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Ireland reopens

Today marks the greatest easing of Covid-19 restrictions so far this year — with the list in full here.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that today is a day of freedom thanks to the efforts of the Irish people, the HSE and businesses.


From today, intercounty travel resumes, three households or six people can meet outdoors and a vaccine bonus has also come into force.

A phased reopening of non-essential retail has also begun, with shoppers returning to stores such as Penneys, while personal services such as hairdressers can reopen by appointment.

Taoiseach vaccinated

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has received his first Covid-19 vaccine.

The Fianna Fáil leader shared a video on his official Twitter account showing him getting his first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine at Cork City Hall on Sunday.


Speaking to media at Cork City Hall, Mr Martin said: “I think we’re making great progress as a country.”

Vaccine rollout

It's a big week for Ireland's Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme, with more than 250,000 people due to be vaccinated.

Health officials are considering using the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for those under the age of 50.

The Taoiseach has voiced support for lowering the age limit on the Johnson & Johnson jab to ensure none go to waste, while Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said an excess of some vaccines may be unavoidable.

Cork city shooting

Gardaí have arrested nine people after a gunshot was fired at a house in the Mahon area of Cork city last night.

Gardaí responded to reports of a disturbance in the Ravensdale Close area of Mahon, Cork yesterday evening.

A shot was discharged at approximately 5.15pm at the location, and no injuries have been reported.

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