Storm Frank hits the United Kingdom and Ireland, contributing to the 2015 Great Britain and Ireland floods following previous heavy rainfall.
Sources: ITV News
Sources: ITV News
British catalog retailer Argos says that it will close all of its stores in the Republic of Ireland by June, with the loss of 580 jobs, saying that the investment needed to modernize its operations in the country was "not viable".
Scottish Transport secretary Michael Matheson announces that all people who arrive from outside the UK and Ireland will be charged £1,750 for “managed quarantine” at one of six hotels at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirms that the country will close all non-essential retail under full level 5 restrictions that will remain in place for at least one month and will also delay the reopening of schools until January 11. Authorities also agree to extend travel bans to South Africa and the United Kingdom until January 6.
The European Union formally grants Georgian citizens visa-free travel to its member states, with the exception of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The signed documents will be published on March 8, and officially enter into force on March 28.
The Italian Coast Guard states that at least 17 people have died and 4,200 have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea attempting to travel to Europe in the past 24 hours. Ships from nations including Italy, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom have been involved in rescue efforts.
Queen Elizabeth II starts her first state visit to the Republic of Ireland, the first visit of a British monarch since Ireland's independence from the United Kingdom in 1921. Elizabeth is also the first British monarch to visit Ireland since George V's state visit in 1911.