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Recovery operations

Storm Barra is only “halfway through” and the strongest winds could be yet to come, the Minister for Housing has warned.

Some 56,000 homes are without power and may not be reconnected for a number of days, Government officials have said, after the country was battered by winds of up to 130km per hour.

The Defence Forces are to be drafted in for “extensive recovery operations”, to clear debris and damage caused by the storm.

Vaccine booster appointments

More than 215,000 appointments for Covid-19 booster shots were missed in the last two weeks, prompting concern within Government.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said there is not the same urgency to get the third dose compared with the first and second jab.

Mr Martin told the Dáil that in the week beginning November 22nd, 208,000 appointments were made, but about 80,000 people turned up to receive their booster shot.

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