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From TheJournal.ie The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now? Decision Time

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?

Michael Martin will meet Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan about that very question later today.

From TheJournal.ie Employees could be given a legal right to request home working, Tánaiste says WFH

Employees could be given a legal right to request home working, Tánaiste says

Leo Varadkar said the idea is being considered as part of a public consultation.

From TheJournal.ie DPD Ireland to create 700 new jobs across the country Announcement

DPD Ireland to create 700 new jobs across the country

The permanent jobs will be created before the end of the year.

From The42 No GAA championships if country moves to Level 5, says Leo Varadkar Warning

No GAA championships if country moves to Level 5, says Leo Varadkar

The 2020 inter-county season resumes this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says health advice stands whether at 'Level 1,2,3,4,5 or 26' as opposition criticises 'utter confusion' Living With Covid

Varadkar says health advice stands whether at 'Level 1,2,3,4,5 or 26' as opposition criticises 'utter confusion'

Varadkar said people outside the three counties at Level 4 should not be complacent.

From TheJournal.ie Tánaiste indicates PUP may not be cut in February if pandemic doesn't improve Budget 2021

Tánaiste indicates PUP may not be cut in February if pandemic doesn't improve

The PUP is set to be cut again in February with the rate of payment due to be reduced from €250 to €203.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar says 'third wave' considerations played into €5.4 billion contingency funding Budget 2021

Leo Varadkar says 'third wave' considerations played into €5.4 billion contingency funding

Varadkar also said that any decision on whether the country would move to a Level 4 lockdown would be taken on Friday.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How will the government's new Covid support scheme for businesses work? Budget 2021

Explainer: How will the government's new Covid support scheme for businesses work?

Applications for the scheme will open next week.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach casts doubt on idea of 'circuit break' lockdown to curb Covid-19 spread Circuit Break

Taoiseach casts doubt on idea of 'circuit break' lockdown to curb Covid-19 spread

The Tánaiste wrote in today’s Sunday Independent that numerous considerations must be made before opting for a second lockdown.

From TheJournal.ie 'It certainly wasn't Stephen Donnelly': Taoiseach says health minister didn't leak NPHET's Level 5 recommendation Who Knew What

'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.

From TheJournal.ie CMO spoke to Health Minister before and after NPHET's Level 5 recommendation Nphet

CMO spoke to Health Minister before and after NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the Level 5 recommendation “came out of the blue” on Sunday.

From TheJournal.ie Level 3 enforcement: Taoiseach declines to give timeline on when fines could be introduced but says options will be discussed this week Level 3

Level 3 enforcement: Taoiseach declines to give timeline on when fines could be introduced but says options will be discussed this week

The Covid sub-committee met this morning to discuss enforcement of Level 3 restrictions.

From TheJournal.ie NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors Covid-19

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.

From TheJournal.ie NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government' Covid-19

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.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says circuit break can't be ruled out to control Covid as sources say plans 'need to be worked up' Short And Sharp

Varadkar says circuit break can't be ruled out to control Covid as sources say plans 'need to be worked up'

The idea had been mooted recently for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation? Nphet

Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation?

The Tánaiste and other ministers have been outlining the reasons why over the past few hours.

From TheJournal.ie NPHET recommendation to enter Level 5 'came out of the blue', Tánaiste says Leo Varadkar

NPHET recommendation to enter Level 5 'came out of the blue', Tánaiste says

Leo Varadkar said the government and NPHET “have to get back on the same page”.

From TheJournal.ie Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan Lockdown

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan

NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.

From TheJournal.ie 'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in Taking Stock

'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in

One thing is for sure, this government needs a win.

From TheJournal.ie Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says' Interview

Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says'

Making the tough decisions in government during a pandemic is not easy, says O’Callaghan.

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error Leaving Cert Controversy

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error

The controversy was described as a “shambles” in the Dáil today.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered Leaving Cert

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered

Education Miniser Norma Foley said that about 7,200 Leaving Cert grades have been affected by the errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.

From TheJournal.ie Former junior minister won't engage 'in any lobbying activities' for 12 months as CEO of funds sector lobby group Senator

Former junior minister won't engage 'in any lobbying activities' for 12 months as CEO of funds sector lobby group

D’Arcy is set to resign his Seanad seat to become chief executive of the Irish Association of Investment Management.

From TheJournal.ie Mortgage payment break scheme will not be extended, Government confirms Payment Breaks

Mortgage payment break scheme will not be extended, Government confirms

The Tánaiste said the banks agreed that solutions for those unable to resume full payments would be applied on a case-by-case basis.

From TheJournal.ie Documents show government unease at campaign to designate Covid-19 an 'occupational illness' Employer Liability

Documents show government unease at campaign to designate Covid-19 an 'occupational illness'

The Department of Business expressed concern about the liability for the State and businesses.

From TheJournal.ie Proposed EU traffic light system for air travel 'is still a bit up in the air', says Tánaiste Aviation Industry

Proposed EU traffic light system for air travel 'is still a bit up in the air', says Tánaiste

Varadkar said he is worried about Cork and Shannon airports bouncing back from Covid.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar restricting his movements after being in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 case Tánaiste

Leo Varadkar restricting his movements after being in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 case

An official in the Department of Business tested positive for Covid yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic Sick Leave

Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic

Ireland is one of only five EU members that doesn’t recognise sick pay as a right.

From TheJournal.ie Martin says he's unfazed by Varadkar preempting government announcements Rotating Taoiseachs

Martin says he's unfazed by Varadkar preempting government announcements

Martin said Cabinet intends to keep the Pandemic Unemployment Payment “under review”.

From TheJournal.ie Dubliners advised they can meet up with up to six people from another household in a public park Social Visits

Dubliners advised they can meet up with up to six people from another household in a public park

Dublin is to be moved to Level 3 of Covid-19 restrictions for the next three weeks.

From TheJournal.ie 'I thought it was Avril Lavigne at first': Varadkar laughs off incident where woman threw smoothie on him Leo Varadkar
From TheJournal.ie 'We're taking action early': Varadkar says EU capitals have not imposed the kind of restrictions Dublin is facing Restrictions

'We're taking action early': Varadkar says EU capitals have not imposed the kind of restrictions Dublin is facing

Dublin is expected to be placed on Level Three before the weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar: 'If public health teams recommend that a meat plant should close, it should close. Full stop' Outbreak

Varadkar: 'If public health teams recommend that a meat plant should close, it should close. Full stop'

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said meat barons are playing with people’s lives.

From TheJournal.ie National 'Living with Covid' plan to be announced this morning, but Dublin pubs reopening to be paused again New Roadmap

National 'Living with Covid' plan to be announced this morning, but Dublin pubs reopening to be paused again

It’s expected a press conference outlining the measures will take place after ministers meet at 8am.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar warns of restrictions in Dublin over ‘worrying’ rise in Covid-19 cases Coronavirus

Varadkar warns of restrictions in Dublin over ‘worrying’ rise in Covid-19 cases

There has been a 20-fold increase in the incidence rate of the virus in Dublin over the last few weeks, the Tánaiste said.

From TheJournal.ie Public health experts must justify any proposed restrictions for Dublin if they're more 'drastic' than other EU cities Nphet

Public health experts must justify any proposed restrictions for Dublin if they're more 'drastic' than other EU cities

Ireland needs to look to other EU countries and how they are handling spikes, says Tánaiste.

From TheJournal.ie 'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations Brexit Pressure

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations

The Taoiseach says the UK government’s actions ‘does not build trust’.

From TheJournal.ie Irish government aiming to allow people to travel abroad to visit loved ones for Christmas Leo Varadkar

Irish government aiming to allow people to travel abroad to visit loved ones for Christmas

Leo Varadkar told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that Ireland may lose travel connectivity “for up to 4 years” if “strict” travel rules are not relaxed.

From TheJournal.ie Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks? Explainer
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