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Reopening plans

The Cabinet sub-committee is meeting to finalise plans for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions over the coming months.

The live events and entertainment sector met with Government representatives earlier today, saying afterwards that they were disappointed that no reopening date was given.

Such a date is expected to be announced tomorrow however, after the Cabinet sign-off on the updated roadmap for restrictions, with an announcement to be made by the Government following the Cabinet meeting.

Carlow stabbing

A man continues to be questioned by gardaí following the double stabbing of two men in Carlow town, which has left both in a serious condition in hospital.

The two men, one in his 50s and the other in his 40s, and who are uncle and nephew, suffered several stab wounds during an incident next to the River Barrow, close to Montgomery Street, around 6.45pm on Sunday.

Travel abroad

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The number of passengers leaving Ireland to go abroad has increased by 115 per cent compared to June.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show 428,600 people departed from Ireland last month, while 380,700 passengers arrived, an 138 per cent increase on the previous month.

Despite the positive increases, overseas travel remains far below pre-pandemic levels in July 2019, when almost 2.2 million left Ireland and over 2.2 million people arrived into the country

Vaccine uptake

Over 88 per cent of the adult population are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 according to the latest figures.

This comes after the results of a survey carried out for the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association found just 5 per cent of people said they would refuse to take the jab.

Vaccine hesitancy remains highest with younger cohorts, with 10 per cent of the 18-24 cohort saying they were unsure of receiving the vaccine, while 4 per cent said they would not get it.

FAI pay deal

The Republic of Ireland's men and women players will receive equal pay under a deal agreed with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

The agreement between the Women's and Men's Senior teams, represented by captains Katie McCabe and Seamus Coleman and players advisor Ciaran Medlar, and FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill was reached ahead of the squads' upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The men's side agreed to reduce their international fees while the FAI will match the contribution in order to increase the women's squads' amount to the same match fee.

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