Heated & passionate arguments within government over restrictions

The Environment Minister says heated and passionate arguments are taking place about how to exit Level 5 restrictions.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting today to discuss the spread of the virus.


A Decision on exiting Level 5 restrictions to be taken next week


The Taoiseach says a decision on exiting Level 5 restrictions will be made next week.


Micheál Martin told a meeting of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party last night that he wants people to have a ‘wholesome and enjoyable’ Christmas.


A Dáil debate on exiting Level 5 in early December will take place on Tuesday, however the ultimate decision will be taken by cabinet later in the week.


It comes as the death toll associated with Covid-19 here has now passed 2,000, after a further 12 deaths were reported yesterday along with 379 new cases.


There were 38 new cases in Donegal, 6 additional cases in Sligo and Less than 5 in Leitrim.


Eamon Ryan says he would like to see people returning to their workplace one a day a week.

He also feels shops and gyms could reopen for people’s mental health.