Plan to extend pub and restaurant outdoor seating

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will today seek Cabinet approval to extend the operation of outdoor seating areas for pubs and restaurants as the hospitality industry enters the summer season. Minister McEntee will ask her Government colleagues to agree to a six month extension to the legislation which permits the sale and consumption of alcohol in … Read more

Complaints to Children’s Ombudsman rise in pandemic

There was a 79% increase in the number of complaints to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) in 2021. This reflected the disruption experienced by children, particularly in the area of education, according to the OCO. 53% of complaints related to education. Bullying accounted for 10% of education-related complaints. Out of 2,126 complaints made to … Read more

‘We needed more beds, we still need more beds’: Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?

THE PANDEMIC IS still ongoing but Covid-19 hospitalisations and admissions to intensive care are declining.  In recent months, the focus largely shifted from emergency measures to reflection and planning for the future.  The Taoiseach said last year that an inquiry into the State’s handling of the pandemic would be carried out to learn lessons for … Read more

Chiellini says goodbye to Juve fans as last-gasp Lazio make Europa League

GIORGIO CHIELLINI BID farewell to Juventus fans on Monday in his last home match for the Turin giants, a disappointing 2-2 draw which earned Lazio a place in the Europa League after Sergej Milinkovic-Savic levelled with the last kick of the game. Fans chanted “there’s only one captain” as a giant choreography depicting his shirt … Read more

Liverpool without Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk for crunch Saints clash

MOHAMED SALAH AND Virgil Van Dijk have been ruled out of Liverpool’s crucial Premier League clash at Southampton on Tuesday. The pair were forced off during the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday with groin and knee injuries respectively. Neither are seriously injured but, despite the importance of the fixture in the … Read more