Emergency legislation – The Health Preservation and other Emergency Measures Bill – will be passed in the Dáil.
The title of the bill states:
“An Act, to make exceptional provision, in the public interest and having regard to the manifest and grave risk to human life and public health posed by the spread of Covid-19 and in order to mitigate, where practicable, the effect of the spread of Covid-19, to amend the Health Act 1947 to make provision for the Minister for Health to make regulations prohibiting or restricting the holding of certain events, access to certain premises and to provide for enforcement measures; to provide for powers for certain medical officers of health to order, in certain circumstances, the detention of persons who are suspected to be possible sources of infection of Covid-19 and to provide for enforcement measures in that regard; and to confer on the Minister for Health the power to designate areas as areas of infection of Covid-19 and to provide for related matters; to amend and extend the Social Welfare Acts to provide for amendments in relation to entitlement to illness benefit for persons who have been diagnosed with, or are a probable source of infection of, Covid19; and to provide for amendments in relation to jobseeker’s benefit and jobseeker’s allowance to mitigate the economic effects of the spread of Covid-19; and to provide for related matters.”
The bill can be read in full here
Health Minister Simon Harris has proposed that the detention powers of the new Bill remain in place until November 9th. @rtenews
— Sandra Hurley (@sandra_hurley) March 19, 2020
The Health Minister @SimonHarrisTD says the emergency legislation before the Dáil “will cover private gatherings” ie the capacity to shut down house parties where social distancing is not being observed. Replying to @DenisNaughten @rtenews
— Paul Cunningham (@RTENewsPaulC) March 19, 2020