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No plans for new Covid restrictions

Táiniste Leo Varadkar has said there are no plans for the reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions despite the surge in cases.

A further 3,174 cases of Covid have been reported in the Republic, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has confirmed.

There are 460 Covid-positive patients in hospital, including 86 in intensive care.

Epidemiologist and Nphet member Professor Philip Nolan said incidence was high and increasing, while test positivity had also increased across all age groups.

Cop26 focuses on finance

The Cop26 climate change summit continues in Glasgow today with the focus of talks switching to finance.

Discussions centre on how to support developing countries and those most affected by climate change.

During his speech at the climate summit on Tuesday, the Taoiseach announced Ireland will be doubling its annual contributions of climate finance for poorer countries to €225 million by 2025.

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Meanwhile, the Government is expected to sign off on the new Climate Action Plan this week.

Unemployment falls

Ireland's unemployment rate, including people receiving temporary Covid-19 benefits, fell to 7.9 per cent in October from a revised 8.9 per cent in September.

The Covid-19 adjusted unemployment rate hit a peak of 31.5 per cent last year.

Excluding Pandemic Unemployment Payments, which will be withdrawn in February, the rate was unchanged at 5.2 per cent after the previous month's figures were also revised.

Concerns over waste water treatment

Irish Water has "no clear action plan" to deal with concerns arising from the 34 towns and villages which continue to discharge raw sewage into the environment every day.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has criticised the slow progress made by Irish Water in carrying out essential improvements in wastewater treatment.

As the Irish Examiner reports, the agency said repeated delays in providing treatment in many areas were a significant concern as the delays prolong risks to both the environment and public health.

Damien Duff appointed to Shelbourne

Damien Duff has been appointed as Shelbourne's new head coach.

The former Republic of Ireland international takes over the week after they collected the First Division title.

A two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, Duff had been working with Shelbourne's under-17 side.

He initially turned down an offer to take the top job - but says he thought about it again over the weekend.

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