Minister Eamon Ryan has said there should be more “social life” outdoors soon, adding to the hopes for outdoor dining returning in May.
Momentum is growing among Cabinet ministers for a fast-tracking of the lifting of lockdown restrictions next month.
“It was a lovely weekend, my sense was that everybody was really respectful, they were keeping their distance, it was using our great outdoors in the way that we should and people pretty much adhering to the regulations was my sense, so we shouldn’t give up on that.”
Further to the decision to limit the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged over 60 years and the delay in the roll out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine across Europe….
…Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has said he is hopeful the Covid-19 vaccine schedule can remain on track.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with the National Vaccination taskforce, Mr Ryan said he is confident the system is flexible and those who have had vaccinations cancelled this week will be accommodated “very quickly”.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister Ryan will talk to the taskforce and the Health Service Executive this morning ahead of a Cabinet meeting as the Government sets about adjusting the vaccination plan.
Mr Ryan said the advice about Johnson and Johnson is only temporary and the AstraZeneca vaccine has been cleared for people aged over 60.
Minister for the Environment and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan entering Government Buildings for a Cabinet meeting where he presented plans to legally commit the state to a 51% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in an updated version of the Climate Action Bill.
She’s says she believes the @greenparty_ie will haemorrhage a lot of members because of the failure of @EamonRyan to deliver
“(I was) strongly critical of the whole approach down through the years, down through the decades in international trade, particularly around the dispute resolution where the environmental community among others like social justice organisations said that the power of the corporations within that was too strong, so that was our primary concern regarding CETA and other trade deals that were being done.
“But, there are three developments in the last three years that give me reassurance, some of those concerns are starting to be addressed in a way that is progressive.”
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, waves at Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan today before a discussion between NPHET and the leaders of the three government parties concerning recommendation that the entire country be placed under a nationwide Level 5 lockdown to ‘combat rising cases of Covid-19’.
Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme yesterday, before any mention of Level 5, Mr Ryan said he hoped Level 4 restrictions could be avoided in Dublin and in Donegal, both of which are currently at Level 3.
“What we’re seeking to do is not to eradicate the virus, I don’t think that’s a viable option but to stabilise it and I think, yes, there’s real concern when you look at other counties [case numbers are] rising very fast.”
Leaving Level 5 discussions were, top from left: Dr Holohan; Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; and Chair of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG) Professor Philip Nolan.
Embattled Leader of the Green Party and Minister for Climate Action and Communications Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan with Green Party Councillor Donna Cooney (and Poppy, above) at the newly opened Royal Canal Route phase 2 at Newcomen Bridge.
Eamon Ryan won 994 votes to leadership challenger Catherine Martin’s 946 in a ballot of Green Party members.
Eamon Ryan said:
“It was a really close result. There is no two ways about that. The result could have gone either way. I will reflect on that.”
Catherine Martin said:
“There was diversity of opinion about going into coalition and about the programme for Government and that has been expressed but I believe we need to welcome those differences of opinion and be a welcoming space.
In relation to members that have left, I think it is very important that we engage with them.
I’ll be inviting them to talk to us and I’ll be asking them to stick with us.”