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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Cabinet

Last year
# easing restrictions
Varadkar says some restrictions may take longer than others to be lifted
NPHET last night gave the green light for almost all restrictions to be removed.
# crunch talks
Taoiseach expects to give 'clear, comprehensive' statement on easing of restrictions tomorrow
NPHET is to meet this afternoon to discuss possible easing of Covid restrictions.
# Tips
Cabinet approves new law which will ban restaurants and pubs withholding tips from staff
New law to help those laid off due to Covid restrictions receive a special payment of up to €1,860 was also approved today.
# Cabinet
Boosted close contacts won't have to restrict movements from Friday as govt aims to strike 'balance'
Close contacts who have no symptoms and are boosted will not be required to restrict movements.
Close contacts who have no symptoms and are boosted will not be required to restrict movements.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin defended the blanket move for close contacts, citing Ireland's vaccination levels.
The INMO has questioned the new advice and called for modelling on how it may impact the health system.
No change to hospitality restrictions until February at the earliest, Taoiseach confirms
CMO: Up to 500,000 people in Ireland were likely infected with Covid-19 last week
# Cabinet
Cabinet expected to sign off on scrapping of isolation for close contacts with no symptoms
Minister Catherine Martin will also bring a memo seeking to publish the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill.
All time
# omicron
'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach
All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January.
All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January
There is speculation that further restrictions could be introduced in the coming weeks
The Taoiseach has said that data on Omicron will be the "key consideration" around restrictions
EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine
New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster
# Energy prices
Cabinet approves €100 payment for all electricity customers
The Dáil is finishing up for Christmas this week.
# Covid-19
Plan to subsidise antigen tests to be signed off on later this week or next Tuesday, says Tánaiste
Subsidised antigen tests are expected to be made available at pharmacies for €2 to €3.
# Economic Recovery
PUP and EWSS Covid supports discussed at Cabinet Sub Committee - but no change made
Bars, restaurants and nightclubs had only recently seen restrictions start to relax.
# Coronavirus
No appetite for more restrictions among Government sources despite rise in Covid-19 cases
Cabinet sources believe the country needs to ‘ride this out’.
# Cabinet
Redress scheme proposed for Mother and Baby Home survivors who suffered in the institutions
The scheme would include financial payments and an enhanced medical card.
# Mica redress
Tax or levy to pay for new Mica redress scheme under consideration by government
It is believed that a cap of approximately €400,000 per home will ultimately be agreed upon.
# covid pass
75% of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs 'fully compliant' with rules over Bank Holiday weekend
HSE officers inspected 500 premises, while HSA inspectors carried out 123 inspections.
# Animal Welfare
Fur farmers to receive between €4m to €8m in compensation as Cabinet approves ban
There are approximately 120,000 mink on three farms in counties Laois, Donegal and Kerry.
# winter is coming
Emergency powers linked to indoor dining extended to January, but Govt says no plans to use them
Provisions in the Health Amendment Act are due to expire on 9 October.
# Covid-19
Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 to discuss further easing of restrictions
Among the issues left to be decided on are the return of events, gigs, festivals and nightclubs, as well as the return to the office.
# Cabinet
What we know so far about the Covid reopening plan for September and October
The Cabinet Covid-19 subcommittee met this afternoon to discuss reopening plans.
# Cabinet
Wedding guest limit will increase to 100 from 5 August, baptisms also to resume
Baptism ceremonies will also be allowed, but not the gatherings afterwards.
# Open season
Covid vaccine portal now open to everyone aged 18 or over
The Cabinet meets this morning to discuss the reopening of indoor dining,
# Lobbying
Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms
Proposals to tighten laws on lobbying activity were approved by Cabinet today.
# hospitalisations
Since the end of March, only one fully vaccinated person has been in ICU with Covid-19
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the vast majority of those in ICU didn’t have any vaccine protection.
# Indoor dining
Cabinet approves legislation for phased reopening of indoor dining
Under 18s will be permitted once accompanied by a vaccinated or recovered guardian
The legislation will go before the Oireachtas in the coming days
Under 18s will be permitted indoors once accompanied by a vaccinated or recovered guardian
Venues will still have to comply with social distancing measures
# reopening
Cabinet to sign off on plans for reopening of indoor hospitality tomorrow
The plans allow for the reopening of indoor dining within NPHET’s guidance.
# janssen
Pharmacies set to begin vaccinating 18-34 year-olds from next Monday
People in the age bracket can contact a participating pharmacy to book an appointment for the jab.
# Cabinet Confidentiality
Taoiseach: NIAC advice included in modelling wouldn't have affected pause to hospitality
The Taoiseach told reporters he will not talk about what was discussed at Cabinet last Tuesday.
# delta doubts
NPHET recommendation on indoor dining was 'very divisive', say politicians
Cabinet met today to consider whether indoor dining could be reopened on 5 July.
Full reopening of hospitality delayed past planned 5 July date
Restaurant and pub groups say suggestion is "unworkable" and "ridiculous"
The Taoiseach said we are in "a race between the variant and vaccine".
# On track
No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant
Sources say there is no need for some of the comments around the variant to “scare” or panic people.
# Covid-19
Large numbers will need vaccine booster shots later this year and into next year, Cabinet hears
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly got government approval to purchase millions of vaccine doses for use in 2022.
# mink farming
'No longer appropriate': Cabinet signs off on fur farming ban and compensation scheme for farmers
The prohibition is not expected to begin until next year, allowing farmers to see out the 2021 season.
# lectures on-site
Students to get back on campus as college reopening plans to be signed off by Cabinet
Cabinet will also consider doubling home quarantine to ten days for unvaccinated people travelling from Britain to Ireland.
# recovery plan
Government to begin reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by €50 from September
The PUP will be closed off to new applicants from July as the country begins to emerge from the Covid pandemic.
# lifting lockdown
Government trails 'positive announcement' as Cabinet sub-committee meets to decide on easing restrictions
Tomorrow’s announcement will focus on a timeline for the reopening of sectors such as aviation, tourism and hospitality.
# Housing
Government to set up Commission on Housing to deal with housing issues in Ireland over the coming decades
The commission will examine issues such as tenure, standards, and sustainability in he housing sector.
# Palestine
Coveney says Israel’s actions amount to a 'de facto annexation' but Hamas violence must also be condemned in SF motion
The minister said he found it “deeply troubling” that Sinn Fein will not also condemn the actions of Hamas.
# Summertime
Covid-19: Here's when to expect next week's summer re-opening decisions
Cabinet will meet on Friday this week.
# rollover
Government to extend emergency Covid-19 powers until November
A government spokesperson said the measures were being extended as “a precaution”.
# Housing
Second Cabinet meeting this evening to deal with tax changes for cuckoo funds
The ring-fencing of houses in new developments for first-time buyers, owner occupiers, as well as the issue of stamp duty is being discussed by Cabinet.
# Housing
Over 25,000 people sign petition calling for government to scrap tax breaks for cuckoo funds
Cabinet is set to discuss proposals on housing today.
# no return
Taoiseach: 'Water charges will not be coming back'
The OECD has suggested the government reconsider the issue of domestic water charges.
# Housing
Options to deal with cuckoo funds won't be ready for Cabinet tomorrow, but 'suite of measures' ready this week
In an interview with The Journal this morning, the minister said he “isn’t ruling anything out”.