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Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings tonight where he addressed the nation on exiting from Level 5




From top: Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science; Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Health

This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2.

Cabinet Ministers arrive for a meeting where it is expected they will confirm the lifting of Level 5 and the re-opening of all shops and gyms from next Tuesday, against NPHET advice.

Earlier: Life, Gym


This afternoon.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee arrives for cabinet amid a continuing storm over Séamus Woulfe’s Supreme Court appointment.

Earlier:  Howlin Woulfe


Eric Clapton (right) and Van Morrison have teamed up for anti-Lockdown Single ‘Stand and Deliver’

This afternoon.

Via Variety:

Music legends Van Morrison and Eric Clapton have announced a new single, “Stand and Deliver,” in support of Morrison’s Save Live Music campaign. The blues track was written by Morrison and is performed by Clapton

Proceeds from “Stand and Deliver” will go to the Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which helps musicians facing difficulties as a result of the coronavirus and resulting lockdown measures

Clapton — the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — called the dearth of live events due to lockdown restrictions “deeply upsetting.”

Music Legends Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Team for Anti-Lockdown Single ‘Stand and Deliver’ (Variety)


let’s Do It For Each Other – Ste Brown

Noggin’ rapper Ste asks for everyone to follow the rona rules

Thug life didn’t choose him, obviously.

Previously: Into The Medic

Last night.

Prime Time on RTÉ One.

Professor Bill Tormey, of Beaumont Hospital debates Professor Anthony Staines, of DCU, on the efficacy of the government’s rona lockdown response, saying:

“The problem is we’ve had NPHET and the television station here address the point in such a way that there’s massive panic. There is no trolley crisis in the hospitals because people are too afraid to go.

The bottom line is Lockdown is causing more deaths, more lives lost  than Covid by a long way.

Watch back here

Don’t know they’re born.

In our day, we were lucky to be masked and locked up if it meant being spared a beating.


Vintners’ Federation of Ireland Chief Executive Padraig Cribben arriving for the Oireachtus Special Committee on Covid-19 Response in June

This morning/afternoon.

With ‘gastro pubs’ allowed to re-open…

…The chief executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) has said that all pubs should be allowed open in December because the guidelines are the same for food and non-food pubs.


Padraig Cribben said he was hearing “all kinds of nonsense” about the sizes of kitchens and chefs, but pointed out that less than a third of one percent of Covid cases have originated in the sector.

“There’s going to be alcohol in the pubs that do food, there’s going to be alcohol in the restaurants, and there’s going to be alcohol in all the domestic settings where there will be no social distancing where there will be no masks, where there will be no hand sanitization,’ Mr Cribben said.

He said he believes there is a “vindictiveness” in NPHET towards pubs and that a decision was made not to allow them re-open three weeks ago.

Call for all pubs to be allowed reopen in December (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

And the price of speaking out against them.

From the ‘Very Opinionated Kate Wand Show‘.

Covid response critic Ivor Cummins writes:

A must watch. I can say no more. You can support the corporate takeover of our society. Or you can support truth in science, and protect our future. The latter protect our society, over the actions of vandals. It is your choice. Make it wisely….

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


Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan; ‘Worry Index’

This morning.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said new research shows that people are feeling less worried about Covid-19 and warned this may cause them to drop their guard.


It follows the reporting of an additional 252 cases of the disease but no further coronavirus-related deaths.

Dr Tony Holohan said the latest study by Amárach showed that the worry level has reduced and is now similar to levels last seen in July.

A third of those surveyed said they thought the worst is yet to come but 28% believed the worst was behind us – which the National Public Health Emergency Team considers “significant” he told a media briefing.

Dr Holohan said: “It’s not that we want people to be worried but we do think there is a correlation between people’s level of concern and ultimately the behaviours that people exhibit.

“It can lead us to drop our guard from time to time in ways that we may not intend to.”


Holohan asks people not to drop their guard as 252 new Covid cases confirmed (RTÉ)


This morning/afternoon.

Dublin Airport.

A Covid-19 testing centre has opened at Terminal 2, the second one at the airport.




Last week: Swab And Go

This afternoon.

Dublin 1.

Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters with their supporters, arriving outside the Four Courts before they filed papers in their ongoing effort to obtain a High Court hearing into the constitutionality of laws introduced in response to the rona.

Previously: Appealing

A Bridge Too Far

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