Monday, April 06, 2020

The Justice Minister is hopeful regulations giving effect to emergency powers for the gardaí will be finalised this week.

Legislation to allow gardaí to have new powers throughout the COVID-19 crisis have been signed into law but they are not yet able to enforce them.

Officers are currently policing the streets without resorting to forcing people to go home but they can advise.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan explains why there is a delay in drafting these regulations.

“These are complex regulations, these are regulations that are obviously interfering with rights that have long been enjoyed so they are not put together lightly,” said Minister Flanagan.

“My department has been working closely with the Department of Health in ensuring the completion of the regulations which I expect to take place over the coming days.”

[ul][b]Useful information[/b]
[li]The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it [url=https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html]here[/url] [/li]
[li]Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;[/li]
[li]GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.[/li]
[li]ALONE has [burl=987612]launched a national support line[/burl] and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024[/li]
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