On Thursday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD told the Dáil at the convention centre that there are real concerns about the supply of the single-shot dosage of the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine. The vaccine is one of four vaccines being used to inoculate people around Ireland. There is grave concern about whether Ireland will meet it’s target of 82% of the population being vaccinated by the end of June.
U.S. President Joe Biden will propose a $6 trillion budget total of Federal Spending over the next ten years as part of his budget for the fiscal year of 2022. The enormous spending would fund Biden’s domestic agenda, expand the safety net to more working families, and update infrastructure.
27 leaders of the European Union have declared sanctions, as well as sealing the airspace above Belarus, following the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in the country last Sunday.
Last week, the GAA amended its rules on requiring players to respect the Irish flag and national anthem, making them stricter than was previously the case. According to the Irish Examiner, the rule has been reworded so that “teams shall stand to attention respectfully facing the flag for the full duration of the anthem.”
After 2020’s cancellation, the Eurovision Song Contest returned to our screens last week from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It provided us all with a form of escapism from the pandemic we are still fighting. The Dutch government decided to use the contest as a trial event to allow people return to live events in the country after Covid, this meant that there were 3500 people permitted to attend each live show without having to wear masks; providing they tested negative before entering the stadium. As always, the voting in this year’s contest was intriguing and bizarre in some cases, but the voting system in Eurovision allows us to piece together a picture of the current gro-political environment in Europe.(as mentioned in this article- ). In this article I will explore some questionable jury voting and how external political factors may be influencing how certain countries are voting.
All eyes await the government announcement regarding relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions, with both the aviation and hospitality sectors seeking clarity on restarting their industries.