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School Run News: Use of Covid certs could be extended beyond October

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At Home: Use of digital Covid certs could be extended beyond October

Ireland's re-opening date is now in doubt after a stark jump in case numbers.

The country's restrictions were due to ease on October 22nd, but Government ministers have expressed their doubt about the current situation.

Simon Harris believes the use of digital Covid certificates could remain in place if cases worsen.

He said, "On the 22nd of October, vaccine certs were no longer to be required - perhaps if they were to stay a little bit longer that might provide a help."

Minister open to giving free contraception to under 17s

Minister Stephen Donnelly stated that giving women aged 17-25 free contraception is just the beginning.

He believes people under 17 should have access to free contraception too.


“You’ve got to start somewhere and this is the recommendation we have in terms of the best place to start. Can we go above that and below that? Absolutely, we can, and that’s something we will be looking at very carefully.”

Women aged between 17 and 25 will be able to receive free contraception from August 2022.

Concerns over rise of teenagers suffering from eating disorders

There are concerns over rising numbers of teenagers suffering from eating disorders in Ireland.

It is believed the Mental Health Minister is concerned about the number of children with eating disorders.

Minister Mary Butler said 487 young people had to be admitted to an inpatient unit in relation to eating disorders last year.

The minister believes social media usage is contributing to the increase in teens struggling with eating disorders.


"That has a huge correlation with the challenges young people find in relation to online social media and the challenges they face with having the perfect body or the challenges they face when somebody posts a comment about them."

She is hopeful waiting list times will decrease in the coming months.

Entertainment: Another Strictly couple won't be performing this weekend


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In more bad news for Strictly fans this week, Ugo and Oti have confirmed they won't be performing on Saturday.

The former rugby player revealed the disappointing news on Instagram.

He explained the reason why he has to step down this week.


"I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals. Unfortunately, this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week!

"I have been advised by medical professionals and with huge support from Strictly to get some treatment & rest to ensure that I can get myself back to full capacity & fighting fit for next week."

Celebrity: Khloe Kardashian reveals hopes to have a second child

Khloe Kardashian has revealed she hopes to have another baby.

The mum said she is eager to expand her family.

Khloe was talking to fans on Twitter when she confirmed her desire to have a second child.

The reality star was responding to a fan who said it was time for her to have another baby.

“Hehehe. I want her to have a sibling. If it’s God’s plan," she wrote.

The mum gave birth to her daughter True on April 12th, 2018.