Housing costs are expected to push more Cork families into poverty.
Roughly a fifth of the country's population's living below the poverty line when housing costs like rent are factored in.
The Irish Medical Organisation is expressing concern over the number of staff off due to having Omicron or being a close contact.
It says it's putting huge pressure on the health service, with more than 10 per cent of the workforce off sick on covid-related leave.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic is to be released from quarantine in Australia immediately after winning his court battle against the government over a cancelled visa.
Nine children are among 19 people who've died in a fire in a high-rise apartment block in the Bronx area of New York.
More than 60 people have been injured - with around half that number in hospital where 13 are in a critical condition.