Gigs return, farmers protest and Covid indicators improve

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Covid hospital numbers

A complete of 11 Irish hospitals now have zero inpatients constructive for Covid-19, in line with the pinnacle of the well being service.

HSE chief govt Paul Reid stated Friday morning had introduced “further good news” as eight grownup hospitals and three youngsters’s hospitals are actually with out the illness.

It comes after the variety of folks with the illness being handled in intensive care dropped to the bottom stage recorded this yr, with 23 sufferers as of Thursday night.

Mr Reid has attributed the autumn in ICU numbers to the impression of the continued rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines.

In the meantime, nursing properties have slammed a “grossly irresponsible” plan to finish Covid funding help for the sector.

Dwell concert events return

Music followers who attended the primary large-scale live performance in Eire because the pandemic started have described the expertise as “emotional” and “surreal”.

A pilot live performance going down at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on Thursday night welcomed 500 followers to witness performances by James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson.

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It was the primary in a sequence of pilot dwell leisure occasions, using staggered arrival and leaving occasions for followers, who remained in pods of as much as 4 folks.

Demand for the gig was large, and tickets bought out nearly immediately.

Farmers protest

The Irish Farmers Affiliation is holding a nationwide day of motion.

They’re demonstrating to focus on the significance of economic farming to the agricultural economic system.

Farmers can even warn in opposition to what they describe as “dangers” within the present CAP proposals.

It’s the first large-scale demonstration by the organisation because the Covid-19 pandemic started.

Arlene Foster’s final engagement

Immediately is prone to be Arlene Foster’s final official engagement as Northern Eire’s First Minister.

She has spoken of remorse at not having had the chance to have performed extra because the North’s chief.

She is because of attend the primary full summit of the British Irish Intergovernmental Council in Co Fermanagh, the place the continued dispute over Brexit and the Northern Eire Protocol is predicted to prime the agenda.

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UK prime minister Boris Johnson has steered the European Union is taking an “excessively burdensome” strategy to post-Brexit buying and selling preparations for the North.

Hottest day of yr

Temperatures might hit as excessive as 26 levels this weekend.

Tomorrow shall be cloudy at first with some patchy drizzle, however it is going to dry up within the afternoon with highs of 23 levels. Sunday shall be heat and dry with temperatures hitting 26 levels in some components.

Head of forecasting with Met Eireann Evelyn Cusack has stated that Sunday would be the hottest day of the yr.