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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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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
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Brittany Ferries cancels some sailings and scales back services until April

BRITTANY FERRIES HAS today announced that it is cancelling or scaling back its sailings until the beginning of April due to the coronavirus outbreak across Europe. The French ferry operator said the decision was taken in light of the issues around staffing vessels over the coming weeks. In a statement this morning, it said: “On 12 March, the French government announced steps to protect its citizens. As a company employing
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Ryanair cancels all flights to and from Poland in response to its ban on foreign travellers

RYANAIR HAS CANCELLED all flights to and from Poland for the rest of the month in response to the country’s ban on all foreign travellers from entering the country. Poland announced last night that it is shutting its borders for at least ten days to foreign travellers to stem the spread of Covid-19, which has infected dozens of people there. It also said two weeks of quarantine would be imposed
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‘Exercise high degree of caution’ – Government issues new advice on travel to other EU states amid coronavirus outbreak

The Government is advising Irish citizens to 'exercise a high degree of caution' before deciding to travel to other EU states amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney issued the advice tonight. NB TRAVEL ADVICE: In light of rapidly changing conditions & restrictions across a number of EU countries, my Dept is now advising people to exercise “a high degree of caution” before deciding to travel
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SouthDoc to close multiple Cork centres as part of coronavirus contingency plan

From EchoLive. SouthDoc, the out of hours GP service, is to close some clinics across Cork to focus care from seven centres as part of contingency plans to keep the service in operation. The move is part of contingency plans to ensure the service remains available to the public across Cork amid the coronavirus outbreak in the region. The move will see SouthDoc operate from seven treatment centres across the
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Youghal Municipal District Offices

In light of measures put in place to-day by the Irish Government relating to Covid-19 , all Municipal District Offices will be closed to the public from 9.00am tomorrow morning (13.03.2020). Customers and/or members of the public wishing to make contact with their local office are advised to do so by phone, email or post. If an issue is urgent, persons may make an appointment by phone, and may then be
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Parish of Yougha Update on Coronavirus precautions

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation is lifted for all. The Bishop of Cloyne has cancelled all weekend Masses until the end of the month. This period may be extended depending on government guidance. In addition, to avoid gatherings of people who may be vulnerable to the virus, we will not be celebrating public daily Masses in the parish Churches, Hospital or Nursing homes during
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Update from Cork County Council regarding public offices and services

UPDATE FROM CORK CO CO update regarding public offices and services: LIBRARIES: All Council libraries, including our Library Headquarters will close at 6pm this evening to the general public for the period to March 29th. We will be making specific arrangements to advertise the range of library services that can be accessed online. SWIMMING POOLS: Council owned and operated swimming pools at Dunmanway, Mallow and Fermoy will close at 6pm
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Horse racing to be closed to the public until March 29th

The Board of Horse Racing Ireland today announced that horse racing will take place behind closed doors starting at Dundalk tomorrow up until March 29th. It follows Government advice issued this morning to contain the spread of Covid-19, including an instruction to limit external gatherings to less than 500 people. After consultation with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and with industry stakeholders, Horse Racing Ireland has imposed
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GAA announce suspension on all activities until 29 March

From thejournal.ie THE GAA HAS this afternoon announced the suspension of all sporting activities for its member organisations until 29 March. The decision has been taken “in line with the Government announcement on Covid-19.” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has revealed a number of measures which will take effect from 6pm today. This includes the cancellation of mass gatherings of over 100 (indoor) and 500 (outdoor). This morning, Dublin and Antrim were among a