It has been a big week as Ireland has gone into Level 5 restrictions to battle the rising tide of rising Covid-19 numbers.
Politicians across the political spectrum have been put under pressure as large swaths of activities have been closed down.
The Department of Education has defended a communication it sent to schools which has been interpreted by some as an attempt to influence the Public Health response to Covid-19 cases among teachers so that schools remain open.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell said under oath in 2016 that she had never witnessed "inappropriate underage activities" by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to a deposition that she had fought hard to keep secret.
Retail Excellence has appealed to shop owners to abide by the rules amid reports that some non-essential retailers are justifying opening by stocking small amounts of items classed as essential, while some essential retailers are continuing to sell items considered non-essential.