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# stephen-donnelly - Yesterday’s News

Donnelly commits to inquiry into anti-epilepsy drug linked to birth defects

Valproate-containing medicines can cause birth defects and developmental disorders.

# stephen-donnelly - Saturday 21 November, 2020

'We can't judge anyone for whatever decision they make': Irish emigrants on why they're travelling home this Christmas

Many people are unsure of what to do and critical of mixed mesages from the government.

# stephen-donnelly - Friday 20 November, 2020

CervicalCheck support group end talks with government as tribunal remains unchanged

221+ wrote to the Health Minister today to end the discussion, saying that they were “frustrated” with the response they received.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

CervicalCheck support group tells government 'time is up' to discuss proposed tribunal

The 221+ group wrote to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly today.

# stephen-donnelly - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Health minister says large crowds drinking alcohol outside has 'taken off at scale' the last number of days

Cabinet abandoned plans to introduce fines for drinking takeaway pints outside today.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 4 November, 2020

Health Minister says R number has dropped again to between 0.7 and 0.9

The minister said there has been a 40% fall in demand for testing in the past week.

# stephen-donnelly - Thursday 22 October, 2020

Donnelly says HSE contact tracing backlog issue 'won't happen again' as Reid says 'I regret that it happened'

HSE CEO Paul Reid said it was a “risk-based decision we had to make”.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Health Minister tells FF TDs that contact tracing 'didn't collapse', and asking patients to contact trace is 'one-off'

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the HSE has been repeatedly asked whether it has enough contact-tracing capacity.

Anger mounts as government learns of contact tracing collapse impacting thousands through the media

The HSE is to ask more than 2,000 people who received a positive Covid-19 test result last week to alert their own close contacts.

# stephen-donnelly - Monday 19 October, 2020

Ireland's Covid tracker app is now linked with similar contact tracing apps from Italy and Germany

There are currently no countries on Ireland’s travel green list, however.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Announcement expected as Cabinet meets to discuss possible Level 4 restrictions in border counties

It follows a decision by the Stormont Executive to close schools for two weeks.

# stephen-donnelly - Sunday 11 October, 2020

Minister for Health says 'there isn't going to be a longer mid-term break'

Donnelly joined junior minister Niall Collins who earlier rejected suggestions that schools could close for an extended period.

# stephen-donnelly - Thursday 8 October, 2020

CMO and Health Minister discussed possibility of moving to Level 4 before Level 5 recommendation

Stephen Donnelly issued a statement in the Dáil this evening to clarify the timeline last weekend.

'It certainly wasn't Stephen Donnelly': Taoiseach says health minister didn't leak NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Donnelly is to make a statement about the sequence of events prior to NPHET’s Level 5 recommendation later today.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors

Varadkar floated the idea of fines with examples given such as a €50 fine for not wearing a mask.

# stephen-donnelly - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government'

The recommendation became public on Sunday night, but the government rejected it yesterday – instead deciding that the entire country should enter Level 3.

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion' Nphet This post contains videos

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion'

NPHET had recommended the entire country move to Level 5, but this advice was rejected by the government.

# stephen-donnelly - Sunday 4 October, 2020

Health Minister thanks Ronan Glynn for 'tireless effort' as acting CMO

Dr Tony Holohan is returning as chief medical officer tomorrow.

# stephen-donnelly - Friday 2 October, 2020

Some 'frustration' caused by rescheduling of non-priority flu jabs, Irish Pharmacy Union says

Boots is rescheduling some not at-risk flu jab appointments due to delay in the vaccines arriving.

Donnelly says people shouldn't 'switch off' from Covid restrictions while on holiday

A report into the attendance of Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe at the infamous Golfgate dinner said he “switched off from news coverage” while away.

# stephen-donnelly - Thursday 1 October, 2020

There was another 'unparliamentary language' incident in the Dáil today Most Unparliamentary This post contains videos

There was another 'unparliamentary language' incident in the Dáil today

Peadar Tóibín TD made the comments as TDs were debating the government’s Living with Covid-19 plan.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Donnelly announces plans to double number of public health staff in Ireland

Donnelly made the announcement during this morning’s Covid-19 Oireachtas Committee.

# stephen-donnelly - Thursday 24 September, 2020

Health Minister says Dublin's Covid-19 figures 'beginning to stabilise'

This evening health officials reported 167 new cases in Dublin.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Health Minister contacts HSE to make clear that window visits in nursing homes are not suspended under Level 3

Concerns had been raised that nursing homes in Dublin were suspending window visits.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

'Common sense has broken down': Government slammed for 'bonkers' measures and 'mixed messaging'

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly called for political solidarity.

# stephen-donnelly - Friday 4 September, 2020

Minister to meet with sports bodies to discuss Covid-19 restrictions

Catherine Martin will meet with representatives from the GAA, FAI and the IRFU today.

# stephen-donnelly - Thursday 3 September, 2020

CervicalCheck campaigners welcome health minister's promises on steering group

Campaigners and advocates met with Stephen Donnelly yesterday.

Publicans blast 'crazy' new rule requiring details of food orders to be kept for 28 days

One Fianna Fáil TD condemned the new rules as ‘authoritarian’.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

Officials are not considering putting Dublin into lockdown at present, Donnelly says

103 additional cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Dublin by health officials yesterday.

# stephen-donnelly - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Coronavirus GP consultations set to remain free, health minister confirms

It will remain free to call a GP about Covid-19 symptoms.

# stephen-donnelly - Monday 31 August, 2020

Ban on alcohol at gigs under consideration in a bid to allow music events resume

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister for Arts Catherine Martin are meeting artists today.

# stephen-donnelly - Sunday 30 August, 2020

Campaign group to seek NPHET's 'specific concerns' about live events in meeting with Health Minister

Confusion arose earlier this month following conflicting messages on numbers permitted at cultural events.

# stephen-donnelly - Friday 28 August, 2020

Cabinet to meet today to consider new Garda enforcement powers

The government want gardaí to be given powers to interrupt and prevent house parties and social gatherings in breach of the guidelines.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Focus until Christmas is on reopening society, protecting jobs and the most vulnerable, says minister

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has asked NPHET whether the Kildare lockdown can be lifted early.

Taoiseach will not 'seek to influence' EU Commission President's decision on Phil Hogan Covid-19 This post contains videos

Taoiseach will not 'seek to influence' EU Commission President's decision on Phil Hogan

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said that the government has lost confidence in the Trade Commissioner.

# stephen-donnelly - Friday 21 August, 2020

Phil Hogan 'regrets and apologises' for attendance at golfing event after public outcry

Taoiseach Micheál Martin had called on Hogan to offer a ‘meaningful response’.

# stephen-donnelly - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

Major nursing homes report calls for review of staff working conditions in wake of Covid-19 crisis

The report says that staff should not be employed across multiple nursing homes.

# stephen-donnelly - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

NPHET recommends asking older people to limit time outdoors and to reduce numbers at home gatherings

Health officials have also recommended that sports be returned to behind-closed-doors.

# stephen-donnelly - Monday 17 August, 2020

Health Minister says there are no plans to extend the three-county restrictions further ahead of NPHET meeting

Stephen Donnelly said that the number of people being treated for Covid-19 in hospital and in ICU doubled over the weekend.

'I don't think we broke the law, it was 20 seconds of madness': Restaurateur defends scenes at Dublin venue

Health minister Stephen Donnelly described the scenes in Berlin D2 as “reckless” and said it would be up to gardaí whether to send a file to the DPP.

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