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40 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland

There are 40 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Twenty three are male and 17 female. Twenty five are associated with the east of the country, nine are associated with the west and six are associated with the south There have been two deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland. There are now 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

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Government order pubs to close

Following discussions today with the Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), the Government is now calling on all public houses and bars (including hotel bars) to close from this until at least March 29. A total of 7,000 pubs, which employ 50,000 people, will close. The LVA and VFI outlined the real difficulty in implementing the published Guidelines on Social Distancing in a public house setting, as pubs are specifically designed to promote social interaction in a situation where alcohol reduces personal inhibitions. For the same reason, the Government is also calling on all members of the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private houses or other venues which would put other peoples’ health at risk. The Government, having consulted with the Chief Medical Officer, believes that this is an essential public health measure given the reports of reckless behaviour by some members of the public in certain pubs last night. …

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39 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Ireland

THE Department of Health has this evening (Saturday) confirmed that there are 39 Covid-19 cases in Ireland. The number of cases in the Republic of Ireland has now reached 129, while there are 34 confirmed cases in Northern Ireland. It was also confirmed this evening that a second patient has passed away from Covid-19.  

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US travel ban extended to Ireland

THE United States has extended its travel ban to Ireland and Britain. US Vice President Mike Pence announced the decision this afternoon due to the escalating Covid-19 crisis in Ireland and Britain. The travel ban will come into effect at 4am on Tuesday, Irish time. The decision is bound to further hit an already under pressure tourism economy in Ireland. In 2018, 62% of visitors to the Trump family owned golf resort in Doonbeg were from the United States. A significant portion of Shannon Airports business is also reliant on travel to and from the United States. “Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home,” Vice President Pence explained.      

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Clare Sinn Féin TD outlines “urgent’ Covid-19 priorities

CLARE Sinn Féin’s TD,  Violet-Anne Wynne, has outlined “urgent priorities” regarding the COVID-19 virus. These include providing social welfare aid to people who have to stay at home from work through illness or to mind their children. “Issues requiring immediate attention, including legislation need to be passed at next week’s Dáil sitting. The social welfare system will have to adapt quickly to support families and workers facing job losses, loss of hours or sickness payments. Parents forced out of paid employment to care for children during this public health emergency must be supported,” the Kilrush based TD said. “Families and workers have to be protected against evictions. A mortgage holiday must be provided for homeowners and no utility disconnections should happen. The childcare needs of frontline healthcare workers need to be met and Government must work closely with the doctor’s and nurse’s sector to find a solution quickly. Businesses also need urgent interventions including a three month deferral of VAT …

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Shannon Leisure Centre closing

SHANNON Leisure Centre has announced it is closing temporarily, from this evening. In a statement it said, “Due to the increased risk of Covid 19 and importance placed on protective measures required to combat its spread we will be closing the Centre from close of business 9pm this evening. “It is anticipated the the Centre will reopen for business on Monday 30th March but considering the ever changing landscape of the Coronavirus Pandemic this will be kept under review. “It is felt that this is the best course of action at this time and in the best interests of our staff and members.”

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Clare tourist attractions closing

A NUMBER of the county’s top visitor attractions are closing until March 29, following a decision today from Shannon Group. The temporary suspension involves King John’s Castle in Limerick; Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, retail outlets at the Cliffs of Moher and Adare Heritage Centre, and also in Dublin Malahide Castle & Gardens; the Casino Model Railway Museum, Newbridge House & Farm, and GPO Witness History Museum. The suspension also includes Shannon Group’s medieval banqueting operations at Bunratty, Knappogue and Dunguaire Castles and its traditional Irish Night at Bunratty Folk Park. Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “At this time the health and wellbeing of our employees and customers is our primary concern. In their best interests, and in line with recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, we have taken the decision to temporarily close all of our sites from this evening until the 29th of March.” Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Heritage said: …

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Clare Marts to continue sales

CLARE Marts have announced that they will not be shutting down sales, but they are introducing a number of measures due to the Corona Virus. In a statement it said, “Clare Marts Limited will operate their sales as usual until further notice. The new protocol that will be in place are as follows: “1) Limited access will only be allowed in the sales rings to people who have business to conduct there, and at all times will be restricted to less than 100 people. “2) Clare Marts would ask only people with business at the mart to attend (buyers, sellers and hauliers) during this crisis. 3) Parents are requested to keep children away from the mart at this time due to the current situation.”

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