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Energy crisis intensifies

Russian gas was still flowing to Europe on Friday despite a deadline set by Russian president Vladimir Putin to cut it off unless customers start paying in roubles, Moscow's strongest threat to retaliate for sanctions imposed over its invasion of Ukraine.

In Ireland, consumers are continuing to be hit with increasing energy prices amid international tension.

On Wednesday, Electric Ireland became the latest energy company to announce a price increase, which will hit hundreds of thousands of customers across the island.

It comes in the wake of similar moves by Bord Gáis Energy and Energia.

The Government has faced mounting pressure in recent weeks to do more to try and alleviate the financial pressure on households.

CMO to consider reducing Covid isolation period

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan is to consider whether the isolation period for people who test positive for Covid-19 should be reduced.

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Currently, HSE guidelines advise those who test positive for the virus to isolate for seven days and take extra care for a further three days.

Dr Holohan was requested to consider the change following a meeting of the Cabinet health committee on Thursday night after the CMO provided an update to ministers on the current Covid situation in the State.

Man found guilty of murdering Kilkenny pensioner

A man who stabbed and mutilated a kilkenny pensioner has been found guilty of murder.

Trevor Rowe (30), had pleaded not guilty to the murder of 71-year-old Ann Butler at her home.

The mandatory sentence of life imprisonment will be handed down to Rowe, who remains in custody.

DAA to meet airline representatives over Dublin Airport delays

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) are set to meet airline representatives and the Department of Transport on Friday.

They will discuss long waiting times at Dublin Airport amid staff shortages caused by the pandemic.

Earlier, the CEO of DAA said they are actively recruiting staff to solve the problem.

Cork vow not to fulfil Munster championship fixture

Cork have vowed they will not fulfil their Munster championship semi-final fixture against Kerry in any location other than Páirc Uí Rinn.

It comes after the game was moved from Páirc Uí Rinn in Co Cork to Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney due to capacity issues at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Pairc Uí Chaoimh is unavailable due to the staging of an Ed Sheeran concert.

In a statement issued on Thursday night, Cork players and management called for the decision to move the game to be reversed by the Munster Council.

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