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# simon-harris - Monday 3 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 3rd 2020, 6:10 AM 32,620 Views 12 Comments

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
# Consent
# Consent

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

Jul 27th 2020, 6:05 AM 18,998 Views 24 Comments

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
# July Stimulus
# July Stimulus

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

Jul 24th 2020, 4:34 PM 17,037 Views 29 Comments

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
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

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

Jul 20th 2020, 7:25 AM 13,747 Views 15 Comments

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
# Online
# Online

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

Jul 19th 2020, 7:00 AM 23,082 Views 26 Comments

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
# Travel
# Travel

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

Jul 16th 2020, 6:06 PM 37,964 Views 32 Comments

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
# Back To College
# Back To College

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

Jul 16th 2020, 4:58 PM 19,812 Views 18 Comments

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
# Dáil
# Dáil

'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

Jul 8th 2020, 5:44 PM 11,406 Views 1 Comment

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

Jul 3rd 2020, 6:30 AM 20,265 Views 10 Comments

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
# New Lineup
# New Lineup

In full: These are your new Cabinet ministers

Jun 27th 2020, 6:56 PM 236,489 Views 244 Comments

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
# Outbreaks
# Outbreaks

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

Jun 25th 2020, 6:20 AM 13,296 Views 4 Comments

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
# FRONTLINE WORKERS
# FRONTLINE WORKERS

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

Updated Jun 23rd 2020, 10:10 PM 145,189 Views 175 Comments

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
# EASING THE LOCKDOWN
# EASING THE LOCKDOWN

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

Updated Jun 18th 2020, 8:27 PM 50,973 Views 34 Comments

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
# Stable
# Stable

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

Jun 17th 2020, 4:25 PM 19,847 Views 38 Comments

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
# Flu Season

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

Jun 16th 2020, 12:05 AM 26,999 Views 84 Comments

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
# Cover Up
# Cover Up

Government launches campaign to encourage use of face coverings

Jun 15th 2020, 12:04 PM 24,175 Views 41 Comments

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
# Outbreaks
# Outbreaks

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

Jun 14th 2020, 6:30 AM 25,043 Views 14 Comments

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
# Back To School
# Back To School

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Updated Jun 12th 2020, 2:42 PM 14,616 Views 15 Comments

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
# Covid19
# Covid19

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

Jun 11th 2020, 8:12 PM 26,738 Views 18 Comments

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'
# Covid19
# Covid19

Health Minister says virus reproductive rate 'staying remarkably stable'

Jun 11th 2020, 2:50 PM 16,160 Views 22 Comments

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
# Day One
# Day One

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

Jun 8th 2020, 11:16 AM 24,600 Views 28 Comments

Buses and train stations remained largely quiet this morning.

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

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

Jun 8th 2020, 9:02 AM 15,713 Views 47 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

Jun 7th 2020, 6:00 AM 27,188 Views 22 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

Jun 6th 2020, 3:46 PM 40,335 Views 28 Comments

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
# Swings And Roundabouts
# Swings And Roundabouts

Dublin City Council says playgrounds will stay closed despite government announcement

Updated Jun 5th 2020, 9:11 PM 48,688 Views 34 Comments

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
# Main Points
# Main Points

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

Updated Jun 5th 2020, 3:00 PM 47,868 Views 16 Comments

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
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

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

Jun 4th 2020, 5:16 PM 39,272 Views 86 Comments

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
# Self-isolation
# Self-isolation

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

Jun 3rd 2020, 10:14 PM 30,674 Views 30 Comments

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
# George Floyd
# George Floyd

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

Jun 3rd 2020, 8:04 PM 38,110 Views 124 Comments

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
# Easing Restrictions
# Easing Restrictions

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

Jun 3rd 2020, 2:22 PM 38,045 Views 71 Comments

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
# Black Lives Matter
# Black Lives Matter

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

Jun 3rd 2020, 12:30 PM 36,633 Views 160 Comments

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'
# Health Minister
# Health Minister

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

Jun 2nd 2020, 9:57 PM 46,026 Views 79 Comments

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
# Cystic Fibrosis
# Cystic Fibrosis

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

May 30th 2020, 6:00 PM 54,889 Views 55 Comments

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

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU drops to 42, down from peak of 160
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU drops to 42, down from peak of 160

May 30th 2020, 4:01 PM 18,238 Views 19 Comments

The peak of patients requiring ICU care occurred on 4 April, with 160 people in intensive care beds.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again

May 27th 2020, 5:05 PM 33,096 Views 12 Comments

Harris said government will continue to be led by public health advice.

# simon-harris - Saturday 23 May, 2020

Harris announces establishment of Covid-19 nursing home expert panel
# Nursing Homes
# Nursing Homes

Harris announces establishment of Covid-19 nursing home expert panel

May 23rd 2020, 1:42 PM 16,328 Views 64 Comments

The establishment of the panel follows a recent National Public Health Emergency Team recommendation.

# simon-harris - Friday 22 May, 2020

Harris says mandatory passenger form for those arriving in Ireland from next week
# Imported Cases
# Imported Cases

Harris says mandatory passenger form for those arriving in Ireland from next week

May 22nd 2020, 5:36 PM 52,857 Views 192 Comments

The Minister for Health addressed reporters this evening.

NPHET to meet to discuss Covid-19 outbreak in meat factories
# Clusters
# Clusters

NPHET to meet to discuss Covid-19 outbreak in meat factories

May 22nd 2020, 8:49 AM 16,777 Views 32 Comments

Last night it emerged that 828 workers have been diagnosed across the country.

# simon-harris - Thursday 21 May, 2020

'We can suppress this virus': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 is 0.45
# Reproductive Rate
# Reproductive Rate

'We can suppress this virus': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 is 0.45

May 21st 2020, 3:32 PM 34,416 Views 47 Comments

The reproductive rate of the virus is 0.45, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Sale of menthol cigarettes banned in Ireland from today
# Smoking
# Smoking

Sale of menthol cigarettes banned in Ireland from today

May 20th 2020, 6:10 AM 38,275 Views 47 Comments

A European Court of Justice ruling four years ago declared that the flavouring is used to increase the attractiveness of cigarettes.