Want to ensure that you remain 2km from home? There’s a website for that





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A very useful service has been created by Web Developer, Dave Bolger. 2kmfromhome.com will allow you to use your devices GPS/Location Services to determine your location, and show you a radius of where you may exercise during the period of restriction issued by the Government.

You must stay at home, except for the following reasons:

  • To travel to and from work where the work is considered an essential service.
  • To attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products for yourself, your family or someone who is vulnerable or cocooning
  • Tor vital family reasons including caring for children, elderly or vulnerable people but excluding social family visits
  • To take brief individual physical exercise within your locality, which may include children from your household within 2 kilometres of your home and adhering to strict 2 metre social distancing measures




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Statement from the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Ian Doyle





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Statement from the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Ian Doyle

The word unprecedented has been used a lot lately. And yes, our way of living over the last few weeks has been unprecedented. Now we are being asked to do something which none of us could have even imagined when we first started hearing about these unprecedented times. The ask is restrictive and challenging. The ask is to stay at home. Stay at home and restrict our movement to 2 kilometers for 2 weeks. The only travel being for essential work and services. By staying at home we can control the spread of this virus and we can beat this.

While such restrictions are unfamiliar and unnatural to us, the request is for the most important of causes. A cause to protect our family, our friends, our society at large. To this end, I am asking, in fact I am pleading with you all, the people of Cork County to adhere to this request.

While I know this is a difficult ask, it is a simple request. Please stay at home. Protect our way of life by adhering to this request. Many people have already made huge sacrifices, both emotionally and economically. Please do not let these sacrifices be in vain.

The request is to cooperate with our Government, to shrink our way of living for 2 weeks, 14 days. These 14 days can and will save lives. By doing something simple you can achieve something immense. You can and will be a life saver.

This is a critical time in our lifetimes. This is a critical time for our loved ones. We want to protect what we love most, our friends, family and way of living. We can do this by complying with the request from Government.

I am urging the citizens of Cork County to adhere to this request. I am urging each and every citizen to play your part and help save lives. Your actions, or should I say inaction by being at home, will save lives, will enable our health service manage and will ultimately enable us to return to our wonderful way of living.

This is a simple request but a request for you and you alone. Play your part and help save lives by staying at home. Please support our Government in what they have achieved to date. Their actions have helped reduce the impact of this pandemic. Stay at home and support our HSE who go to work and help the sick. By your complying with this request you can play your part in this battle and drive this virus out of our lives.

We will see this through and we will come through this together. By being physically apart we will demonstrate our unity.



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Updated list of Essential Retail Outlets as of March 27th 2020





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Essential retail outlets, just published on Gov.ie: (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/625292-updated-list-of-essential-retail-outlets-27th-march-2020)

The National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended that all non-essential retail outlets will close to members of the public and all other retail outlets are to implement physical distancing.

To assist the public and business owners the following is an indicative list of what are considered essential retail outlets:

  1. Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages and newspapers in non-specialised and specialised stores
  2. Retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses
  3. Pharmacies/Chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical or dispensing services
  4. Retail sale of selling medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores
  5. Fuel stations and heating fuel providers
  6. Retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding
  7. Laundries and Drycleaners
  8. Banks, Post Offices and Credit Unions
  9. Retail sale of safety supply stores (work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment, for example)

Businesses that can only offer emergency call-out or delivery services
It is recognised that there may be emergency needs arising in a number of areas, the following retailers who can offer an emergency call-out or delivery service can continue to operate on that basis ONLY:

  • Opticians/optometrists
  • Retailers involved in the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle repair and related facilities (tyre sales and repairs for example)
  • Hardware stores, builder’s merchants and stores that provide hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture
  • Retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses
  • Retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home.

Physical distancing measures that must be adhered to.

Essential Retail Outlets must implement physical distancing measures:-

  • Ensure adequate distancing between customers and shop assistants in line with public health guidelines
  • Only let people into the store in small groups and ensure spaces are not crowed
  • Manage queue control inside and outside the – door to maintain necessary physical distance.
  • All Essential Retail Outlets are encouraged to provide online services where that is possible and appropriate to minimise footfall.




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An Garda Síochána launch major Policing Operation in support of public compliance of public health measures





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An Garda Síochána has this evening started a major nationwide policing operation focused on supporting public compliance with public health measures over this weekend.

Following recent announcements by An Taoiseach of the necessity for people to undertake a range of public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, there will be high visibility patrolling by Garda members across the country during the weekend.

The focus of this activity will be on encouraging people to adhere to public health measures as announced by An Taoiseach.

The policing operation runs from 7pm tonight until 7am on Monday morning (March 30) and will involve thousands of Gardaí on foot, bike and mobile patrols.

While An Garda Síochána will seek to encourage people to maintain the necessary public health measures, it will intervene where venues/ outlets are not in compliance or where groups of people are not adhering to recommended measures.

An Garda Síochána acknowledges that the vast majority of the public are being responsible and making great efforts to implementing public health measures including social distancing guidelines, this includes staying active as a family unit and availing of fresh air and exercise.

However, the presence of large crowds in any one area reduces the effective impact of social distancing.

An Garda Síochána asks people and families to continue to be responsible, not to attend popular locations for overly long periods and where the numbers of persons starts to increase at any location to leave such areas.

Announcing An Garda Síochána’s operation for this weekend Commissioner Drew Harris said, “An Garda Síochána’s priority is keeping people safe and that will continue this weekend. There will be a major policing plan across the country with high visibility of Garda members at key locations.

“It is vital that people adhere to the social distancing guidelines. This will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The vast majority of people are complying with the guidelines and we want that to continue this weekend. By all of us working together, we can flatten the curve and keep our loved ones safe.”

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, “These high visibility patrols are to provide re-assurance and social distancing advice to the public.

“Garda members will pro-actively engage positively with people. An Garda Síochána will police as it has always done with the consent of the people. It is in everybody’s interest that people comply with these measures.”



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Full Speech of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Government Buildings – 27th March 2020





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Speech of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD
Government Buildings
27 March 2020

Good Evening,

Tonight, I want to speak to you about the next stage in our national response to the Coronavirus Emergency.

Before I do so, I want to express my condolences to the families and friends of those who passed away today – one of whom was a health care worker.

I want to thank all of you for continuing to abide by public health advice.

By doing so, you are saving lives and protecting our health service and its staff.

Once again, thank you to everyone who is working as part of this Great National Effort whether at work or working from home.

Our country is rising to this challenge.

I am convinced that we shall prevail.

At the beginning of this emergency, I told you that there would be difficult days ahead.

We knew that the virus would spread in our country, that tragically, many of our citizens would suffer and that some would die.

I also promised that we would do all that we could do to protect the health of our citizens, to prepare our health service, to support our healthcare staff and to try to cushion the blow to the economy, our businesses and your livelihoods.

Today, with cross-party support, the Oireachtas has passed further emergency legislation.

This will help businesses to keep their staff in work, it will increase social welfare payments for people who lose their jobs, as a consequence of the emergency, including the self-employed.

Payments under these new schemes have already commenced.

Rents are frozen. There will be no evictions.

When I spoke to you on St. Patrick’s Day I said that more actions would be required in the coming weeks to slow the spread of the virus.

Over this month we have seen the numbers of people falling ill increase every day. We have seen loved ones die.

Guided by the expert advice of our Public Health Emergency Team, led by the Chief Medical Officer, we believe that this is now the time for these actions.

I also told you that there would be a calm before the storm.

The aim of every single action that we have taken is to reduce the impact of the storm on our country.

To slow down this virus, to push it back and contain it.

Throughout all of this, the Government has acted on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and the National Public Health Emergency Team – an expert team of public health doctors, virologists and scientists.

Today, they informed the Government that:

The number of confirmed cases in Ireland exceed 2,100.

Sadly, the number of deaths is 22.

There is a day on day increase in the number of admissions to intensive care units, and the number has doubled since Monday.

Transmission in the community accounts for more than half of all cases.

There continues to be an increasing number of clusters, many of which are in nursing home and residential care settings.

The Government has received further recommendations on the actions that we need to take to protect our people.

These are in addition to all of the existing measures that are already in place.

So, with effect from midnight tonight, for a two-week period until Easter Sunday, April 12th.

Everybody must stay at home in all circumstances, except for the following situations:

To travel to and from work, or for purposes of work, only where the work is an essential health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home. A list will be provided.

To shop for food and household goods or collect a meal.

To attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products.
For vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people.

To take brief individual physical exercise within 2km of your home, which may include children from your household, as long as you adhere to strict 2m physical distancing.

For farming purposes, ie food production or care of animals.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.

The virus might be in your household already – so don’t spread it to someone else’s.

Sadly, this prohibition includes social family visits that are not for the vital reasons I have already mentioned.

A further range of non-essential shops and services will be closed.

The guidance given earlier in the week, in respect of essential retail outlets will be revised, to reflect this.

Adult community education centres and local community centres will be shut.

All non-essential surgery, health procedures and other non-essential health services will be postponed.

All visits to hospitals, residential healthcare centres, other residential settings and prisons are to cease, with specific exceptions on compassionate grounds.

Shielding, or cocooning, will be introduced for all those over 70 years of age and specified categories of people who are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19. Detailed guidance will be available.

Travel to our offshore islands will be limited to residents of those islands.

Pharmacists will be permitted to dispense medicines outside the current period of validity of the existing prescription in line with the pharmacist’s clinical judgement.

All public transport and passenger travel will be restricted only to essential workers and people providing essential services.

Apart from the activities I have listed, there should be no travel outside 2km radius from your home for any other reason.

These are radical actions aimed at saving as many lives as possible in the days and weeks ahead. We are not prisoners of fate – we can influence what is going to happen. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

As we enter this most intensive phase of restrictive actions, the Government’s emergency response will be ramped up.

Local emergency response will be led by Local authorities who will bring together all the state agencies, as well as local community groups, charities and volunteers, to ensure that all of our citizens get the help they need at this exceptional time.

Freedom was hard won in our country, and it jars with us, to restrict and limit individual liberties, even temporarily. But freedom is not an abstract concept.

We give it meaning every single day – in the way we live our lives – and in the decisions we take willingly to protect our loved ones.

So I am asking people to give meaning to our freedom and liberty by agreeing to these restrictions. Restricting how we live our lives so that so that others may live.

I am asking us for a time, to forego our personal liberties and freedoms for a greater cause.

Tonight I am appealing to every man, woman and child in our country to make these sacrifices – not out of self-interest but for each other.

To begin each day knowing that every single imposition, every inconvenience, every irritation will save lives and help our health service cope.

The whole world is suffering during this pandemic, and Ireland is no different.

What happens now is up to each one of us.

Show your support to our healthcare staff.

Show your support for everyone who is working in essential services or looking after our vulnerable citizens.

Show that you care for your families and friends.

Stay at home.

Tá an domhain iomlán ag fulaingt agus níl Éireann difriúil.

Is ar gach éinne anois cad a tárlóidh.

Taispéain do chuid tacaíocht d’oibritheorí slántiúil.

Taispéain do chuid tacaíocht don seirbhisí riachtanach agus daoine atá ar lag/chuidiú.

Taispéain do bhféicfidh tú i ndhiadh do chlainn agus do chairde.

Fan abhaile.




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Statement from President Michael D. Higgins following the signing of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill





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Statement from President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins following his signature of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020

Following his consideration and signing of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020, President Michael D. Higgins has released the following statement:

“As we enter a crucial period in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, may I again express my sympathies to all those who have lost a family member or friend, and my best wishes to all those who have been infected by the virus, all those who have not had the opportunity to express their grief, or offer their care and visits to those they love.

May I express, on behalf of the people of Ireland, our shared sense of sadness at the increase in the number of our people who have died as a result of the pandemic.

Behind the statistics we will hear, or have read, that there are families grieving and people in distress because they cannot meet their loved ones.

As we muster our resolve to be far more vigilant as we enter a most difficult phase of tackling the virus, it is appropriate for me to express my thanks to the Irish people for their response to the crisis, and urge them to stay the course and encourage others to do so.

So many people are continuing to do their best to keep us safe and to keep the country going, through their efforts in the health service, in public service bodies, in important social services, in shops and in pharmacies. It is appropriate that we, as a nation, thank them for their service by doing our bit, by complying with the HSE advice.

Extraordinary and difficult measures have been necessary as we try to stem the tide of increasing infection. The effects of those measures will become visible in the coming weeks.

The legislation is emergency legislation for a time of crisis. It is appropriate that it has time limits and leaves our constitutional rights in place.

These are difficult times, but our difficulties will come to an end. Let us make sure that, through the decisions and actions we take at present, we ensure the health and safety of each other, all of us together.

Beir beannacht.”




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A total of 302 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland today





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A total of 302 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland today, bringing the total number to 2,121 in the Republic of Ireland.

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that an additional three patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died. One person in the north-west of the country and two females in the east.

There have now been 22 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 302 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

There are now 2,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Wednesday 25th March (1,639 cases), reveals:

·        54% are male and 46% are female, with 79 clusters involving 317 cases

·        The median age of confirmed cases is 46 years

·        419 cases (26%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 59 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        375 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 922, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 171 cases (10%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts for 26%

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information.




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Cork County Council Statement on the Burning of Vegetation





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Cork County Councils Statement on the Burning of Vegetation:

Cork County Council wishes to advise that it is illegal to use burning to control vegetation between the 1st of March and the 1st of September.

Cork County Council’s Fire Services continues to respond to ‘gorse fire’ call outs, however given the current Covid 19 pandemic and its impact on resources, landowners are being called upon to act responsibily and observe these laws.

Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor Ian Doyle commenting on these fires said: “Now, more than ever, we need to consider how our actions affect our own wellbeing, that of the community, and the nation. This pandemic has revealed just how connected we are and it is essential that we all do our part to protect the public health.”

“The lives of property owners, people on the land and our front line emergency personnel, who are already under pressure, are endangered by illegal fires. Everyone in our community needs to be mindful of how their actions can affect the lives of others. Now is the time for solidarity and observance of the law and of guidelines set out by the HSE. We all need to do everything we can to allow our emergency services to respond to the situation at hand.”



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Restrictions and patrols in place at Beaches and Amenity areas across Cork County this weekend





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Cork County Council and An Garda Siochana wish to advise that traffic restrictions and patrols will be in place this weekend at beaches and amenity areas across Cork County.

Members of the public are asked to respect and adhere to the advice of Government and HSE in relation to physical distancing. Gatherings at such facilities is discouraged and will be dispersed. Traffic will be diverted by An Garda Siochana where necessary.

Cork County Council continues to ask the people of Cork County to work with us in our ongoing Community Support Programme. Stay safe and follow HSE advise.




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A total of 255 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland today





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A total of 255 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland today, bringing the total number to 1819 in the Republic of Ireland. Ten more deaths are also being reported.

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that an additional ten patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.

The patients are 3 female and 7 males. 9 patients in the east of the country and one in the south.
The median age of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who have died is 79 years, 68% are male and 32% are female.

There have now been 19 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 255 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Thursday 26 March.

There are now 1,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 24th March (1,383 cases), reveals:

· 55% are male and 45% are female, with 66 clusters involving 295 cases
· The median age of confirmed cases is 46 years
· 340 cases (25%) have been hospitalised
· Of those hospitalised, 47 cases have been admitted to ICU
· 321 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers
· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 774, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 154 cases (11%)
· Of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts




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