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The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated the once bustling tourism and hospitality sectors in Dublin
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September 06 2021 07:09 AM
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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told the live events industry that the UK’s reopening is “definitely” not an example to follow, just days before travelling to London to attend a music festival.
As the last restrictions on society begin to ease, people have returned to shops and places of work in comparable numbers to January 2020 just before Covid-19 restrictions were introduced. However new data has revealed big cities, especially Dublin, are lagging behind in the return to normality.
’I've got a great team in housekeeping,” hotelier Anthony Moloney says. “But if one person gets sick, either myself or my wife are doing rooms… it’s that tight.” Anthony and Deirdre run Doolin Inn, a 22-room country house and restaurant in Co Clare. Business has been brisk as Covid restrictions ease but, like many Irish tourism and hospitality businesses, they now find themselves facing another perfect storm: staff shortage.
UCD updated its costs for on-campus accommodation for this coming academic year, with options ranging from €6,728 to €10,526 for first year students and €6,447 to €11,113 for returning students.
Thousands of Taliban fighters overrun eight districts of Panjshir overnight, according to witnesses from the area.
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The virus that causes Covid-19 has been detected for the first time in wastewater across the whole country. It was detected in all wastewater catchment areas that are part of a surveillance programme to monitor Covid’s spread.
Hurricane Ida’s death toll in the US northeast rose yesterday to at least 50 people, with many holding out hope for the missing in the floodwaters and Pope Francis calling on those affected by the disaster to be strong.
Major differences have emerged in how Government ministers treat the deletion of text messages, with apparent splits along party lines. It comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Foreign Minister Simon Coveney deleting texts relating to the botched appointment of Katherine Zappone as a UN envoy.
Shocked staff at a hotel in Co Down contacted the PSNI after they found a gun that an officer left behind. The weapon was recovered and the Belfast-based officer informed they were under investigation as a result.
HSE testing for Covid-19 was forecast to be at near capacity today as a busy September is expected following the return of thousands of children to classrooms.
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