Jack Quann
Jack Quann

21.51 18 May 2020


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COVID-19: Four more deaths in Ireland

There have been four more deaths from the coronavirus in Ireland.

The latest figures show there are also 88 new cases of the virus.

This brings the overall death toll to 1,547 - while the number of cases stands at 24,200.

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Greens recommit to end of month government deadline

The leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and The Green Party say they are still working to conclude a draft programme for government by the end of the month.

Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan met for two hours on Monday morning.

The three leaders say they "reaffirmed their commitment to successfully concluding the talks and to negotiating in good faith."

Appeal for information on "brutal killing" in west Belfast

Police have described the murder of a man in west Belfast last night as a “brutal killing.”

57-year-old Kieran Wylie was shot a number of times at close range at a house in the Lenadoon Avenue area of the city at around 10pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after police arrived.

Expert calls for longer lockdown to 'crush the curve' across island of Ireland

A leading health expert is urging officials to set their sights on completely eliminating COVID-19 from the island of Ireland.

The lockdown, announced in late-March, was aimed at ‘flattening the curve’ of the virus to prevent the country’s hospitals becoming overwhelmed.

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning however, Dr Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems at DCU, said officials should now focus on an attempt to ‘crush the curve’ across the island.

Government announces increased funding for Pieta House

The Government is to increase its funding to suicide charity Pieta House by more than €114,000 a month.

Minister of State with special responsibility for mental health, Jim Daly, has confirmed the increase is to be provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

This is in addition to existing funding of €2.03m per year.

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan (left), Chief Medical Officer, at the daily COVID-19 briefing at the Department of Health, Dublin. Picture by: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie

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