Video: Face mask considerations, Storm Dudley arrives, Smith trial adjourned

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Consumer tracker

Just over three quarters of Irish consumers are concerned that the prices of everyday purchases are increasing, while half are optimistic that the financial situation will change over the next three years.

Despite the concerns, just 25 per cent of respondents to Deloitte's latest Global State of the Consumer Tracker said they were worried about making upcoming payments, rising to 40 per cent of people concerned about their credit card balance.

The rising cost of living was noted in shoppers' perception of the cost of groceries in February compared to January, with 68 per cent of consumers stating they noticed a jump in prices.

Face masks

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) could recommend an end to the requirement for face masks, with the group due to meet on Thursday to discuss the latest Covid-19 data.

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Although Nphet may make the suggestion to Government following Thursday's meeting, it is not expected that a Cabinet meeting will be scheduled for Friday, meaning the change will likely not come into effect until the middle of next week.

The change would likely see an end to the requirement for students to wear face masks during school, while the current rule for masks to be worn in shops and on public transport may become a recommendation.

Weather warning

Met Éireann has issued a yellow wind warning as Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice are set to make landfall.

The yellow wind warning, which took effect from 12pm and will remain until 12pm on Thursday, covers the entire country.

Storm Dudley is set to arrive with westerly winds reaching a mean speed of 50-65km/hr with damaging gusts of 80-110km/hr.

However, the worst of the weather is expected with Storm Eunice through Thursday night and Friday.

Sligo collision

A woman has died following a road traffic collision in Co Sligo on Tuesday night.

The collision happened on the N15 at Moneygold Grange shortly after 10pm.

Gardaí and emergency services attended at the scene where the female pedestrian, aged in her early 40s, was pronounced dead.

It is believed the woman was struck by a vehicle.

Lisa Smith trial

The Special Criminal Court trial of Lisa Smith, who denies membership of Islamic State, has been adjourned for one week due to a "medical difficulty".

Ms Justice Tara Burns said on Wednesday that due to the medical difficulty the three judges who had been hearing the evidence are "not in a position to sit over the coming days".

The trial will continue on Tuesday, February 22nd.

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