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New facilities for 22 water spots

Fáilte Ireland has announced that enhanced facilities are to be provided for water-based activities at 22 locations around the country.surf0421

A total of €19m will be spent on installing showers, toilets and changing facilities at both inland and coastal recreational sites.
The plan will also provide storage space and places to wash down equipment such as canoes and surfboards.
Fáilte Ireland has said the investment comes because of the growing interest in outdoor water-based activities such as kayaking, open water swimming and paddle boarding.
The all-weather changing facilities will be sites where such pastimes are a key visitor attraction.
All will be fully wheelchair accessible and built using sustainability practices.


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Varadkar 'hopeful' for Indoor Dining

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he is increasingly confident that indoor dining will be possible over the course of the summer.varadkar
Mr Varadkar says that Government expects to be able to give an indication at the end of April about how the hospitality sector can reopen across June and July.
However, he added that he did not want to give false hope, adding that there would be no further detail revealed by the Government until the end of April.
Earlier, the Tánaiste said the Government is on track to ease restrictions on 4 May, adding that he is confident over 80% of people will have been offered a vaccine by June.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme, Mr Varadkar said all decisions are based on four elements: the vaccines, the variants, virus case numbers, and how hospitals are coping.


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ITAA welcomes Aviation Plan

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has welcomed Ireland’s Aviation Restart Plan 2021 as put forward by the National Civil Aviation Development Forum (NCADF), and ardawsone calling on Government to support and engage with the Plan, in particular with the EU Digital Green Pass.
Delegates from the ITAA have met previously with Government officials from the Department of Tran
sport, Tourism and Sport to discuss the urgent need for a restart plan to be put in place in order to recover some of the damage caused to the Irish travel sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Woman loses trolley claim

A woman, who suffered leg wounds when she walked into a luggage trolley that she was pushing, has lost a €60,000 damages claim against the operator of Dublin Airport.dublinairport0421
Anne Hughes, of Main Street, Athleague in Co Roscommon, was also told to pay the company's substantial legal costs.
Judge James McCourt, in dismissing the 66-year-old's claim, said he had not heard any evidence to convince him that Daa had been negligent in any way towards the retired healthcare worker.

Airlines call for 'wider metrics'

The aviation industry will not recover if Covid-19 quarantine and travel restrictions remain in place causing significant job losses and irreparable harm to the Irish economy, a newaerlingus report has claimed.
The Aviation Restart Plan was carried out by the industry members of a subgroup of the National Civil Aviation Development Forum.
The report also claims the path for safe international travel is through adherence to existing air travel and appropriate screening protocols that do not increase the risk to Ireland.
"A key deliverable is therefore for Government to identify and confirm the metrics that will enable the removal of this ban and the restoration of international travel for those markets which meet the specified metrics," the study states.
The metrics should include not only infection rates, the report says, but the increasing vaccination rates and the reducing number of hospitalisations due to Covid-19.


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