Latest Guidance on Public Health Measures

Published: 24 March 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended that all non-essential retail outlets close to members of the public. All other retail outlets are to implement social distancing.

Cafés and restaurants are limited to takeaways and deliveries only. All sporting events are cancelled – including those behind closed doors.

All theatres, clubs, gyms, leisure centres and hair salons are to be shut.

Places of worship are to restrict numbers visiting and no unnecessary travel should take place in the country or overseas, now or during the Easter break.

The Taoiseach said people need to stay at home and only leave to:

  • go to work
  • go to the shops for essential supplies
  • care for others
  • exercise

Read more at www.gov.ie

Fianna Fáil’s O’Callaghan supports national govt idea

By Sandra Hurley

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan has said that Fianna Fáil may have been too definitive in ruling out a government with Sinn Féin and said he would “go along” with the idea of a national government to deal with the coronavirus. 

Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon insisted a functioning government was in place and that there were daily meetings of the emergency committee dealing with coronavirus.

He said the Taoiseach would have no issue in talking to other leaders and there was already full dialogue between the Minister for Health and other health spokespeople. 

He also said that the Cabinet sub-committee dealing with Covid-19 would meet tomorrow to sign off on sick pay proposals and if emergency legislation was needed, the Dáil would reconvene.

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith said that nobody regarded the current “caretaker government” as the real government and she said she expected it would listen carefully to proposals from employers’ body Ibec and the Construction Industry Federation on sick pay plans.

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly said there was an information deficit and party leaders needed to be called in to be involved in the information process and to understand the criteria for deciding on cancelling mass gatherings.

Read full article at:
https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0308/1120949-government-formation/