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The US President has threatened to call in the military to tackle protests and civil unrest around the country.

Police used stun grenades and tear gas to clear streets surrounding the White House to allow Donald Trump to make the announcement overnight.

It was the sixth day of protests against police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

President Trump called on State Governors to deploy the national guard to end the “riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country.”

He said he would send in the US Military to any state that refused to do so.

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The HSE says many public hospitals aren't capable of providing the safe distancing needed to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

According to The Irish Times, it will tell today's Oireachtas Covid-19 committee they aren't 'fit for purpose'.

Public health officials are expected to advise against easing restrictions quicker than expected.

It comes as one more person died from the virus and there are 77 new confirmed cases.

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It looks ‘increasingly likely’ that a hosepipe ban will be brought into force across the country.

Irish Water has issued the warning as demand for water hit record levels in Dublin over the weekend.

The utility said similar surges were recorded in other parts of the country.

It said 16 of its drinking water schemes are in drought and 38 are at risk of going into drought because of the warm weather.

It is urging people to conserve water for essential use.

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Searches have resumed this morning for a boy who's gone missing in Lough Mask in County Mayo.

The four-year-old fell from an inflatable dinghy yesterday evening, but he has not yet been found.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter resumed a search on the area at 5.30 this morning.

Specialist divers and Civil Defence teams will also continue to be involved in the operation today.

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Dublin Zoo is reopening to the public this morning, after being shut for eleven weeks.

The number of visitors has been limited to 500 at any one time, tickets will have to be pre-booked, and a new one-way system is in place.

All internal and enclosed spaces, such as shops and animal houses, will remain closed for the time being.


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