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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
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Creches told to drop childcare fees in return for major bailout

Childcare providers will be asked to stop charging parents for places in crèches in return for a major bailout for the sector during the Covid-19 emergency. Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone secured a substantial rescue package for the industry which will see childcare businesses and their staff receive State support in return for ditching fees for parents who are worried about keeping their places. Minister Zappone demanded the introduction of the
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Gatherings restricted, non-essential shops to shut among new measures in place until April 19

A raft of new restrictions on how we go about our daily lives has been announced as the battle against Covid-19 is stepped up. The measures are part of the Government’s on-going plan to limit the impact of the deadly virus on workers and employers with more stringent social distancing rules. Gatherings of more than four people are being restricted as part of the tough new measures to combat the
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Government to introduce emergency legislation to allow retired soldiers re-join Defence Forces

The Government is to introduce emergency legislation to allow retired soldiers re-join the Defence Forces. The new laws have been in the pipe line for a number of months but are now being fast-tracked as part of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Defence Forces are preparing for a great role in the State’s response to the national health crisis and the legislation will clear the path for
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Coronavirus unemployment payment to rise to €350 per week and Government to pay 70pc of retained workers’ salaries

The emergency welfare payment for workers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis will increase to €350 per week, Independent.ie understands. And in a significant new move the Government will also pay 70pc of employee wages up to €410 per week for businesses who are willing to meet the remainder of their staff’s weekly payment. From The Irish Independent.
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Schools to remain closed indefinitely

Schools are to remain closed indefinitely but no decision has been taken in relation to the State written exams in June. The Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle exams are still scheduled to go ahead as normal, but that could change, depending on the spread of Covid-19 in the community. Education Minister Joe McHugh confirmed the extended closure today ahead of the Government’s announcement about other restrictive measures. In relation to
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OCI confirm Olympic Games postponed until next year, following agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced. The Games must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, the International Olympic Committee said in a statement. Abe was speaking to reporters after a phone call with IOC President Thomas Bach on postponing the Games amid growing concerns over the
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Cork County Council responds to concerns about crowded beaches

Cork County Council says public access to beaches, parks and other public spaces remains open. The council issued the statement in response to concerns that large numbers of people flocked to beaches and parks at the weekend, with complaints that social distancing was not being adhered to. Playgrounds will remain closed however. Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said: “In response to the current situation and the need
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‘They are playing with people’s lives’: Warning on social distancing issued after large crowds flock to Cork beaches

AN Garda Síochána are encouraging everyone to observe social distancing with a number of car parks being closed across the country. Gardaí confirmed that a number of car parks were being closed due to the huge crowds that flocked to beaches and cliff sides today. Images shared on social media showed large crowds gathering in Youghal with cars parked bumper to bumper along the side of the road. Independent councillor
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‘Every citizen practicing social distancing is doing their country a service’: Warning against complacency as latest figures announced

The Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, warned against complacency as he announced there were 126 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the country today, bringing the total number of cases in Ireland to  683. The HSE is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. “Now is not the time
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Every household to be given two free postcards by An Post

EVERY HOUSEHOLD IS set to receive two free postcards from An Post in an effort to help people stay connected during this period of social distancing. The postcards will be free to send through the postal system to anyone across the island of Ireland. Five million cards have been made by An Post to be delivered to households across Ireland. Each of the country’s 1.8 million households will receive two
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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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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