• A further 15 patients with coronavirus in the Republic have died, bringing the the total death toll to 1,467, while there are now over 23,000 confirmed cases of the virus here.

    However, for the second day in a row there were no new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo yesterday.

    The county remains the county in Connaught with the highest incidents of the virus at 522, in Galway the number is now 392, in Roscommon 247 and in Sligo 123.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team meets later to discuss the advice it'll give this week on facial coverings, to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    The wearing of masks in public will NOT be compulsory, according to the Chief Medical Officer.

    The team will today examine when is the best time to issue a formal recommendation to the public on masks, and how to make and wear them.

  • Hidden Hearing has reintroduced its free hearing aid batteries offer to help those with hearing loss through lockdown. The national hearing healthcare specialists, with offices in Castlebar, will be posting out free batteries for hearing aids to all applicants, whether or not they are customers of the Irish company.  There is also a customer telephone and email helpline in place.

     Anyone needing hearing aid batteries, whether customers, nursing home or hospital residents, or the general public can contact Hidden Hearing on 1800 66 77 11, text ‘HEAR’ to 50015, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have free replacement batteries posted free of charge.

    When you text or email Hidden Hearing, please include in your text or email the following details: Name, Address, Phone Number, Battery Size and how many aids you wear.

    Also, as part of their #PleaseSpeakUp, campaign, Hidden Hearing will now provide free face masks with each set of batteries. The masks feature a please speak up speech bubble for people who are hard of hearing to wear, so that those they meet in public, and particularly in stores, will understand their difficulty.

  • Leaving Cert students will not be permitted to wear face masks during their upcoming oral exams.

    The Irish Times reports that perspex screens will be used instead, to ensure clear communication.

    It comes as the exams are set to be carried out by teachers and audio recordings will then be sent to the State Examinations Commission for marking.

    Rueban Murray, President of the Irish Second Level Students union says this will benefit students while keeping everyone safe.