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Popular Youghal Hotel preparing up to 200 meals a day with new collection only service

The Old Imperial Hotel in Youghal is endeavouring to provide a semblance of normality to locals during this difficult time by adapting the restaurant side of the business and operating a takeaway service. Located in the heart of Youghal town, the hotel and adjoining pub is a popular spot amongst locals. At the helm of the successful hotel and pub are Dan Leahy and Paul McElduff who have had to
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Dáil to sit in Convention Centre for Taoiseach election vote

THE CONVENTION CENTRE is to be used for the full sitting of the Dáil which will be needed to elect the next Taoiseach. Last week, the Dublin Convention Centre and Dublin Castle were two locations under consideration, according to Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl. However, the Dáil Business Committee met today and decided that the Convention Centre on Spencer Dock is the more suitable location. A full contingent of elected
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More than 700,000 people now claiming unemployment benefits

A total of 714,000 people are now claiming unemployment benefits following a surge in claims for emergency support due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are now 507,000 people receiving the new Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment worth €350 a week following a government-ordered business shutdown. This is on top of 207,000 people who are on standard jobseekers benefits. In addition, 39,000 employers who have registered for a wage subsidy scheme to
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‘It’s worth the sacrifice for the next few weeks’ – Taoiseach indicates lockdown past April 12

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said that ensuring people over 70 "see many more birthdays in the years ahead" is worth continued sacrifice in terms of restrictions in the coming weeks. Restrictions on non-essential movement outside the home as well as 'cocooning' for older people were imposed until next Sunday, April 12 due to the coronavirus crisis. But the Taoiseach's remarks are a further indication that they will be in place
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Ironman Cork 2020 Postponed

Statement from IRONMAN, this includes IRONKIDS on 20th June. We are committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in our race community in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been following and will continue to follow the recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities. At this time, we can confirm that the 2020 IRONMAN Ireland, Cork cannot take place as planned on June 21, 2020. Right now,
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The story behind the Seamus Heaney quote guiding people through the Covid-19 crisis

READING SEAMUS HEANEY during the Covid-19 crisis? You’re probably not alone. One line from the Nobel-Prize-winning Irish poet has become a semi-permanent refrain on radio, TV and Twitter during the course of the pandemic. “If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere,” the poet, who died in 2013, was supposed to have said. The reason that the line has become so popular is obvious, offering a beautiful image
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Taoiseach re-registers as doctor and offers to help in coronavirus fight

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has re-registered as a doctor and has offered to help out in medical efforts to fight coronavirus. During his medical career Mr Varadkar worked in hospitals and also qualified as a GP. A spokesperson confirmed that he rejoined the Medical Register last month. "He has offered his services to the HSE for one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice," a spokesperson
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Cork County Council COVID 19 Support

In response to Covid-19, almost all of our communities have developed voluntary local response groups to help those locally who are self-isolating, cocooning or vulnerable. Cork County Council is helping to make that effort even more effective with the set up of a dedicated Community Support Response Forum linking a whole range of organisations including An Garda Síochána, the HSE, Alone, the Age Friendly Alliance, Rural Link and many, many
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Health Minister announces €72m financial bailout for private nursing homes

Health Minister Simon Harris has announced a €72m financial bailout for private nursing homes struggling to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Mr Harris announced the package after it emerged there were 40 nursing homes with clusters of Covid-19 cases – meaning more than two people have contracted the virus. The two pronged financial support scheme will see private nursing home operators paid €800 extra per month for every resident
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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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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