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This morning.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arriving at Government Buildings for a Cabinet meeting where the introduction of mandatory quarantining at hotels in Ireland will be presented by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

Important documents?

Or packed lunch?

We may never know.

Cabinet to consider legislation over hotel quarantining (RTÉ)

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews

This afternoon.


This afternoon.


From top: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe; Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arriving at Dublin Castle this morning

This morning.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Via RTÉ News:

The Cabinet has agreed that people can travel beyond their county until the end of St Stephen’s Day, 26 December, RTÉ News understands.

The changes will allow people after 26 December to stay where they are at that point and travel back to their own home later. However, there will be no new inter-county travel allowed after that date..

From 1 January no household mixing will be allowed except for compassionate reasons.

No new inter-county travel after 26 Dec, Cabinet agrees (RTÉ)


From top: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris; Minister of State for International and Road Transport and Logistics Hildegarde Naughton; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney; Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage; Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin

This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and cabinet members leave a meeting where a ‘brief’ discussion on easing rona restrictions was held.

Via RTÉ:

The Government decision on easing Covid-19 restrictions next week is now most likely to be taken on Friday.

A further cabinet meeting is expected to take place on Friday.

It will be preceded by a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team tomorrow and possibly a meeting of the Covid-19 Cabinet sub-committee on Thursday.


The key point that must be finalised is when restaurants and gastro pubs reopen and what guidelines might need to be issued to allow for indoor dining.

The prospect of pubs that do not serve food opening this year is said to be diminishing all the time.

Ministers must also decide on when exactly inter-country travel will be permitted in the days leading up to Christmas.

Government decision on easing Covid-19 restrictions expected on Friday (RTÉ)

Earlier: The Hugs Don’t Work They Just Make It Worse

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


Last night.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2.

Cabinet members leave after agreeing to Level 5 restrictions across the country. From top: Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney; Minister for Justice Helen McEntee Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris; Minister for Education Norma Foley.


Dr Niamh Hourigan, Sociologist and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Mary Immaculate College

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Prof [Niamh] Hourigan said that fear was a significant driver of behaviour in April and encouraged people to adhere to the rules, along with a form of “Covid shaming” in person and online.

She said the restrictions were also a novelty the first time round and people “didn’t really know what they were getting into”.

She added the change in seasons and the shorter days must be acknowedged and how these may potentially contribute to more transgressions this time round.



Science rocks!

Level 5: Non-essential shops to close, 5km travel limit (RTÉ)

Earlier: All Stick, No Carrot

Pic: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

I’d double lock that.

This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Members of the cabinet arrive for a meeting to discuss the rona and the European Commissioner gig. From top: Taoiseach Micheál Martin; From left: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath, and Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadka; Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, and Minister for Climate Action and Communications Networks and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan.

Where are your masks, etc.?

Earlier: May The Best Woman Win





This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

New ministers arrive for the first cabinet meeting of the new government.

From top: (left to right): Eamon Ryan, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, with Tanaiste, and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach and Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin; Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath and Government Chief Whip Dara Calleary; Minister for Higher Education and Science Simon Harris: Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly; Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Barry Cowen; Green Party Senator Pippa Hackett (left), junior minister at the Department of Agriculture.

New Cabinet to review economic stimulus package during first meeting (RTÉ)


This morning.

St Kevin’s National School, Wicklow.

The National Broadband Plan contract being signed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister Richard Bruton and National Broadband Ireland’s David McCourt among St Kevin’s sixth class students.

Pics: Merrion Street


From top: Denis O’Brien;  Minister for Communications Richard Bruton; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with David McCourt; McCourt with former Minister for Communications Denis Naughten; Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy


It’s expected that the Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will bring a memo to Cabinet this morning, recommending that the contract from the National Broadband Plan is signed.

Further to this…

The Social Democrats is calling for a Dáil vote before the contract is signed.

TD Catherine Murphy, co-founder of the Social Democrats, writes:

“The National Broadband Plan carries an unprecedented risk for the State where the Government will hand over a huge amount of public funding, following a flawed process, to a private company for an asset that the State won’t own, with no guarantees in regard to value for money.

“Signing the contract could put the State in financial jeopardy.

“It is essential that the Dáil get to see the precise detail of what the Government is signing up to, and vote on it, prior to the Government giving away so much of the public money for what seems to be so little in the long term.

“How can the Government, on behalf of taxpayers, heavily subsidise infrastructure only to hand it over to private entity, who’s only concern will be profit margins.

“What will the eventual cost be to those who need broadband? To the State in subsidies?

“The broadband network is a vital national asset that will underpin our economy for the future. It is imperative that all people and businesses have access to reliable, high-speed broadband.

“But when the UK and Australia talk about re-nationalising their broadband networks in order to ensure that it is a public good accessible by everyone, surely it’s time to shout stop, and assess how we go about it properly here in Ireland.”


Hugh O’Connell, in the Irish Independent reports:

Fianna Fáil is set to effectively drop its opposition to the controversial €3bn National Broadband Plan (NBP) that will leave thousands of homes and businesses in rural Ireland waiting up to seven years for high-speed internet.

The opposition party has admitted that once Fine Gael signs the broadband contract, it may cost taxpayers even more by attempting to break it. The plan is being given final approval by ministers at a special early-morning Cabinet meeting today after it cleared the final regulatory hurdle with the European Commission last week.

National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has told the Government it will take an estimated seven years to roll out broadband to the 540,000 homes and businesses.

Stopping €3bn National Broadband Plan ‘could be even more expensive’ – FF (Irish Independent)

Previously: No Cause For Concern


Richard Bruton tweetz:

Today is a historic day for rural Ireland. The government are signing the national broadband contract, which will bring high-speed broadband to the 1.1M people across Ireland who can’t get access.

This is the biggest investment in rural Ireland since rural electrification. It will ensure rural communities will not be left behind and will be guaranteed the same opportunities as urban areas.

This morning.

Cork city.

Livestock shenanigans at a cabinet meeting being held in Corcaigh – a temporary re-location that must have seemed like a good idea at some point.

That’ll learn them.


Inside Cork City Hall…

Ah here.