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Appeal for people to ‘Shine Your Light’ over Easter

The Government has announced an initiative for tomorrow week, Saturday 11th April, asking everyone to shine a light for all the sick, frontline workers and anyone affected by Covid-19. Families, creative groups and media have all been asked to take part in the 'Shine Your Light' initiative in conjunction with RTÉ. Public buildings and Irish embassies will be lit up in solidarity. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said
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Cork University Hospital Appeals to the Public to Follow the Covid 19 Guidelines

Cork University Hospital Appeals to the Public to Follow the Covid 19 Guidelines 3rd April 2020 Hospital staff at Cork University Hospital (CUH) are appealing to members of the public to follow Government guidelines relating to social distancing and hygiene, to ensure that they do not contribute to spreading the coronavirus. Every department and service in CUH: medical, nursing, allied health professionals, support staff, management and administration staff, have been
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Coronavirus punches €800m hole in public finances

The Government’s finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis with tax receipts for March coming in nearly €800 million below profile. The Department of Finance also warned that the State’s financial position would deteriorate further in the coming months as the full economic impact of the containment measures materialised. The latest exchequer returns, published by the department this afternoon, show the Government collected €12.9 billion in tax in the first
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Surge in cases still expected to hit hospitals in coming days and weeks

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said that health authorities are still expecting a surge of cases to hit hospitals in the coming days and weeks. Mr Coveney told a press briefing that the Government does not yet know if the greatly increased capacity in the hospital system will be sufficient to deal with it. Mr Coveney also suggested that the current restrictions may have to be extended beyond Easter Sunday. He
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Environmentalist wins case over freshwater pearl mussels in Blackwater River

Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 03:45 PM An Environmental activist has succeeded in a legal challenge brought against the State's decision to remove certain protections from a rare and protected species of freshwater pearl mussel. Peter Sweetman brought High Court proceedings seeking to quash the making of any legislation or administrative act to remove the freshwater pearl mussel as a "qualifying interest" from any part of the Munster Blackwater Special
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Coronavirus pushes more than 300,000 onto State benefits in Ireland

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed over 300,000 workers onto State wage support lifelines as they have either been laid off or seen their pay cut, according to official data released today. The Central Statistics Office said that 283,037 people were in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and that 25,104 were signed up for the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme. The Central Statistics Office “Live Register” tracks benefits and so
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‘Coronavirus restrictions may be extended beyond April 12 deadline’ – Coveney

TÁNAISTE Simon Coveney has said restrictions on public movement due to the Covid-19 pandemic may need to be extended beyond the current April 12 deadline. Mr Coveney said people need to realise that current restrictions, which advise people to stay at home except in limited circumstances, may not end in just over a week’s time. “I think people do need to realise that these restrictions may go on for sometime
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Defence Forces brought in to help Mercy Hospital prepare for Covid-19 surge

Members of the Defence Forces are onsite at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) in Cork today where they are helping to erect tents outside the facility in order to “maximise site capability” at the city hospital. It comes as the latest figures show the number of cases of COVID-19 in Cork and across the country is continuing to rise, with 3,447 cases now reported nationally. A total of 255 cases
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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – Saturday, 28 March

Press Release Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – Saturday, 28 March Published: 28 March 2020 From: Department of the Taoiseach List of essential service providers under new public health guidelines Published: 28 March 2020 From: Department of the Taoiseach · 1. Agriculture & Fishing · 2. Manufacturing · 3. Repair and installation of Machinery and Equipment · 4. Electricity, Gas & Water · 5. Construction · 6.
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What you need to know about ‘cocooning’

Anyone over the age of 70 is being told to stay inside as part of a new "cocooning" measure announced last night. Cocooning is a measure to protect those over 70 years or those who are extremely medically vulnerable and it means that these people should not leave their homes. Even in their homes they should minimise all non-essential contact with the other people in their household. The cocooning measures
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Essential workers will be required to show ID and work description when stopped by gardaí, says commissioner Harris

Essential workers will be required to show identification and outline a brief work description when stopped at roadsides by gardaí during the current lockdown period. According to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, gardaí will be stopping people to ensure their journeys are essential until April 12. Speaking to reporters this morning, he said that emergency legislation which was passed last night by the government and which will become law in the
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Shane Ross confirms NCTs are suspended until further notice

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has confirmed that the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), the National Car Testing Service (NCT), as well as the Commercial Vehicle Testing System are suspended until further notice with immediate effect. Minister Ross has asked his officials together with the RSA to introduce measures to address the implications of suspending these services. “I have asked my officials to immediately engage with the RSA to introduce
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Hardware shops, garden centres and office supply stores must close under new lockdown rules

Hardware and electrical stores, gardening centres and shops that sell IT/office equipment must close under the new lockdown rules - but can offer home delivery or emergency call-out services. While the Government is this morning still working on finalising the definition of ‘essential workers’, more details have emerged on the restrictions to place on retail outlets. Many businesses that were previously allowed to stay open must now close their doors
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Taoiseach announces range of new restrictions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that everybody must stay at home until Easter Sunday except in certain circumstances including food shopping, vital family reasons and to attend medical appointments. From midnight tonight, individuals are advised to take brief individual physical exercise within two kilometers of homes. Mr Varadkar also confirmed that one of the patients who died from the coronavirus today was a healthcare worker. The nurse worked in the
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Cork County Council and An Garda Siochana advise of traffic restrictions and patrols at beaches and amenity area

Cork County Council and An Garda Siochana wish to advise that traffic restrictions and patrols will be in place this weekend at beaches and amenity areas across Cork County. Members of the public are asked to respect and adhere to the advice of Government and HSE in relation to physical distancing. Gatherings at such facilities is discouraged and will be dispersed. Traffic will be diverted by An Garda Siochana where
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BREAKING: Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael formally enter negotiations on programme for government

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have formally entered into negotiations on a programme for government. More than six weeks after the 2020 General Election, the two parties have agreed to begin the process of officially forming the next government. In a joint statement, the parties said they both agree the need to form a “strong stable government” that will help Ireland recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. “They are working to
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Curraheen Park and Youghal greyhound tracks close in Coronavirus shutdown

THE governing body of the Irish greyhound industry announced measures to support trainers as tracks shut down. Up until Tuesday, Curraheen Park and Youghal in Cork, along with other venues nationwide, had been hosting meets behind closed doors. However, the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) confirmed greyhound racing activity is now suspended to ensure full compliance with all directions of government and HSE protocols to battle Coronavirus. That means Monday's racing
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Varadkar revises downwards estimate of 15,000 cases by end of this month

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there is unlikely to be 15,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ireland by the end of this month as he had previously warned. However, Mr Varadkar warned against any complacency in the fight against the spread of the disease. Mr Varadkar said in recent weeks that the number of cases could reach 15,000 by the end of March, but with 1,329 confirmed cases as of Tuesday night,
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‘A very serious constitutional problem’ – Politicians cannot pass any new laws after Sunday

POLITICIANS will be unable to pass any new laws after this Sunday creating a “very serious constitutional problem”, the Dáil Ceann Comhairle has warned. Seán Ó Fearghaíl has confirmed that without a newly-elected Taoiseach's 11 nominees to the new Seanad, the Oireachtas will not be able to pass any new legislation after this weekend. It comes as Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are to continue talks today to form a
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Why have they changed the criteria for getting a coronavirus test and what if I was already waiting for one?

The HSE have announced new criteria for those wishing to be tested for the coronavirus in order to monitor demand for tests. Q: I thought they were going to test everybody with symptoms. Why have the rules been changed? A: This is due to new guidelines from the World Health Organisation and also the capacity of individual countries to respond to demand. Q: Will this reduce the waiting times? A:
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Almost 13 years worth of personal protective equipment to arrive in Ireland this week – Health Minister

Almost 13 years worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) will arrive in Ireland by the end of the week, Health Minister Simon Harris said. "Usually in a year we'd spend about €15 million on personal protective equipment - we're going to spend about €225 million this year," he said. In an interview with Virgin Media News, Mr Harris said that he was "really pleased" that Ireland, through the HSE, had