the M7 close to the intersection with the M8 at approximately 7.15pm on Monday.

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The man, who was the sole occupant of the car, was taken to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) in a serious condition where he later died from his injuries.

Walk-in vaccine turnout 'outstripping expectations'

The HSE has been "blown away" by the number of people who attended walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres over the bank holiday weekend, with the more than 30,000 doses administered "outstripping our expectations by far", according to chief executive Paul Reid.

Despite the positive uptake of the vaccine across all age groups, concern remains regarding the "slowly, continuously rising numbers of hospitalised cases".

Ministers will meet later this week to discuss the rising number of patients with Covid-19 requiring hospitalisation, with the number at 177 as of Monday.

Meanwhile, colleges around the country are preparing for a return to in-person classes from September following the announcement of new guidelines.

Bishops rebel over Covid guidelines

Government Minister Charlie McConalogue has called for the Catholic Church to show leadership and follow Covid-19 guidelines.

It comes after a number of Catholic bishops gave the go-ahead for First Communion and Confirmation ceremonies to take place, despite Government guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

One priest has backed the Government's stance, warning that the ceremonies and accompanying celebrations will “inevitably” contribute to the spread of the Delta variant.

Fr Tony Flannery, the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, also said that many children and their families are partaking in the ceremonies for the accompanying social events and money.

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