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# Dáil

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# Ultan Meehan
Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death
Micheál Martin says Hiqa should compile a report on what happened.
# new guidelines
Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI
Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.
# New Job
Fine Gael's Fergus O'Dowd nominated for the Leas Ceann Comhairle job
The Louth TD said he is delighted to be nominated.
# bleak outlook
Despite some Phase Three optimism, TDs to be told many SMEs are 'dying' due to pandemic
A worrying picture will be painted when representatives from a number of sectors address TDs today.
# Seanad
Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces his 11 Seanad nominees
The Seanad is due to meet at the Dublin Convention Centre on Monday morning.
# Final Countdown
The votes are in: Here's when we'll know whether FF, FG and the Greens can form a government
The count results from the Green Party, Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael are expected to be announced.
# garda horkan
'A peacemaker and a rock of sense': TDs pay Dáil tribute and hold minute's silence for Garda Colm Horkan
“He never let us down, the people he had sworn to serve,” the Taoiseach told the Dáil today.
# Coronavirus
Lack of safety guidance on schools putting staff and students 'at risk', warns trade union
Fórsa was critical of the Department of Education in a submission to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee.
# Dáil
Taoiseach favours setting targets to make the health service, schools and the civil service more diverse
The Taoiseach says the civil service is currently ‘very white’.
# boxing big time
Daniel Kinahan 'rebranding himself in the Middle East as a boxing promoter', Dáil hears
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there has been diplomatic contact between Ireland and the UAE on the issue.
# public places
'Two or three glasses is not against the law': It's not illegal to drink in public places, Taoiseach tells Dáil
However, bye-laws prohibit the activity in many parts of the country.
# EASING THE LOCKDOWN
Ireland on course to fully re-open by mid-July, says Taoiseach
‘We do not need to return to a national lockdown again,’ Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today.
# David Nabarro
'Surprising' if Ireland needs to enter second Covid-19 lockdown, says WHO special envoy
David Nabarro was speaking to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.
# Dáil
Varadkar: 'Racism too is a virus... We don't need to look across the Atlantic to find racism'
The Taoiseach today spoke at length about racism at home and abroad in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
# black lives matter
Dáil holds minute's silence for those impacted by racism
The silence was held at the start of Oireachtas proceedings today.
# covid committee
Taking over private hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis will cost roughly €300 million
‘A fire alarm went off and we sent four fire tenders, and people are saying now we should only have sent three,’ the secretary general said.
# Summer Recess
Dáil summer holidays will be pushed back, says Taoiseach
The Dáil usually rises in July.
# 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.
# reproductive rate
'We can suppress this virus': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 is 0.45
The reproductive rate of the virus is 0.45, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.
# Coronavirus
'There is no such thing as free money': Taoiseach issues economic warning over Covid-19
Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Leo Varadkar said Ireland would have to re-pay money borrowed to fight the pandemic.
AS IT HAPPENED
Top health officials questioned by Covid-19 committee about pandemic response
The committee is set to ask questions about the response in Ireland’s nursing homes.
# Michael McNamara
Oireachtas committee chair defends length of sitting after public health concerns
Former HSE chief Tony O’Brien questioned the length of the sitting.
# cancer screening
Concerns raised in Dáil that number of non-Covid-related deaths 'will surpass' Covid-related deaths
Labour leader Alan Kelly said normal diagnostics and screening services need to get back up and running.
# Leaving Cert
'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students
Education Minister Joe McHugh defended the decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate.
# Alan Shatter
'Like a hen un-laying an egg': Dáil row erupts over the deletion of the Guerin report
Disagreement emerged between members over the deletion of the Guerin report from the Oireachtas Library.
# big issues
Covid-19 committee to invite CMO Tony Holohan and HSE boss Paul Reid to appear next week
Nursing home care during the pandemic will be a key focus of the committee.
# Covid-19
Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again
Harris said the number of admissions to hospital and intensive care have halved in the last week.
# votegate
Dáil committee votes to install extra cameras in chamber in response to votegate controversy
The recommendations came in a review of the Dáil’s voting system by Professor David Farrell.
# staycations
New bank holiday 'at tail end of the year' would benefit Irish tourism sector, says junior minister
Health Minister Simon Harris told this website that he thinks another bank holiday is a good idea.
# Delays
Concerns over fall in cancer referrals and operation cancellations during Covid-19 crisis
GP referrals for suspected cancer cases have dropped by more than a half.
# pandemic cover
Businesses will not reopen if they can't get Covid-19 insurance, says Howlin
Labour’s Brendan Howlin said businesses fear being held liable for their employees or their customers becoming victims of Covid-19.
# vouchers
Taoiseach: 'I want to see Ryanair and Aer Lingus operating in August'
The Taoiseach has said passengers are entitled to cash refunds.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach plans to have roadmap for lifting restrictions ready for Cabinet approval tomorrow
The Taoiseach listed the five criteria for lifting the restrictions.
# Minister for Education
Latest plan for Leaving Cert will see exams start on July 29th, minister says
Minister for Education Joe McHugh confirmed that the State exam would begin on Wednesday 29 July.
# dail questions
'Who is NPHET ultimately accountable to?': Taoiseach questioned on governance of decision-making
‘Elected office cannot be subservient even in this crisis,’ said Labour leader Alan Kelly.
# virtual dáil
Ceann Comhairle tells TDs legal advice says virtual Dáil sittings would be 'unconstitutional'
Seán Ó Fearhaíl said that a number of members had asked if virtual Dáil sittings could be possible.
# Covid-19
'They won't be able to cut the grass in a few weeks': Calls for landscapers to be made essential workers
Grass will not be able to be cut if allowed to grow for weeks on end, it has been warned.
# Covid-19
'National catastrophe': Taoiseach told nursing homes have been 'left behind'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the restrictions would be lifted gradually.
# sitting costs
It's going to cost €50k a day for the Dáil to sit in Dublin's Convention Centre
There will be no charge for hiring the venue itself.
# Leinster House
Dáil to sit in Convention Centre for Taoiseach election vote
The cost of holding the sitting in the centre will be discussed on Wednesday.