The vast majority are following public safety advice, around social distancing, no unnecessary travel & not staying within 2KM of your home. However extra TEMPORARY powers are now in place to help in this National effort to stop the spread of the Virus.
From this morning, Gardaí are launching nationwide patrols and checkpoints to discourage people from undertaking unnecessary travel this Easter weekend.
The regulations were signed last night giving the Gardaí the legal power to turn people away and to arrest and detain those in breach of the limits set.
Penalties are €2,500 fine and 6 months in prison if in breach of the restrictions.
Stay at home and keep our communities safe.
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The Government must ensure that 'non-banks' (e.g. Haven, Pepper etc) are brought under the scheme and the option to lengthen ones mortgage term is accessible for anyone availing of the mortgage moratorium during the COVID-19 crisis.
I have tabled these two specific requests by Parliamentary Questions to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. If agreed it would greatly strengthen protection for mortgage holders.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien has called for greater supports to be made available to members of the homeless community during the COVID-19 restrictions.
So far nine homeless people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 to date in Dublin with a further 51 people from the homeless communities isolating.
Deputy O’Brien said: “Many homeless people have underlying health and would be extremely vulnerable at the minute. It’s important that the homeless community is not forgotten about during this time of uncertainty in the country.
“There are currently over 50 members of the homeless community isolating at present and nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst the community. It was announced earlier this week that 110 individual hotel rooms have been secured in Dublin to help homeless people during the coronavirus crisis."
“More rooms may need to be secured depending on the numbers in the coming weeks. It’s important for anyone concerned about the health of a homeless person to contact the Department or homeless charities so that the person can be cared for.
“These are extremely testing times for the country and in particular vulnerable communities such as the homeless community who struggle to have the appropriate means to self-isolate if necessary,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.
Many people in contact me who have yet to receive income support payment. The Department are continuing to process applications so thanks for your patience. If you have not yet received a payment this is a very useful link below which will give you an idea of when you will.
If you applied before last Thursday (26/3) and didn't receive a payment on Tuesday of this week (31/3), please see important information here: https://gov.ie/…/f763ad-what-if-i-havent-received-a-paymen…/