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WRONG: surgical mask worn by Social Democrats co-leader Roisin Shorthall yesterday

CORRECT: barrier mask worn by Dublin city centre dude last week

This afternoon.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said there is “room for improvement” around the wearing of face coverings.

He said that there is clear public health advice around the wearing of face coverings and appealed for people to do so.

Last month, the Government advised that face masks or coverings should be worn in situations where social distancing might be difficult.

It also advised that people should not use medical/surgical or PPE masks and that these should be kept for healthcare workers.

It is recommended that the general public wear barrier masks, which may help prevent the spread of viral infection to others.

People getting on public transport or going into supermarkets “should wear” a face covering, he added.

And the very best of luck with all of that.


People urged to wear face coverings in shops, on public transport (RTÉ)


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris (top right) this evening

This afternoon.

More as we get it.

Phase One on easing of restrictions to begin on Monday (RTÉ)





And swanky.

This afternoon.

Dublin city centre.

Yesterday: Mask A Broadsheet Reader





String-held corrugated sports ‘cup’ (as above)?

PLO scarf?


Refashioned brassiere.

Female ‘Intimate towel’?

Surgical mask?


The choice is yours.

This afternoon.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed he believes the National Public Health Emergency Team will make a recommendation advising people to wear “face coverings” not face masks in certain circumstances.

He told the Dáil he did not want to run into problems where there could be shortages for people most in need of face masks.

Mr Varadkar added there would need to be a public information campaign regarding their use.


NPHET to make recommendation on face coverings, says Taoiseach (RTÉ)

Covid-19: How to wear your face mask correctly (RTÉ)


Kildare Designer Fionnuala Bourke and her range of masks

Aileen Gaskin writes:

Kildare native, Fionnuala Bourke, better known for designing costumes for international dancers, pole dancers and WWE stars, has turned her hand to designing face masks alongside her father, a fire engineer, and a team of sewers.

Three weeks ago the father and daughter designed a unique style of mask, with adjustable straps, after Fionnuala decided that she could help people in her area and turn her design studio into a mask making factory.

In the last three weeks, over 2,000 euro has been donated to Fionnuala’s GoFundMe page.

To date, they have made roughly 1,000 masks in four different washable styles. All of the non-medical masks are currently being donated all over the country by a team of volunteers.

Fionnuala has filmed a sewing tutorial  to anyone who wants to sew their own masks. See @fibourkedesign.

Chin up.

It may never happen.

Louis Le Fronde writes:

I noticed this clever face mask when I was in a restaurant in Beijing [China] last year. They were being worn by the chefs, bar staff and waiters. I thought to myself, what a cool device, to avoid spreading germs (colds, flu, bugs etc) and viruses).

I further thought to myself, what if these were mandatory in every bar, cafe and restaurant together with latex gloves and regular handwashing? Could this reduce the spread of colds, infections and other bugs?

Also imagine if these were used in every supermarket, cafe and shop. I wonder how many lost work days would be saved?

Face Mask


Kerron Ó Luain writes:

€150 [marked] for a pack of facemasks in Hickey’s Pharmacy & €9.95 for a pissy bit of hand sanitiser in an unidentified shop.

The word Gombeen came into use during the Great Famine of the 1840s to describe parasites who preyed on the poor & vulnerable.

They’re still here!

Price gun mishaps?



Earlier: Locking Everything Down