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# emergency powers

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Covid-19 powers allowing Government to impose legal restrictions to be let lapse tomorrow
However, healthcare workers are warning that a surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations is pressuring on the sector.
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Cabinet approves the drafting of new law to cover all emergency Covid powers
It is understood a sunset clause will be included in the new legislation.
Emergency Covid-19 powers extended after narrowly passing Dáil vote
After November the powers can be rolled over for a further three months, but will not go beyond next February.
Minister told government will not continue to receive 'a blank cheque' for their Covid response
A number of TDs have been critical of plans to extend Covid-19 emergency powers to November.
Seanad passes extension of emergency Covid-19 powers until November, but SF to push for earlier July review date
Sinn Féin intends to put down amendments tomorrow curtailing the emergency period to 9 July rather than 9 November.
Government to extend emergency Covid-19 powers until November
A government spokesperson said the measures were being extended as “a precaution”.
Government accused of 'blurring lines' on emergency pandemic powers
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission says all Covid-related emergency powers should have sunset clauses.
Simon Harris to extend emergency Garda powers until 18 May
The health minister said he would sign the updated regulations tonight.
Junior minister concerned about Garda treatment of Debenhams protesters, calls for regular review of powers
Minister of State John Hallligan says the powers should be reviewed on a monthly-basis.
Gardaí record 34 incidents where Covid-19 emergency powers were invoked
The incidents were recorded between 8 April and 18 April during which gardaí said the vast majority of people were compliant.
Opinion: Emergency Covid-19 legislation harks back to the Civil War, ‘the Emergency’ and the Troubles
Conor Casey of Trinity College says a challenge to the new legislation would be unlikely to succeed.