Video: Varadkar predicts 4,000 daily Covid cases; local property tax deadline extended

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Fragile Covid situation

The Covid situation in Ireland is "fragile but stable", Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said, while he warned that he expects daily infection numbers to top 4,000 today or Saturday.

Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Varadkar said high case numbers were a cause of concern, adding that he could not rule out the reintroduction of restrictions, stating to do so would be "reckless".

Mr Varadkar's comments come as there were 458 patients with Covid in hospital on Thursday, 90 of whom were receiving treatment in intensive care.

R116 crash

An investigation into the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 crash that claimed four lives has identified “systemic safety issues”.

Rescue 116 crashed off Co Mayo at 12.46am on March 14th, 2017 with four crew on board after it struck Blackrock Island, 19km off the coast.

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, the commander of the flight, was pulled from the sea in the hours after the crash and never regained consciousness, while the body of Captain Mark Duffy, the co-pilot, was taken from the cockpit 12 days later by Navy divers.

Local property tax

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Revenue has confirmed the deadline for property owners filing Local Property Tax (LPT) returns has been extended due to a surge of engagement which is expected to continue over the coming days.

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The deadline has been pushed back to Wednesday, November 10th at 5pm after 250,000 properties were filed in the last three days and over 80,000 calls were made to Revenue's LPT helpline.

The original cut-off point was due to fall on November 7th.

Dublin fugitive

A senior associate of the Kinahan organised crime gang wanted for his involvement in the supply of class A drugs worth millions of pounds has been extradited to the UK from the Canary Islands.

Gary Vickery (38), originally from Dublin, was escorted on a flight from Lanzarote by officers from the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) on Thursday, having been arrested by Spanish police on October 20th.

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