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Mountjoy Square Park, Dublin 1 last month

This afternoon.

Via The Irish Times:

Gardaí are expected to operate a scaled-down operation this bank holiday weekend to enforce the coronavirus movement restrictions as the force switches focus from roads to parks, beaches and beauty spots.

While an enforcement operation will be in place this weekend, it is expected to be on a smaller scale and will focus on road safety rather than enforcing the movement restrictions.

This week Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said over the coming weeks the force’s coronavirus policing will focus on monitoring the movement restrictions through “community engagement at key locations such as parks, beaches and natural beauty spots

Garda to scale down Covid enforcement operation ahead of hottest weekend this year (Irish Times)



Leo Varadkar (right) in Phoenix Park Dublin last Sunday

[Leo Varadkar] said [On FM104 earlier] that there will be no repeat picnic in the park this weekend as he doesn’t “want to give my press officer a heart attack or anything.”

He said: “Unfortunately there are camera phones anywhere there are people these days but that’s the way it is. You have to live your life. And if you’re afraid of photographs you’d never go out.”

Thanks topless Blueshirt.

‘Not at that point yet’: Taoiseach says Ireland isn’t ready for 1-metre social distancing (iRadio)

Earlier: Roaming Charge





Yesterday: ‘Devastating’

Last night.

Prime Time on RTÉ One.

Meanwhile via Simon McGarr:

….Yesterday morning the Minister for Education was on the airwaves. He told Sarah McInerny that schools weren’t going to reopen properly come September. We’d still be doing the online learning a few days a week, with a few other days with the children in school.

This was… bonkers.

For decades the Education has steadfastly insisted on behaving as though every home still had a stay at home mother to look after children at any given time.

But proposing to put that presumption into action, by forcing parents trying to return to work to give that work up for some, unspecified number of days a week, yet to be determined did not go down well.

By Prime Time at 9.30pm, The Minister for Education was back out on the airwaves, to come out swinging against the Minister for Education from that morning and his daft talk.

The Minister for Education has said he would not accept a “half return” to school which would be required if the current two-metre social distancing guidelines remain in place in September.

At the start of the covid discussions, a lifetime ago in March 2020, there was talk of the idea of ‘lockdown fatigue’ where the public just would refuse to comply.

Homeschooling a 9 year old, while also trying to educate a 6 year old, while trying to work a full time job all at the same table seems like a circumstance designed to test the limits of that fatigue to the maximum.

We may yet see the Department of Education’s certainty on what can and cannot go ahead in September is as unreal as the Leaving Cert that never was.

Schools Out Forever? (Simon McGarr, The Gist)

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2


In Europe, an Italian government survey covering deaths in 10 percent of the nation’s care homes, suggested 45 percent of all deaths in that country could be in care homes.

And in Spain, leaked regional government data suggested 57 percent of the country’s death toll from March 8 to April 8 was from care homes.

According to Ireland’s chief medical officer, 54 percent of deaths up to April 11 had occurred in care homes.

Figures released by the French public health authority showed 45 percent of deaths took place in care homes.

In Belgium, health ministry figures showed 42 percent of COVID-19 deaths happened in care homes.

In North America, it’s reported at least 3,621 deaths in the U.S. have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the country. In Canada, deaths in nursing homes makes up almost half of the country’s coronavirus deaths.

Not A Medic writes:

There appear to be specific countries that have encountered the same issue concerning nursing homes. Was there a general policy worldwide that some countries opted out of?



This morning.

Dublin Airport arrivals.

From today, visitors arriving in Ireland must fill out a mandatory Passenger Locator Form to ‘help with contact tracing’.


Anyone entering the country from abroad must provide details of where they intend to stay for the following 14 days, and they will be asked to self-isolate at that location.

Those who arrive in the Republic of Ireland and travel immediately onwards to the North will only have to fill out their name and signature on the form.

Failure to fill out the form will be punishable by a fine of up to €2,500 or up to six months in prison.

Oh yes.

Playing a blinder.

Mandatory passenger locator form comes into effect from today (RTÉ)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon

“There are in fact people making more on the Covid payments than they were working part-time and some employers are actually telling us that it’s hard to get people to go back to work because of that.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on May 14 announcing plans to cut the Covid-19 unemployment payment as he claimed some people were milking the system.


This afternoon.

There you go now.

A little humility.

That’s wasn’t difficult.

From top: Steward’s Lodge, Phoenix Park; distance between Carpenterstown and The Wellington Monument Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) and friends at the Monument last Sunday;

This morning.

Via Independent.ie:

On May 13, on ‘The Dermot and Dave Show’ on Today FM, the Taoiseach was asked if he was working from home and he replied: “It’s a bit of a combination, so I’m set up half in the office, half at home.”

He was then asked what the room he is working in is like to which he said: “No, no actually I’ve use of a house on the grounds of Farmleigh.”

However, when one of the hosts said this sounded “very salubrious”, Mr Varadkar said: “I’m still in my flat in Carpenterstown, though.”

The Taoiseach added there was “stuff ” in the State-owned lodge that he doesn’t have at home.

A statement issued by the Taoiseach’s Office when photos of Mr Varadkar in the park emerged said: “The Taoiseach has been in Steward’s Lodge during the last few weeks as it has secure office and videoconferencing facilities, which allows him to work from home.”

The response followed suggestions Mr Varadkar may have breached social-distancing rules by meeting his friends by the Wellington Monument in the Phoenix Park.

The Taoiseach’s apartment in his Dublin West constituency is almost 8km from the monument.

Varadkar said two weeks ago that State lodge ‘only for work’ (Independent.ie)

Yesterday: Picnicked

Monday: Sunday In The Park With Leo

Wikimedia/Google Maps/Twitter



Terry Pattinson writes:

I was tested for Coronavirus in Dun Laoghaire [County Dublin]on Friday, May 15 and this leaflet (above) was handed to me. It recommends (twice!) keeping a distance of 1 metre (3 feet) from other people.

It amazes me that there has been no comment on the fact that the HSE has already printed and is distributing advice leaflets which state: ‘Keeping a distance of more than 1 metre (3 feet) from other people is recommended.’


Ministers to question Chief Medical Officer over two metre social distancing rule (RTÉ)