Senior Journalist at Mediahuis Ireland. Fiona covers general news for the Irish Independent, The Herald and Independent.ie. A native of Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, she has previously been nominated in the annual NewsBrand Ireland Journalism Awards for her work. Fiona covers a wide variety of social issues in her journalism ranging from childhood obesity, to homelessness and domestic violence. Prior to joining Mediahuis, she was the News Editor of the Irish Medical Times, a weekly publication for doctors.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that measures to ease the lockdown planned for July – including pub openings and indoor dining – “may have to be reviewed” if there is evidence of people not following Covid-19 guidelines.
Another 524 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported today, amid concerns 72 cases of the the ‘Indian’ Covid variant have now been identified in Ireland could affect plans to reopen the country.
Gardaí and the Government have confirmed there will be no prohibition on bars or restaurants serving alcohol to customers outdoors as licensed businesses begin pulling pints for people once again from today.
The Government has been urged to introduce a 'twin-track’ approach which would see gardaí, teachers and frontline workers being vaccinated against Covid-19 while it also rolls out its age-based vaccination programme.
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