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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Minister for Education Norma Foley (top left) is confronted by a group of publicans from Kerry, wearing their county jerseys, who are protesting against the continued closure of Irish pubs during lockdown.

This morning, NPHET”s guidelines for so-called ‘wet pubs’ to follow were revealed:

This includes a ban on any live music or dancing. Public health experts also recommended that TV volume must be turned down low to ensure people are not forced to speak over it.

International research has shown the virus spreads more quickly among people who are raising their voices – such as those attending sporting events or in other crowded situations.

Nphet also said some pubs may need to introduce extra toilets facilities to allow for social distancing.

Revealed: No music and TV volume turned down low – the new rules for pubs (Independent.ie)

Yesterday: Rejoice

Leah Farrell/Rollingnew


On me cap, son.

Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae joins the attacking Kerry forwards.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, at government buildings this afternoon.

This afternoon.


Pre-rona boozing in Dublin city

Via RTÉ:

It is understood that the Cabinet has agreed that pubs that do not serve food will be able to reopen from 21 September.

This will be subject to local restrictions that may arise from time to time.

Draft Government guidelines, which were drawn up in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, were circulated to vintners’ groups last weekend.

They are broadly the same as those that have been brought in for pubs where food is being served.


Reopening of all pubs set for 21 September (RTÉ)

Earlier: A Limerick A Day



This afternoon.

Outside Leinster House, Dublin 2.

TJ McInerney, of T.J Mac’s pub in Mullinahone, County Tipperary breaks down as he joins other publicans in calling for the re-opening of so-called ‘wet pubs’.


“We’ve a Taoiseach looking like he’s in opposition, we’ve a Tanaiste that thinks he’s taoiseach and a Minister for Health who’s going around acting independently of everyone else.”

Publican Paraic Geary

This afternoon.

Cork City and Carrigaline, County Cork.

Pub owners, staff and supporters rally in Cork and picket the office of Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney in Carrigaline during a nationwide publican backlash against Covid-19 measures for pubs that don’t sell food.

Fight, etc.


Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

This lunchtime.

RTÉ News at One.

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly stumbles while discussing measures requiring restaurants and pubs serving food to retain records of all food orders for 28 days.


Earlier: The Eatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

From top: Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Damien English has said it is not what people have eaten ‘but proof they did eat’

This morning.

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Damien English defended measures requiring restaurants and pubs serving food to retain records of all food orders for 28 days.

Via RTÉ:

Mr English acknowledged that the new rules would mean more paperwork for publicans, but said it was not about what a person ate, but was rather “proof that they did eat”.

This is to enable public health teams as well as the gardaí to monitor compliance with the regulations.”

The minister said this was to protect people, help reopen businesses and “ensure a level playing field“.

Government defends 28-day record rule for pubs, restaurants (RTÉ)



Independent TD Michael McNamara questioned the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee on powers to close pubs while debating the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Bill 2020.

Deputy McNamara said:

“…Even the bar owners themselves now seem to have bought into this policy that the beatings will continue until morale improves, which is, in effect, what this Bill is about.

The only possible basis for it is if it is a promise to the people that if they can swallow this one more piece of medicine, the Government will open the pubs.

The Minister fudged the issue of how one can challenge a decision to order a pub to close for a day.

How does one challenge a decision to order a pub to close for a day? One challenges it by way of judicial review. Is the Minister seriously telling me that the 6,000 or so publicans who are shut down and on their knees, some of whom are having their payment reduced, are going to take a judicial review, hire a solicitor, junior counsel and senior counsel and go to the High Court and pay the tens of thousands of euro necessary to challenge their closure for a day?

Of course, they are not. However, that closure for a day will be used against the publican when he or seeks to renew the liquor licence.

These are draconian powers that are having an effect on people and society and they must come to an end at some point.”

Via Oireachtas.ie

Earlier: A Limerick A Day


From top: Fine Gael HQ; Department of Health and O’Neill’s, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

Ah here.

This afternoon

South Dublin city.

A mobile billboard calling for the reopening of pubs that do not serve food and targeting the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioned by ‘Monaghan Publicans for Common Sense’.

Not to be confused with that ‘Monaghan Publicans for Inanity’ mob

Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

AI, bud.

Couldn’t happen here.

Or could it?


Ah now.



Saturday night.

Killarney, County Kerry.

Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae said the scenes in Kerry over the weekend would not have happened if all pubs were open.

“That is why I would use that scene in Killarney on Saturday night as an argument in persuading Government to allow all public houses to open. Because if our public houses are open, people will get alcohol in a measured and principled way, by responsible people who go before our courts every 12 months and who run what I call respectable public houses.”

He said he was “advocating that all pubs should be open, not just ones who serve food”.

Michael Healy-Rae: Killarney scenes would not have happened if pubs were open (Irish Times)

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

From top: Dublin’s Thomas House. Thomas Street and Kimchi Korean restaurant.


Last night