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Chief Executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union Phillip Browne (second left) arriving at the Department of Health on Baggot Street in Dublin for a meeting with Minister for Health Simon Harris earlier

This afternoon.

The IRFU has released the following statement:

The IRFU had a positive meeting with Minister Harris and his advisors today, where we requested a formal instruction as to the staging of the Ireland v Italy international matches over the weekend of 6/8 March.

At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the Governments’ need to protect public health in relation to the Coronavirus.

We were then advised, formally, that The National Public Health Emergency team has determined that the series of matches should not proceed, in the interests of Public Health.

The IRFU is happy to comply with this instruction.

We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days.

IRFU Statement On Ireland’s Six Nations Matches Against Italy (IRFU)

Earlier: Proportionate Measures



Top from left: Liam Woods, HSE National Director, Acute Operations; and Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health,

This morning/afternoon.

Department of Health, Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

The Department of Health delivering an update to media on Ireland’s preparedness for Covid-19, protocols in place and public health advice.

Surge in virus cases ‘concerning’, but not a pandemic – WHO (RTÉ)

Earlier: Proportional Measures

Leah Farrell/

This morning.

Airfield Estate, Dublin 14.

Telly’s Kathryn Thomas and her daughter Ellie (2) at the launch of Self Help Africa’s ‘One Million Trees’ campaign, sponsored by Glenisk.

‘One Million Trees’ is a local-to-global initiative that aims to plant 100,000 native trees in Ireland and one million trees in sub-Saharan Africa this year ‘in a bid to tackle climate change’.

Self Help Africa

Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland

From top: Riots break out in Jafrabad and Maujpur areas of North East district in Delhi on Monday; US President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during ‘Namaste Trump’ rally at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in India on Monday; lawyer Priyangee Guha

Priyangee Guha writes:

US President Donald Trump was in India. He visited the Taj Mahal in Agra. Every national and international media outlet covered this very closely.

Meanwhile Indians have been protesting against the newly introduced Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) since December 2019. The protests have been very peaceful until now.

Many of these protests have been led by women who are breaking many barriers to fight for the rights of the most vulnerable. This is one of the most unprecedented protests in India since Independence.

There’s also been “protest” in favour of the law.

On February 23, in one such “pro-CAA protest”, BJP Leader Kapil Mishra made a statement at his rally in which he threatened protestors in Delhi with violence if the police failed to clear the area, where people were protesting, over the following three days.

Soon after Mishra’s statement, Delhi began witnessing orchestrated attacks on the protestors. According to The Indian Express, the attacks started immediately after the leader left the rally.

Protesters are allegedly targeting Muslims and muslim properties. There are reports of homes of Hindus being marked for protection while they burned down markets and shops while chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’, ‘Har Har Mahadev’, and ‘Modi Modi Modi’.

Various videos on social media have emerged which show that the protestors were attacked
while the police stood there as bystanders.

There are also videos where police are seen aiding the attackers while people impersonating as members of the Indian Army were deployed against protesters.

According to Reuters, Delhi police have used tear gas shells and smoke grenades to
disperse crowds. In another area, police have reportedly been attacking protestors without

According to official reports, 21 people have died so far in these protests but the unofficial figure is expected to be much higher.

Journalists in the field have been cornered and attacked with the Asia desk of the Committee to Protect Journalists issuing a safety advisory for journalists covering the protests.

And as protesters continue to be under attack, those injured are obstructed from getting access to medical aid. In response, an emergency petition was filed at midnight yesterday where judges directed the police to ensure safe passage for injured victims.

The police have also imposed S. 144 of Indian Penal Code which prohibits assembly of people with arms, in several locations while Leaving Certificate examinations for secondary school students in affected areas of Delhi have been cancelled.

Sharma, whose speech has allegedly incited the violence in the first place, is now pleading to people to be peaceful.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hosted President Trump, has not made any statement yet while Delhi’s Chief Minister, Mr Arvind Kejriwal, has requested “Hon’ble [Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal] and Hon’ble Union Home Minister [Amit Shah] to restore law and order n ensure that peace and harmony is maintained”.

Chief Minister Kejriwal and Home Minister Shah met yesterday to discuss a plan of action.

When a group of students gathered outside the Chief Minister’s house demanding action, he refused to meet them. The students were then attacked with water cannons.

Even Delhi Police has appealed for people to maintain peace and harmony and “appealed to the media not to circulate any disturbing pictures which may further aggravate the situation”.

A group of citizens filed a petition before the Supreme Court of India to direct the authorities to take action against the perpetrators of violence and provide security to those protesting peacefully. The case was listed today in Supreme Court, and will be taken again after lunch.

But will the authorities take action against those who have incited violence? Will those who are orchestrating this attack be held to account?

While Delhi is set on fire, people in Kashmir remain disconnected for more than 200-plus days with no relief in sight.

Indian democracy certainly seems to be living an Orwellian nightmare.

But let’s talk about Trump’s visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra!

Priyangee Guha is a lawyer and a human rights activist from India who is living in Ireland.

Delhi protests: death toll climbs amid worst religious violence for decades (The Guadian)

From top: Vietnom in the back garden of The Glimmerman in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7; Goats Gruff in The Strawberry Hall pub on the Strawberry Beds, Dublin 20 and Village Pizza in The Belfry, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

The pub craze.

Sweeping the capital.

Via Publin:

A number of pubs have opted to have food trucks and pop-ups operating in the pub or out in the back garden areas to provide food, sometimes on a rotating basis to keep punters well fed.

This provides a lot of variety for the customer and an added selling point for the pub.

It’s worth noting that all of the pop-ups on this list (see link below) have veggie options or are based around a veggie offering. Several of them have good vegan offerings too.


Here’s some of the best pop ups and food trucks in Dublin pubs (Publin)


From Ireland V Italy game in Six Nations in 2013; and Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical officer at the Department of Health on RTÉ News last night

This morning.

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to meet representatives of the Irish Rugby Football Union after it sought “reasoning” behind Mr Harris’ call to cancel the Six Nations Ireland V Italy rugby game on March 7 because of a coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy.

Last night, the IRFU released a statement saying:

“The IRFU is seeking an urgent meeting with Minister Harris as to the specific reasoning behind calling for the cancellation of the Ireland V Italy Six Nations fixture in the context of the Government’s overall travel policy to and from Italy and other affected countries.

“Until such time as the IRFU has had contact with the Minister and gets an understanding of the government’s strategic policy on travel to and from Ireland and the cancellation of mass gatherings, it is not in a position to comment further.

It’s been reported there have been 90 suspected cases tested in Ireland but none have tested positive for the virus.

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Jackie Fox spoke to Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health and asked him if it would be possible for the game to be played “behind closed doors”.

Dr Holohan said that would be a matter for the IRFU.

Ms Fox also asked him about St Patrick’s Day.

From the interview…

Dr Tony Holohan: “This won’t be the only mass gathering that we will look at. But this was one that was coming quite soon and obviously involving an area in Europe that has been added to the list of countries that you’ve just outlined where community transmission is taking place and we felt we couldn’t make no other responsible advice or decision.”

Jackie Fox: ‘But there’s nothing to stop the 2,500 thousand Italian fans still travelling to Ireland. Should flights have been cancelled rather the game?”

Holohan: “No, we don’t think that would be a proportionate measure. The WHO is not recommending cancellation of, or restrictions on foreign travel. We make specific travel advisories available and in this country we do that through the Department of Foreign Affairs and their website there. And we make available information then through the points of entry to the country to raise awareness.

“And we’ll be stepping up that as part of the decision that was taken yesterday with more information and physical presence of HSE staff and more posturing and leaflets and so on at the airport. To raise awareness of the symptoms that could occur so if you’ve travelled back from one of the listed areas that you’ve set out which are Japan, Singpore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, and one of the four regions, now identified in Northern Italy, which are Lombardy and Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piemonte alongside mainland China.

“If you’ve come back from any of those regions in the last 14 days and experienced flu-like symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or a fever, you should stay at home, make contact with your GP and be guided by your GP from there. ”

Fox: “The IRFU are meeting with the minister today. If they choose not to take this advice, do authorities have the power to stop this fixture from going ahead?”

Holohan: “I think the IRFU is a responsible organisation and will be willing to work with us to ensure that a measure that we have advised like this which nobody wants to find ourselves in a position of having to to cancel or recommend not take place, I’m sure that they, as a responsible organisation, will be, just as we are, minded to act in the interests of the health and welfare, not only of their spectators but for their players.”

Fox: “But could they, for instance, play the game behind closed doors?”

Holohan: “Well, that will be a matter for them.”


Holohan: “It is an unfolding infection. We don’t know everything about it. We know that the pattern of severity in relation to it, based on the information about it out of China and other places that have experiencing significant number of cases can be severe, that in 20% of cases, approximately, people have a severe illness. And in a small percentage of cases but it would be substantially higher that is currently the case with ‘flu, unfortunately deaths are occurring at a rate of about 2%. But that is not insignificant and it would be nothing other than irresponsible of us if we weren’t to respond fully with the containment measures that we now have in place to try and limit the spread of that in the first instance and prepare ourselves fully in the event that we do have community transmission taking place in this country to minimise the impact on the population here.”

Fox: “Briefly, can I just ask you briefly about the next mass gathering that’s due here, on St Patrick’s Day. Are there plans or is that being looked at at the moment?”

Holohan: “Mass gatherings of all kinds take place all of the time as I’m sure you know from small meetings to large conferences and sporting and other fixtures. So as well as the decision that we recommended in relation to the rugby match, we’ve set up a process to enable anybody, any organiser of a mass gathering to get in touch and for us to consider, according to the guidelines I mentioned, the guidelines that would have informed our decision yesterday in relation to the match, to give that advice in relation to those mass gatherings.

It can be difficult to predict for something that’s a number of weeks away because we could find ourselves in a situation where other regions of the world are affected. Italy was not an area of concern for us a week ago and it’s now the reason why we’ve made this recommendation. So this is a fast-changing situation so it’s impossible to make a prediction now as to where we might be for a an event that could be, you know, five, six weeks, or more weeks away.”

Listen back in full here

Previously: La Forza De Destino 


At Liberty Hall in Dublin 1.

Members and supporters of Sinn Féin attend a rally for the party, hosted by Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (top middle) and (from left) Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill and TDs Eoin Ó Bróin and Louise O’Reilly.

Last night: Meanwhile in Cork

Pics: Rollingnews