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Kenneth Fox

Working from home advice

The Government will make a decision next week on whether to advise people to once again work from home, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has recommended the move as part of a number of measures to tackle rising Covid cases.

In a letter outlining its recommendations, Nphet also says people who regularly go to bars, nightclubs and the cinema should take antigen tests twice a week before going out.

Tidy Towns awards

Ennis in Co Clare has claimed the top prize at the 2021 National Tidy Towns Awards.

It also won the tidiest large urban centre award, while Geashill in Co Offaly was named Ireland’s tidiest village, Abbeyleix in Co Laois was crowned Ireland’s tidiest small town and Cobh in Co Cork was named Ireland’s tidiest large town.

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847 entries were submitted to the competition from Tidy Towns volunteer groups across the country.

Tragic hurling accident

A teenager who died in a freak accident while hurling during a lunchtime break was laid to rest just metres from where he began his school days.

Harry Byrne, 13, from Gowran, Co Kilkenny, was rushed to St Luke’s General Hospital on Monday afternoon after being accidentally hit while playing with friends in the grounds of St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny city.

The first year student and talented sports enthusiast, who had a promising hurling career ahead of him, passed away the following day.

High Court ruling

The High Court has quashed a decision of the Irish Prison Service to refuse to treat a prison officer's absence from work following an assault by a prisoner as an occupational injury.

Michael Delaney, an assistant chief officer in Limerick Prison, had not been provided with reasons for the refusal and the matter must now be reconsidered by the prison service, Ms Justice Niamh Hyland ruled.

The case arose out of an incident on August 30th, 2019, when Mr Delaney was instructed to transport a prisoner to court in Limerick but when he went to the cell the prisoner became violent, the court heard.

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