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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Cabinet

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# arts and culture
Basic income scheme for arts and culture sector could benefit 55,000 workers
A basic income scheme for the arts and culture sector will be discussed by ministers at Cabinet today.
# Cabinet
Never the intention that mother and baby home legislation would cause 'such anxiety and anger', says minister
Cabinet is expected to discuss the fallout from the controversy over the handling of legislation which was passed last week.
# Students
1,600 drivers, more buses and 650 bus escorts: €137m spend gets green light so school transport can run at 50% capacity
Over 97,600 children are being transported daily to school.
# Level 3
'No other choice than to act': Donegal to be placed under Level 3 restrictions after spike in Covid-19 cases
Government ministers held an incorporeal meeting this evening to discuss the measure.
# covid19
NPHET to meet to consider further restrictions as Ministers urge caution
Public Health Officials last night confirmed 234 new cases – including 103 in Dublin – and two further deaths.
# Sick Leave
Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic
Ireland is one of only five EU members that doesn’t recognise sick pay as a right.
# Coronavirus
Government will 'act on' any NPHET recommendations for Dublin before weekend, Helen McEntee says
Dublin has seen a considerable increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
# Coronavirus
Cabinet and Acting CMO restricting their movements after Stephen Donnelly is sent for Covid-19 test, Dáil to resume this evening
It was confirmed earlier that Health Minister Stephen Donnelly felt unwell this afternoon and is now isolating.
# opening the doors
Publicans: 'It would be a body blow if Dublin pubs have to remain closed'
Yesterday, Cabinet agreed that ‘wet’ pubs can reopen their doors on 21 September.
# local lockdown
Coronavirus: Kildare lockdown to be lifted with immediate effect
The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting this afternoon.
# House parties
Cabinet to meet today to consider new Garda enforcement powers
The government want gardaí to be given powers to interrupt and prevent house parties and social gatherings in breach of the guidelines.
# covid19
Restrictions to remain in place in Kildare for two weeks but lifted for Laois and Offaly
Over the last 14 days 455 cases had been reported in Kildare, 81 in Offaly and 41 in Laois.
# covid19
Taoiseach says weekly testing to begin at meat plants and direct provision centres
Martin said serial testing at nursing homes will also continue to monitor the situation.
# phase four no more
Phase Four postponed: Pubs to stay closed, five destinations taken off Green List, and masks mandatory in shops from 10 August
“I wish I was in a position to share better news today, but I am not,” Taoiseach Micheál Martin said after Cabinet met.
# green list
Cabinet to discuss dropping countries from Green List and random testing at airports
Malta and Cyprus are among the countries that may be removed from Ireland’s green list this week.
# super junior ministers
Having 18 ministers at Cabinet is 'fairly obviously unconstitutional' and politically 'dubious'
Bunreacht na hÉireann states: “The Government shall consist of not less than 7 and not more than 15 members.”
# Back To School
1,000 extra secondary teachers: Government unveils €375m plan to re-open schools at end of August
All schools have been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
# Backlash
Donohoe accepts ‘great annoyance and anger’ over €16,000 top-up for ‘super junior’ ministers
Donohoe said he accepts it has caused “great annoyance and anger” but defended the controversial decision.
# Holidays
'Garbled messaging' around travel 'green list' to be discussed by Cabinet
Some ministers do not want to undermine the notion of Ireland as an open economy.
# Coronavirus
Face coverings to be made mandatory in shops, Taoiseach confirms
Ministers approved the proposal at cabinet this evening.
# Cabinet Meeting
HSE Chief Clinical Officer calls for mandatory quarantine for arrivals from high virus rate countries
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the mandatory detention of those arriving into Ireland is ‘not workable’.
# Fianna Fáil
'His remorse is genuine': Taoiseach backs Barry Cowen over drink-driving ban
The taoiseach said that he was first made aware of the incident on Friday.
# Fianna Fáil
'Bitterly disappointed' and 'grossly insulted': FF and FG politicians speak out about ministerial snubs
Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan said he will be “a thorn in the side of the government”.
# Dara Calleary
'There will be disappointments': Martin responds to perceived 'snub' of deputy leader in Cabinet selection
Dara Calleary said that it was a setback not to be asked to head up a Department, but added that he is going to “get back on the horse”.
# gender balance
'Progress is painfully slow': Criticism of Cabinet line-up with just four female ministers
The National Women’s Council said the low number is a consequence of a failure to run enough women on electable seats.
# face masks
Cabinet meets today on Phase Three, with mandatory face coverings on public transport top of list
A Cabinet sub-committee, meanwhile, has agreed to ease restrictions on air travel to some countries within Europe from July.
# Cabinet
Face coverings to be made compulsory on public transport
The recommendation will go before Cabinet ministers tomorrow.
# feet under the table
The top jobs: Who is likely to take a seat at the Cabinet table?
Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan will be carving up the Cabinet positions. Here’s who we predict.
# Back To School
Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light
Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.
# Covid-19
Change to wage subsidy scheme to include those returning from maternity leave
The change will also accommodate those returning from a period of paternity or adoptive leave.
# covid19
Government to negotiate new deal with private hospitals
The current deal to use private facilities during the Covid-19 crisis will not be extended beyond the end of June.
# tony holohan
Chief Medical Officer tells ministers he does not intend to recommend the reduction of the 2m rule
There have been calls to halve the guideline from 2m to 1m.
# Cabinet
Phase One easing to go ahead from Monday, 16 new deaths announced: Today's Covid-19 main points
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced plans for Phase One reopening this afternoon.
HSE boss raised concern over NPHET's statement about ramping up Covid-19 testing
HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was taken by surprise when Dr Tony Holohan made the announcement last month.
# covid19
'That's not the meeting I was at': Holohan denies tension with ministers over restrictions
Holohan said the questions he was asked by ministers last week were ‘reasonable and sensible’.
# Coronavirus
Campaign group welcomes slight relaxation of cocooning but calls for voices of older people to be heard
Age Action said older people have been “talked about, but not to”.
# grim meeting
Ministers push back against Chief Medical Officer, urging for some easing of restrictions
One minister said the briefing had “no good news” with another describing it as “very grim”.
# Cabinet
NI secretary Brandon Lewis pays tribute to 'brilliant predecessor' Julian Smith
Smith was sacked as NI secretary during the Cabinet reshuffle.
# driving solo
Legislation to test self-driving cars on public roads approved by Cabinet
The proposal was put forward by Minister for Transport Shane Ross.
# graduated speeding
'I am not privy to the plot': Shane Ross doesn't anticipate 'going to war' over new speeding laws
Under the new system, drivers who speed excessively will be hit with heavier penalties.