Video: Covid roadmap final tweaks, events sector frustration, Carlow stabbing

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Sub-committee meeting

The Cabinet sub-committee is meeting today to discuss the updated roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions over the coming months.

The return of live events, workers getting back to the workplace, and the restoration of full-capacity limits on public transport are all on the agenda, with the full Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to sign off on the plans.

After the meeting tomorrow the details of the roadmap will be announced by the Government.

Event sector

Representatives from the live events and entertainment sectors have met with Government to discuss the reopening of the industry over the coming weeks.

The Events Industry Alliance expressed their frustration that no reopening date or strategy was offered Ministers, however, Government representatives said solid dates for the easing of restrictions would be given following tomorrow's Cabinet meeting.

Vaccine hesitancy

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Vaccine hesitancy is decreasing according to a survey carried out for the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA).

Just 5 per cent of people say they would refuse to take the Covid-19 vaccine, while 4 per cent said they are unsure.

About 86 per cent of those surveyed said they had received at least one dose of the vaccine, in addition to 5 per cent who intended to do so.

International travel

The number of passengers leaving Ireland to go abroad has increased by 115 per cent compared to June.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show 428,600 people departed from Ireland last month, while 380,700 passengers arrived, an 138 per cent increase on the previous month.

A survey by Finder's Travel Index also found 33 per cent of Irish adults plan to travel in the next three months.

Carlow stabbing

A man has been arrested after two men were left seriously injured following a double stabbing in Carlow town on Sunday.

Gardaí were called to an incident on Barrow Track in Carlow town where two men (aged in their 40s and 50s) were discovered with apparent stab wounds.

They were taken by ambulance to St. Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny for treatment where their injuries are described as serious.

Silver for Turner

Nicole Turner has won Ireland's fourth medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The Laois woman took Silver in the S6 50m Butterfly, posting a time of 36.30.

Turner adds to Ireland's medal haul so far at the Games, joining Ellen Keane, Jason Smyth and Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal.

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