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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]