Video: Demand for pharmacy vaccines, Rose Hanrahan family thank gardaí

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Pharmacy vaccinations

Over 750 pharmacies around the country have begun offering Covid vaccines to people aged between 18-34.

The single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine will be administered in participating pharmacies around the country, with early demand indicating very low levels of vaccine hesitancy according to the Irish Pharmacy Union.

Pharmacies are urging people to be patient, and reminding those who wish to receive a vaccine that they must first book an appointment to receive their dose.

Hospitality talks

Representatives of the hospitality industry are pushing for a plan for the reopening of indoor hospitality to be agreed before the Government’s July 19th target date.

Both sides are due to meet today to discuss a workable option for reopening, with the use of antigen tests for those who are not yet vaccinated, or have not contracted the virus in the last nine months, due to be discussed.

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Chief executive of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) Noel Anderson has also raised concerns that the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) will not be represented at today's talks, as they appear to be "calling the shots" and need to hear of the issues facing the industry, he said.

Rose Hanrahan murder

A 47-year-old man has been jailed for life for the murder of an elderly Limerick woman, whom he targeted in the supermarket, followed, and later strangled in her home.

The father-of-two had ‘shoulder surfed’ 78-year-old Rose ‘Rosie’ Hanrahan, while the widow paid for groceries in December 2017, the day after he had arrived in Ireland.

He received the mandatory life sentence at the Central Criminal Court on Monday for murdering the woman, described by her family as being like a ‘fairy godmother’.

Speaking outside the court today, Mrs Hanrahan’s family said it was down to the “impeccable” work of Limerick gardaí that her killer was caught.

Surfer dies in Co Clare

A young man has died after he got into difficulty while surfing in Co Clare.

Gardaí confirmed they were alerted to the incident at Lough Donnell Beach, Co Clare on Monday morning.

Emergency services attended the scene and the man (20s) was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick in a serious condition where he was later pronounced dead.

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