With Ireland's movement into Phase Four delayed due to rising Covid-19 numbers, Ian Guider, Markets Editor of the Business Post, tells Nadine O'Regan the latest in relation to the banks, business, house prices and uncertain times for pub-owners. Plus, Jack O'Kennedy reports from the Light House Cinema in Smithfield, which has reopened for business.
Fourth Quarter Fears: will shaky confidence unsettle the economy further?
Ian Guider breaks down the state of the economy five months post-lockdown and Charlene Lydon of the Light House Cinema talks reopening during a pandemic
Potential use of rapid antigen tests in workplaces and schools to be assessed
Speedy tests for virus could be used alongside the state’s PCR testing programme as country aims for safer eventual reopening
‘The next few weeks will give us hope if we can hang in there’
There are still some clouds on the horizon with the threat of new variants, but there is also hope as health workers report real benefits from the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines
Lifting of ban on visits to nursing homes now urged
Geriatric specialists say vaccination has reduced the risk hugely, and that leaving the elderly to die alone in homes is ‘inhumane’
Deforestation, the wildlife trade and intensive farming: a recipe for lethal virus outbreaks
Conditions in the Wuhan market may have been an ‘early amplifier’ of the Covid-19 virus. Habitat destruction, the intensification of agriculture, global travel and climate change will be among the main factors in the emergence of even more deadly diseases, experts warn, as ‘we push nature to its limit’