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From left: Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Professor Philip Nolan and Dr Ronan Glynn at the Department of Health press briefing last night

Last night.

Professor Philip Nolan – chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group – told the briefing that at no time since the start of the pandemic in March had it exceeded 1.4 or 1.6 (the R rate)…

Prof Nolan said this was certainly, “at least in part explained by the very high levels of socialisation and social contact” in the last weeks of December

Curbs on sale of alcohol next in line as Holohan says it fuels spread (Independent.ie)

Meanwhile, curbs on the sale of alcohol by forcing off-licences to cut their opening hours may be the next step in the fight against the Covid-19 crisis after chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned it is helping to fuel the spread of the virus.


Curbs on sale of alcohol next in line as Holohan says it fuels spread (Independent.ie)

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in government buildings last night

This morning.

Further to Taoiseach Micheal Martin’s call that ‘No publican should be selling takeaway pints…’

The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government is considering banning the sale of alcohol after a certain time of day.

Mr Varadkar told Pat Kenny the issue of on-street drinking will be doubled down on as part of these new restrictions.

“We’re working on new public health regulations that strengthen the law in this regard around drinking alcohol in public streets, and that will give the Gardaí more powers of enforcement”.



Fluffybiscuits writes:

Rumours abound that there is going to be a ban on take away pints. The little things get us through the pandemic, I enjoy a casual can by the canal at six feet with a friend one on one the odd Friday.

We reduce contacts, cannot have people over to the house, stay within 5km and work hard. That little thing of two or three cans by the canal is an outlet for human contact. All of us make sacrifices but can we not have the little things that keep us sane in these difficult times?

Government Considering Alcohol Curfew (Newstalk)


Chief Medical Officer Dept Of Health Dr Tony Holohan

Crazy for the hooch.

It can’t help itself.

This morning.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said:

“Irrespective of the setting, but particularly when that setting is an indoor setting, particular in places where ventilation is poor, particularly where we have use of alcohol – and let’s be honest here, we have a challenge in this country, it is really difficult for us all to maintain public health guidance when it’s mixed in with the use of alcohol.

“But, all of those factors come together to create risks that this virus loves.

“The virus loves indoor settings, it loves close contact between people, and it loves alcohol. And if we give it the opportunity it will transmit very very quickly and that’s what we are seeing.”


Country cannot cope with current social contact levels – Holohan (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Ministers leave a cabinet meeting where it was agreed that the government would not propose any action that would seek to remove Seamus Woulfe from the Supreme Court and a proposal to fine people gathering outdoors to drink alcohol was withdrawn.

From top: Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar; Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan; Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly; from left: Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform; Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance; and Helen McEntee, Minister for Justice; Minister for Education Norma Foley; Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien; Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris


Dame Tavern, Dublin last month

This morning.


Proposal to fine people for gathering outdoors drinking withdrawn (RTÉ)


When hope and history rhyme.

Earlier: A Limerick A Day


Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive Of Vintners’ Federation of Ireland; Claire Byrne

This morning

RTÉ Radio One Today with Claire Byrne.

Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive Of Vintners’ Federation of Ireland discussed the undrinkable unthinkable…

Claire Byrne: “If people, you say, some people are selling drink [in alleged “shebeens”], if there are house parties happening and we know that there are over 200 clusters as a result of gatherings, social gatherings in private houses, should we stop having, should drinks stop being sold altogether for a period of time?

Cribben: “Well, I mean it’s like everything else, I think all of those things need to be considered but the real, the real issue here is people taking personal responsibility and the real issue is that pubs are a controlled environment and the one thing that pubs are used to, they’re used to regulation, they’re used to controlling, they’re used to controlling people, they’re used to implementing regulation that they might not be terribly happy with. I mean if you go back, if you go back to the smoking ban of whatever number of years ago, that has been implemented with a high level of success.”

Byrne: “Yeah, it’s slightly different though, controlling the spread of a pandemic.”

Cribben: “But I mean the point is give us the guidelines, put the sanctions in place, police the sanctions and the publicans of this country will respond accordingly.”

Byrne: “OK, but go back to the sale of drink from off-licences. Because you have said, haven’t you, that it should be paused, stopped for three weeks at least?”

Cribben: “No, what I have actually said is that if, if NPHET believes that that to be a source of the problem, they should consider it. I think that’s slightly different than saying that it should be done. They may decide that’s not an issue. It very well may not be the issue. But, you know, I think, certainly cheap alcohol in supermarkets is an issue we’ve been consistent in saying that, for the last decade. It’s not just now. And I do believe that that should be addressed and addressed now.”




This just gin.

The Drinkaware Index 2019 report found that nearly 75% of people believe drinking to excess is part of Irish culture.

Over a third of under 25s say they binge drink on a weekly basis and most drink alcohol as a coping mechanism.

It also found that 44% of adults drink alcohol on a weekly basis.


One in five adults classified as a hazardous drinker – report (RTÉ)

Drinkaware Index 2019