The Irish Department of Health announces that people aged 80 or older and residents of nursing homes aged 65 and older will receive a booster MRNA COVID-19 vaccine regardless of which vaccine they first received. The booster rollout will begin at the end of September or the start of October.
The Irish Cabinet approves a plan that would lift all COVID-19-related restrictions in Ireland on October 22 subject to 90% of adults being vaccinated and the number of COVID-19 cases remaining manageable.
U.S. fashion retailer Gap announces that it will be closing all of its 81 stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company will continue to provide an online store for British and Irish customers.
Darren Scully, the mayor of the Irish town of Naas, resigns after the latest in a series of scandals, having made radio comments about the "aggressive attitude" of "black Africans". A police investigation into his actions is underway.
Ryanair cancels all of its flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom until 13:00 on Friday 23 April and all Northern European flights — Ireland, UK, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Baltic States and North Italy — until 13:00 on Thursday 22 April.
Pope Benedict XVI is "distraught" by news alleged of child sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses in Germany, according to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, as the church also faces paedophilia scandals in Ireland, Austria, and the Netherlands, while Pope Benedict defends clerical celibacy, calling it a symbol of "full devotion" and of "giving oneself to God and to others."