Read the top 10 stories on Independent.ie this morning …
Childcare: nurseries to pay to freeze costs
Nurseries and daycares will receive more money to improve staff pay in exchange for the freeze on parents’ fees under a new program to be announced in Tuesday’s budget, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
General practitioners “use dewormer as treatment for Covid”
An anti-lockout doctor has claimed that GPs are prescribing a controversial antiparasitic agent as a treatment for Covid-19 to patients with the virus. The drug, ivermectin, is not approved for the treatment of Covid-19 in Ireland.
The purchasing power of state pensions falls by more than € 10 per week
The purchasing power of the state pension has fallen by more than € 10 per week, due to the rising cost of goods and services. The government is expected to announce on Tuesday that it will increase the payment by at least € 5, although that figure has not yet been finalized.
After Nadine: “We must talk about violent men”
The lead investigator into Nadine Lott’s murder said her murder sparked a much needed debate on violence perpetrated against women by men in this country. While Ms Lott’s murder by her ex-partner is not a case of domestic violence, it has highlighted the threat women may face, according to Wicklow Superintendent Declan McCarthy.
In Focus Podcast: Nadine Lott and Sarah Everard: the murders that made women say enough is enough
“I think we’re getting better all the time” – Stephen Kenny aims to end the year on a high after his first “late” win in competition
Stephen Kenny wants his Irish side to use their first ‘late’ competitive victory of their reign as a platform to end the year on a high in the November window where clashes with Portugal and Luxembourg await.
Fleeing terror in Kabul to find warmth and kindness in Ireland
A couple who ran the gauntlet of armed Taliban fighters to escape Afghanistan shared their relief as they began a new life in Ireland. Dentist and scholar Ghazal Maher fled with her husband Ali and their two children after the Taliban took control of Kabul in August.
Rosanna Davison: “It was the most amazing experience, arriving in a foreign hospital to see a stranger give birth to your child”
Model, actress and writer Rosanna Davison recounts her long emotional journey to motherhood through surrogacy, and how letting go of stress during lockdown boosted her fertility.
Specialized officers monitor Holohan and Varadkar activists
Gardaí is compiling intelligence files on some of the protesters who have been implicated in recent protests outside the homes of Leo Varadkar and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.
Colds and respiratory infections on the rise, GPs report
Doctors have reported an increase in colds, viruses and respiratory illnesses in recent weeks, with some GPs saying presentations in surgeries have already exceeded 2019 levels.