Jack Quann
Jack Quann

22.11 8 May 2020


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McHugh says new Leaving Cert 'could be open to legal challenge'

The Education Minister Joe McHugh has said the new Leaving Certificate system could be open to a legal challenge.

It was confirmed earlier the written exams, due to start at the end of July, will not go ahead.

Students will instead be given a predicted grade by their school - and the Department of Education will finalise their result.

COVID-19: 27 more deaths in Ireland

There have been 27 further deaths from the coronavirus here.

The latest figures also show 156 new confirmed cases.

1,429 people have now lost their lives here, while the number of cases stands at 22,541.

Government approves credit note scheme for customers in lieu of travel refunds

Travel agents are to be given the option of providing a credit note to customers in lieu of refunds.

Transport Minister Shane Ross says he has received Government approval for the proposals.

A refund credit note can be issued for package holidays booked through Irish registered travel agents and tour operators.

Vatican approves 'gift' of lands for new National Maternity Hospital

The Vatican has given the green light for lands earmarked for the new National Maternity Hospital to be transferred to the State.

The Religious Sisters of Charity say the site at St Vincent’s Hospital is worth some €200m and will now be gifted to the State to allow the project to get underway.

It follows national controversy over plans to build the new hospital on Church grounds due to fears over religious interference in women’s health.

Pieta House asks people to take part in 'Sunrise Appeal'

People are being encouraged to take part in a different type of Darkness Into Light event on Saturday.

It is the largest fundraiser for suicide charity Pieta House, supported by Electric Ireland.

It was scheduled to take place across five continents, and over 250,000 people would have walked against suicide and self-harm.

The Minister for Education Joe McHugh briefing media on the COVID-19 recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team. Picture by: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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