Catch up on all that made the headlines today.
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- There were 159 new cases of Covid-19 and two further deaths associated with the disease in Ireland.
- The HSE distanced itself from comments made by the clinical director of Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, who claimed that Covid-19 is less severe than the flu and that Ireland should be attempting to achieve herd immunity.
- Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn directly appealed to people living and working in Dublin to limit their contacts as much as possible over the coming weeks.
- Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the government would have no hesitation in implementing Dublin-specific measures to deal with Covid-19.
- The Health Minister said it is “deeply concerning” to see campaigns that threaten to erode trust and confidence in public health following a large protest against coronavirus restrictions in Dublin.
- Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Christopher Duff, who has been missing since Wednesday.
- Gardaí are seeking help in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Holly Hassett from Donegal.
- Conor McGregor was arrested in Corsica following an alleged incident of attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure on Thursday.
- Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis described Paschal Donohoe as a “chronic and pathetic finance minister”, adding that Donohoe “thinks the same” about him.
#HISTORIC: Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government opened in Qatar today.
#NAVID AFKARI: Iran said it executed a young wrestler over the murder of a public sector worker during anti-government protests in 2018, despite international and social media calls for his release.
#TRIAL IN PROGRESS: An Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial has resumed after getting the all-clear from British regulators, following a pause caused by a UK volunteer falling ill.
#MOIRA CAMP: Greek riot police fired tear gas at protesting asylum seekers on Lesbos island today, as thousands demanded help after a fire destroyed Europe’s largest migrant camp.
British designer, retailer and restaurateur Terence Conran died today at the age of 88.
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In his obituary in the Guardian, he is described as having a “brilliant eye, good taste, the zealous energy of a messiah, entrepreneurial flair, humour and great charm”.
Read more about Conran’s legacy and his impact on life in Britain here.