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Gardaí preparing DPP file following Longford wedding

Gardaí are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions following a wedding in Co Longford yesterday.

The co-director of Traveller advocacy group Pavee Point has said he was “alarmed” over reports that 100 people attended a post-wedding gathering in Longford.

It is understood that the guests attended a post-wedding celebration in a marquee in Co Longford on Wednesday night, despite an earlier court order for the structure to be dismantled.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Martin Collins said that the message from Pavee Point had been clear and consistent regarding public health measures.

He called on members of the Traveller community to respect public health guidelines.

“All large gatherings must be avoided at all costs,” he said.

“Almost 5,000 people in Ireland alone have lost their lives to Covid-19, so I am very alarmed, I am very concerned,” he added.

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“Again I would plead with members of my own community to please display a little bit more responsibility and protect themselves, protect their family and protect their community from this lethal, lethal disease.”

International travel

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said international travel could resume in July.

The Government said Ireland will opt into EU proposals to reopen non-essential travel.

Mr Coveney said international travel will return as soon as it is safe to do so.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout

The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to the public for the first time in Ireland.

Homeless people in Dublin are the first to receive the one-shot jab, at a temporary vaccination clinic set up by the HSE in Dublin city centre and hosted by the Salvation Army.

The clinic will provide vaccination for 700 medically vulnerable people living in homeless services over the next two weeks.

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