Today’s headlines: Still two weeks before Omicron peak, as cases could reach 50,000 per day; and headaches for tenants as landlords rush out

Here are some of the best stories from Independent.ie this morning.

Covid cases can reach 50,000 per day as peak won’t arrive for nearly two weeks

The surge in Omicron cases sweeping the country will not peak for nearly two weeks, a key meeting said, plunging the reopening of workplaces after Christmas into enormous uncertainty.

No more headaches for tenants as more landlords flee the market

Tenants face a new housing struggle as the flow of landlords from the Irish property market has now turned into a total exodus.

Prisons, ambulances, firefighters and retail: Covid has scrambling workplaces for staff

It was a week when the number of Covid cases soared beyond all previous records. Every day, tens of thousands of people were told they were confirmed cases or were close contact.

Forgotten gems RTÉ has ​​helped bring to our televisions over the decades

After six decades of existence, RTÉ television has been the subject of sustained, sometimes vitriolic criticism over the years. And of course, why not? We have it, after all. But for all that it’s fun to seal RTÉ, it’s also rude to deny that the broadcaster has produced good TV over the decades.

Here we are recalling 10 RTÉ shows that are considered hidden gems – things that have been overlooked or underestimated or that are otherwise unrecognized. Or, in some cases, was not recognized in the first place.

Deep heat: proposals to drill 5km underground to heat our homes

The government must promote drilling up to 5 km underground in search of deep heat to warm homes and neighborhoods without fossil fuels.

“Priscilla was considered a person, but we will keep looking – it will never end until we find her”

The two women who rode on May 3, 1988, never to return home alive, came from very different worlds. After the two women went missing while riding their horses near the Kavanagh family home in Co Wicklow, a massive search was launched.

Brother of IRA victim asks Joe Brolly for clarification on ‘atonement’ remark

The brother of a teenager killed in the IRA bombing Claudy in 1972 urged GAA scholar Joe Brolly to “reveal what he knows” following his comments that he donated a kidney in 2012 to “atone for the death of people close to me”. .

State documents: officials strongly oppose environmental watchdog

Charles Haughey and Pádraig Flynn faced stiff opposition from the public service to create the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Social assistance recipients benefit from a reduction in the tax burden

The income tax burden is expected to ease this month, with an increase in the state pension and an increase in other social assistance rates.

The New Year hits motorists and truckers as toll increases € 5 per week on public road in Transport Minister’s backyard

Motorists and truckers will be hit with higher tolls from today, with the fare on one of Dublin’s main public roads increasing by € 5 per week.

Ghislaine Maxwell “will not name names to reduce prison length”, says brother

Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother insisted she would not “return” and name names to receive less jail time.

Carol N. Valencia