Justice Minister Heather Humphreys has said the hospitality sector will reopen safely today after scenes of violence in Dublin city centre in recent nights. The minister said the vast majority of people were enjoying themselves responsibly outdoors, and “we cannot let the actions of a small minority intent on causing trouble overshadow that.” Read the top 10 headlines on Independent.ie this morning…
Reopening of pubs will not be marred by thuggery, says Justice Minister Heather Humphreys
The reopening of hospitality across the country tomorrow will not be marred by thuggery, Justice Minister Heather Humphreys has vowed. People who go into city centres need not fear becoming caught up in disorder, she said.
Martin urges people to choose staycations ‘to support local tourism’
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin has encouraged people to enjoy a staycation summer as pubs and restaurants reopen outdoors from today. “This will drive much-needed and sustained footfall to support and boost local tourism and hospitality,” she told the Irish Independent.
Man charged with assault causing harm to his mother who was left fighting for her life
A young man has been charged with assault causing harm to his mother after she was left fighting for her life from stab injuries. Retired teacher Mary Coughlan (62) remains in a critical but stable condition after being found with stab and slash injuries at a property outside Innishannon in west Cork on Friday afternoon.
Insurance companies refuse to provide quotes to cover creches
A broker has revealed it has contacted 15 Irish and UK insurers about cover for the childcare sector and each of them declined to provide quotes. Some creches across the country have reported that high insurance costs are affecting their businesses, with one major chain reporting an increase of nearly 310pc in its premium last year.
Temperatures to soar to 24C as ‘Azores high’ settles over country
Break out the sun cream, T-shirts and barbecues as the long-awaited Irish summer is set to arrive with dry weather, spells of glorious sunshine and balmy temperatures of 23C or even 24C.
Queen ‘delighted’ at the birth of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lili
A “delighted” Queen and royal family have welcomed the arrival of the Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana. Meghan gave birth to her second child at 11.40am on Friday June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, with the couple saying they were “blessed” by Lili and describing her as “more than we could have ever imagined”.
Varadkar’s battle in election with Sinn Féin ‘disrespectful’
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s portrayal of Irish politics as now a battle between his party and Sinn Féin is ‘disrespectful to voters,’ it has been claimed. It is treating them as “pawns in the game,” says Labour Party Senator Ivana Bacik, who is the best-known candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election.
Bank holiday weekend sees vaccination roll-out hit 3 million doses
Another milestone has been reached over the bank holiday weekend with three million Covid-19 vaccine doses now administered. It comes as the number of people in intensive care with Covid-19 fell to 27 yesterday in advance of more restrictions being lifted from today.
Train collision in Pakistan kills at least 35
Two express trains have collided in southern Pakistan, killing at least 35 passengers, authorities said. Between 15 and 20 passengers are still trapped in the wreckage of the Millat Express train, said Umar Tufail, a police chief in Ghotki district in Sindh province, where the collision occurred before dawn.
Big day for the pub trade as more than 4,000 reopen
Pints will be poured in more than 4,000 pubs for the first time this year as outdoor service resumes in the latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions. There was hard work being done all over the country yesterday in preparation for the big welcome today, and the message from vintners was simple. We’ve missed you.