Today’s headlines: end in sight of restrictions on “deepened” close contacts and schools to open as planned, but online courses are not excluded

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End in sight for the rules on “boosted” close contacts

The end is in sight of restrictive close contact rules for people who have received booster shots after government officials called on the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) to review the measures.

€ 20 for a single antigen test on resale websites as stores and pharmacies no longer sell kits

Antigen testing is advertised for up to € 20 per kit on shopping and sales websites – as many supermarkets and pharmacies remain sold out after increased sales over the Christmas period.

Schools will open as planned but online courses are not excluded

As schools return, staffing issues may mean some classes will have to return to online teaching from time to time.

Family of assaulted teenager seeks new home because they feel insecure

The family of Alanna Quinn Idris, the 17-year-old who could lose her sight in one eye after a brutal attack last week, said they no longer felt safe in Ballyfermot and were eager to move.

Best of the Indo Daily: Paul Williams explains how John Gilligan and John Traynor changed the gangland

Best of the Indo Daily: Paul Williams explains how John Gilligan and John Traynor changed the gangland

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Outside Africa: Abnormally mild winter keeps swallows at home as climate change takes effect

A symbol of our changing seasons is now a sign of our changing climate – swallows stay for the winter.

Delivery of food and other basic necessities at risk due to the absence of the Covid carrier

Deliveries of Seville oranges, coconut milk, dairy, meat and baked goods could be delayed as factories, shops and restaurants try to fill staff shortages.

Prince Andrew has “no right” to raise in court a settlement agreement reached between Jeffrey Epstein and his accuser, a judge suggested yesterday.


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