Video: Covid restrictions to ease, booster jabs for over 60s, man killed in Meath road crash

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Covid restrictions

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has outlined updates to the State's Covid-19 restrictions.

Cabinet met this morning to finalise the changes, including the retention of Covid certs for indoor hospitality settings. Nightclubs will be permitted to reopen, however, Covid certs will also be required.

Religious services and outdoor events will be able to proceed without capacity limits.

Antigen tests will now be used for fully-vaccinated close contacts of confirmed Covid cases.

Booster jabs

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) has given the go-ahead for Covid-19 booster vaccines to be administered to people over the age of 60.

The booster shots will be administered through GP surgeries, however, mass-vaccination centres could be back up and running around the country by the end of the month to aid the rollout.

Niac is understood to have recommended that a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine be given to people aged 60-79 who received their last dose at least five months ago.

Meath road crash

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A man in his 30s has been killed in a road traffic collision which occurred on the R147 in Carnaross, near Kells, Co Meath shortly before 9.30pm on Monday.

Gardaí received reports that a car had collided with the back of a truck which had been parked on the roadside. Upon attending the scene, the man, who was the driver of the car, was pronounced dead.

His body was taken to the mortuary at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Navan where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Third-level sexual assault

College students will be able to anonymously report sexual assault on a new online platform.

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will launch the platform on Tuesday.

Students can anonymously report an experience of sexual assault, rape and harassment, discrimination and bullying.

Mr Harris described it as an “incredibly important initiative” and one that would help create a “zero-tolerance culture”.

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