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New law will empower minister to close down pubs that refuse to close

HEALTH MINISTER SIMON HARRIS has said the new emergency legislation gives him the power “shut down events and places” such as pubs who refuse to comply with the Covid-19 restrictions. Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins raised the issue with the minister yesterday, stating that some pubs have refused to closed despite the majority shutting down this week. “In my constituency however, and in other parts of the State, some pubs
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Statement for HSE Forum Members

Dear Oireachtas and Forum Members, Please find below for your information a joint statement which was issued to the media earlier this afternoon on behalf of the HSE, Cork County Council, Cork County Council and An Garda Síochána. Slowing the spread of Covid-19 in Cork - a joint statement on Covid-19 from the HSE, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and an Garda Siochana: Cork can save lives by slowing
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Statement from Cork University Hospital – 20.03.2020

Cancer Services Friday 20th March All chemotherapy and radiotherapy appointments are proceeding as planned unless you have been contacted directly by the hospital to advise otherwise. Paediatric Update – Friday 20th March The majority of our face to face outpatients have been stopped for now and are being replaced by telephone clinics, where specialist teams will contact you by telephone to discuss your child’s condition. It is important for parents
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Cork GP: Coronavirus pandemic ‘like science fiction’; surgeries hectic as more people look for tests

A CORK GP with around 40 years experience in the field of medicine has said he has never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. Dr Declan Mathews, a general practitioner in Youghal, compared the current pandemic to something only seen in science fiction. Speaking to The Echo, Dr Mathews revealed that GP surgeries in Cork are under immense pressure from calls about Covid-19 and everyday
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Three years on, Gardaí make fresh appeal in search for Tina Satchwell

GARDAÍ are making a fresh appeal for information on the whereabouts of Tina Satchwell, as part of a review of the case. The Fermoy native was reported missing by her husband Richard, who returned home from shopping in Dungarvan to discover she was not at home. The 47-year-old went missing from her Grattan Street home in Youghal on March 20, 2017. More than 370 lines of enquiry have been carried
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Temporary ban on all evictions is to be introduced for duration of coronavirus crisis

THE Government is set to announce a temporary ban on evictions for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, Independent.ie has learned. A moratorium on rent increases for those whose incomes have been impacted by the pandemic is also being considered. The emergency measures for renters have been discussed at a Cabinet meeting in Government Buildings and are likely to be announced by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy later on Thursday. Emergency legislation
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Third death and 191 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland, bringing total to 557

Ireland has suffered its biggest rise yet in new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours with 191 another infected. The daily number of new cases has now rocketed in the past week as the surge in patients presenting to GP for testing has continues unabated. Patients can be waiting up to five days after being referred by their GP for a test to the point where they give a
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Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle orals and practical exams have been cancelled

The Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle orals and practical exams are being cancelled – but students will be awarded full marks for them. However, no decision has been made yet about the written exams in June, Education Minister Joe McHugh said today. The school-based orals and practicals were due to take place over a two week period, starting next Monday. But schools will definitely be closed next week as part
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Irish citizens urged not to travel overseas until March 29 as coronavirus cases expected to increase 30pc per day

Irish citizens are being urged not to travel abroad before March 29, including to England. The request to stop non-essential travel does not apply to Northern Ireland. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has revealed that all people coming into Ireland will also be asked to limit their social contacts for two weeks. This comes as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned that the number of new cases of coronavirus will jump by 30pc per
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Next seven days key, says HSE; Croke Park to become drive-thru testing facility

The next seven days are vital in the fight to avoid a spike in severe Covid-19 cases which could potentially overwhelm the health service. Writing this afternoon the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Tony Holohan, said the next week would be key in Ireland's fight to flatten the curve of Coronavirus cases. In a thread published on twitter Mr Holohan listed eight ways that the people of
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Cork County Council closes all Playgrounds

As the above matter may receive media and social media commentary, and as different views are expressed on same, I wish to advise that I have this afternoon directed that all of our playgrounds and MUGA’s would be closed. Arrangements are being made for this immediately and, while recognising that not all playgrounds can be closed off physically, appropriate signage will be erected to warn against their use. Over the
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Cork City Marathon postponed due to Covid-19

THE Cork City Marathon, due to take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend, has been postponed. It will now be staged in September after being scheduled this year for Sunday, May 31. Almost 7,000 people are due to take part. A statement from Cork City Council released today stated: "In light of the country’s move to the delay stage of Covid-19 management and in the interest of public health,
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EU set to restrict non-essential travel from outside bloc for 30 days in fight against coronavirus spread

A temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU is set to be imposed for a period of 30 days , European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said. "The less travel, the more we can contain the virus," Ms von der Leyen said. "I propose to the heads of state in governments to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union," she added. The restrictions
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Information from the Chief Medical Officer

The next 7 days are vital. Now is the time to #FlattenTheCurve. Every one of us must play our part; 1. Reduce your social contacts – see only a handful of people in your network 2. Distance yourself 2 metres from people in shops & supermarkets 3. Stop shaking hands or hugging when you say hello 4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 5. Wash your hands regularly and practice
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Pandemic unemployment payment set up to help people out of work due to coronavirus closures

THE GOVERNMENT HAS established a Pandemic Unemployment Payment to help people who have lost work because of the coronavirus outbreak. The payment of €203 per week will be available, for a six-week period, to all employees and the self-employed who have been affected by the seizing up of economic activity. The social welfare payment is an attempt to quickly deliver income security to the unemployed. People can get the payment by
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Jobseekers Allowance and COVID Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Information for people who will need to claim a payment over next few days There is no need for to attend your local Intreo Centre as you can apply online. An application form for the new Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment can be downloaded from the Department of Social Protection website www.gov.ie/jobseekers and returned to to PO BOX 12896 Dublin 1; You can apply for an other income support from through the online portal
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Government agrees plan with airlines, Spain to bring Irish tourists home

The Tánaiste has called on Irish tourists in Spain who want to fly home to do so by midnight on Thursday after a plan was agreed with airlines and Spanish authorities. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on Sunday held talks with his Spanish counterpart as well as the chief executives of Ryanair and Aer Lingus. Following the talks Simon Coveney TD said: “We have an orderly plan in place
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Board decides to cancel this year’s Cork International Choral Festival

This year's Cork International Choral Festival has been cancelled. This year was the 66th festival and it was scheduled to take place from April 29 to May 3, but it has now been cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus. The festival board said it came to the decision "with considerable regret" since it will impact more than 5,000 choir members who would have taken part in the festival, 800 of whom were
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Employees and Self Employed: How to apply for Jobseeker’s Payment

Section 1. Employees: How to apply for Jobseeker's Payments online - for people losing their jobs or going on Short-Time due to COVID-19. Section 2. Self Employed: How to apply for Jobseeker's Benefit (Self-Employed). Section 1. Employees: How to apply for Jobseeker's Payments online - for people losing their jobs or going on Short-Time due to COVID-19. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are experiencing an unprecedented increase
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CRY Schedule Changes

Due to the COVID 19 virus our schedule will be changing over the coming weeks. We will endeavour to keep as many programmes on air as possible but staff shortages will more than likely affect programming. Please note that we will be airing live Mass Monday to Friday at 10am starting on Wednesday 18th March. Saturday Mass at 7.30pm will also be broadcast. This will continue until the Churches are
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Irish citizens advised against non-essential travel to six more European countries as US travel ban set to be extended to Ireland and the UK

Irish citizens have been advised against all non-essential traffic to six more European countries in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Tanaiste Simon Coveney announced the new measures for the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia and said that further updates will be issued for Spain, which is recommended as essential travel only, while a travel ban remains in place for Italy. This comes as Donald