Video: Pressure to delay ticketing plans, rising Covid hospitalisations, carbon budget reaction

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Pressure to delay ticketing plans

The Government is under pressure to delay ticketing plans for nightclubs by two weeks as the industry responds to the new guidelines for trading.

Regulations are expected to be published on Thursday, bringing the new rules into effect.

Tickets for nightclubs and late-night events will be required to be booked at least an hour in advance under new Covid-19 regulations, it is understood.

Ian Redmond of The Tramline told RTÉ radio’s News at One that he could not “fathom” the one-hour requirement. “How is one hour going to stop the spread of the virus?”

Some venues would suffer as a result of this requirement, he said.

Rise in Covid-19 hospitalisations

The HSE has said the rise in Covid-19 hospitalisations is putting pressure on the hospital system and it's ability to carry out other operations.

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As of Tuesday morning, the number of people being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals was 513, of which 99 were in ICU.

It is the first time since early March that more than 500 patients with Covid-19 are being treated in hospitals around the country.

Carbon budget reaction

Farm groups and hauliers have come out strongly against the main targets of the new climate plan.

Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council recommended two five-year carbon budget plans to achieve a 51 per cent reduction by 2030.

Farmers and hauliers claim it will have a significant negative impact on their sectors.

Minister for Transport and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said that it is unlikely that the national herd will have to be culled.

The reduction in numbers is likely to occur naturally, he told RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne show.

Mr Ryan also said that the change in farming for the new plan would take the most time, but that this was an opportunity for the new generation of farmers to try new methods that would protect the land.

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