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Rising Covid-19 cases

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has warned of a "tough winter" ahead amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.

There are currently 551 patients with Covid-19 in hospital, which is the highest figure since the end of February.

Of those in hospital with Covid-19, 83 are currently being treated in intensive care, with more than half not fully vaccinated.

Over the last 14 days, 44,000 cases of the virus have been reported.

The likelihood of a flu season is also expected to add pressure on the health system.

Rent prices soar

Rents around the country have increased on average by 6.7 per cent according to the latest rent report from Daft.ie.

Properties in Connacht-Ulster noted the largest increase, jumping by 18.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2020, resulting in the highest rate of inflation on record since 2006.

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Rents in the capital saw a slight increase (2.7 per cent), the average listed rent being €2,082 – up 107 per cent from its 2011 low - while the average rent nationally between July-September was €1,516.

Tributes paid to Austin Currie

Tributes have been paid following the death of Austin Currie, one of the key figures in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland.

Mr Currie died in his sleep at his home in Derrymullen, Co Kildare, on Tuesday. He had recently celebrated his 82nd birthday.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin described Mr Currie as a “peacemaker”.

Mr Currie, who also helped to found the nationalist SDLP party and was elected to parliament on both sides of the Border, was described by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar as “one of the outstanding politicians of his generation”.

Registered sex offenders subject to tagging

New laws could see sex offenders banned from working with children and vulnerable people.

The bill, published by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, will also introduce electronic tagging.

It offers the public the right to know the whereabouts of offenders, if they pose a threat to public safety.

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