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Creeslough funerals continue
The funeral for 59-year-old farmer Hugh Kelly — the oldest victim in the Creeslough explosion — will take place in St Michael’s on Friday morning. Mr Kelly will be the eighth person the community will honour and mourn at a service since 10 people were killed in Donegal a week ago.
Savita: 10 years on
On Saturday, 29 October, the march goes on to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Savita Hallapanavar’s death. Moving from the Garden of Remembrance to the Dáil, the march is both to commemorate her and to restate what we vowed following her death – ‘Never Again.’
Irish water quality
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Quality in Ireland Report 2016-2021 has found that Ireland will fail to meet the EU and national goal of restoring all waters to ‘good’ status by 2027 if progress doesn’t improve. It was also found that only half of Irish rivers and lakes are able to sustain healthy ecosystems for fish and insects.
Covid in Ireland
According to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, the ‘significant’ increase in the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is cause for concern leading into the winter. There are no plans to introduce mandated mask-wearing, but if required the mask mandates in certain settings (eg transport and healthcare) will involve a point-in-time assessment of indicators and will take “due consideration of the personal, ethical and public health perspectives”.