Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Covid testing to end this autumn
Covid-19 testing for the general public is set to be stood down in the autumn, after the Government accepted advice from the Interim Chief Medical Officer. Anyone seeking to get a Covid-19 test from then on will be required to go through their GP or clinician, who will decide whether or not they are sent forward for testing.
Food shortages this winter
Pat McDonagh, the founder and owner of Supermac’s, is advising people to buy long-life food now, as he fears there will be a shortage this winter. Mr McDonagh said the war in Ukraine is having a huge impact on food production, leading to a sharp increase in prices.
Agriculture emissions deal
The Government is moving closer to an agreement on the size of carbon emission reduction targets for the agriculture sector. Its Climate Action plan had pledged carbon emission cuts of between 22 per cent and 30 per cent for agriculture. Following talks between the leaders of the three coalition parties throughout yesterday, sources said there is now a pathway to a deal which could be reached at some time today.
Police appeal for information on missing Derry child
Police in Derry are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing five-year-old who may have travelled to the Republic with her mother. It’s believed that Scarlet Friars and her mother Jacqueline, 39, may have crossed the border in a blue Ford Kuga, with a green ‘Children On Board’ sticker. Scarlet is described as having hazel-coloured eyes and light brown hair, which was tied up in a ponytail, while her mother Jacqueline is described as being 5 foot 10 in height, with shoulder length dark brown curly hair, and was last seen wearing a red check shirt, jeans and a red handbag. The pair have been missing since last Sunday, July 24, from the Shantallow area of Derry city.
The Irish Examiner
Largely dry today apart from a few showers mainly affecting eastern and northern counties. There will be a mix of cloud and sunny spells. Highest temperatures will range from 17°C to 21°C in light east or variable breezes. On Thursday night, it will be dry across most of the country with long clear spells. A few mist or fog patches will develop in light southeast or variable winds. Minimum temperatures of 9°C to 12°C.