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Today’s News

Proposals made to NPHET on bringing forward the easing of some restrictions, says Taoiseach

Government has proposed bringing things forward from Phase 3 to Phase 2.

Yesterday’s News

Processing of online passport applications will resume next week

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the Passport Office processed 6,000 applications during the Covid-19 emergency.

Paschal Donohoe: 'Wage subsidy scheme will not disappear overnight'

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme will be extended beyond the original June end date.

Harris says 20km rule important to avoid virus being brought into less affected areas

The number of Covid-19 cases in ICU has fallen to 36, according to the latest figures.


Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Travel demand on public transport during Phase One has been higher than expected, says NTA

Normal Monday-Friday timetables for commuters on bus and DART are due to recommence on 8 June.

Taking over private hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis will cost roughly €300 million

‘A fire alarm went off and we sent four fire tenders, and people are saying now we should only have sent three,’ the secretary general said.

Greens, FF and FG to meet today for plenary session on programme for government

All sides will attempt to agree a significant number of policies today.

Sunday 31 May, 2020

Fine Gael 'treads carefully', but Fianna Fáil is eager to fast-track reopening of the country

Senior figures in Fianna Fáil have been questioning some of the guidelines this week.

Friday 29 May, 2020

Dáil summer holidays will be pushed back, says Taoiseach

The Dáil usually rises in July.


Change to wage subsidy scheme to include those returning from maternity leave

The change will also accommodate those returning from a period of paternity or adoptive leave.

Thursday 28 May, 2020

Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says

The minister said he will publish a road map for the reopening of schools in two weeks.

Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Easing of restrictions may be brought forward if Covid-19 figures remain low, says Taoiseach

He asked people to “hold firm” until the first week of June.

Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again

Harris said government will continue to be led by public health advice.

Micheál Martin says there is 'no serious justification' for the 5km and 20km limit

Decisions on any changes to the roadmap will only be made after 5 June, Varadkar said today.


Nursing homes timeline: Early predictions of problems with PPE, hospital discharges and poaching of staff in letters

Hundreds of pages of correspondence between Nursing Homes Ireland and the Department of Health were released yesterday.

Tuesday 26 May, 2020

'This is a huge scandal': No definitive plan for transferring of patients to nursing homes, committee hears

The committee heard from Hiqa this afternoon that the HSE “did not know this sector”.

'The dismay will live forever with us': Nursing homes CEO to tell TDs sector was left isolated at start of crisis

The Special Covid-19 Committee will meet today to discuss nursing homes and Direct Provision.

Monday 25 May, 2020

Eamon Ryan says he wasn't thrown by letter that urged Catherine Martin to contest leadership

Government formation talks continue this week with a view to getting a government up and running by June.

Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Catherine Martin will give 'serious consideration' to contesting the Green Party leadership

While the party talks about entering government, it has another battle on its hands.


Tuesday 19 May, 2020

‘Stay away from blame’: Health officials say no single reason for nursing home outbreaks

The issue of elderly patients being discharged from acute hospital settings was raised by Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly today.

Decision due soon on extending Covid-19 unemployment payment, says minister

As people return back to work, the minister said he will look at the data on the number of claims.

As it happened: Top health officials questioned by Covid-19 committee about pandemic response

The committee is set to ask questions about the response in Ireland’s nursing homes.

Dr Tony Holohan: 'We have effectively extinguished the virus from the community'

Community transmission is ‘very, very low’ says the chief medical officer.

Sunday 17 May, 2020

Taoiseach discusses lockdown exit and foreign travel restrictions with EC President

He briefed her on the gradual steps Ireland is taking to reopen its economy.

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Here’s what made headlines today.

Contingency plans for another election spark row between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil

Leo Varadkar is to contact Micheál Martin today over comments made by two Fianna Fáil TDs.

Friday 15 May, 2020

Labour Party rules itself out of joining a FF-FG coalition government

Varadkar said he was disappointed to hear the Labour Party had stepped back from talks.

Mater Hospital insists it reported all cases of Covid-19 amid controversy over delayed reporting

The hospital said it is working to understand how the data was not “accurately captured”.

Cabinet set to approve easing of restrictions, but homeware stores not permitted to open

Hardware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and garages are due to open Monday.

Thursday 14 May, 2020

HSE boss raised concern over NPHET's statement about ramping up Covid-19 testing

HSE boss raised concern over NPHET's statement about ramping up Covid-19 testing

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was taken by surprise when Dr Tony Holohan made the announcement last month.


'Remarkably stable': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen

Ireland’s reproductive rate has now fallen to between 0.4-0.6.

Concerns raised in Dáil that number of non-Covid-related deaths 'will surpass' Covid-related deaths

Labour leader Alan Kelly said normal diagnostics and screening services need to get back up and running.

Varadkar 'increasingly confident' Phase One of lifting restrictions will begin on Monday

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said there are questions to be asked about how the country is re-started and the logic behind the decisions.

Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Shane Ross says driving and NCT tests not likely to return anytime soon

The Dáil was told that a backlog of approximately 20,000 was building up for driving tests.

Wearing of face masks on public transport and in supermarkets likely to be recommended, says minister

The Taoiseach previously said the wearing of face masks will not be compulsory.


'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students

Education Minister Joe McHugh defended the decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate.

'Like a hen un-laying an egg': Dáil row erupts over the deletion of the Guerin report

Disagreement emerged between members over the deletion of the Guerin report from the Oireachtas Library.

Government under fire as business 'restart grant' not up and running, two weeks in

ISME says businesses are ‘bleeding out cash’.

Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Covid-19 committee to invite CMO Tony Holohan and HSE boss Paul Reid to appear next week

Nursing home care during the pandemic will be a key focus of the committee.

Micheál Martin says level of testing and contact tracing is 'not where we should be'

He said testing and tracing is key to getting the economy reopened.

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