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Positive Covid trends

The chief executive of the health service has "never felt a stronger moment of hope and optimism" as Covid-19 vaccines roll out in Ireland.

Paul Reid said the HSE had been working seven days a week since January of 2020 and he had never felt better optimism, which was directly related to the vaccine rollout.

He added he was “highly encouraged” by the level of registration among those aged 56 to 59 for vaccination.

Maternity restrictions

There is growing confusion over eased Covid restrictions at maternity hospitals.

The HSE has admitted it does not know what visitor restrictions are in place in each of the country's maternity hospitals as Covid measures have been left up to individual managers.

Campaigners and opposition politicians have hit out at the "insulting" restrictions which mean expectant fathers and birth partners are being denied access for scans and during labour in some hospitals.

Darkness into Light

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People are being encouraged to sign up to Darkness into Light, which returns tomorrow.

The annual event is Pieta House's main fundraiser and raises awareness of suicide and self-harm.

The usual organised walks are not possible due to Covid-19, but people can still support the cause.

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