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2021 in Ireland

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Events during the year 2021 in Ireland.

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January[edit source | edit]

  • 1 January
  • 2 January
    • 3,394 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.[3]
    • The Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory Cillian de Gascun announced that a further 9 cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 had been detected in the Republic of Ireland from 23 December to 29 December, bringing the total number of cases identified to 16.[4]
    • It was revealed that there were approximately 9,000 positive COVID-19 tests not yet logged on the HSE's IT systems, due to both limitations in the software; and lack of staff to check and input details, meaning there is an effective ceiling of approximately 1,700 to 2,000 cases that can be logged each day.[5]
  • 3 January – 4,962 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.[6]
  • 4 January – 6,110 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.[7]
  • 5 January
  • 6 January
    • 7,836 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.[11]
    • The Government agreed a number of new lockdown measures including the closure of all schools until February with Leaving Certificate students allowed to attend school for three days a week, the closure of all non-essential construction sites with certain exceptions at 6pm on 8 January, the requirement from 9 January for all passengers from the UK and South Africa to have a negative PCR test that they acquired within 72 hours of travelling and the prohibition of click-and-collect services for non-essential retail.[12]
    • The Tánaiste announced that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine would allow 10,000 more people in Ireland to be vaccinated per week.[13]
    • It was announced that Minister for Justice Helen McEntee tested positive for Covid-19.[14]
  • 7 January
    • NPHET confirmed that the backlog of cases due to a delay in reporting positive laboratory results have been cleared.[15]
    • The Government was forced to abandon plans for Leaving Certificate students to attend school on three days a week, and instead students will return to homeschooling along with other students until February, after the ASTI directed its members not to return to in-school teaching.[16]
    • The rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in private and voluntary nursing homes began nationwide, with 22 nursing homes of 3,000 residents and staff to be vaccinated.[17]
    • The Tánaiste announced that the Government would consider banning the sale of alcohol after a certain time in a day, while all pubs, restaurants and other businesses were set to remain closed until April.[18][19]
  • 8 January
  • 9 January – A major fire that broke out at an animal feed storage facility near the Port of Cork was brought under control.[23]
  • 11 January
    • The purchase of alcohol with supermarket vouchers as well as a number of multi-buy schemes were banned under new legislation that came into effect.[24]
    • Figures revealed by the Our World in Data organisation showed that Ireland had the highest daily number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world for every million people.[25]
    • Gardaí received new COVID-19 enforcement powers, including the power to fine people €100 in breach in the 5km travel limit.[26]
  • 12 January
  • 13 January
    • Taoiseach Micheál Martin issued a formal apology to victims and survivors of Mother and Baby Homes, on behalf of the state, and promised that the apology would be followed by actions, including access to counselling and records, provision of medical cards, and a system of reparations.[32]
    • The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) called for the Government to declare a national emergency and for all private hospital capacity to be fully nationalised into the public healthcare system as the number of hospitalisations doubled the peak of April 2020.[33]
  • 14 January
  • 15 January – The Chief Medical Officers of Ireland and Northern Ireland Tony Holohan and Michael McBride issued a joint statement urging everyone to stay at home.[37]
  • 16 January
  • 17 January
  • 18 January – The number of patients with COVID-19 being treated in hospitals around the country reached a record 2,023, with 200 in ICUs and over 400 people receiving high-grade ventilation and respiratory support.[42]
  • 19 January
    • 93 deaths of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Republic of Ireland – the highest number of confirmed deaths recorded in a single day so far since the pandemic reached Ireland.[43]
    • The Government was forced to abandon plans to reopen special schools on Thursday 21 January for thousands of children with special educational needs following safety concerns among staff unions.[44]
  • 20 January

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. Creation of new Munster Technological University an 'important milestone' for south west TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-01
  2. Resumption of the pre-school programme postponed until 11 January, in line with reopening of primary and secondary schools Gov.ie, 2021-01-01
  3. Coronavirus: 4 deaths and a record high of 3,394 new cases confirmed TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-02
  4. Covid-19: Nine further cases of ‘UK strain’ detected in State The Irish Times, 2021-01-02
  5. @gavreilly (2 January 2021). "If that's the case, the backlog of 9,000 is likely to get continually larger and larger - and the number of daily positive swabs (which historically runs roughly 10% higher than the number of positive cases) will be a truer illustration of #covid19ireland for the coming days" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. Coronavirus: Seven deaths and 4,962 new cases confirmed TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-02
  7. Coronavirus: Six deaths and 6,110 new cases confirmed in Ireland TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-04
  8. Dublin woman (95) becomes first nursing home resident in the State to be vaccinated The Irish Times, 2021-01-05
  9. Breastfeeding doctor and 95-year-old COVID-19 survivor vaccinated Irish Examiner, 2021-01-05
  10. Up to 135,000 people to be fully vaccinated by end of February, Taoiseach says TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-05
  11. Coronavirus: 17 deaths and 7,836 new cases confirmed in Ireland TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-06
  12. Additional public health restrictions - people urged to stay at home Gov.ie, 2021-01-06
  13. Ireland to see 10,000 more weekly vaccines with Moderna approval RTÉ News, 2021-01-06
  14. Minister for Justice Helen McEntee tests positive for Covid-19 The Irish Times, 2021-01-06
  15. Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team - Thursday 7 January Gov.ie, 2021-01-07
  16. Government to scrap plan on partial reopening of schools The Irish Times, 2021-01-07
  17. Covid-19: Vaccine rollout starts in nursing homes The Irish Times, 2021-01-07
  18. Government will consider banning sale of alcohol after a certain time in the day, says Tánaiste Leo Varadkar Irish Independent, 2021-01-07
  19. Pubs and restaurants likely to remain closed until April, Leo Varadkar says Irish Mirror, 2021-01-07
  20. Coronavirus: 20 deaths and 8,248 new cases as ICU numbers rise above 100 TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-08
  21. Coronavirus Ireland: record 8,248 new cases and 20 further deaths confirmed as South African variant identified in Ireland Irish Independent, 2021-01-08
  22. Temperatures could plummet to -7C tonight RTÉ News, 2021-01-08
  23. Major fire at Cork Port brought under control; no casualties reported TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-09
  24. New regulations restrict price promotions of alcohol RTÉ News, 2021-01-11
  25. Ireland had world’s highest Covid-19 infection rate last week The Irish Times, 2021-01-11
  26. People breaching Covid-19 travel restrictions now face €100 fine The Irish Times, 2021-01-11
  27. Conneely, Ailbhe (12 January 2021). "'Appalling level of infant mortality' in mother-and-baby homes – Commission". RTÉ. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  28. All travellers into Republic will need negative Covid-19 tests from Saturday The Irish Times, 2021-01-12
  29. First delivery of Moderna vaccine arrives in Ireland RTÉ News, 2021-01-12
  30. Fine Gael parliamentary party readmits three Golfgate Senators The Irish Times, 2021-01-12
  31. Three prisoners in Portlaoise and Mountjoy test positive for Covid-19 TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-12
  32. "State apology: Taoiseach's full statement on Mother and Baby Homes". The Irish Times. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  33. Covid situation in Irish hospitals now a 'national emergency' as nurses issue urgent warning Irish Mirror, 2021-01-13
  34. Three people fined for travelling 80km for a burger RTÉ News, 2021-01-14
  35. New Bus Schedules for Dublin Area to take effect from next week National Transport Authority, 2021-01-14
  36. Whip restored to three Fianna Fáil senators who attended Oireachtas golf dinner last August TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-14
  37. 'We are gravely concerned': Chief medical officers issue joint stay-at-home warning TheJournal.ie, 2021-01-15
  38. GPs and nurses get Moderna jab at vaccination centres RTÉ News, 2021-01-16
  39. Nursing and midwifery student placements suspended to redeploy qualified nurses and midwives to support COVID-19 response Gov.ie, 2021-01-16
  40. Govt requests early deliveries of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine RTÉ News, 2021-01-17
  41. Covid-19: INMO calls for clarity on suspension of student nurse placements The Irish Times, 2021-01-17
  42. Over 2,000 Covid patients in hospital, 200 in ICU RTÉ News, 2021-01-18
  43. 93 further deaths as 2,001 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Ireland Irish Examiner, 2021-01-19
  44. Government abandons plans to reopen special schools this week The Irish Times, 2021-01-19
  45. St Patrick's Festival Dublin parade cancelled for second year RTÉ News, 2021-01-20
  46. An Taoiseach Micheál Martin congratulates President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration Gov.ie, 2021-01-20
  47. Bagatelle singer Liam Reilly has died aged 65 RTÉ Entertainment, 2021-01-01
  48. Former Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt dies following illness Belfast Telegraph, 2021-01-02
  49. Former Carlow Councillor Jim Townsend has passed away KCLR 96FM, 2021-01-07
  50. High Court grants barrister her “dying wish” and halves suspension legalfutures.co.uk, 2021-01-14
  51. Tipperary hurling mourns Theo English, winner of five All-Ireland titles Irish Examiner, 2021-01-10
  52. Warke, Rt. Rev. Robert Alexander : Death notice
  53. Legendary Cork football manager Eamonn Ryan passes away Irish Examiner, 2021-01-14
  54. President Higgins leads tributes to former Fianna Fáil TD and Senator Brian Hillery Irish Examiner, 2021-01-20

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