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Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives at Government buildings, Dublin 2 this morning

This afternoon.

A good Christmas?

Beats every other year then.



Earlier: Baby If You’ve Got To Go Away


Dublin Airport last Christmas

This afternoon.

The Dáil.

“I think in terms of people booking flights for Christmas to come home, I’d advise them not to do that at the moment.

“I know that’s difficult, I know that’s tough, but Christmas is six weeks away and it is too soon now for people to be booking flights to come home”.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.


Mr Varadkar said there are dangers that international travel could reseed the virus here.

Visitors still welcome.

Good times.

Tánaiste advises not to book Christmas flights home yet (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

Stephen’s Green Centre, Dublin 2.

Christmas decorations hang in St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre as many retailers fear they may not be able to open in time for Christmas due to Level 5 restrictions. The Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association (ISME) has written to all TDs expressing its opposition to the ongoing closure of all ‘non-essential’ retailers.


This morning.

Aldi, Terenure, Dublin 6.

Karen Morgan writes:

Ho, ho, ho! Exciting news! Santa dropped into Aldito announce that, while we may not be able to visit him in person this year, during the month of November, Aldi is giving 100 lucky families the opportunity to win a virtual chat with the man himself in the run up to Christmas via SantaOnline.ie.

To enter, email your best Christmas cracker joke to santa@aldi.ie!

You may share them with us as well.

Or not.

Suit yourselves.

From top: Christmas homecoming, Dublin Airport, 2018; Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, at the Department of Health briefing in Miesian Plaza last night

This morning.

Christmas homecomings around the country’s airports are now in doubt as chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned the Covid-19 risks around international travel are still “very substantial” at this time.

Via RTÉ:

Dr Holohan also cautioned parents about the risks of children from different families getting together for Halloween parties.

Asked about people travelling home for Christmas and families in different countries reuniting for the festive season, he said no specific consideration by his team has yet been given to it.

Our advice is that the risk of non-essential travel outside this country is simply too high at this moment.”

You’re too high.

Are not high enough.

Hard to tell these days.

Christmas flights home in doubt as Covid travel risk ‘simply too high’ (RTÉ)






Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Professor Jason Leitch

The idea of a normal Christmas is a “fiction” and Scots should prepare for digital celebrations, national clinical director Jason Leitch has said.

The government has insisted that the latest Covid-19 restrictions are having an impact on the spread of the virus.

But Prof Leitch told BBC Scotland there was “absolutely no question” of a “normal” Christmas being allowed.

Measures could be eased if case numbers fall, but Mr Leitch said people should “get their digital Christmas ready”.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the government was making “really tough” decisions and would not “tell people what they want to hear to make it easier in the here and now”.

Covid: Scots told to prepare for ‘digital Christmas (BBC)