May 18, 2021

LATEST: Waterford among 866 new cases of virus as six further deaths confirmed

A further six people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 866 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

The overall death toll as a result of the virus now stands at 1,902. There are now 60,297 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 242 in Dublin, 166 in Cork, 56 in Donegal, 54 in Galway, 44 in Meath and the remaining 304 cases are spread across another 20 counties, including 24 new infections in Waterford.

The latest cases were confirmed as Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald confirmed that a senator and two officials in the North have resigned after it emerged that three party offices incorrectly received payments from a Covid-19 grant scheme.

Ms McDonald said she accepted the resignations of the three individuals responsible for the accounts and for not returning the money.

The three party members who have resigned are Senator Elisha McCallion and the Chair of Upper Bann Comhairle Ceantair and another party official in West Tyrone.

Ms McDonald said: “The failure to immediately return grants erroneously paid into Sinn Féin accounts is a most serious situation. As party leader I wish to acknowledge and apologise for these failures.”

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Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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