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Des O’Malley, the founder of the Progressive Democrats and former Fianna Fáil minister, has died aged 82. In his 34-year career, he served in four different governments and held a range of senior ministerial portfolios.

President Michael D Higgins has signed the legislation that will pave the way for the reopening of indoor hospitality in Ireland. It comes as Cabinet also agreed that indoor dining can resume on Monday. The new guidelines will see an end to time limits for eating inside bars and restaurants in Ireland.

Ireland is “without doubt” experiencing a fourth wave of Covid infections, with case numbers potentially peaking at 4,000 per day over the coming weeks, according to the Tánaiste. Leo Varadkar said the peak of 4,000 daily cases was an “optimistic” view.

Soaring temperatures this afternoon and evening may spark thunderstorms in parts of the country, Met Éireann has warned. As the country experiences a hot and generally sunny day with just some scattered cloud, the accumulation of ‘cumulonimbus’ clouds can act as a warning sign for thunderstorms, the forecaster said.

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‘Do not swim’ notices have been issued for two Dublin beaches after tests of their water found an increase in bacteria levels. Fingal County Council has warned that both Burrow Beach Sutton and South Strand Skerries are subject to the advisory notice.

A 20-year-old plasterer has been jailed and fined for going on holiday to Ayia Napa, instead of giving evidence in the trial of a teenager who committed violent disorder at the Cameron Blair murder scene.

A South African firm will begin producing the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, the first time that the jab will be produced in Africa, Pfizer has announced.

Finally, suiting up for Ireland has always been about more than national pride for Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin. The cousins will line up in the men’s Olympic road race on Saturday, their third Games together and most likely their last.

 

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