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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.

Covid patients in hospital

There are 131 people with Covid-19 being treated in Irish hospitals this morning — a slight fall from yesterday.

The figure has fallen by more than 14 percent in the past week.

In the last 24 hours there have been 16 admissions to hospitals and 14 discharges.

While in ICU overnight there were 37 patients with the virus.

Investment funds buying family homes

The Government is set to block investment funds from buying up entire housing estates, according to senior figures involved in the process.

The Irish Times reports that senior Coalition sources confirmed the move had been agreed between the parties, although discussions are continuing on how best to implement the policy.

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The decision follows fierce Opposition criticism of the Government on the housing issue, following reports that entire developments of family homes had been bought by investment funds — something Opposition parties and housing campaigners say is squeezing families out of the housing market.

Plan to give amnesty for Troubles crimes condemned

Politicians on both sides of the Irish border have condemned a reported British plan to give amnesty to British soldiers accused of crimes during the Northern Ireland Troubles.

The UK government is set to introduce a statute of limitations to stop people being charged over incidents that occurred before the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, according to reports in the Times and Daily Telegraph.

Many victims of the Troubles are vehemently opposed to any statute of limitations, which they characterise as an amnesty that will thwart their chances of justice.

The bar on prosecutions would apply across the board, including former security force members and paramilitaries, but an exemption would still enable war crimes, such as torture, to be prosecuted, according to the papers.

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