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# simon-harris - Friday 11 September, 2020

Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out

The Higher Education Minister faced questions about claims students in private schools had been unfairly marked down under the system.

# simon-harris - Saturday 5 September, 2020

'We need to make sure it never happens again': Ní Shúilleabháin praised for speaking out over sexual harassment

Dr Ní Shúilleabháin described her ordeal in today’s Irish Times.

# simon-harris - Friday 4 September, 2020

Simon Harris: 'We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university'

With the Leaving Certificate results out on Monday, the minister said an apprenticeship is a great way to get the career you want.

# simon-harris - Monday 31 August, 2020

Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister

Simon Harris also defended the fact that college fees would remain the same, even as courses move online.

# simon-harris - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Universities and colleges get funding boost to beef up health and safety measures on campus

Minister Simon Harris said it is important that students have a positive campus experience.

# simon-harris - Friday 21 August, 2020

Leo Varadkar: 'The event organised by the Oireachtas Golf Society should not have happened'

Varadkar confirmed that the party whip has been removed from three of his party’s senators.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Employers offered €3,000 to take on apprentices, who will play 'key part' in Ireland's recovery

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said that over 18,000 people are already taking part in an apprenticeship.

# simon-harris - Monday 3 August, 2020

Dentists seek urgent meeting with Donnelly over claims government failed to deliver promised PPE

In recent months, dentists have warned of the strain their industry is under due to Covid-19.

# simon-harris - Monday 27 July, 2020

'We need to cop on': Harris says government is committed to changing sexual assault laws

Simon Harris will meet with the National Women’s Council’s advisory committee on ending sexual violence later today.

# simon-harris - Friday 24 July, 2020

Government to spend €200 million on re-education and job incentives

Employers will be given incentives to hire apprentices and young, unemployed workers.

# simon-harris - Monday 20 July, 2020

Over €100 million in Covid-19 support funds sought for third-level sector

The two-metre social distancing rule is also expected to apply on university campuses that reopen in the autumn.

# simon-harris - Sunday 19 July, 2020

Twitter and the Taoiseach: Why Fianna Fáil is playing catch-up on social media

Fine Gael is generally seen to have been adept at social media – something heightened during Covid-19 crisis.

# simon-harris - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Tánaiste questions confusion over 'quarantine' for passengers - but HSE advice changed this month

HSE advice shifted from self-isolation to asking people to restrict movements.

Not all third-level students will be able to be accommodated on campus in the autumn

The minister said international students can come to the country to study as long as they self-isolate.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told

The drug is used to treat SMA which can develop in babies and toddlers and can significantly reduce life expectancy.

# simon-harris - Friday 3 July, 2020

Antibody test to identify 'immune' individuals to get government funding boost

Those that are ‘immune’ could therefore be safe to return to work.

# simon-harris - Saturday 27 June, 2020

In full: These are your new Cabinet ministers

The new ministerial lineup has been confirmed.

# simon-harris - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Community contact tracing for one meat plant is at 73%, not 90%, department confirms

There has been some confusion about the level of contact tracing at meat processing plants.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.

# simon-harris - Thursday 18 June, 2020

Hairdressers and barbers should be allowed reopen at end of month, NPHET recommends

This recommendation will be subject to Cabinet approval tomorrow.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

'It's good news': Health Minister says virus reproductive rate is staying below 1

The reproductive rate gives an indication of the number of other people who are infected by a positive case.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Colds, flus and Covid-19 combined could overwhelm Irish health system this winter, experts warn

Flu season normally puts the Irish health system under strain.

# simon-harris - Monday 15 June, 2020

Government launches campaign to encourage use of face coverings

Health Minister Simon Harris said people will need to get into the habit of bringing a face covering out with them like they do with their phone or keys.

# simon-harris - Sunday 14 June, 2020

Employees at meat plants had to wait 16 days to be re-tested for Covid-19

More than 1,000 cases of the virus have been reported across 20 facilities nationwide.

# simon-harris - Friday 12 June, 2020

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”.

# simon-harris - Thursday 11 June, 2020

'It's actually a serious issue': Government to consider next week when hairdressers could re-open

Minister Harris said he recognises the importance of this question for business owners and for the wellbeing of members of the public.

Health Minister says virus reproductive rate 'staying remarkably stable'

Harris told the Dáil that the R number is now between 0.4 and 0.8.

# simon-harris - Monday 8 June, 2020

No return to rush-hour as Dublin's streets remain quiet on the first morning of Phase Two

Buses and train stations remained largely quiet this morning.

Harris urges public to keep number of close contacts 'small' as Ireland enters Phase Two

Harris was speaking as Ireland enters ‘Phase Two Plus’ of easing Covid-19 restrictions.

# simon-harris - Sunday 7 June, 2020

People will rely on family and friends for a ‘dig out’ until creches reopen, says minister

The government plan sets out that creches will open on 29 June.

# simon-harris - Saturday 6 June, 2020

'Highly unlikely' weddings with over 100 people will take place 'over the next few months', says Harris

NPHET is to give advice to government on weddings in the next seven to ten days.

# simon-harris - Friday 5 June, 2020

Dublin City Council says playgrounds will stay closed despite government announcement

The government announced that children can return to playgrounds as the country embarks on Phase Two.

'Phase Two Plus' to go ahead on Monday, pandemic payments to continue until August: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here are the main coronavirus stories you need to know today.

# simon-harris - Thursday 4 June, 2020

Harris says there is 'a slight potential increase' in the Covid-19 reproductive rate

Harris said the country is still effectively suppressing the growth of the virus.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Simon Harris back at work after Covid-19 test comes back negative

The health minister said that he was ‘delighted’ to be back at work.

Black Lives Matter protest still set to go ahead on Saturday after separate demonstration cancelled

A protest on Saturday is still scheduled to go ahead, despite concerns from health officials.

Harris says 20km rule important to avoid virus being brought into less affected areas

The number of Covid-19 cases in ICU has fallen to 36, according to the latest figures.

'Large gatherings are dangerous': Harris says planned anti-racism march should be cancelled

A garda investigation into Monday’s protest is underway.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Simon Harris: 'Racism disgusts me, but protests that don't support social distancing are not possible'

The Heallth Minister said he understood the motivations of protesters and “would have been there with people in normal times”.

# simon-harris - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Five weeks in lockdown in hospital is tough - and the food makes it worse

A patient with cystic fibrosis, for whom nutrition is key to health, shares her hospital food experience.

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