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# dail - Friday 10 July, 2020

‘Significant’ amount of extra staff needed to reopen schools, Covid-19 committee told

Seán Ó Foghlú said students coming out of teaching college this year will be “a main source” of extra staffing.

# dail - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told

The drug is used to treat SMA which can develop in babies and toddlers and can significantly reduce life expectancy.

# dail - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death

Micheál Martin says Hiqa should compile a report on what happened.

# dail - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI

Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.

# dail - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Fine Gael's Fergus O'Dowd nominated for the Leas Ceann Comhairle job

The Louth TD said he is delighted to be nominated.

# dail - Tuesday 30 June, 2020

Despite some Phase Three optimism, TDs to be told many SMEs are 'dying' due to pandemic

A worrying picture will be painted when representatives from a number of sectors address TDs today.

# dail - Saturday 27 June, 2020

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces his 11 Seanad nominees

The Seanad is due to meet at the Dublin Convention Centre on Monday morning.

# dail - Friday 26 June, 2020

The votes are in: Here's when we'll know whether FF, FG and the Greens can form a government

The count results from the Green Party, Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael are expected to be announced.

# dail - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

'A peacemaker and a rock of sense': TDs pay Dáil tribute and hold minute's silence for Garda Colm Horkan

“He never let us down, the people he had sworn to serve,” the Taoiseach told the Dáil today.

# dail - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Lack of safety guidance on schools putting staff and students 'at risk', warns trade union

Fórsa was critical of the Department of Education in a submission to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee.

# dail - Thursday 11 June, 2020

Taoiseach favours setting targets to make the health service, schools and the civil service more diverse

The Taoiseach says the civil service is currently ‘very white’.

Daniel Kinahan 'rebranding himself in the Middle East as a boxing promoter', Dáil hears

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there has been diplomatic contact between Ireland and the UAE on the issue.

'Two or three glasses is not against the law': It's not illegal to drink in public places, Taoiseach tells Dáil

However, bye-laws prohibit the activity in many parts of the country.

Ireland on course to fully re-open by mid-July, says Taoiseach

‘We do not need to return to a national lockdown again,’ Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today.

'Surprising' if Ireland needs to enter second Covid-19 lockdown, says WHO special envoy

David Nabarro was speaking to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.

# dail - Thursday 4 June, 2020

Varadkar: 'Racism too is a virus... We don't need to look across the Atlantic to find racism' Dáil This post contains videos

Varadkar: 'Racism too is a virus... We don't need to look across the Atlantic to find racism'

The Taoiseach today spoke at length about racism at home and abroad in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

# dail - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Dáil holds minute's silence for those impacted by racism

The silence was held at the start of Oireachtas proceedings today.

# dail - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

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.

# dail - 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.

# dail - Thursday 21 May, 2020

'We can suppress this virus': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 is 0.45

The reproductive rate of the virus is 0.45, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

'There is no such thing as free money': Taoiseach issues economic warning over Covid-19

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Leo Varadkar said Ireland would have to re-pay money borrowed to fight the pandemic.

# dail - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

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.

# dail - Monday 18 May, 2020

Oireachtas committee chair defends length of sitting after public health concerns

Former HSE chief Tony O’Brien questioned the length of the sitting.

# dail - Thursday 14 May, 2020

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.

# dail - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

'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.

# dail - 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.

# dail - Thursday 7 May, 2020

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

Harris said the number of admissions to hospital and intensive care have halved in the last week.

# dail - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Dáil committee votes to install extra cameras in chamber in response to votegate controversy

The recommendations came in a review of the Dáil’s voting system by Professor David Farrell.

New bank holiday 'at tail end of the year' would benefit Irish tourism sector, says junior minister

Health Minister Simon Harris told this website that he thinks another bank holiday is a good idea.

# dail - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Concerns over fall in cancer referrals and operation cancellations during Covid-19 crisis

GP referrals for suspected cancer cases have dropped by more than a half.

# dail - Thursday 30 April, 2020

Businesses will not reopen if they can't get Covid-19 insurance, says Howlin

Labour’s Brendan Howlin said businesses fear being held liable for their employees or their customers becoming victims of Covid-19.

Taoiseach: 'I want to see Ryanair and Aer Lingus operating in August'

The Taoiseach has said passengers are entitled to cash refunds.

Taoiseach plans to have roadmap for lifting restrictions ready for Cabinet approval tomorrow

The Taoiseach listed the five criteria for lifting the restrictions.

# dail - Thursday 23 April, 2020

Latest plan for Leaving Cert will see exams start on July 29th, minister says

Minister for Education Joe McHugh confirmed that the State exam would begin on Wednesday 29 July.

'Who is NPHET ultimately accountable to?': Taoiseach questioned on governance of decision-making

‘Elected office cannot be subservient even in this crisis,’ said Labour leader Alan Kelly.

# dail - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

Ceann Comhairle tells TDs legal advice says virtual Dáil sittings would be 'unconstitutional'

Seán Ó Fearhaíl said that a number of members had asked if virtual Dáil sittings could be possible.

# dail - Saturday 18 April, 2020

'They won't be able to cut the grass in a few weeks': Calls for landscapers to be made essential workers

Grass will not be able to be cut if allowed to grow for weeks on end, it has been warned.

# dail - Thursday 16 April, 2020

'National catastrophe': Taoiseach told nursing homes have been 'left behind'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the restrictions would be lifted gradually.

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